Halloween + Wedding (But Not a Halloween Wedding)
All the crazy from the past week is over, everyone has gone or is traveling home now, and I’m doing my best to counter the general malaise by pounding out a recap/photo dump from the past week. It doesn’t help that the lovely October honeymoon is over, and November is here with a vengeance, as evidenced by the snow coming down outside my window. My mother-in-law sent me a thoughtful email in which she commented how reentry is always so hard.. and she is so right. It’s always hard coming off an awesome weekend filled with fun, family, and laughter, and then trying to get back into our old routine. So! Buckle up, this will probably be a longer post than usual.
My grandma arrived on Tuesday and did her best to spoil the girls (Grace especially) rotten while she was here. The girls loved the extra attention, and Grace discovered she also loves triple-stacked Oreos. My grandmother is at her happiest when she gets to feed people, so she was totally in her element each time she got to feed Sophia. I don’t think she even cared that the weather was gloomy and she never left the house, except that it meant she couldn’t take Grace for a walk to get ice cream… not that there’s any places open in my little town in the chilly fall.
When we did head down to my mom’s for the wedding festivities, we first connected with two of my cousins and their kids to do a little trick or treating. Grace was a little dancer, Sophie was going to be a cat burglar like her mother, but became a bear instead when we put her little coat on, and Joe was Aaron Rodgers, thanks to a little eye black-brown, courtesy of my mascara. (There should be pictures, but I couldn’t find them now.)
The kids loved it, and we parents were happy to see some good (as in, chocolate) candy given out.
The wedding was one of the best I’ve ever been to. We had a lot of fun going out for Mexican food and margaritas with the bridal party in town early, hanging out at the rehearsal dinner, and then the actual wedding day itself. I was totally wired the day of, because the past couple of days had been a bit chaotic, so between being high-strung and the fumes from all the hairspray in the hotel room where we got ready, it was hard for me to stay in one place. Luckily, the bride seemed to be in much better shape. Justine and Joel were both a little nervous before the ceremony started, but everyone still agreed that they were one of the happiest couples they’d ever seen. Joe used a work camera to capture a few moments from the ceremony, and I love seeing their huge smiles during Mass, and how sweet Joel’s reaction was to seeing Justine.
The party bus got us primed and ready to dance dance dance at the reception. I think dancing is in our blood on both sides of my family, (what can I say? We’re a good time) and it was killing us to hold it in until after dinner and the bride/groom first dance. Grace didn’t actually wait, and I’m pretty sure there will be a lot of photo-bombs when the photographer sends the pictures to Justine and Joel. Grace and Sophie both did awesome, and both mostly gave me a much-needed break that day. One of my uncles held Sophie for about three hours during the reception, and Grace passed out on Joe’s shoulder while he was dancing, so she got handed around a bit. I survived my matron of honor toast, and was able to really relax and let loose after that. We tore it up on the dance floor, as evidence by the holes in the flats I wore that night after switching out of the high heels I wore for the ceremony. I guess it’s as good as any other excuse to go shoe shopping! We also discovered that having a wedding the weekend of the fall Daylight Savings time change is a brilliant idea, because I don’t know if there was a single person who didn’t love having an extra hour to recuperate after the reception. I was sore from dancing for the next couple of days, not to mention crazy tired.
and more selfies… did I mention I got to see Hillary? Her fiancé is now one of Grace’s favorite people and she misses him already.
We also got to host my best friend and her husband (also a very dear friend!) before and after the wedding, and it was the best ever. I love when we get to see people who have known us well for years, and even when we go a long time without seeing each other, we can always pick up right where we left off. The girls looooved the extra attention from Aunt Kristi and Uncle Seth, and Grace will especially miss her Chutes and Ladders playmates.
And for anyone interested in seeing highlights of the ceremony, here’s the video clip that Joe put together: