It has been another exciting week at this Payne household. Doug, Lois, and Christopher came to town last weekend (see previous post) so we were able to spend a little time with them. It really was a little bit. They arrived on Friday around 5:00pm and left Sunday around 11:00am. It’s always so sad to see them go (I know, I’ve said that before, but it’s true!). You just never know when you’re going to see them next so it’s sad. And Tori loves her Nana and her Papa and her Uncle Chris. I just wish we were all close so that she could develop a really close connection with all of Sarah’s family, but it’s just hard for her.
The reception for Savanna and Billy on Saturday night was really nice. I was expecting more of a fiesta-type fill to the event, but there was not one piñata or Vicente Fernandez impersonator insight. To be honest, I was a little disappointed: I went expecting a party, but only found a boring old wedding reception. In all seriousness though, it was really nice and it was fun to meet more of Sarah’s family and talk with them. I met Sarah’s Uncle Bill (actually her dad’s cousin) about 2 years ago when we visited Sarah’s Granny in Vegas, but no one else from the family was in town at that time. So I got to meet the rest of the family and talk to them a little bit which was really nice. Originally, we were going to go down to Vegas for the wedding where Tori and Charli were going to be flower girls for the wedding (due to current gas prices, we were unable to make the drive down to Vegas for the event), so Savanna gave them their flower girl dresses on Saturday (we’ll post pictures at a different time). They were so cute in their little white dresses!
Sunday, we blessed Charli in my mom and dad’s home ward and had a little luncheon with all our family at my parents’ house afterwards (their house is a lot better for fitting large numbers of people than ours is). We would like to thank: Doug, Lois and Chris; Dad, Mom, Amber, Bryan, Neal, Riley, Matt, Andrea, Ethan, and Jake; Aunt Darla; Uncle Don and Aunt Leann; Uncle Randy and Aunt Lou and Family; Uncle Garth and Aunt Sharon and family; Uncle Bill and Aunt Lorraine and family; Granny and Grampa; Grandma Poulsen; Grandma and Grandpa Payne; and anyone else that came to support our family. Also, a big thanks to Mom and Dad, Amber and Bryan and the boys, and Matt and Andrea and the boys for all their help cleaning up and beautifying Mom and Dad’s house/yard to allow us to have so many people over. It is always nice to have a get together to see how many people want to and are willing to support you and your family for whatever reason it may be. Thank you to everyone! It was a really special day for all of us, and Charli was so good during her blessing!
Now to the fun news…we found out on Tuesday that Sarah has h. pylori. She is currently on a 14 day antibiotic treatment to hopefully get rid of it. It’s a bacteria that lives in the stomach that is pretty difficult to get rid of. We are hoping that this will take care of all of it. We are trying to figure out if we should get the rest of us tested for it, but we haven’t quite decided on that yet. Also, Sarah is going to have her gallbladder removed and her hernia repaired tomorrow. It had been a fun-filled time this last little bit, but it will all turn around hopefully starting this weekend. I just hope she feels better.
On Saturday, I received my diploma in the mail. As Sarah puts it, I have my $20,000 piece of paper. I guess it’s officially official now. What a relief! I am so glad to be done.
Lastly, I would just like to give a belated Father’s Day to my fathers.
Doug: Thank you for all you do for me and for my family. You are always willing to share your advice and your knowledge with us/me and we appreciate it so much. Thank you for taking care of us and showing us your love.
Dad: The way you have embraced and accepted my family has meant the world to me. Thank you for always being there to help us and offer your support. I know that when you have my girls they are in good hands. Thank you for your willingness to share your knowledge and your advice with us. I appreciate every gesture of love shown to me and my family. There is no one else I would rather have as my DAD. I love you Dad!