Visiting the neighbor's goats, or "ghosties," as James liked to call them. He was a big fan!
Playing at the park
This picture warms my heart. Cassie rarely gets to see these cousins, but they just clicked right away and had so much fun together.
James meeting the twins
All 8 cousins together!
Friday was family pictures and the reception. The girls were so, so excited to wear pretty dresses and were over the moon about holding flowers! I only snapped a few pictures before the reception, then I just enjoyed the evening and ate and talked to old friends and neighbors. It was so much fun.
All together! Sorry it's low quality, I need to get the actual files.
Lexi, Cassie, and Lucy
Benson, Andrew, and James
My older brothers, Vaughn and Thom
Thom and Trev
Thom and Sarah
After the reception, the excitement really began. Benson threw up all over himself and his carseat on the drive home. Thanks to some very kind hotel receptionists, we got it mostly cleaned up. It was a fun smell to deal with until we thoroughly cleaned it. We found out the next morning that James had also had a rough night with lots of throwing up. Luckily, Benson seemed to be fine the next morning, and we left Benson and James with a babysitter and were able to go to the sealing. Both Sarah and Christie had to leave right after the sealing to rescue their babysitters, but I'm so glad we were all together in the temple. It was beautiful and so joyful.
The happy couple!
Cassie with Uncle Robert
Trevor, Thom, and my dad, Dave
The special few in our family who made it all the way to the post-sealing pictures. (We also had tons of extended family and friends there for pictures.)
My cousin Derek flew from Boston to come to the wedding. We were really close to his family growing up and he and Robert stayed close through college.
Bubba and me
After the wedding, all the adults got together for a luncheon. Lots of people shared memories of Robert and Renae. I was really impressed by how much love Robert and Renae have for each other, and it was so sweet to hear about all the love and admiration others have for both of them. Unfortunately, my weekend got even more exciting a few hours after the luncheon, confirming my suspicion that I am allergic to broccoli. Suffice it to say I spent my evening kneeling over the toilet and wasn't much of a host to Derek, who was staying at our house.
Anyway, despite all the added adventures, the weekend was glorious! I loved spending time with Thom and Sarah's family, and I loved the wedding festivities and the chance to see so many family members and friends. Too bad I have to wait until one of my nieces or nephews is old enough for the next wedding!