Sunday, August 9, 2009

Our Alaska Trip Part 1

On Thursday July 30th we flew up to Alaska. I swear that we almost didn't make it. There is a lot involved in getting 3 small kids through the airport. When we got in line for security, we suddenly realized that it would take about an hour to get through the line, and that our flight would start boarding in like 30 mins. About a minute after I realized that there was no way we were going to make it through in time, a nice man (or maybe an angel) walked past where we were in line, opened the divider, and said that people traveling with small kids could go to the front of the line. I almost started to cry. Once we were at the front of the line, there was just the small matter of removing 5 pairs of shoes, taking out 2 laptops, and getting our 8 carry-ons and personal items through the scanner. Then, once we were on the other side, there was putting the shoes back on, reattaching the carry-ons so that 2 adults could pull 4 of them while holding kids' hands, getting backpacks back on, and then making our way to the very most furthest away gate possible. We made it to the gate with just enough time for me to change Logan's diaper and get on the plane. It was only 4.5 hours up to Anchorage, and the kids did GREAT. There was a lot of snacking and coloring and many trips to the potty.
Once we got to Alaska, the next 4 days were spent doing everything wedding. Emma got up on Friday and informed everyone that we were going hunting that day. Really we were going shopping, but with the way we shop I guess hunting may be the right term. I spent most of my time helping to get decorations ready, making the cakes, and doing the flowers. Scott kept the kids busy with hikes to the river and outings to many different playgrounds. I think the kids went to 7 different playgrounds while we were there.
Aimee and Carl got married on Tuesday. I was so relieved when all of the kids walked (or in Alan's case marched) down the aisle without a problem, especially since at the rehearsal, they all started crying and wouldn't even go into the chapel. Aimee looked gorgeous, and the ceremony was very nice. I didn't really get any good pictures from the wedding since I was in it and a little busy, but there were two photographers there, so hopefully I will get some good ones from them. It was also impossible to get any pictures of the boys basically all day. I think they were a little excited and therefore by the time the camera took the picture they had already moved so all I got was a picture of a hand or something. Anyway here are some pictures from the first part of our trip.

This is the cake I made for Aimee. It is made from about 12 batches of cake, 5 pounds of frosting, 3 batches of fondant, and has hand applied edible pearls. It was actually the inspiration for the whole wedding theme. It was so great of Aimee to just let me go wild and do whatever I want.

This is the grooms cake I made for Carl. He is REALLY REALLY REALLY into the Florida Gators, so I sculpted an Albert and Alberta Alligator in their formal wedding wear getting married on the 50 Yard line. I was kinda going for an awesomely tacky look for this cake, which explains the M&Ms, plastic helmets, and well the cakes in general.

My Grandma and Grandpa Michaud made it up from Washington for the wedding. I hadn't seen them in about 4 years so it was so great to visit with them and for them to get to see the kids. This is from when they went with Scott and the kids to the park while some of us were setting up the reception.

These are from the wedding. I did the bouquet.

We let Emma ride in the limo with Aimee and Carl on the way over to the reception.

Everyone had a great time at the reception.


Becky Lewis said...

Lovely, Autumn was impressed with how beautiful the cake was.

Beth said...

Wow, you guys sure packed a lot into one trip. The kids looked so cute and Emma was beautiful and so was the cake. Hope to see you all soon!
Love always,
Mom Hilton

Andrea said...

WOW! You are one talented lady, Laura. Great job on the cakes and bouquet. I wish I had an ounce of your creativity. I'm totally lacking in that department. I'm glad the airport went okay. That's always quite a job. Miss you guys!