Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Karissa's 2nd reception in the country, sleeping chickens and all

I was thrilled to find out that the groom's side of the family was having a reception at their ranch (my someday dream).  The weather was cooler and the yard was perfect.  We especially enjoyed the wonderful swing.





At the end, the bridesmaids and groomsmen gathered together to light the lanterns that were to be released with the playing of the romantic song from Tangled (Karissa's favorite).  The lanterns were even rainbow colored.  Unfortunately, the wind picked up.  So after two lanterns blew into a tall tree, they decided the idea was enough and reality was too dangerous.


The next morning, we were all invited back for a family breakfast.  The food was delicious, the weather gorgeous, and we learned how to put a chicken to sleep.

Then we all gathered around to watch Karissa and Allen open presents.  The horses were a big attraction (I appreciated that they observed the Sabbath and didn't ride).  And I finally got a close-up of Karissa's rainbow nails.

On our way out of town, I wanted the kids to see the petrified forest, but didn't want to spend money on the Sabbath.  So we stopped on the side of the road for the kids to get a closer look.  They are not really smiling about experiencing something new, but laughing at the idea of stopping to look at rocks.  kids.
Nonetheless, they can say they did it.

This is the end of my posts on the wedding.  I actually took over 800 pictures and would love to share more but it wouldn't interest everyone, plus it would take forever! 
 I'll post some on facebook.  The family is really the only ones that want to see them anyway.
Good night!

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