Rinar took the kids to visit my parents in Tucson on Friday and then he came back Saturday night. So while he was gone I put together a float for the Pioneer Day Parade. It is a multi-stake gathering and is alot of fun, except for the sweltering heat and being out in the sun and basically melting. We had our Primary kids do a float last year and we MELTED, so I decided this year, no matter what, our float would involve water somehow. Therefore the theme for our float was "Build Your House Upon a Rock". If you are familiar with the song...
The wise man built his house upon a rock
And the rains came tumbling down...
And the house upon the rock stood still.
Our float represented the rain. The kids brought water guns and we filled up a zillion water balloons the night before. We also decorated the float Friday night and as I drove it to the parade very slowly, it almost completely fell apart. As soon as I got there, I had the parents make a mad dash to make the necessary repairs. Everything turned out perfectly in the end. We got wet, and hence stayed cool, and we were able to get a lot of unsuspecting parade observers wet as well. When the parade was done I felt pretty cooled off and it didn't bother me that it was well over 1oo degrees by 9:30am. It was no problem.
We also ran into an old friend after the parade...
After the parade and festivities, I made all the necessary preparations for Eli and me and then we headed up to St. George. We went to visit my Grandma Carpenter for about an hour and then we went to Aunt Karey's wedding. She got remarried because a few years ago my Uncle John (her husband) passed away quite suddenly. He had been sick and had someone else's heart, as he had received a heart transplant about 15 years before.
It was a happy occasion. Eric is one of 11 kids. There were about 12 of us, from our side of the family that made it to her wedding. I think all the rest of them were from his side of the family. Eric has 5 girls and Karey has 2 boys.
Karey's moms: Wilma and Vi
Karey, with major picture-taking fatigue...
Ross is a Grandpa...with his super-cute granddaughter Teagan.
And here is the rest of our family...pretty much.