A Weekend Full of Family and Love

Blake leaves on his mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in a little over two weeks. This past Thursday, Blake and Trevor flew home from BYU. Trevor leaves tomorrow to go back to Utah. It’s been wonderful to have our whole family together here in Virginia before Blake leaves for two years to serve in the Arizona Scottsdale Mission.

On Saturday, we went as a family to the Washington DC Temple. This was the first time our entire family was able to be there together. As members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we go to the temple to make further promises to follow God and to receive instruction and learning.

On Sunday, we had a BBQ with friends and extended family. Afterwards, our family went into DC to walk around the mall and take pictures. This weekend will be a weekend I remember for a long time. My heart felt very full being surrounded by those I love all weekend long.

Mission suit shopping.
Mission suit shopping.
Siblings outside the Temple.
Siblings outside the Temple.
Family :)
Family 🙂

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My favorite person from Iowa.
My favorite person from Iowa.

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Spring 2015 Moments

Life has been full and happy lately. While I am very grateful for this fact, it also means I’ve had way less time to write in my journal and blog. In the next couple of days I hope to catch up on both fronts. Below are some spring moments captured in pictures.

A group of us went to Gettysburg, PA. Unfortunately I don't have a picture of the whole group.
A group of us went to Gettysburg, PA. Unfortunately I don’t have a picture of the whole group.
Celebrating Jonathan's birthday!
Celebrating Jonathan’s birthday!
Contemplative before making a birthday wish :)
Contemplative before making a birthday wish 🙂
My mom and I out for an evening stroll along the mall in Washington DC.
My mom and I out for an evening stroll along the mall in Washington DC.

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John and I attended a Capitals hockey game. This was my first ever professional hockey game.
John and I attended a Capitals hockey game. This was my first ever professional hockey game.
I've gone on a number of beautiful walks this spring. This is  a picture I took on a walk last week.
I’ve gone on a number of beautiful walks this spring. This is a picture I took on a walk last week.
Katie and I went out to the new Founding Farmers in Tysons to catch up on life and celebrate her birthday.
Katie and I went out to the new Founding Farmers in Tysons to catch up on life and celebrate her birthday.

Utah in the Spring

A good friend of mine got married on Wednesday, March 18 in Utah. I decided to make a vacation out of the trip to the wedding, and I am so glad I did. I had the best time, and it was nice to escape the dreary Winter we were having in Virginia. The whole time I was in Utah the weather was in the 60’s and 70’s. It was so nice (although I am sad for my Utah friends who feel gipped out of their Winter).

I arrived on a Saturday night and had major rental car issues. There is no need to vent on this blog, but suffice it to say, I will never use Budget as a rental car service again. If you’re reading this, believe me. Don’t. Ever. Use. Budget.

Sunday started off with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir weekly broadcast. I went to the Tabernacle on Temple Square to hear them perform live. I went with my great aunt Leah, my uncle John, and cousins Faith and Lizzie. Afterwards we ate a delicious breakfast, and then Leah and I went and visited the graves of my grandparents and great grandma.

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
The Sunday morning crew.
The Sunday morning crew.

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That afternoon I went on a beautiful walk and then in the evening headed to my aunt Annie’s house for dinner. My brothers joined me there and we had a delicious dinner with Annie, Nick, and Emma. I know we took a picture after dinner, but I can’t seem to find it 😦

Monday was a day spent with Jen, one of my best friends and former roommates. Her and I lived together for over two years. She just recently moved back to Utah, and I actually stayed with her during this trip. We spent Monday morning at the Park City Outlets. For lunch, we went to Dairy Keen in Heber. Dairy Keen is one of the best milkshake and hamburger places of all time in my opinion. Afterwards we walked around Midway and then swam in a crater in Midway. On the drive back from Midway to South Jordan, we drove through Provo Canyon, which was absolutely beautiful. I miss that drive.

Monday evening I had dinner with my brothers at one of their favorite restaurants – Buffalo Wild Wings. Some of our Kamalu cousins joined us there as well. It was so fun to see them and catch up.

This picture was taken in Midway. The bridge was actually on top of the opening to the crater where we swam.
This picture was taken in Midway. The bridge was actually on top of the opening to the crater where we swam.
Such a beautiful drive!
Such a beautiful drive!
Dinner with my brothers and some awesome cousins.
Dinner with my brothers and some awesome cousins.

Tuesday I spent the day with my Grandma Morgan down in Santaquin. We ate lunch at The Family Tree, visited the graves of my grandpa, aunt Karen, and other relatives, and we got ice cream from the Red Barn. The weather was so warm this day, and it felt like the perfect day. We ended up cutting flowers from my grandma’s house and placing them on the graves of those we visited. I was shocked flowers were even in bloom in Utah in March! We also drove by the new Payson Temple that is almost completed. It’s only about 5 miles from where my Grandma lives. We spent the remainder of the afternoon looking through old photo albums. That night I went to dinner with John’s friends and then went to Blake’s orchestra concert. Blake and the orchestra did such a great job. Their level of musicianship amazed me. Afterwards we met up with Trevor and Kayla and went to Sodalicious (my brothers loooove that place!)

At lunch at The Family Tree. They have the best scones.
At lunch at The Family Tree. They have the best scones.
Santaquin in the Spring.
Santaquin in the Spring.
Flowers for the graves.
Flowers for the graves.
At my Grandpa Morgan's grave.
At my Grandpa Morgan’s grave.
Ice cream from the Red Barn.
Ice cream from the Red Barn.
At Sodalicious after the concert.
At Sodalicious after the concert.

Wednesday was the day of the wedding. The wedding took place at the Salt Lake Temple. Anne Bailey, one of my dear life friends and missionary friends, married Spencer Vail. Anne and I are both from Virginia and both served our missions in Nauvoo, Illinois. We also started and ended our missions on the same day. A picture of us at the airport the day we came home from our missions made it into the wedding slideshow. March 18, the day of the wedding, also happened to be the day we began our missions. This was kind of a fun coincidence.

 

The beautiful couple.
The beautiful couple.
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The Salt Lake Temple built by the pioneers.
With the beautiful bride at the wedding luncheon.
With the beautiful bride at the wedding luncheon.

I flew back home on Thursday evening, but not before a trip to the temple with Jen and lunch at J Dawgs (I wish they had these in Virginia) with Trevor. I had a great time in Utah and very much appreciated visiting friends and family there.