Now that I have illicitly lifted enough pictures from various facebook pages of this past wedding weekend, I will share a little of the awesome sauce that it was (thank you Olivia, Kaitlin, Bernadette, and Mary!!). Also, a fun update seems preferable to unloading on the innocent interwebs about how my toddlers are a first class brand of crazy and have been for the past 24 hours since we've arrived home, and how I am a veritable hot mess after leaving my beloved families. Yes, I will stick with an update of the festivities.
First and foremost, my little sister Mary- best MOH ever- put on a top notch bachelorette partay which included a lovely large jug of mojito made by my oldest, and best cocktail making, sister Rebecca- it was really the bomb and I cannot say how many were ingested by yours truly- no less than 2 for sure.
It was so wonderful to get to scoot away sans kidlets at the early hour of 7:30 p.m. and would have been the very best ever if Lucy hadn't smelled that I had left after I laid her down and decided to wake up 20 minutes later scream scream screaming her head off only to be consoled by the food which no one else can give her, and I am not talking about the Eucharist, if only. So I drove alllll the way back to my in-law's, nursed her again, laid her down and went back to drink several more mojitos and watch Christina open some of the cutest, most enviable lingerie I have ever seen. I need to go shopping now.
Then came the sweetest bridal luncheon put on by the bride where we were all given the prettiest jewelry to wear with our BM dresses (sorry I am super immature and I like the abbreviation more than writing out the words) and monogrammed totes AND monogrammed hangers for our dresses. Best bride ever? Second only to one. Ha! Kidding, she is the best.
THEN came the biggest day of them all. Everything went so smoothly, Christina was glowing, JW had to hold back tears when he saw her, I didn't even try to hold them back, and it was so so beautiful. My mother could and most definitely SHOULD write a book on hosting a wedding for your daughter because this was her 5th and- once again- it went off without a hitch. She is so calm throughout all of it and never. stops. moving. Also, she made Christina's beautiful veil- if you are in the market for one head over HERE and buy one.
And I can't even go into a "how we did it" narrative in terms of having 3 kids and me being in the wedding because seriously I could not have done it without my mother-in-law. She was Helpful with a capital H and was constantly offering more and more and MORE help. I am blessed beyond belief.
One of my favorite parts of the whole week leading up to the wedding and the weekend itself was that all 7 of my siblings and all of their kids were all together in one place and it was so fabulous. I have done my fair share of crying upon leaving because it is just so sad that I can't be with them more- I laugh more with them than anyone else, except Mike of course. We have so much fun together that is so unique and that I will just never have with other friends. They are such a wonderful group of people and I love love love them and miss them so much already.
Ok, now I have to stop before I turn into a hot mess again.
In short (NOT) it was so wonderful and I am so thrilled for my little sister and ecstatic to have another stand-up guy to call brother.
Now I shall soldier on with lots of potty training and cradle cap removal to look forward to this week, all of which you will most certainly be updated about, like it or NOT.