Well not literally, but I find it suspicious that I was perfectly fine when I left my house on Friday night and within hours of crossing into Idaho I had a stuffy nose and was sneezing all the time. A steady dose of decongestants is all that's keeping me going right now... lol. I think it was the hay or something. Whatever.
Friday night I was able to get to Twin Falls early enough to join everyone for a late dinner at Tomatoes restaurant. It was fun to see my mom and my aunts and uncles and some cousins that I didn't get a chance to see at our reunion last month. Mom and I stayed at a hotel right there... we all wanted to be there so we'd have more time in the morning, plus it was a shorter drive for me :) Everyone else drove in from Boise the next morning for the sealing at the Twin Falls temple. It was a beautiful ceremony! I'm so happy and excited for Kim that she and Brian found each other. They're a fantastic couple.
Exiting the temple after the sealing:
After the photos, we went for lunch at the Idaho Pizza Company. It was fun, yummy, and had the added perk of being full of really cute firefighters from SLC. I neglected to take any pictures at lunch... I left it all to Uncle Merrill. I was lazy. I own it.
After lunch, Mom and I wanted to see the local sights - we figured the chance that either of us would be back in Twin Falls was slim, and they had some gorgeous scenery. First, we stopped at Shoshone Falls.
Then we drove out to the edge of town and got out at the scenic overlook for the Snake River Canyon. It was just beautiful!
Then we hopped in the car to head to Boise to help set up the reception and ring ceremony at my aunt's house. We started out behind everyone else but thanks to my lead foot er, inexplicable circumstances, we were way ahead of the rest of the cars when we found out that there had been a really terrible accident on the freeway just a few minutes after I passed by and some of the others got stuck there while they brought in the life flight helicopters and cleaned things up. We were just grateful that no one from our party was involved. Mom and I were able to get there in time to get started finishing up the decorating and everyone else made it through in time to finish up the food. We got everything cleaned up and ready just as guests started to arrive.
Kim and Brian had a lovely ring ceremony under the tent... one of the favors was a fun paper fan that came in super handy in the heat! Here's Kim walking down the aisle with my Uncle Nile.
Exchanging the rings...
Everything was beautiful and I'm so glad I got to be there. Mom and I stayed with my aunt and uncle Saturday night and then mom flew out at the crack of dawn on Sunday... she wouldn't let me get up early to take her to the airport so that I could sleep and be awake to drive home. Probably wise, but I still missed not seeing her. I guess I'll just have to go home for a visit :) Sunday morning I went to church where the entire family showed up... my cousin Kelly's son, Forrest, just got back from a mission in Ghana and was giving his return talk and Kelly spoke as well. It was wonderful to be there with all of my aunts and uncles and my grandma - I don't think I've ever gone to church with all of them! After church we had leftover wedding cake and fruit (that balances out, don't you think?) and then I had to hop in the car to drive back home so I could get ready to get back to work. All in all, a busy but very fun and happy weekend.
The rest of the (mostly unedited) photos I took over the weekend are here.