Monday, September 28, 2020

Heber, Utah

While in Utah, we spent a couple beautiful days in Heber. We spent the night at “Riverbend.” This magical home/cabin owned by Nancy and John (Riley’s aunt and uncle) located next to the tracks where the river bends. The house is unreal: with movie theater, slides going to different levels, themed rooms, basketball court, and more. They do lots of family reunions here and rent it out- but we’ve been in Japan so it was our families first time staying here and already anxious to go back one day. It was so nice and grateful for the opportunity. We got to stay in the “golf room” with these large windows overlooking everything. Riley said it was like “waking up to your personal imax theater.” 

I spy a barn owl. . . 

Just eating rocks... 

Uncle John cooked up some steaks and samon on the treager grill! We also had Nicole’s homemade flatbread pizza.

Luke had his first driving lesson

All the grandkids! 

Ethan and Chelsea’s Wedding!

One of the highlights of this trip was being able to attend Ethan & Chelsea’s wedding! We didn’t think this was going to be possible, but things just fell into place in the end.  Such a tender mercy as weddings are also like family reunions and opportunity to see everyone too!

The wedding was so special! The temple opened up again to phase two just in time, and they were able to get in. The sealing was at 7am and was such a great start of the day. It is a “covid wedding” and there was lots of limitations and the temple was no exception. Only a limited number of people allowed. There was about 12 total, I remember looking around in the sealing room at all the empty chairs and being sad and then I got that overwhelming feeling that this wedding is full house and so many people attending on the other side and celebrating this happy event and union. After we got into the car, there was even talk about Riley’s ‘Grandma Jo’  being there and making herself known flickering a little chandler light for a few seconds! As she said and joked she would before passing away. It really was so nice to be in the temple and see them so happy and in love!

The evening reception was SO BEAUTIFUL! They did a ring ceremony and little reception and dinner at Thanksgiving Point garden and everything was so well done! I remember at BYUH having a few chats about girls with Ethan and him saying how he would most likely marry someone the whole family hates . . . I think the exact opposite is true! Chelsea is adored, and can’t wait to get to know her more. Such a great day! 

More pictures to come :)


 After a few days in California, we all drove to Utah! It was a pretty great car ride and we were able to do it all in one day, thanks to Riley’s parents! We drove strait to Natalie’s house to surprise some siblings (they had no idea we were coming from Japan) and was so epic & great to be reunited with family.

While in Utah, we made some fun memories! We were able to do some hiking, go to Heber for the day, attend Chelsea and Ethan’s wedding and sealing, see baby Evan get blessed, and spend some quality time with Riley’s side! More post and pics comin!

The Surprise!

From the car ride!


These two became fast friends! 

These two will be one day! 6 months apart!