Our flight went out Friday November 18th at 09:55 AM from the Salt Lake Airport. So, LaRue, Liz and I drove to Salt Lake Thursday afternoon and spent the night there in order to be at the airport early the next morning.
Robin, Emily, Brighton and Kjerstine joined us at the Crystal Inn in downtown Salt Lake so we could all go to the airport together the next morning to catch the same flight.
Before we met up with Robin, Emily and the kids, we went shopping for a shirt for Liz to wear at the reception. We hit several places in Salt Lake. No luck. So, we figured we would wait until we got to Seattle and Liz could check the place where Laurieâ€™s sisters got their blouses.
At one point we all got some gum from a dispenser. I was chewing mine and pulled a cap off. Not just a tooth covering, but an incisor that had been set in with a post. I looked like a hillbilly. Liz and LaRue got a lot of laughs out of it. We called Andy in Seattle and the Krohns arranged for me to visit a dentist there to get the cap cemented back in place.
Friday morning we all drove to the airport. No problems going through security. But I was apprehensive about Robinâ€™s backpack he was carrying on. He had a lot of electronic stuff in it including his laptop, a power inverter, and more. But no problems going through security. Then we had a long, long walk to the gate.
When it came time to board the plane, we all got to pre-board because of the two small children in the party. That was nice. Once we settled in the plane, Brighton took a couple of looks out the window and promptly fell asleep for the duration of the trip. Kjerstine cried several times, but was mostly well behaved.
Landing in Seattle 2 hours later we were met my brother, George, who had flown up from San Diego a little earlier that morning. He just hung around the airport waiting for our flight to arrive. Then it was on to baggage claim. Have you noticed lately how everyoneâ€™s bag looks like this: ?
After gathering up the luggage we all journeyed outside the terminal to meet Andy and Laurieâ€™s brother, Kris. They had been sent in two vans to pick us up and shuttle us. First on the agenda was a detour to the dentist (by way of taking a wrong exit and having to double back onto the freeway). Less than 10 minutes later I had a solid tooth once again and we were off to our accommodations at the Redmond Inn.
A couple of hours later Kris came back to lead us to the Krohnâ€™s residence where we met everyone and had (to quote Arlo Guthrie) â€œa Thanksgiving dinner that couldnâ€™t be beatâ€. Before heading back to the Inn we picked up our tuxes to take to the temple.
We all met at the Seattle Temple at 11:30 for the noon wedding. It was really nice. Klaus and I were the witnesses and got to sign the marriage certificate.
Following the sealing we went outside for pictures. Andy and Laurie looked very nice and happy.
Then we all went over to a chapel next to the temple for a quick luncheon.
Onto the reception! We had to be there early for more pictures. Once the reception started it was more like a big party. Lots of guests came and stayed for music and eating and dancing. A good time was had by all.
Things wound down shortly after 8 PM. Andy and Laurie changed into traveling attire and went to make their big getaway. However, the car they were originally planning to use became unavailable when the keys were misplaced. So, they had to take Eileenâ€™s convertible. They were going into downtown Seattle for a couple of nights at a hotel there and then drive up to British Columbia for a few days.
Sunday was a day of rest and recovery. Robin contacted one of his old mission companions, Chris Melvin, and they all went to church together. LaRue, Liz and I opted to do some tourist stuff since this would be our only opportunity this trip. We got some directions and drove into Seattle to the Space Needle. It was foggy that day, but we went up anyway. We could actually see pretty well. After that we walked over to the Science Fiction Museum. They had a lot of interesting displays and information.
After that we went back to the Inn and met up with Robin, Emily and the kids. Then back to Krohns to back up some of the gifts and return the tuxes.
Next morning it was back to the airport for the flight home. This time Brighton was awake for the take-off. He really enjoyed that. But a few minutes in to the flight he nodded off and slept all the way to Salt Lake.
Pretty routine drive home to Vernal that evening. We didnâ€™t even see any deer on the highway.
Now this coming weekend we have the open house for Andy and Laurie here in Vernal.