Saturday, October 22, 2016

Memorial Day Weekend 2016

For Memorial Day Weekend, we headed to Bend to attend my cousin Madisen's wedding.  

The first night we got there, we went and ate at Dandy's.  It's a drive up burger joint with like 3 things on the menu.  The waitresses are on roller skates.  My mom worked here in high school so we thought it would be fun to show Brizzy where Nona worked as a teenager.

The next morning, we headed over to an awesome park, where Wembley and Nona followed the ducks around the pond.

And Dad tried to catch a fish.

But no success.  Briz still loved it all the same.

We had a high quality meal at Denny's where Wembley would not sit still (surprise).  We like to keep things classy.

The afternoon of the wedding was beautiful and warm!  It was located on a ranch out in Bend.  The ranch was so beautiful. Nick and I wanted to stay there another week.  We tried to keep Wembley occupied while we waited for the ceremony to start.

And Briz felt so special.  She thought she was part of the wedding and wondered why she wasn't standing up in the front with the bridesmaids and the bride.

My sweet little girls posing in their fancy dresses.

Wembley was exhausted because she didn't have a proper nap that day.

Waiting for dinner and speeches and Briz showing off her awesome teeth.

Wembley loved that she got to eat crap for about 3 hours straight.  

And Briz wanted to get as close as possible to the father/bride dance.

We put Wembley to sleep and let Briz party a little bit.  She loved dancing with her Nona.

A cute shot of Madisen and Alex and their little guy Sjur.

The next day, we went to Sacrament Meeting in my grandma's old ward.  I used to go there a lot as a little girl when I come to Bend and visit her.  I was surprised by how many people I recognized.  It was fun to hear stories about my grandma, my mom, and other family members.    After church, we headed over to the cemetery.  This is a special cemetery because we have a lot of family buried here.  First grave we visited was my Grandma Kay, my Dad's mom.  My middle name was Kay and it was where we got Holland's middle name.

We then visited my Great Grandma Ives (Grandma Kay's mom).  Since my grandma wasn't alive during my life, my Grandma Ives was sort of my grandma on that side.  

We visited my sweet niece, Kendall.  Kendall died when she was 8 years old from a brain tumor.  I believe its been 13 years or so since she has died.  

And we visited my mom's mom, Meme.  My grandma died when she was 62, when I was 18.  I still miss her so much.  I know she would be having so much fun with her great grand daughters.  

We also headed over to St. Charles hospital, where Nick and I were both born.  In Nick's baby book, the first visitor that came to the hospital was my Meme.  (my grandma and mother in law were good friends back in the day).

We then headed back over to the park and roller bladed around the path they had there.

We spent a lot of time visiting the horses, and Briz begged every waking moment to ride one of the horses.  She finally got her dream come true and rode a horse around the coral for a little bit.  She also got to practice grooming the horse.

We hiked through the ranch that led to a canal.  It was freezing!  But I dared Briz to go in as far as she could.  She didn't last very long or go very far.

We went on a hike up Pilot Butte.  It was a great little workout carrying Dubs up the butte.  Loved spending time in Bend with so many of Nick and I's roots there.  It was beautiful and warm and so great being together as a family.  Normally for Memorial Day we sit at home in the rain twiddling our thumbs so we thought it was a pretty great weekend.

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