Monday, February 16th, 2009

a wedding and a prime rib

It was back up to Minnesota this weekend. An old family friend was to be married on Valentine’s Day, and we were invited to witness the event. When I first met Mike he was living with a family that he grew up with at church, the Larsons. They were kind enough to open their home to him for a couple of years while he got his life back on track academically. Mike has since kept a close relationship with both the parents and each of the siblings (well, as much as he can). It was the youngest of their brood, Amy, who’s wedding we attended. How pleasing it was for Mike to see so many people he’s known since he was just a young lad or a terror as many fondly remember. I always enjoy these events because I get to hear more stories about Mike that I may not have heard before.

The lovely newlyweds, Amy and Kyle. Oh, how they look so cold on this 12 degree day.

Mike had to get a snap of this beauty upon entering the temple before the wedding. He and his boyfriend, Matt, do this constantly and text the pictures to each other.

Dirk and Jeff were prevalent figures in Mike’s high school and college years. Jeff and Mike grew really close while living at the Larsons. The stories they like to tell…

These 2 families were always there to help keep Mike in line during his scouting years. He really looked up to them.

Claudia was like a second mom to Mike.

We had a fabulous time at the wedding and reception and were so glad to see old friends. It was a nice break from the kids, too.

Speaking of the girls, they had so much fun with Grandma Minnesota this weekend. She took them to a movie, had a fancy dinner with them with candles and fancy glasses and all, and made sure to keep them busy at all times. The girls were the ones asking to go to bed by the end of the night. Thanks, Grandma!

We had ourselves another fancy meal with miniature, grilled cheese sandwiches. Kathy had received a mini loaf of bread as a Valentine gift and thought it would be fun to make sandwiches for the girls with it. Of course, the girls were ecstatic.

Lucy decided to take up residency in our suitcase while we were away. All our clothes were full of dog hair afterward and required a quick run through the dryer. She wasn’t pleased when I closed the suitcase.

Here were are on our way to church yesterday morning.

We also got to spend Friday night with Sara and Jake’s families for a night of prime rib, mashed potatoes, and cake. Jake brought the prime rib, and it was cooked to perfection. It was nice to see everyone for the evening, and the girls just love getting to spend time with their cousins. Two weekends in a row of activity is enough for a while though. I’m really hoping that we have no plans this upcoming weekend.

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