Sunday, October 19, 2014
Rehearsal went later than anticipated because folks were still flying in from Texas and arriving (one fellow came in from Japan!), so the little kids became running dervishes throughout the grounds, having a ball.
Hanover Tavern, but Bean didn't have an opportunity to enjoy much of it.
She had had a long day and hadn't napped, so by the time she was forced to sit still at 8:00, she was toast. She told B she was cold, he snuggled around her, and that was that.
Poor baby! She was so blitzed. She kept dropping the roll and B would pick it up and put it on her plate. She would nod awake long enough to pick it back up and did manage to finish it.
We sat her up and she still slept. Moved her to the car and took off shoes and socks--still slept. Came home and moved her to bed? Slept the entire time. She's never slept that hard!
I'm sure you can't tell, but the girl second from left is pregnant and due around Thanksgiving!! She was SO tiny!
Alana did all the decorations herself (with some helper elves, of course!) and they were gorgeous. :o)
I really don't believe the day could have been any more perfect. :o)
Oh, that podium? Uncle Glen made that Friday morning to have it ready for the rehearsal that evening. Turns out there were no podiums on-site! :oS Isn't it beautiful?
this) and still makes a little teary to think about. Karen escorted in Uncle Glen and they might or might not have skipped a bit along the way. :o) All the bridal party entered smiling and laughing and Alana...Alana was stunning--so happy and radiant. Truly.
Aw man, I'm tearing up even now just remembering.
The officiant was a friend from Texas and she opened with this! Oh man! It was perfect! :o)
She pulled up her dress (just the top layer of tulle, thank goodness!).
Her ribbon came untied so she twiddled and fiddled with that.
At one point, Lil tried to tie the ribbon (B and I had both hoped she would) and Bean about started a brawl! I gave Lil a warning evil death glare and she dropped the ribbons and a crisis was averted. :oP
Mr. and Mrs. D. :oD They stopped by Uncle Glen and Aunt Terri and gave hugs. More tears.
Meanwhile, Alana's stepmama swooped in to tie up the ribbons--thank goodness!
this and I kept expecting someone with a trombone or flute to pop up (here you go for reference). As soon as Alana and Jeremy reached this point, the girls and Caleb were supposed to head out.
There was a really fun party afterwards (including cornhole!) and lots and lots and lots of dancing. Caleb came over to Lil and said, "Come on!" and that was that. He about danced her feet off!
Bean danced with Lydie, Miles searched in vain for someone other than Lydie to dance with, and when she wasn't dancing with Caleb (he was quite the gentleman, lots of dips and spins and twirls. I'd be surprised if the photographers got anyone other than those two dancing. ;oP) Lil danced with Joss.
Weddings are loads more fun with cousins around! :o)
Kelsey headed off to college in August and was in town for the wedding. It was so good to see her! :o)
I can say, with all honesty, it was the BEST wedding I've ever attended--including my own! :o) I can also say, with all honesty, that I'm so happy to be comfortably ensconced in my marriage. I was sitting there looking at this newly married couple and truly grateful we're not just starting out, trying to figure it all out.
I also realized I didn't have thing in common with the young folks there. When did I get to be "old"?!? B and I discussed it on the way home Friday night--we have more in common with our parents' generation than with the millennials who were there. Man. While I couldn't wait to get home and to bed (dude, we didn't leave the rehearsal until 10:00, which is my bedtime! ;oP) they were deciding whether or not to go out. Wha...? Bed. Bed is a blessed thing.
Is it having children that does it? Is it I just can't relate to these younger folks, even though, really, we have at most 8 years on Jeremy? There really is a divide between us Gen Xers and the Millennials. Who knew that could make such a difference?
But, I digress...The wedding was delightful and I'm so happy we could be there to share in the joy and happiness that surrounded them. :o)
1. See above! :o)
2. It's FINALLY autumn!!!!!!! The windows are tossed wide open, the cool breeze is nipping at my nose, and I'm in long sleeves and jeans. Hooray!
3. A low-key Sunday after two very busy days.
4. A gorgeous walk through CW with B Friday morning. :o)
5. My sweet girlies who were so wonderful all day yesterday.
It's odd to have a family event and for Han not to be there. Even after all this time.
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Sure, sure, much of it was self-inflicted what with deciding it was time I learned to sew and all, but still...whew! I swear, I don't remember grown-ups saying time flew by quite as quickly as it does.
And, the thing is, my day seems to be fragmented, there are really no long chunks of time for me to get my groove going on any one thing. Spoot. Well, that is, if you don't count the two hours between the girls' bedtime and mine. :oS I can blog then, or I can get things accomplished that need finishing. Last night I opted for finishing Lil's Halloween cape.
I tucked and pinned the mittens so I couldn't accidentally sew them closed, put in a piece of ribbon and crossed my fingers.
It came together beautifully! That satin is a bear to work with, but I did it! :o) The pattern directions specified finishing the cape off by ironing and stitching the side hole closed (you have to flip it inside out to inside right (outside right? inside wrong?). I wasn't thrilled with how it looked with only the ironing, and really, I was too lazy to hand stitch it closed (it was closing in on my bedtime...) so I decided to just top stitch the thing.
Grandma, Nana and I all determined the quickest and easiest way to take care of business would be to tack down the ribbon/belt and pull it tight around Bean's waist. GG and I found this lovely flower ribbon and I figured out the best way to attach it--that would be by hand, coming up one side of the center and stitching down the other. I pinned the ribbon where I wanted it and did the same with the flowers.
Now that I'm finished with the sewing projects, it's time to hit the offudio and work with paper once again. :o)
5. One of the carriage drivers in CW now recognizes us enough to wave to us from quite a distance off. I love that!