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Monday, August 13, 2018

June Family Fun (Oh and Wedding too)

Back in June, Shannon, one of my little baby sisters got married! Which meant that we got see and spend time with siblings who live far away and it was so fun! Thank goodness for weddings that bring us all back together again. 

Several days before the wedding a crowd of us drove up to Salt Lake to visit our Viehweg grandparents in their sweet, memory-filled old home on Gurene Drive in Murray. When we got there they ended up not being home! We found out later that day that Grandpa had had some medical problems after a recent blood clo,t I believe (?), and they were at the hospital. We waited around in the shade on their lawn for about an hour, when Uncle Paul showed up by chance to help Grandma out with something (he didn't know they weren't home either). So he let us into their house with his key where we coooled off inside and enjoyed some of their constantly filled fridge of beverages in the garage while we chatted with Paul.

Eventually we figured we had waited long enough and decided to head back home and make the visit another day. Paul got a picture of us all on the lawn before we left.

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Later on we had dinner at our place all together - baked hame and cheese sliders with delicious sauce, watermelon, and salad. It was a crowd but so fun to host so many of us all together!
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 After dinner we went over to the nearby park, Nielson's Grove, to let the kids play and get out of the house, into the slightly cooler summer evening air.

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 The cute bride and little Adam.*

Hot, red-faced Jane staying hydrated.*

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Uncle Macsen and Audrey!*

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Kids will last for HOURS on the swings. Claire and Audrey swung next to each other for a while.

Aunt Shannon pushing Jane and Bryan.*

Alice and Bryan did the spider together!*

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Claire and I swinging together.*

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Claire and Audrey went together for a while. But it kind of hurt so they didn't last very long.*

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Claire LOVED pushing baby Adam. *
She basically loved anything baby Adam was doing. I think she's ready for a baby sister.

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Oh, and she even pushed Audrey.*

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Later in the week, the day before the wedding, I took the whole family up to Big Springs park, high up in Provo Canyon, for a picnic lunch and wading in the shallow, *frigid,* mountain stream. It was a perfect, relaxing outing. The whole space was covered in shade so it never got too hot. In fact, it was almost to cool to enjoy that fresh mountain stream.

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Aunt Jessica didn't wear the right shoes to wade in the river, despite Audrey's pulling.

 Alice found a little perch on a log.








 Making her way across using her newly found walking stick.





 Little girls!!


 Claire, bushwhacking through the tall grass.

 It was so fun to watch these two, Avery and Claire, who are only a couple weeks apart in age, get to know each other! We love cousin fun!

 They were just so adorable!




 Clearly, I just couldn't get enough of them!



Photo cred for these two of Bryan goes to Alice! She captured him cuddling his brand new cougar toy from the BYU store.



Cute Audrey kept making her own way across the stream and then begging people to come help her back across. For some reason the journey back just seemed to much for her haha.*

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Oma and Jason spectating.*


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Sissies!*

The cute couple, Shannon and Alex, were so twitterpated, they couldn't keep their hands off each other haha. One more day!*

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Brittany and Brent picked up delicious toasted subs for everybody on their way up and we had a great lunch together.*







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Audrey, on the other side again, waiting for someone to help her back across!*


Later that evening we went up into the canyon AGAIN, for a pizza dinner hosted by Grandpa Oakley Ray for all the Ray family who were in town for the wedding, as well as an early celebration of his own birthday! I didn't get any pics other than these that Brittany took, of the girls who wandered off and found themselves a fire pit full of black ash to play in.
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 Unfortunately Avery had already left by the time we got a picture, she was just as covered, maybe even more so, than the rest!
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 WEDDING DAY!!!
June 9th, 2018

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So so cute. Her vision really came together and everything about the day was so beautiful.

Especially all the cute little girls in white dresses!*

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Somehow they got the idea to carry Shannon's train, and all of them crowded around, each wanting to hold a piece of her beautiful dress.*

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 Walking around to the backside.



 Probably they were hurting more than helping here haha, pulling a little too hard on that dress.








Both on the younger end of two large families, they have lots of nieces and nephews between them!*

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It's always a job of great fun getting a picture of this many little children all at once... espcially in 95* heat!*


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All the little Viehweg men.*

And all the little Viehweg girlies.*

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 So hot, haha, and so bright!


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Sisters!








And with the brother, poor Bryson couldn't make it due to military obligations.






After the ceremony and subsequent pictures we had a lovely luncheon with the Baker and Viehweg families at. The kids had a table all to themselves!*

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The reception that evening, at the Clegg's home in Alpine, UT, was soooo pretty! 
After the fiasco of trying to get it all set up in a giant windstorm, with vases full of water and bouquets tipping over, tablecoths blowing off, and even the chocolate fountain blowing over and splattering all over Max's slacks and the crisp white table cloth underneath it (but, crisis was averted, we simply placed an extra decorative black table cloth square right smack on top of the giant chocolate splattering to hide it and changed the fountain out for two fondue pots instead) it all came together really nicely, and the setting was just gorgeous. 

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Cute little helpers.*

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And lots of dancing! Claire couldn't get enough.








We snapped a sibling photo with some dear family friends we had grown up with in Eagle, Eric and Allison Carter. Allison was one of my mom's best friends and they had lots of kids our ages. It was fun to reconnect with them.

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What a fun week! We loved spending so much time with family, and especially watching all the kids become acquainted, once again, with their cousins who live so far away! Congratulations to Shannon and Alex Baker, and thanks for the beautiful day.


* All photos with asterisk were taken by my sister, Brittany Staley. Yeah, she's way better at documenting events and taking photos than I am.