We left our house around 9:45am & got to Matt's sister's house around 12:3o or so. I love the drive to Fayetteville. It's soooooooo pretty.
Matt's sister just got a new dog...an 8 month old Beagle, named Harper. We were a little nervous about how Harper & Donut do (because Donut's not as young as he used to be & we were afraid Harper would try to jump on him or whatever she thought she needed to do to get him to play).
Thankfully, Harper was just about perfect! She would dart in front of him every once a while, as if to say "Hey! It's me. I'm still here...you know, in case you want to play!"
Friday afternoon, Matt & I had to go to the tux place to make sure Matt's tux fit (he was an usher) & then we went to the church for the rehearsal & then to the dinner afterwards.
When we got back to Wendy's house, the WHOLE family played Rock Band. Matt, his mom, Wendy, Jim, Suzanne, Madeline & I all took turns playing the drums, the guitar, even singing.
I don't think any of us went to bed before 11pm! But, it was a blast!
On Saturday, Matt & I met our friends Tom, Sydney & baby Stella at the Red Robin for lunch. Matt & I had never been to a Red Robin & we LOVED it! Bottomless fries? Oh yeah!!
After lunch, we checked into the hotel in Rogers. (We could have stayed at Wendy's house again...for free, but I LOVE hotels & I never can pass up an opportunity to stay in one. Plus, we got a discounted rate because that's the hotel everyone from the wedding was staying in).
We went to the Promenade...mainly to go to the University of Arkansas Razorback store. Matt wanted to get a new shirt & of course, I found a few things for me, too!
After that, it was time to get ready for the wedding.
We had to be at the church at 4pm for pictures! The wedding wasn't til 7pm, but there was a Mass at 5, so we had to take some pictures, then get out of the sanctuary until after 6pm.
The wedding was perfect! Jennifer looked beautiful & Richard was beaming! I always tear up at wedding's during the vow exchange because of the whole "in sickness & health" part. That line means everything to me because of the car accident & our 2 miscarriages. So, cue the tears!
After the wedding, it was time to PAR-TAY!!!
The reception was at the Pinnacle Hills Country Club. It was gorgeous! The dinner was FAB! And, we all had a great time out on the dance floor.
Our 8 year old niece wasn't too interested in dancing (and, actually, I'm not sure where Madeline, our 5 year old niece, got her energy to dance because both girls were exhausted after staying up so late the night before & with all the build up to the wedding), but Madeline danced & danced & danced. She wasn't too sure until I picked her up & danced with her first. After that, you couldn't bribe this girl off the dance floor. She had a blast. Big sister enjoyed watching!
We didn't leave the reception until 11pm or so! We got back to the hotel & CRASHED. Seriously. I don't even remember putting on my pj's or getting into bed!
Sunday morning, I got up at 10:15am to go downstairs for the free breakfast while Matt slept! After that, we checked out of the hotel & met Matt's mom, sister, BIL & our niece's for lunch at AQ Chicken. YUMMY! We had to go back to Wendy's house to get Donut before heading home!
It was a GREAT weekend. I am so thankful for such a wonderful family, who I love spending time with. We don't see Wendy, Jim & the girls as often as we'd all like, so times like these are so special! I'm also very thankful for such a wonderful mother in law. Not every DIL can say that!
We are sooooooo happy for Jennifer & Richard. We think they're great people & we feel so blessed that they found each other & are starting a life together.
You know I have pictures, right? Right. So, here you go!
Donut & Harper.
Me with the Red Robin at Red Robin.
Me, Syd & Stella after lunch on Saturday.
Wedding Day! Madeline & Addie were flower girls. Suzanne was asked to hand out bubbles after the ceremony.
Jennifer & Richard with the flower girls.
The wedding party.
Matt & his mom.
My sexy husband!
The flower girls & ring bearers.
The groom, groomsmen & ushers.
Wendy & me. We were both readers.
The first dance.
Dancing with her daddy!
Me & Madeline. This is when I carried her onto the dance floor.