Thursday, November 21, 2013

Family Escape...

Moscow had its first snowfall of the year a couple weekends ago. What choice did we have but to pack our bags and head south for a week of 80 plus degree weather? It seemed like the right thing to do.

We flew down to Arizona for a long anticipated vacation for the whole Ewert family. We are now a group of twelve (and growing!).


My Dad did all the work planning this great getaway for us all and we stayed at a beautiful home in Scottsdale, Arizona. 


The pool and hot tub were well used.


Olivia found her Zen with Aunt Sandy. Much to our amusement she floated blissfully like this on her back for several minutes at complete peace with the world.

One day the guys all went golfing. Most of us girls decided to visit Butterfly Wonderland instead. We got to watch a butterfly emerge from its cocoon all wet and wrinkly - so amazing to watch the wings uncurl and begin to dry! In the atrium itself, we were surrounded by colorful butterflies of all shapes and sizes. They seem to approve of Mom's red top.
 

I am pretty sure the biggest hit for Olivia was the carousel at the Train Park a few days later. 


In fact it was so much fun, Uncle Winston took her for a second ride.



Half a day's drive away from our vacation spot lives an old college friend whom I have not seen since her wedding. Since then we have both had little girls a few months apart. She and her little family were able to drive over and join us for the weekend.


It was a wonderful time to catch up and see how much our lives have been blessed since we were single college girls.

We were welcomed back to Moscow with a little more snow, but it was good to be home.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Wedding Bells...

Due to getting a new computer and switching everything over to the new one, this post is a little outdated. About three weeks ago now, we drove up to Canada for Taylor and Esther's wedding. It was such a happy occasion to see these two say their wedding vows to each other.

The night before the wedding, the wedding party came to my parents' place for Greek food.


For dessert we ordered a Dairy Queen ice cream cake. The best ice cream cake there is in my opinion. Here are the happy lovebirds with the cake.



Sadly my camera battery died for the ceremony, but it was very beautiful. Esther was a lovely bride - I managed to snag a picture with her at the reception.


Hard to believe it was only about ten months ago that the below two love birds tied the knot themselves. Looks like they are still in love with each other.



When I told Jason and Sandy to look cute for a picture, Jason said he didn't do cute. Good thing Sandy does.


Paden and I thoroughly enjoyed our time at a wedding neither of us were in and where all we had to do was attend some parties.