Monday, October 12, 2009
our friends gary and stephanie had their big wedding yesterday. stephanie has been planning this event for a year. everything was perfect. just beautiful. so many adorable details. my brother bob was the best man and i thought he did a great job. his speech was classy and funny with just enough sentimentality. i was nervous for him. it was so nice to see gary and stephanie get married. they always go to our yearly river trip and parties and they feel like family to me. they have been together for over 10 years. so sweet.
the wedding for us was a bit more complicated than most. it was in redlands, about an hour and thirty minutes from where we live. my sisters and i had trouble finding a babysitter for all our kids. normally we would ask my mom, but my whole family was invited to the wedding. we had asked a friend who declined so we decided we would get a hotel room nearby and take turns watching them. ray had the first shift, i had the second, and miles took the last. i felt a little like the girl in 27 dresses running back and forth from the wedding. the kids were a handful of course and at one point during ray's shift mason managed to set off the smoke detector. bad kids. he turned on the heater that then started smoking enough to set off the alarm. at least he didn't start a real fire. ray was able to turn it off and open the windows before any of the staff noticed. my shift went pretty well. ray and jen stayed the night there, but miles and i were happy to drive home and relax on our sofa. the kids were asleep in bed so we got to watch a little tv. so nice.