Pioneer Day Weekend

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This weekend was a blast, and a much needed extra day off!

Friday after work Randy and I went to Cafe Trio in SLC. We got a super generous gift card from Jacob and Ammon Chung, two of our friends who we have helped do some web design work for (go check them out: Five Sushi Brothers) The flatbread appetizer was AMAZING!

That night my family all went to see the King's Singers and MOTAB in an amazing Pioneer Day concert. It was seriously incredible! If you don't know the King's Singers go check them out! My family has been listening to them for years and they are so fun, we've seen them in concert before and every time is a treat. They are such talented vocalists, it's a dream!

We then went and grabbed a piece of cheesecake together and it was so fun to laugh and hang out as a family (missing my brother though, who is still in California for his internship! BOO)

Saturday Randy and I got to go see Star Trek Beyond and I can't even tell you how highly I recommend it!!! It was SO amazing and well done. Seriously, go see it.

We then came back to our apartment and it was roughly 10 million degrees. We live on the third floor and only have a wall unit AC so our apartment goes from comfortable to INSANELY AWFULLY HOT in just one second. We decided to run and grab a couple things from the grocery store, head to the mall to walk around and window shop, and then go grab some chips and salsa for dinner at Chili's!

Sunday was crazy busy, Randy and I taught the youth in Sunday School and then both of us taught our third hour classes of Relief Society and Elder's Quorum! It was a busy Sunday but it was so wonderful to teach together and prepare our lessons together. That night, Caleb and Nannette dropped by for curry and we chatted about their upcoming wedding - we are so stoked for two of our best friends to get married!!

Sunday night we decided to head to Kaysville to be there for the Monday morning pancake breakfast with my family. It was fun to chat with my family and hang out for a while.

Today was a delicious breakfast while we watched the Days of 47 Parade, games with the family, playing with my adorable niece, a wee bit of shopping, a fun afternoon with Randy's family, and then home again for a relaxed evening.

I need to give a gigantic shout out to Randy. Friday he decided to go to the mall and buy me an adorable shirt, completely on a whim, because he found some money on the ground at school (don't worry, he spent 45 minutes trying to find the owner of the money to no avail).

He is absolutely wonderful with my family and all the stress we have going on right now, he spent 30 minutes at my Aunt's house lifting tile and didn't have a word of complaint, I have been ridiculous and needy and whiny and Randy just lets me need him and is always there. He is my rock, has been so incredibly patient with me, and spoils me absolutely rotten. I am so so so so lucky.

And also, Pioneer Day. The pioneers are some of my biggest heroes. They gave up everything to follow the prophet, they moved to a brand new place where they could have a new life. They created something beautiful out of a desert.

Today I have seen a lot of people complaining on social media about Pioneer Day and why it's celebrated here in Utah. I think we can be grateful for pioneers no matter what our religion is. We can be thankful that they moved here, created a beautiful city and state, helped their country with the railroad and fighting in wars, and respect their drive to preserve religious freedom.

Sometimes the world is a frightening place. But today, I'm taking strength from them. They faced trial after trial while always saying "All Is Well."

We too are facing trials. But because of their example, and because of a loving Heavenly Father who has a perfect plan, I too know that "all is well."

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