March had several exciting events and activities. First of which was Richard and Kamilla's wedding. Jason and I have been so excited for the day that Rich would get married, and he finally found the perfect companion! Rich and Kamilla are a match made in heaven. They are both adventure-seeking, "out-doorsy" kind of people. The whole reason they were set up in the first place was because they both like to wear Chacos! That has to tell you something! Rich and Jason have been best friends ever since they were really young, so it was a very special day for us to be able to participate in.
Nate, Parker, Rich, Trevor, and Jason
Another fun activity that weekend was having a movie night with my family. They invited us over for a delicious BBQ Rib dinner, and an evening of watching the ever-long movie, Gettysburg (I believe it is close to 4 hours long). I realize that is probably a strange movie for a family to make an event out of, but to give you a little background here, my older brother, Tyson, was very interested in Civil War stories while growing up. He knew all the facts and all of the battles. He would even organize marches and battles with the neighborhood kids. On top of that, his room was decorated with Civil War things (and still is). I grew up watching bits and pieces of Gettysburg over and over again. I totally enjoyed watching it all together, now that I am a bit older and understand more of what is going on. Another purpose in watching it as a family is they are hoping to take a trip back East this year, and include a stop at Gettysburg.
Yummy dinner before the show
Next on the March agenda was Duke Spencer's Baby Blessing. The Spencer Family travels to Utah every winter for a week of skiing. With a lot of Spencer Family and Gruber Family being in Utah at one time, it was a perfect chance to bless Duke. Rather than blessing him during Sacrament on Sunday, he was blessed at the Gruber home on a Friday evening.
Spencers arrive for the week...enjoying a welcoming dinner at the Grubers
Cooking hot dogs over the fireplace
Capri, Duke, Alex, Elsa, and Mya
Max, Duke, April, and Elsa
Max, Elsa, Alli, and Duke
Mya and Capri
As expected, Kimberly was asked to Prom again this year. It was especially exciting this year because it was with a boy she has been "unofficially" dating for several months. She was very excited to go to the dance with him. She asked me to help her with her hair and make-up...and I was very excited to help out.
Hair, make-up, dress...everything turned out beautiful!
Another exciting event was the release of the Hunger Games movie! My family invited us to go with them, and the movie did not disappoint! Jason and I had been looking forward to this movie, as we had both read all of the books. Several members of my family had also read the books, so it was quite the anticipated event. Even though the showing did not get out until midnight, my parents surprised us by inviting us to grab a bite to eat at IHOP afterward. I was shocked and thrilled! It is very unusual for us to go to the movies as a family (other than on Christmas Eve), and even more unusual for us to go to dinner at such an hour! It was a blast! Thanks, Mom and Dad, for such a memorable evening!
The end of March also brought the always-loved General Conference weekend! We spent Saturday at home, with a little lunch break with Grubers at Trellis Cafe (Nancy's favorite). I met up with Mandy and Sammie at Brick Oven during the Priesthood session. Sunday morning session was spent with Arbons, and the afternoon session was spent with the Grubers. Jason and I were listening especially intently, as we had just received callings as Ward Missionaries, and I was also called to the Relief Society Compassionate Service Committee...and even more importantly, our soon adventure as parents! We definitely had lots to soak up and ponder as we prepared to take on these roles.
Lunch at Trellis Cafe with George, Nancy, and Karl
And finally, for your viewing pleasure, here are two random pictures from the month of March. The first is my "belly bump" progress, and the second is of my younger brother, Bryan, in his security/police get-up. All the Arbon kids pitched in to get him a SWAT vest for his latest birthday, and he definitely put it to good use. Here he is, all ready to perform the security detail at my Mom's Stake Relief Society Event:
Bryan, you kill me!