Sunday, November 10, 2013

The Aftermath...

The day after Kevin got called to the Bishopric, his mom and dad hopped into the car in Utah and started driving East to Chicago! Their plan was to get in some quick grandparent spoiling, help me with my luau, and watch Brooklyn perform for the first time... and then on Sunday, Dell would ordain Kevin a High Priest! They drove all day the 14th and 15th and arrived at our house late at night on the 15th. We hugged, chatted a bit, and then sent every one to bed!

The next day (which just happened to be Dell and Colleen's anniversary!) involved a LOT of preparation for the luau and a LOT of spoiling from Grandma and Grandpa...even though we should have been spoiling them! :)

They helped us get some scooters and helmets for the girls and THEN they even took the time to help the girls learn how to ride them! Brooklyn really loved her scooter and practiced hard so she could get the hang of it.

Lily decided her new scooter looked more like a new pet and proceeded to walk it by its handle bars up and down the driveway...something she continues to do 4 months later!

On Saturday morning, we woke up early, started the Kalua Pig in the oven, and then me and Brooklyn headed over to her doctor's office to get her Kindergarten checkup. When we got home, mom, Kevin, and I got in our dress clothes and headed over to the church to see our friend's son get baptized. After the baptism, we headed into the church gym and started cleaning and setting up for our big luau!

Mom did and INCREDIBLE job decorating the gym and stage and making it look like we'd just landed in Hawaii! I hadn't expected her help, but once we finished I was so, SO, SOOOO Grateful that she was there! There is NO WAY I could have done it without her!

In the end, the luau turned out great, we had a fantastic experience on Sunday when Kevin got ordained, and we were all so happy to have been able to spend a quick weekend with Dell and Colleen. They are simply WONDERFUL!

More to come on the luau and the ordination, later...

Our CRAZY 8 year Anniversary!

Yes, our anniversary picture is NOT of Kevin and I, but instead, of Kevin and President Duffield! That's because our anniversary went a little like this:

12:30pm - My return flight from Utah landed in Chicago
1:00pm - Kevin and Brooklyn pick me and Lily up from the airport
2:00pm - We get home from the airport, Kevin goes back to work, I start prepping the house for my hula class
4:00pm - My hula students arrive and we have a dress rehearsal for our big Luau Recital that will be that Saturday
5:30pm - All the parents finish picking up their kids and I start making dinner
6:00pm -  Kevin gets home, we eat dinner super fast and get ready to go to mutual
6:30pm - We drive to Mutual, make a quick appearance, and then head over to the Stake Center
7:00pm - President Duffield invites our whole family into his office and then asks Kevin if he will accept a calling in the Bishopric of our ward. Kevin says yes.
8:30pm - We get home, put the kids to bed, and pass out from exhaustion!

Happy 8 year anniversary Kevin! It was super crazy but totally a great example of what the last 8 years have been like... and I have loved every moment! Thanks for asking me to marry you dude. You are the BEST!