Two weekends ago I flew out to Utah to hear my dad speak at BYU as a Distinguished Graduate being honored at Homecoming. For me it was an exciting opportunity to finally learn what my dad does at his job!
It was a weekend rife with VIP treatment
Grandma telling her "How do you who likes you more, your dog or your wife?" joke
Mother of the speaker
You know you're arrived when BYU rolls out the donuts for you
Preppin' the Powerpoint
Waiting for the intro
Here we go!
It wasn't JUST about his job, there were some life-items in there, too
Here's Dad saying "That's why I'm glad I live in Chicago" (you had to be there)
Jeff and Jamar came!
Mom is always glad for an update on Dakota
Grandma wins for having stolen the sign about Dad
Grandma eyes the contraband
Then we went to a lunch where all the honorees were honored
Somehow I wound up at the table with all Kristen and Cory's kids and they were over there with like aunts and uncles and stuff
Can you guess what's grossing out Rachel? It's rye bread!
The honoring. There's the president of BYU over there
Looking up to Dad. Literally and figuratively.
Spying on Dad being interviewed by BYU Magazine.
And waiting for that interview to end
Family stretching at the BYU Guest House
Later that night: A family-only celebration dinner at Bombay House
Assorted Snacks: favorite appetizer since 1999
Never forget: when you ask Bombay House to make it spicy, they make it SPICY
Friday: Early morning show of Shaun the Sheep in Spanish Fork
And then lunch for everyone at Don Joaquin's
Preppin' those tripas for the big day ahead
Then Friday night: Everyone heads to the Marriott Center for the big BYU Homecoming Spectacular
Right over there: Elder Christopherson. Also the new presiding bishop. And a couple of rows down from us? Gary Crittendon.
The big deal about this spectacular was David Archuleta was there. Singing.
Then it was back once more to the BYU guest house.
It's like a fancy Utah house, but each bedroom is a hotel room.
AND there's a coffee maker (with coffee) in the kitchen.
Saturday Morning: Niece and Nephew soccer games.
Soccer games are for sticks
And then, Saturday night, I'm reunited with Matt after, I don't know, seven years?
He's back in Utah and he's got all his paintings with him!
We had dinner at El Morelense
Sunday: Didn't take many pictures. But here's Ellie dressed up for church. Everyone else: You're not dressing fancy enough for church.
For dinner we made gnocchi (not pictured) and caesar salad (not pictured) and played D&D (not pictured) but Owen made barbecued carrots and here they are!
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