Somehow the stars have aligned just right so the last two years to let me experience exquisite Fall leaves even though I have lived either in the desert or in a place where leaves don't seem to turn (here in Shanghai...maybe I just need to be patient).
Last year when Grace and I went to my Grandma's wedding up in Utah the leaves were at their peak and it was gorgeous (back here). And this year, when I saw the leaves leading up the hills from my parents house as we drove up for my sister's wedding my heart stopped for a minute in appreciation.
We took full advantage of hiking through that beauty a few times in the few scarce days I was there.
The morning after the reception my Mom (with a little bit of help from us) pulled of a surprise party for my Dad. His birthday wasn't until the end of the month, but my Mom figured we should celebrate when we were all together.
I posted the slide-show video my sister made for him on this blog on his real birthday, but here it is again because I love it.
So grateful for that guy.
After that my family helped me pack up and I headed out again...off to be with my dears at home in China again.
It felt like all was right in the world as I got to snuggle them all back up again.
I was so happy when Dave texted me these pictures mid-wedding festivity.