Monday, May 23, 2011

My Hubby, the LAW Grad

Shad Graduated Law School last Saturday, May 14th! We are all so proud of him and this HUGE accomplishment. He poured everything into law school and it totally paid off. He graduated with honors and he received a lot of recognition for his work on the law review and the website he put together for them (Check it out! seen here). During law school he made the deans list twice, callied (received the TOP grade in his class) twice, made law review business editor, was in the J. Rueben Clark Law Society presidency, held a two year paid internship, and maintained three year scholarship. Seriously awesome!

My parents, Shad's Mom, and Shad's sister Heidi, her husband, and one of thier daughters, Karissa all came to support Shad for his graduation. It was a fun day! The graduation was early in the morning. So afterward we were able to have a fancy lunch together, and then walk around downtown Spokane. CONGRATS Shad!!!!!!!!!

My parents with Shad and I
Shad's Mom
Left to Right: Karissa, Stephen, Heidi(Shad's sister), Shad, Krista, Owen, Rosalie
Shad with two of his good buddies, Brooks and Forrest, we made some GREAT friends in law school

Shad walking out of graduation with his DIPLOMA!

Shad and Heidi walking around the downtown falls after lunch

Owen with Grandma and Grandpa, such the gentleman!

He will take the BAR exam at the end of July. His bar prep class starts June 1st, so he has a SHORT break before he hits the books again! Then hopefully... a job! (Keep your fingers crossed for us... and toes!)

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Kambria's Wedding Weekend

Oh man, I tried to blog about this LAST week... but the ONE DAY I had time to do it, blogger was DOWN ALL DAY LONG!!! Grrr. And it didn't save my post. ARGH! I'm ticked. So... I had to start ALL OVER!

On the weekend of Mothers Day my best friend, Kambria, was sealed and married to her sweetheart in the SLC temple on May 7th. It was so wonderful to be a part of her BIG day and be there for all the wedding hype and the day itself. It tuned out beautiful, nothing short of perfection, per Kam's excellent planning and taste! :) The whole fam had a great time!

Getting there was a whole other story! Since I have known Kam, my entire life (since I was 3) she is also very close to my parents and family, so we all had to travel down there. Shad was still in Spokane in the midst of finals, so he was going to fly down Friday morning to meet us in SLC. I flew on Thursday, without Owen to enjoy a pampered girls day with Kambria and all the bridesmaids. And my saintly parents drove down all day Thursday with Owen from Washington to Utah!! I know, they are AWESOME! All day long with a toddler in the car! Oh man! They didn't make it there until close to 1 AM! But we all made it there safe and sound!

Thursday, like I said was a day of pampering and fun. We all got manicures and pedicures. And then later we went out for a Cinco de Mayo Bachelorette celebration with authentic Mexican food, and dancing! So fun, but sadly I didn't have my camera, so no pics.

Friday I went to the Bountiful Temple with my parents while Kambria went through the temple for the first time. It was very sweet to see Kambria and her fiancee, Preston together the day before their wedding in the temple. Shad flew in that morning and stayed behind with Owen, since it had been TWO WEEKS since he'd seen us, he wanted some quality time with Owen. Also his mom drove up from Orem to visit with him and Owen. And so did his sister-in-law Megan, with her two boys, Keldan and Konner to visit! It was good to see them!

Me, with my parents outside the Temple:
The Happy Couple: Kambria and Preston
Me and Kam, with her brother Isaac
Our Nephews: Keldan and Konner!

Then Friday night Shad and I attended the rehearsal dinner. It was an intimate affair with just immediate family and the wedding party. It was an excellent meal, filled with tears of joy for the couple and many speeches dedicated to them!

A sweet moment I caught of the two of them!
This is the only decent picture I had of all the bridesmaids at the dinner, of course Isaac HAD to be in this one! :)

Saturday, the BIG day! I got ready with the girls in Kambria's hotel suite and sent her off to get married!! The other bridesmaids, who were not members, graciously volunteered to watch Owen while Shad and I, along with my parents, could attend the sealing. Sadly, I did not take my camera to the temple grounds so I got NO outside shots of them coming out, or all of us girls waiting outside, or cute Owen dressed up outside. After picture-mania, we went out for a quick bite at Rumbi (a personal Utah FAV of Shad and mine!) and got ready to go to the reception. The reception was beautiful, it was very formal... all black and white. And everything came together beautifully!

The only picture I have of "outside" the temple, and this was the night before walking home from the rehearsal dinner. But I was pretty proud of this shot!

Here is the reception ballroom. Everything was so pretty
The Cake:
The table settings:
Owen fell asleep during the dinner portion of the evening... and was not too happy to wake up!
First Dance:
Cutting the Cake:
They had a Mariachi band come in and play, and of course everyone got crazy! My mother, could not resist! This is with Karen, Kam's mom... they are also BEST FRIENDS!!
Even Owen got in on the dancing!

This as the only OK picture I have of the two of us! She looked stunning!
Me with my pal, Alyssa, she was a bridesmaid at my wedding!!!!
My parents all dressed up!
Me with my boys all dressed up!
Sending them off to a blissful honeymoon in Mexico!!!
And I realized after I got home that I never took a picture of the full bridesmaid get-up. It was obviously, just a basic black dress... but these were the SHOES she made me wear... all 5+ inches of them...

It was such a fast and furious trip to Utah it was weird not going down to Provo! But I'm so glad that we could all be there to celebrate Kambria and Preston's wedding day. I loved every second! CONGRATS Mr. & Mrs. Thomas!

Monday, May 9, 2011

The Robot Walk

Owen is officially walking!!! Here is the video I took today of him finally getting brave enough to walk all around by himself. He has been able to walk for sometime, just needed to courage to do it alone! Owen sticks out his arms straight out when he walks; Shad calls it the 'Frankenstein walk', the 'Mummy Walk', or the 'Robot Walk'... which ever you want to call it those little steps are CUTE! :) And I'm happy Owen waited those two weeks for his daddy to come home, so he could be here to witness the main event!

So... this is a cell phone video, it isn't exactly "quality" and I couldn't figure out how to get it into imovie to put music to it to block our conversation. So.... just ignore our excited chatter in the background. (My mom calls my dad in excitement, stuff like that...etc!). Plus we just got back from our trip to Utah yesterday (which I will blog about soon!) so try and ignore the mess and our luggage still out on the floor! Also I couldn't figure out how to edit it down, so its about 4 1/2 minutes long. Don't feel obligated to watch the whole thing! :) Just enjoy a minute or so of our little man walking around!

The Robot Walk: