Saturday, April 12, 2008

Conference Weekend

Aw, how nice it was. We drove to Utah - thankfully just a 3 1/2 hour drive - and met up with Jason's family, who drove up from Washington. It was so nice to see them! Jason's dad had tickets for Saturday morning, Priesthood session and Sunday afternoon. We stayed with Dustin & Camilla at her parent's house in Stansbury Park. Somehow we always end up at that house when we go to Utah, and we love it. It's a wonderful little town and a wonderful little house. Thomas (Dustin and Camilla's boy) has grown up SO much! He's going to be two years old next month and we can't get over how big he's gotten. Same for Blake, Jason's youngest brother, who just turned two last month. They are both talking and saying so many words! It was so entertaining! Jason and I have been wanting to see those two meet and play together ever since they were born and they finally did that weekend!! While we went to conference with J's family, Dustin & Camilla watched Blake. It was such a riot seeing them play together! Sunday night after conference, we all had dinner over at the Parson's (Camilla's parents) and were entertained by Blake and Thomas playing together. I could've sat there and watched them play all day.

Another highlight for me was talking with Janelle, Jason's mom. She is just the sweetest and I'm so lucky to have such a wonderful mother in law! We chatted during Priesthood session about Kristie being born, the delivery, pregnancy and things of all sorts. I'm so glad she's going to be there for all of it! She even let me know that she'd like to help out with Kristie after she's born and stay with us for a week or so. I was SO glad she asked because I've been wanting to ask her if she could stay and help! I'll definitely need a mother figure around.

After Sunday afternoon session, we went and visited my mom's gravesite. She is buried in the Salt Lake Cemetary, and I always make it a point to go there if we're ever in town. Dad sent Dustin some money so we could plant new flowers for her - it had been exactly 10 years as of April 2nd that she passed away, so we wanted to do something special. It turned out that Dustin & Camilla had to plant them without me so I could make the afternoon session with the Duces. But as long as I got to go visit, it was ok. It was so different this time, being pregnant. In my head I was saying "Here's your granddaughter Mom - I hope she's like you in every possible way."

And of course, the best highlight of the weekend was Conference itself. I'm so grateful we were able to attend some sessions in the conference center. I was really touched by the spirit there and was reassured that I really am a part of a true and amazing gospel. Jason and both feel that President Monson really is going to be a wonderful prophet, and already is. I had to keep reminding myself after President Hinckley passed away that Monson was the new prophet. But after his closing talk in the Sunday afternoon session, we both new he was was it - he really is going to be amazing!

Mom's newly planted flowers. (Dustin & Camilla had to do this with Thomas and Blake! Must've been a sight to see!)



Blake and Thomas, together!!

The boys jumping on Dustin

Sharing my peach cobber with Blake


Laura said...

I love when you post pictures! :) Glad you had a good weekend with family. I can't wait to see you next week!

Brandon and Katie said...

Blake and Thomas are so cute! I can't believe how old they are now. And they do kinda look like they could be brothers hah. I have a blog now!