Sunday, August 24, 2008

Road Trips Rule. The World.

Well, I'm back. Obviously! And I had myself a grand ol' time. Here are some of the highlights:
  • Deciding to leave at 3:45AM on Thursday morning got us to Lethbridge (Alberta) in time for the family dinner at Dynasty (a Chinese restaurant) with family members.
  • Enjoying time spent with my sister's friend (who came with us), which provided me with a rare glimpse into the amazing culture of the Filipino people, and taught be more about grace, maturity, respect, and admiration than any sermon I've ever heard.
  • Stopping on the way to see Rozla in Montana! Whoo-hoo!
  • Getting my passport stamped for the first time at the border in Coutts and wondering why I had never done it before.
  • Attending a session in the Cardston Temple Friday morning instead of the sealing (Short reason? Too many siblings on the groom's side makes it hard to include cousins in the small sealing rooms. No worries! There were no hard feelings. How could there be?).
  • Playing on my Great-Grandmother's grand piano that now sits in the Cardston, Alberta Old Courthouse Museum.
  • Experiencing the grand and wonderful traditions of a first-rate Mormon Canadian Wedding, complete with programs, dinners, dancing, tributes, responses, and lots of tinkling glasses.
  • Supporting my cousin who is an only child, so cousins and friends are her "siblings."
  • Dancing like I was 16 years old to some pretty great music.
  • Watching my parents dance like they were 16 years old to some pretty great music!
  • Seeing my cousins in a way that reminded me what it was like when we were children (i.e. laughing until we cried and goin' all nutso).
  • Learning that although my sister and I get into the dumbest, heat-filled fights, I really, really, really love her and enjoy her company.
  • Realizing that driving 12 hours, each way, to a one-day event is totally worth it when the children are at home livin' it up with their daddy (i.e. they went to a Bees baseball game, an EQ picnic, the library, and the Old Spaghetti Factory. Without me! *sniff).

It was awesome. Here are some pictures of the blessed event:

And a video of me playing my great-grandmother's piano:

P.S. Notice the new header? I took that picture last week; a lady in my ward who knows of my depression crud brought me some beautiful purple tulips and I had fun playing around with the zoom on my camera. Also, I decided to put my picture with my profile. Not sure if it'll stay for very long, though...

P.P.S. What did you do this weekend?


Jill said...

Yay, what a fun trip for you! I have to ask, where did you get your skirt and green sweater (not that I'll ever wear a sweater long as I live in Texas)? I love it, and you look gorgeous! It had to be a great party with cotton candy and slushies!
This weekend I went to stake conference, both days, and didn't even have to get a hotel room....the joys of living in the town that is the stake center.

Julie P said...

I'm so glad you had a good time. You're crazy! This weekend I went to cheesecake Factory, and then had a little break down. Got to even things out, you know. ;)

bythelbs said...

You had fun! Yay! You knew you would. Or I knew it. Or we both knew it. Or something.

I really wish I could play the piano like you. If I lived in your town, I would totally take lessons from you. And I would even pay. Not with money, of course, but maybe we could work out some kind of barter--like I could tell you jokes or mop your floor? I bet you're really hoping I move there now.

Cheryl said...

The green skirt was from Mr. Mac in Orem (yep! The suit store) and the green sweater was a cheap ol' thing I found at Shopko a couple of years back. The ties were at the bottom of the sweater, and I didn't like it, so I cut them off and reattached them to the center. And I still get compliments on it!

Oh--I'm glad you had a stake conference where you could still sleep at home. Improvement, eh? :)

Yes; evening things out tends to be a must around here, don't you think? Sorry about your breakdown, though. But hooray for cheesecake! (did you get cheesecake?)

NOTHING would give me greater pleasure than to have you move here! Next door. Or in the backyard. And I'd gladly listen to you all day long in exchange for piano lessons. :)
Oh, and yes --we both knew it. We are so full of knowledge, you know. Ha! ;)

Summer said...

I love that flower picture. It's gorgeous!

Jeanette said...

I love the new header. Love it.
You are the road trip queen I think. How many trips have you taken this summer?
I am glad you had fun. The temple is beautiful. You know, I don't think I have ever seen photographs of it. Just official church publications etc. Really gorgeous.

bythelbs said...

I forgot to mention, I love the new header! I heart tulips. My fave.

Amanda D said...

Tulips are my favorite flower. I love your header.

I'm so glad that you had a good time at the wedding and being in the car with your sister for that long. ;)

Beautiful pictures!

Amanda D said...

PS Do you ever have Macintosh Toffee while you are there? I love it... What I wouldn't give for some. MMMMmmmm.

Becky, I have a cat said...

Tulips, what are you people yakkin about tulips for?!?!! I'm blown away at the hotness of this profile picture. Sheesh, tulips....

Cheryl said...

This is why I love Becky. And her cat. ;)

No! I forgot to get some. I did get some aero bars and a wonderbar and a big turk, though. Oh, and smarties for the kids. :)

Many, many road trips. And more to come!

Thanks you guys for liking my tulip. I like it, too!

Mother of the Wild Boys said...

The tulip's color is gorgeous, my favorite flower and my favorite color. LOVE IT!

FluffyChicky said...

I love your g-grandma's piano! And you play beautifully!
Your wedding photos are awesome. Sounds like you had a fantastic time.

flip flop mama said...

Beautiful header! And I loved seeing you play the piano. Pure piano music is ne of my favorite things to listen to. That and acoustic guitar. Glad you had fun on your trip!

I moved this weekend...blah.