Sunday, September 14, 2014

"Everyone really likes me here!"

I think it's pretty safe to say that while everyone loved and enjoyed all the boys, it was Nathan was who was the party animal at the reception.  He naturally has little inhibition.  Sometimes I describe him as, "a party in a person."  Wherever he goes, he is having the best time.  The reception was no exception.  
He spent a lot of time on peoples' shoulders...

High-fiving someone or the other.

He came up to me about an hour into the dancing and says, "I think everyone really likes me here."
Yes, Nathan, I think you are right.

This girl really seemed to like him.

This crowd is doing a little dance Nathan invented.  

The rest of us were getting a little bit tired and found it more enjoyable to watch other people dance.

This boy had at least three or four Shirley Temples.

The boys even stole some dances with the mother of the bride.

The next day we got to spend the day at the lake with Leighsas' parents.
The boys had a blast.  Samuel said it was his favorite day of the whole trip.

The littler boys played in the sand for hours.

We got to go tubing.

And we ended the perfect day at the lake with s'mores by the fire.

We somehow jammed everything back into the minivan.  I should have taken a picture of it, because it was pretty bad.  As you can tell, Samuel was really sad to leave.  He wants to live in Michigan now.  The other boys were all sad to leave too.  Leighsa's family was so kind of us… letting us stay in their home, treating us like family, and taking us to the lake and other places in Grand Haven.  They were wonderful.  We had a fabulous time.

The ride home was long and kind of sad.
Stretches during a pit stop (at Starbucks which is the best place to stop!)

Lots of snacks to get us through.

But there's no place like home.  It was nice to have the five little monkeys home.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Brian & Leighsa's Wedding!

The whole reason we ended up vacationing in Chicago and finding ourselves in Michigan is because these two special people were getting married.  And they chose the two cutest ring bearers on the entire planet.  I mean, can we just entitle this post "Two Adorable Ring Bearers?"

Leighsa has lived with us for the last year and a half.  She could probably give you all the information you might ever want to know about our family… the good, bad, and the ugly.  But she has chosen to love us anyway.  And we are so grateful for her and how she has put up with us and served us without ever complaining.  She's a keeper and we are sad she's not living in our spare room anymore :(

BUT, we are happy that she married Brian!

Back to the wedding pictures...
Leighsa was a beautiful and laid back bride (which is the best kind!).  And Brian looked rather dapper himself, didn't he?

These two did a great job in the wedding… except that Nathan fell asleep on my lap during the ceremony, and when I woke him up, he was slightly out of it as he walked down the aisle.  But he made it.  And I think that nap made him awake enough to be the party animal that he was at the reception.  More pictures of that later :)

The other boys looked handsome too.

I even got my hair done for the wedding, compliments of Leighsa's mom.  What a treat to not have to do my own hair or make-up, not that I do much to it anyway.  As a side note, I could seriously could use a hair and make-up artist around the house… that way when I went to Costco and Target, I would look really fab ;)

Didn't she do a good job?  37 bobby pins… if you wanted to know :)

Six very handsome guys!

And one of us, too.

I'll leave you with lots of pictures of the cuteness.  I just couldn't narrow down the pictures any more than this.  Love them so much.

Next up… the reception.