Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Wedding Weekend

 This past weekend was Nick's cousin Diane's wedding.  We were so lucky because even though everyone is from up North, they decided to have the wedding here in Dallas!  Diane is in her Psychiatric residency at UT Southwestern so I guess to make it easy on her, she decided to do it here and we loved it!!  I think all our northern family members were so ready to get out of the winter weather too!
We had so many wedding festivities over the course of 4 days and we were definitely exhausted in the end, but it was such a special time and I think everyone had the best time.  It never gets old being around family that you don't get to see very often.

Friday late afternoon, I drove to Downtown Dallas to the hotel that Granddad and Gigi and the rest of the family were staying at.  We were attending the rehearsal dinner that evening so I went down a little early with the kiddos so they could hang out some.  The kids thought it was the coolest thing being in that big hotel and being waaayyyy high up.  They would just sit at the window and look out, it was adorable!
Looking back, we totally should have stayed the night at the hotel that Friday night because the kids were having so much fun going up and down the elevator, running around and just being in that environment.  I remember when we were kids, my parents took us to Denver to stay at a hotel one night and to us kids, that was such a big deal and something I will always remember.  It wasn't a fancy vacation and my parents probably spent minimal cash but that just shows that to little kids, you don't need all the fancy stuff....just some elevators, escalators, water fountains and family!

These are pictures of the kids in Gigi and Granddad's hotel room


What was so nice is that the rehearsal dinner, wedding and reception were all walking distance from the hotel.  We all walked to the Red Museum Friday evening and had such a great time at the rehearsal dinner.  Since nobody is originally from Dallas, they decided to have a "cowboy" theme and it was definitely fun to break out the boots.  I haven't worn my boots in probably 4-5 years and it felt good to break 'em out.
Me and Emily showing off our boots :)
We always tell Cole to say "cheese" when we take pictures, so now all his pictures are of him saying "cheese" but not really smiling :)
Love this guy...smokin hottt!!
 
Granddad decided to make us all look like Aunt Jamima with the bandanas :)
 
They even had this big circular room in the corner and it was the perfect place for all the kdis to play and run around.  We had a great view of the city and it was nice to just throw the kids in there and let them run wild.


We decided that for the actual wedding on Saturday evening, that we would not bring the kids.  I know they would have had so much fun but Nick and I really wanted to enjoy ourselves and we knew that having the kids there would have been tough.  It was such a fancy wedding and I just knew it would be my kid that grabbed the table cloth and drug it across the room, breaking everything in the process :)  So, our wonderful friend Meagan came to our house and stayed the night with the kids. 
This was the first time someone other than grandparents stayed the night with the kids but it went so well.  Meagan is the best and probably more motherly than I am so we felt so comfortable with her there.
As we were sitting in the ceremony, I leaned over to Nick and said "can you even imagine having Finley here right now?"  We both just laughed because as adorable and fun as she is, it would have been a disaster! :)  ha!
We really did have the best time and had so much fun visiting with family, having cocktails and eating amazing food!
Nick and Blake
 
The wedding/ceremony was at Union Station and was absolutely gorgeous.  Seriously, when they had us walk into the room were the reception was, it was like something out of a movie!
This is my type of night.....some white wine, champagne and a red velvet cupcake :)  Bliss!!!

The only hard part about the night is that we stayed up till 2:00am and I told Meagan I would be home by 8:00am to pick up the kids to take them back for the wedding brunch on Sunday morning.  7:00am sure came around pretty quickly....whew!  And of course, the kids slept in till 8:00 (seriously, why don't they do that for us?!?).  I quickly got them dressed, fed and threw them into the car and headed back downtown for brunch.  I swear we spent $40 in tolls that day!
 
Once we got back to the hotel we let the kids roam around a bit and as usual, they had so much fun.
Cole and Nick watching the elevators going up and down :)
We finished off the weekend with a big dinner with more family and then once we got home, we hit the sack!  We were exhausted!  But again, it was so worth it to spend time with family for such a wonderful occassion.  We had such a great weekend and hope to see everyone real soon!

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