July 2012 in Lots of Pictures

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Nate flew to Utah on July 2nd to take his sister Brooke’s bridal and wedding couple photos. Here are some favorites from those shoots:

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With Nate being gone for the 4th of July, we didn’t want to have too much fun without him. I spent a laid-back day playing with Maisy, doing laundry, eating tacos with the family, and watching the PBS Sherlock Holmes episodes with my parents. I did at least dress Maisy in red, white, and blue:

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Nate enjoyed some time up at the Cannon ranch in Oakley, Utah with his dad, Brooke, and Evan. He commented several times on what a perfect “home office” it was, makeshift standing desk and all:

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Maisy and I flew to Las Vegas on Sunday, July 8th to join Nate and the rest of his family the week before Brooke and Evan’s wedding. Here’s Maisy at the Austin airport, excited to see her daddy soon:

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On July 10th, we had a bridal shower for Brooke. My mother-in-law, Shelley, had fun flower hats for us all to wear but it’s been so long now, I don’t remember why. Whatever the reason, it’s always a joy to celebrate together as family:

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Our other sister-in-law, Deborah, wasn’t there because she was home in Dallas with our nephew, David, who was in the hospital for a series of treatments he was going through. We missed her and the kids, but we were glad that Jesse was able to join the family for the wedding.

One late afternoon while in Vegas, we went to relax at the park, which Maisy always loves:

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On July 12th, the evening before the wedding, we (Nate, Maisy, and I) drove to St. George, Utah to spend the night with Nate’s buddy Matt, his wife Natalie, and their little boy Max. Maisy seemed delighted to be around Max, and we were surprised by how well she kept up with him. He’s older and was already walking, but Maisy had been crawling for a month by then and pulling herself up on furniture to cruise along for a few weeks, so she was able to hold her own. They’re a little blurry here because babies never stop moving:

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Brooke and Evan Bee got married in the St. George Utah LDS (Mormon) Temple on Friday, July 13th. Some people might’ve considered Friday the 13th bad luck, but there was no bad luck about the day. It was beautiful:

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And here’s what it takes to orchestrate a photo opportunity like the one above:

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Maisy was a charming little turquoise cupcake all day:

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Nate’s not in many of these pictures because he was a busy photographer all day:

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Brooke and Evan’s reception in Las Vegas was the next evening, Saturday the 14th. Maisy had had enough of her cupcake dress by the end of the night, so she got comfortable and sported just her onesie and bloomers for the rest of the party:

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On Sunday the 15th, Nate’s brother Rich blessed he and his wife Maria’s new baby, Parker. We didn’t end up with a group picture, but we got a good one of the grandparents and babies, and another gem of cousin Emma and Miss Maisy Daisy:

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I love these girls!

On Monday the 16th, we headed to Bellflower, California to spend a couple of days at Nate’s Grandma Hatch’s house. Nate speaks often and fondly of his childhood memories at the house, so I was thankful for the chance to see it before it was sold. We were also grateful that Maisy was able to meet Nate’s grandma before she passed away a few weeks later:

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Wednesday the 18th through Saturday the 21st was the biannual Hatch reunion (Nate’s mom’s side of the family), this time in San Diego. We stayed in KOA cabins, went to the San Diego Zoo, splashed around at Moonlight Beach, and took the Mormon Battalion Historic Site visitors’ center tour before eating in Old Town:

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We flew back to Austin on Saturday the 21st:

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What an action-packed few weeks! By then, Maisy was 8-months-and-4-days-old and she’d been on 16 airplane flights and been in 23 states (in alphabetical order): Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Virginia. Busy, busy girl!

For the remainder of July, I think we mostly caught up on work, caught our breath, and chilled. To wrap up this post, here’s a handful of Maisy pics from a morning hanging out in Austin sometime in the end of July:

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Cheers!

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