Laura and Jonathan’s rehearsal dinner

Life is starting to settle down for me, so I found a few minutes this afternoon to look at some of the many pictures that were taken around Laura and Jonathan’s big day.

Their rehearsal dinner was hosted by Jonathan’s parents, Joe and Margaret at an Italian Restaurant in Salt Lake City. The decorating was beautiful and so special for the upcoming wedding. It was great to have a few things to bring home to act as reminders of their special day.

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There were over 30 people involved in the wedding party, so a big group at the dinner.

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Jonathan and Laura

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My folks, Anna and Don

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Mark’s mom Edith, Matt and Jana (bridesmaid that Laura works with)

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The two lucky moms, Margaret and I.

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Mark and I would like to thank you for hosting the wonderful dinner. Also thanks for raising a wonderful son, as Mark and I are happy to have Jonathan join our family.

A visit with Dr. Trish Jerant

Yesterday Mark and I drove to Salt Lake City to have lunch with Dr. Trish at her new work place. This picture was taken in May just after she graduated.

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This is where Dr. Trish spends her days at the VA Hospital in Salt Lake. Actually she is on weekly rotations to learn all about the workings in the hospital.

Mark and I are so proud of Patricia for all of her hard work to get where she is today. Happy she likes her job, with lots of learning still in-front of her.

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Maybe I can help her do a little decorating of her cubicle.

A visit to Hoover Dam

Hoover Dam is just a 30 minute drive from Las Vegas so a must to see.

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All of us in front of the dam.

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The dam

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The new bridge that was built to bypass the dam. It was suppose to take 5 years to build, but took 7 years to complete at a cost of around 5 billion dollars.

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To build the bridge they started on each side and it was joined in the middle.

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We decided to take a tour of the dam.

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Simon enjoyed walking threw the tunnels.

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It was interesting to see the power generator turbines in action.

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Inspections are done  regularly to look for cracks in the thick cement walls.

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Gerry and I are not to excited seeing the thin cracks in the walls.

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We all enjoyed the tour, and managed to survive the 110′ heat. A first for all of us, and as Gerry would say that it felt like walking in front of a blow drier.

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A trip to Las Vegas

Last week after Laura’s wedding, Mark and I made a trip to Las Vegas with our dear friends Gerry and Sharon from Canada. We have known them since our McDonald’s days, so we go back many many years. We were also thrilled to bring Simon along for the three day visit. It was Simon’s second trip to Las Vegas and a first for Gerry and Sharon.

We stayed at the Wynn Hotel, a first for all of us.

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The lobby was magnificent.

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The exterior was spectacular.

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Sharon and I loved it all. We took in the Celine Dion show which was truly divine.

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All our rooms came with a wonderful view of Las Vegas Blvd.

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A walk down the strip was a necessity to see the water show at the Bellagio.

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Look at this cool store!

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Tomorrow pictures from our trip to the Hoover Dam.

Simon left to go back to China on Sunday, Gerry and Sharon left this morning, so after almost a month of company, Mark and I are just relaxing. We love our company and now enjoying the sounds of silence.

Pictures from wedding and picnic

I received a few pictures from friends that I would like to share.

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Some of our extended family.

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Denise, Laura and me after the ceremony.

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My siblings at the out of towners picnic a couple days before the wedding. Pattie, Mary, me, Theresa, Jamie. Too bad my brother Joe could not make the wedding.

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Laura and her bridesmaids. Jana was unable to make the picnic.

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Laura and Jonathan with friends from Canada.

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Jonathan’s mom Margaret and sister Deborah.

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The dancing begins

After the cake cutting, the dancing began with Laura and Jonathan.

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Next Laura and her dad.

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Trish also has a dance with her dad.

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Mark then sat down to visit with his brothers.

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Look at my mom go with my younger sister Pattie and brother Jamie.

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She’s got the moves down.

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It was so much fun having my family their to celebrate Laura’s wedding day.

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Can you tell?

Laura’s big day

Here are a few more random shots taken with my camera.

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Trish and I getting Laura ready while Jennifer looks on.
Laura walking down the stairs.

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Her bridesmaids, without Trish.

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Laura and Jonathan at the church.

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Mark and Matt at the church.

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All of us have had this cake topper on our wedding cakes. My mom, sisters, Trish and my niece Amanda.

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Laura and Jonathan and the cake.

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Many more to follow.

May I present the new Mrs. Miller

All my dreams for Laura came true. The wedding went off without any hitches. Have been very busy with company so will just post a few of my favorite bridal pictures.

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Many many more to follow.

Simon arrived with some gifts

After a day late Simon arrived last night with gifts for all of us.

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The grandparents were thrilled with their surprise gifts.

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I am so excited about Laura and Jonathan’s wedding tomorrow, that I am not doing much eating or sleeping. All the family has arrived from Canada so let the party begin. This evening we have the rehearsal and dinner and then tomorrow will be here with all of our dreams and plans coming to fulfillment.

The seating chart is completed

This afternoon Laura and I worked on the seating chart for the reception.

Lots of purple and silver

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Laura typed the names.

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I got to be creative

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Every table is labeled with a resort for the seating arrangements.

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While we were busy in the dining room, Mark stayed busy in the kitchen preparing the baked beans for the out of towners picnic tomorrow evening.

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Looks good!

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The excitement is building with 3 days and counting.