Wednesday, August 10, 2016

A Week in Moses Lake

Sometimes when you live in Mesa and every day is over 100 degrees and you are seven months pregnant, you just have to get away. Plus we had an Earl Reunion coming up in Idaho that my husband couldn't make it to, so I decided to come up to Moses Lake early and bum a ride off my parents.

When I got home, preparations for Today's Generation's production of The Little Mermaid were in full swing. Kendall was the director, so while she focused on the actors Courtney and I took over props and backstage. Kendall did such a great job and the play ended up being so much fun for everyone.

Kristy made it for the last show on Saturday!

Courtney made Tritan's throne, and I made his Trident, so I guess you could say we're pretty big deals. 
In an effort to prove ourselves to be the best pregnant stage hands in the history of theater, Courtney derived a way for us to make the giant Ursula scene even cooler.

Those giant lifelike tentacles? Yeah, that's us. Totally nailed it.

Once the craziness with the play was over we had just a few days for some family activities. My mom and sisters threw me an awesome baby shower. We had delicious crepes and time to sit and chat. I can't get over how many cute things we got for our little girl!

The last gift I opened was from Qiana and it was one of my favorites.

the wrapping

homemade bundle of joy

With Kristy and Courtney both in town we had Declan and Dean with us, but we also had Kacey's boys with us so that she could relax and get ready to have her baby. It was a house full, but the boys were all so good and played so well together.

ready for church

That's me trying to keep Declan awake on the way to a dinner that a very nice family made for us. He is the smiliest guy. And it was the yummiest dinner.

Also, a lady came over and gave us facials. It was awesome. 
It was a great week and a half hanging out with family before we headed to the reunion, though it was WAY too long to be away from Stephen.

The absolute best part of the week though was when Kacey finally had her baby on July 30. IT'S A GIRL!!! Baby Ridley is just the cutest little thing in the world and I can't wait to meet her in person and for our girls to be best friends.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Earl Family Reunion 2016

We woke up at 3:00 am on Thursday to start our drive to Albion, ID for the Earl Family Reunion. We took two cars up: Dad, Kendall, Bryan and Kacey's boys in the Suburban and Courtney, Mom, Dean, and I in Kendall's car.

Dean slept on and off for the first few hours or so. When he wasn't sleeping, he would just kind of look around outside all super chill. When the sun came up, he decided he was fully awake and then the real fun began. Courtney- the Champion of all Sisters- took the first driving shift. Mom was in the front seat, and due to age is not as great at staying awake as she once was. I was in the back next to Dean which was extra fun for two reasons. 1) Turns out pregnancy also gives me motion sickness, a problem I usually never deal with and 2) I was the only person in the car Dean did NOT love at the time. Any time he needed something, like a snack or his blanket, I would try to grab it for him seeing as I was sitting beside him, and he would FLIP. This meant I got to spend this stretch of the drive handing things to Courtney or Mom so that they could then hand them back to Dean. When it came from one of them he accepted it gladly. I can't wait to make fun of him for this when he's older.

The second stretch of the drive Kendall switched to driving our car (becoming the new Champion of all Sisters), I moved up to the front putting Courtney in the back, and we got some much needed rest. Dean and I were both a lot happier with this arrangement.

Anyways, it was basically a long, terrible drive but we eventually made it!

It was so fun to see everyone and get to chat with my family members that I just don't get to see enough! My one regret from the weekend was that Stephen wasn't able to come and meet everyone. Guess we will just have to do one next year!

First Cousins

Whole Crew

David Earl Group

Our shirt graphic featuring Grandma!

On Friday night we did a tribute to Grandma, where every family came up with a little something to present. This is just a sampling of the amazing things people came up with, minus the Bates because I was too mesmerized by their comedy sketch to remember to record! Some I had to stop early because baby girl was kicking me too hard, so blame her. It was a night filled with laughter, tears, and plenty of warm hearts. We are so lucky to be the descendants of Florence Ludeen Earl.

Doug Earl Group

Tom Earl Group

David Earl Group

Pat Earl Group

Jeff Earl Group

Can you believe how good Britney is at being Grandma?! She had me in tears I was laughing so hard.

Grandma drove back with us from the reunion and I had to take a picture because I love car rides with Grandma. She kept herself busy for the 8 hour drive by giving herself a manicure (she always has her nail kit ready for road trips) and reading the scriptures. She napped every once in a while, too. As we reminisced about the reunion on the drive back it was amazing to me just how well she knows each one of us. She remembers every single persons name (all great grandkids included) AND  can tell you what is going on in their lives right now. This woman is amazing and I am so lucky to be an Earl.