Friday, 22 May 2015

A Beautiful Day

Jaclyn married Mason on May 1st in the Bountiful, Utah temple and it was a beautiful day!

There has never been a happier bride and groom!

And we all felt the same way

We had plenty of time to visit and celebrate outside the temple

Carmen was the Maid of Honour and she was the hardest working Maid of Honour I've ever seen. She put in so much thought and work ahead of the wedding, anticipating potential snags that I hadn't thought of, and finding the solutions.

After I came home I told people it was one of the happiest days of my life, and for some reason everyone would play that statement down. They'd say it was only because I was happy with who Jaclyn was marrying. And yes, that's true. I admit it! I love this boy.

It was a big deal to have so much support. Nearly every person at the temple had to travel a great distance to be there.

Mason has a cute family. They put on a 'rehearsal dinner' the night before which was super fun at a Brazilian BBQ restaurant. Jaclyn's a lucky girl that Mason came with this package of people.

Mason's pretty lucky with his new extended family as well.

This guy makes all my days happy.

And so do my kids. I'm a lucky mom.

Jaclyn wrote some hilarious bio's for the wedding party introduction at the reception. Let me share:

Sydney: Sydney, sister to the groom, just finished her freshman year at BYU where she participated in many sports including volleyball, distance running, rock climbing, and extreme jacks, the last of which she competed in semi-professionally.
      Carmen: Carmen, Maid of Honour and sister to the bride, is a baller. Her high school team had an undefeated season this year, and won the city championship, which secured her spot as the first draft pick on the Yugoslavian women's basketball team. Unfortunately, she had to turn it down in order to finish high school.
Amber: Amber, former missionary companion to the bride, is an amazing singer. After singing in an ordinary sacrament meeting spontaneously caused the entire congregation to burst into tears, Amber has developed the ability to sing with her mouth completely closed in order to use her great power with greater responsibility.
      Chloe: Chloe, sister to the bride, and better known in the family as “Chef Chloe” spends her summers attending the SAIT cooking training camp and is an extraordinary party planner, skills which will eventually allow her to secretly control In-N-Out Burger behind the scenes and thereby take over the West Coast.

Steven: Steve, brother to the bride, recently went on a camping trip to Lake Powell, where he single handedly rescued his friends from a pack of alligators - a skill that will come in handy during his upcoming mission to Jacksonville, Florida.
Luke:  Luke, brother to the groom, graduated from BYU last week in Political Science. He hopes to move to Washington DC, where he will get a completely ordinary job that totally will not include going on secret counterterrorism missions and absolutely is not a cover for working for the CIA.
      Tyler : Most people are impressed when they learn that when Tyler first came to BYU, he was accepted into the prestigious BYU school of music as an organ and piano performance double major, but most people don't know that Tyler is also an accomplished bassoonist and is actually famous throughout Europe and the Middle East as the South African bassoonist known simply as "El Maestro".
Trevor: Trevor served his mission in Buenos Aires Argentina, where he picked up the useful skill of speaking Spanish .

They are, the most interesting wedding party in the world.

Mason's mission to Montreal and Jaclyn's mission to Halifax are a big part of their love story.

On to the reception:

Jaclyn was a gracious bride.

Kevin was a masterful M.C. He had a few tricks up his sleeve throughout the night,

And Mason helped Kevin along once in awhile.

Jaclyn played, and Mason sang. They're a talented pair.

The cake actually gave Mason a moment of trouble, but ultimately his great sense of humour is what we will remember!

A little slideshow during dessert

Jaclyn and Mason have both studied Ballroom Dancing at BYU, so they can really dance.

Chloe will be the life of every party she ever attends. She has a gift for fun that she spreads wherever we go.

Then, after a little more dancing, and the toss of the bouquet, 

We gave a sparkler send off to Jaclyn and Mason and sent them on their way to the rest of their lives together.

I will say, I was wholly unprepared for how joyful it would be for me personally to attend the wedding of my own child. I am so very happy for them, and I will look back on this day as a perfect one.

Monday, 4 May 2015

Steven's Temple Day

Steven entered the Mount Timpanogos Temple on Thursday April 30th in preparation for leaving on a mission in June. He was lucky to have his grandparents, a few uncles and aunts and cousins, as well as Ken, Jaclyn, and I with him that day.

