According to Japanese lore, folding 1000 origami cranes is tuly a labor of love. Tradition holds the bride who finishes this task (called sembazuru) before her wedding day will be richly rewarded with a good and happy marriage. Paying homage to the majestic crane, which mates for life and is said to live one thousand years, the bride ensures her own good fortune. In Japan, sembazuru is done when someone has a wish, be it for peace, health or luck. Today, couples fold 1000 cranes for a wish of a long and prosperous marriage. The folding of the cranes can be done with entire families and friends, not just the bride or the one making the wish. It is believed that the more people involved the more luck you will have. These pictures were taken the day of Ian and Teresa's Wedding in Las Vegas at the Artisan hotel in the garden area. It turned out beautiful. There were paper lantersn and cranes everywhere.
Dillon and Payton helped passing out the programs
Papa Jay and Grandma Vickie
Ian and his best man the professor
Grandpa Jody and Aunt Jeanne
Mom and the bride
You may kiss the bride!
The boys didn't know you were suppose to toss the rice! They chucked handfulls in their faces!
So on Halloween Eve the girls went to Vegas to hang out with Teresa to do their pre wedding stuff. They got pedicures and manicures and hung out. Then they met up with Grandpa Jody, Grandma Tippi, Aunt Jeanne, Uncle Ian and Uncle Louis and ate at a all you can eat seafood buffet. Kylee was in heaven - she loves crab legs. So what did we do? Well, Casey was preg checking cows and me and the boys, well we didn't do much of anything. Ashlee called and asked if the boys wanted to carve pumpkins. We didn't have much else going on since Casey was gone so the boys and I went pumpkin hunting. Walmart was sold out and the boys really wanted to get some, so we tried Harmons. We were in luck. We picked out 3 small pumpkins. One for each of the boys and one for T. They wanted to carve a skull for her for a wedding present that she displayed at her reception. (They picked a skull cause she loves those). We met up at Nancy's with Tyler and Aleisha and their family, Mitch and Val and little Brooklyn. Here are some pics of the festivities.
Payton working on his scary monster Dillon working on Titas pumpkin
Me and the boys. Casey showed up to help Payton finish cutting his out! Mitch and Val working on very detailed pumpkins! Ashlee helping Brooklyn Blake and Tyler Kenzee Look at this cool pic I just learned to do!
This year we were not planning on getting costumes for Halloween because T and Ian were getting marries on Halloween day. The boys had a parade at their school and I told them they could skip the parade since they didn't have a costume. For once, they both wanted to be at school. The girls took the boys to our friend Sona Petersons house and went through their stack of Halloween Costumes. This is what they picked.
Casey and I have been married 14 years and have 4 wonderful children. Mariah is 13, Kylee is 12, Dillon is 9 and Payton is 6. We have 26 pets/livestock which incudes 2 horses, 2 english bulldogs, 1 holland lop bunny, 1 bearded dragon, 2 fish, 2 dwarf frogs, 14 chickens, 1 heifer and 1 guinea pig. We are one big happy family.