News from the one left behind

The comings and goings have peaked and eased. Over the course of the weekend we burgeoned from a household of 4 up to 11 people — and briefly even an additional dog — before settling down to only 3 of us on Sunday afternoon.  My BFF stopped by for lunch on her way home from the airport to pick up her plants. She courageously entrusted me with plant-sitting her herbs and tomatoes; thankfully, they weren’t forgotten in the heat, we watered them daily and found them some extra shade, and they are now safely back in her care.

Little Foot at wedding

Little Foot at the wedding (cell phone picture. Obviously.)

The entire clan (dh’s side) was in town for the nephew’s wedding. I was really impressed when the photographer managed to get Little Foot to look at the camera, and even more impressed when he easily managed a gaggle of additional 6 kiddos and their adults — a total of 33 for the big family photo.  I’m looking forward to seeing the results. Also, I fibbed: we were missing one person; there should have been 34 of us but our niece’s husband had to stay back home and work. We had a wonderful time at the wedding. We danced, and I paid for it with a swollen ankle that is still a little sore tonight, but how often is there a party like this?  

 

 

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We stayed until the music took a decided turn for the younger set (wedding party members and friends). My MIL seemed to be surprised that I danced, but I’m equally surprised that the 80-and-above folks were looking fresh at 11pm when we walked back to the car.  

Last minute packing, T-minus 90 minutesIt occurs to me that some of you may wonder: did the 24yo wear shoes? And yes, he did! (Footwear was policy at the event location and it was a formal event.) However, I’m pretty sure he took them off as soon as he was out of the building. He left earlier than the rest of us and walked the 3.5 miles home — ostensibly to pack, but that didn’t begin until 2 hours before his bus was scheduled to leave on Sunday morning. At that point SuperDad was by his side, putting his own expertise to work.

 H-J came home via Greyhound Bus, carrying all he needed in a small knapsack. For his return trip, he was joined by his brother hoisting a somewhat larger pack. Yes, The Barefooter is off on his big adventure.

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This next week will be a return to our new normal: family dinners for three; work and time spent on beading (I’ve got a special order for this week’s market), card-making, and reorganizing my crafting area at home for me; The Scout and SuperDad getting that Eagle paperwork completed and preparing for the last hurrah of Boy Scout camp.  We’ll be busy but it will be quiet.  I might need to take a nap first…

 

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COUSIN! COUSIN!

Sister time!  My sister, me, and our brothers' wives

Sister time! My sister, me, and our brothers’ wives

Last weekend, we gathered together for the wedding of our cousin.

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My cousin is an event and wedding planner by profession and she took 18 months to plan her own wedding. She crafted many personal touches. No Pinterest Fail was seen — and more importantly, nothing was over-the-top. It was, simply, her.

The display that greeted the guests

The display that greeted the guests

The reception tables

The reception tables

The Cake Table

The Cake Table

The Firemen, including the FOB and Groom

The Firemen, including the FOB and Groom

Father-daughter dance

Father-daughter dance

The  Newlyweds' first dance

The Newlyweds’ first dance

DSCN1891 BAR sign

Everybody Dance!

Everybody Dance!

The fanciest outhouses I've ever seen were available for use: ambient lighting, pictures hung on the walls, and a carpet on the floor, too!

The fanciest outhouses I’ve ever seen were available for use: atmosphere lighting, pictures hung on the walls, and a carpet on the floor, too!

Every one of my siblings and their spouses & children were there. This is something of a feat since we are spread out over 3 states, 5 towns, and 2 universities. We hadn’t all been together since my oldest son married his wife 3 years ago. It was a wonderful family time.

I’m hoping for some good family pictures shared by other family members.

This is post #500 on Spokalulu.

This is post #500 on Spokalulu.

Off to another wedding today (it appears to be wedding month) — this time for the daughter of a friend.

Happy weekend!