We woke up at 3:45 AM the next morning to get to the airport in time for out flight. We made it to the airport in time for our 6 AM flight. Early morning flights are my favorite since they are the least likely to be canceled and when you get to your destination you have all day there to enjoy yourself.
|The HOT NOW light was on but the|
only people inside when we got there were cops.
My mom picked us up at O'Hare, took us to Krispy Kreme (where we got a dozen doughnuts, four of them hot) and then took us to Rockford, IL. We sat at my grandma's house and visited with relatives who were not essential for my cousin's wedding preparations. We ate lunch.
Not Pictured: Cute Giant Buttons Down the back of the Dress
The rehearsal dinner was at a lovely restaurant called Franchesco's. Dinner was so delicious. (My cousin is the groom so I assume my aunt and uncle were responsible for the wonderful meal.) Hubs and I were exhausted so we went back to our hotel to sleep.
|I drew a palm tree since they're honeymooning in Hawaii.|
The next morning my sisters and I went to my cousin's house (the groom's oddest brother) to decorate their car and we got to see their new house and hang out with my grandpa who was staying with them. That was so much fun. We had lunch at Culver's afterward. (I can't wait until they're able to expand to New England.)
|Nothing is better than Cheese Curds and Frozen Custard|
The wedding was lovely. The church was an old church with stained glassed windows and arches. The sermon was about what to do to maintain a marriage and build love. Put God and your partner before yourself--be selfless. That reminded me that I had left the remaining rainbow sprinkle chocolate doughnut for Hubs and I told him so. He was so confused as to why I took that moment to tell him about the doughnut. I saved the better doughnut for him.
|The reception had a coffee bar that only served expresso.|
The reception was lovely! It was held at a natural history museum two blocks away from the church. (This caused our family some confusion as our cousins our young earth creationists and the museum insists that that the world was created over millions of years.) The bride and groom had a well rehearsed first dance. Then they invited everyone up to play just dance to open up the dance floor. We went home early because we're boring (and I'd been waking up at 6 every morning).
|My Wedding OOTN|
I loved that my dress had birds and bees on it!
Perfect for a wedding and a natural history museum.
The next day we had a picnic to celebrate my Grandma's 80th Birthday (her birthday's really in August but we took advantage of the fact that we were all together) at a local campground (the newlyweds weren't able to make it). I had my favorite sandwich--a chicken salad sandwich from Mary's Market. It was good fun.
|The Box for Cards at the Reception|
After the picnic my sister's and I went home to have dinner with my dad. I got to stay hello to one of my best friends from high school. We roasted s'mores over our fire pit (we could not find the tiles for the table or the cushions for the chair so it was incredibly improvised) in the back yard with my sister and her new boyfriend. The guy is nice. I hope he's a keeper and I hope I didn't scare him.