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Hill Thanksgiving 2013
We’re really digging this two-Thanksgiving thing. I think it needs to happen every year.
Twice the turkey.
Twice the pie.

The rest of our time in the States was much more chill. Most of the siblings left after “Thanksgiving” so when the time came for actual Thanksgiving, we just lazy-ed around and avoided doing much of anything besides enjoying our time spent with family. We hot tubbed with friends, ate cake with cousins, and of course, saw Frozen on the big screen.

As our two-week whirlwind of a trip came to a close, we headed home to Norway, ready to officially move into our new apartment!

 

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Pizza! Pizza!
Since this was the first time in 5 years that all of the Hill siblings and their spouses were under the same roof, we decided to get together and have a sibling pizza night. Each couple (+Emma) brought their favorite toppings and made a pizza to share, which meant A LOT of pizza and a lot of leftovers. But really, who complains about having leftover pizza for breakfast? :)

 

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Brother Brian’s Wedding
It sure was a big week for little brothers while Chris and I were in the States! This time it was Chris' littlest brother, Brian's, turn. He went and got himself hitched to his sweetheart, Jessica.

Festivities began with a Cafe Rio-catered “rehearsal dinner” for the Hills and Madsens the night before the big day.
 
Many loving toasts and speeches were made.
 
The soon-to-be-newlyweds
 
Grandma and Grandpa

 

The next morning, Brian and Jessica were married in the Provo, Utah temple.
Presenting the new Mr. and Mrs. Hill!
The whole Hill Family

Brian and his ladies.

Brian and his bros.
 
As a gift for Brian and Jessica, I volunteered to make their wedding cake. They are both huge Legend of Zelda fans, so they requested their cake to be made in the shape of Hyrule Castle from The Ocarina of Time. It was a feat and a half to pull it off in only 3 days (especially with all of the other wedding festivities going on), but with lots of helping hands and a few late nights we pulled it off JUST in time to get it to the reception!
Despite the stress of trying to get such a large and unique cake done on time, I think it ended up being one of my favorite memories from the wedding. Chris' SIL, Elisangela, also makes cakes so she and her husband (Chris' brother, Michael) helped loads! They stayed up into the wee hours of the morning with me before the wedding to help finish details and make witching-hour runs to Walmart for more ingredients. Any friends that came over the next afternoon were put to work adding the finishing touches. Even some of the nieces and nephews helped out (in their own special way). It ended up being extra special because so many people put their time and love into it all for Brian and Jessica. Definitely a wedding cake to remember!
 
 
Elisangela also made her specialty brigadeiros (Brazillian sweets). So good!
 
And of course, since the bride and groom love Legend of Zelda so much, the decorations and colors were all loosly based on the game. I thought it was a fun secret twist and added a nice personal touch to the whole event.
The lovely mother of the groom.

Like father, like son.
 
After revealing the cake to the happy couple. I think they liked it :)
 
Some wedding lovin'

Julie caught the bouquet and guess what… she's now engaged to that Geoff guy! Funny how that happens…

Cousins

 

Welcome to the family, Jessica!!

 

It’s Hill Time!

After saying goodbye to Cameron, it was time for the Hill/wedding phase of our trip home.

It began with heading straight from the MTC to BYU for some pre-wedding family photos at the BYU duck pond. The entire Hill family hadn't been together in over five years, so family photos were long overdue! There were lots of new nieces and nephews to play with and I FINALLY got to meet Chris' brother, Michael, and his family. (I was beginning to think everyone just made him up.)

We haven't seen the official photographer photos yet, but we snapped a few on our camera in between the main shots which turned out pretty fun. Chris' family happens to be super cute and highly photogenic! Here are some previews:

Chris' sister, Shannon, and her family
Chris' elusive brother, Michael, and his family.
 
Our cute little niece Katie.
Tian and Jared
This face! Oh how I swoon…
Playing with the ducks because, well, it WAS a duck pond afterall. And bringing children to a duck pond without a bag of bread is just a sin.
Zeke
 
 
We had a great time getting to enjoy Utah with the family!
Layla

 

 

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