I'm really proud of Steven and his readiness for the temple and missionary service. I know that he has followed the spirit in his decisions and also enjoyed some tender mercies along the way to bring him to the temple. He continues to press forward in his life and as a mom I couldn't want more than that for him. Next stop: Jacksonville, Florida.

Monday, 6 April 2015

Happy Easter!

This year the Easter Bunny attracted all the bunnies and bunny books in the house, and in the morning we had a bunny tableau waiting for us.

Carmen slept in too late to see the bunny tableau, and still that wasn't enough. She caught up on her rest during the morning session of conference.

We did a better job staying awake for the afternoon session of conference because Craig, Stephanie, and their kids came over to watch with us in the afternoon. Later we hosted Easter dinner for the rest of the extended family. The food was good, but the after dinner chatting is always the best part.

And then once the coast had cleared Carmen and Chloe played makeup.

Well, Carmen played makeup. On Chloe.

Sunday, 22 March 2015


Chloe and I are best buds. We still have a couple of more years of car time together - though the seats will reverse after her next birthday!

She's been a busy girl with her final year of Science Fair. Chloe placed 2nd in her category at the school science fair and was one of eight out of 110 students to qualify for regionals coming up this week.

Her project this year embodied "working smart" because she tested internet speed and how our home habits influence download speed. So, her testing involved cruising the internet on several devices at a time while she watched a movie on Netflix. The testing was delightful, but the data analysis was a little rough. She earned her way to Chinook Region Science Fair no matter what the above picture seems to say.

 Chloe's passion is not science, however. What she really loves is party planning and she is working on a humdinger of a bridal shower for the fiancĂ© of her cousin Ross coming up soon.

The last Chloe news (for now) is that she made the school badminton team last week! Here she is the morning of the final tryout, cool as a cucumber.

Sunday, 8 March 2015

Sweet 16

We tried to throw a surprise birthday party for Carmen a couple of weeks ago. Turns out one of the invitees accidentally spilled the beans early, but Carmen kept that to herself and faked it well!

 She was a little surprised at how many people were there - it was in the neighbourhood of 30 kids waiting for her when she got to Lloyd's Roller Rink! 

Pictures like this one above make me think of Cat's Cradle.

We sang her 'Happy Birthday' right away and then Ken and I got out of there. It sounds like everyone had a great time, and I was happy to plan something special to mark this milestone for Carmie.

Carmen got busy with being 16 years old. Two days after her birthday she scored her driver's licence and started her National Lifeguard Certification, which she has now completed - so she will be driving herself to work as a lifeguard this summer. She went out with like 5 guys 3 days after her birthday, but I don't think that really counts as a date, haha.

It's been a busy couple of weeks for this Sweet Sixteen-Year-Old and she has one more busy week ahead: basketball playoffs! Her school team went 10-0 this season, and we are looking forward to continuing the streak!

Edit March 13, 2015: City Champs!!!

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Jaclyn's Engaged!

So on Saturday when Steven's mission call came in the mail, Jaclyn was off on a sort of scavenger hunt that led her from clue to clue, special place to special place - all related to historic points in her time dating Mason. It's hard to tell someone else's story, but I know she had a good time with it. Mason's sister helped set it up as per Mason's instructions, allowing Mason to spend the afternoon following the clues along with Jaclyn. 

The final clues in the Fine Arts Building: Mason kneel here, Jaclyn stand here. This picture is a new happy place for me right now. I can just open it up on my phone, and instant happiness. Look at those faces!

Jaclyn's ring is a new setting created with diamonds from Mason's grandmother's ring. It is so lovely and special.

Yeah, so we had a big day on Saturday with a mission call and an engagement. This is what our Saturday night date looked like from both sides of the table with many people to tell, and many people congratulating us.

Congratulations Mason and Jaclyn!

Monday, 26 January 2015

Steven's going on a mission!

I couldn't be more proud of Steven for his decision to serve for 2 years as an LDS missionary. The mail was a couple of days slower with the call than we expected and it was a long 2 days!

He phoned us right after completely excited about where he's going to serve, and I know the Lord has a mission for him to do there.

BYU Friends

Steven was surrounded by friends as he opened his call, but strangely his sister wasn't there . . .