Thursday, May 31, 2012

A Special Book

For Spencer's parent's fiftieth wedding anniversary I was asked to make them a photo book of their lives together. For a month or so I collected photos from all their children and even their siblings. It took several weeks for me to sift through pictures and compile the book. All of my hard work paid off though, because Ron and Shirley were absolutely smitten with the results.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Our Trip to Canada - Part II

For the second part of our trip, we traveled west towards the coast and gathered with the rest of the family in Langley. The days leading up to the actual anniversary celebration were spent playing with cousins, running errands, and killing time at the park.
Saturday was the big day. The day started off, with those who could, attending a special endowment session in the temple. After that, there was a family luncheon held at the pavilion next to the temple. 
Following the luncheon, the youth were invited to do baptisms for the dead. Our boys went home for naps, while Spencer and I helped set up for the dinner party that would be taking place that evening. At the party, we enjoyed a delicious Thai dinner, Ron and Shirley were showered with gifts, and many participated in a tribute/talent show. Van was a great contributor; singing "Horse Soldier" with his daddy.
Sunday was our last day and before anyone got away, we gathered together right before church to have a family photo taken. With the help of a family friend, I was able to set up my camera on a tripod and have him take the picture. After church, we had lunch, packed up, then wound down before our 7am flight the next day.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Our Trip to Canada - Part I

Through the generosity of others, we were able to visit Canada for two weeks and celebrate the 50th wedding anniversary of Spencer's parents. We spent the first half of our trip in Vernon, Spencer's home town. While we were there, we enjoyed hanging around the house, riding bikes, jumping on the trampoline, and helping out where we could.
When we weren't at the house, we could be found soaking up the sun at the beach, playing at the park, or hiking. Spencer and Van even had the opportunity to join the rest of the men at the annual Father's and Son's campout.