This weekend our friends, Jay & Claire, got married! Joseph was a groomsman in the wedding so it was a fun weekend full of festivities! Jay and Joseph go way back and have known each other since their early school days. They also are fraternity brothers in Lambda Chi Alpha at UA. They have a long history and friendship, and he was in our wedding as well.
The fun started Friday when we traveled to Gadsden for the rehearsal/dinner. Joseph did his thing at the church while I caught up with my friend Amanda (whose husband also served as a groomsman) in the pews. We all went to school together and haven't seen each other in years and it was great to see her. After that, was the dinner at The Gadsden Country Club. It was the most fun after-rehearsal dinner EVER! Food, drinks, friends, laughs, embarrassing pictures, and toasts. It was a great night and I had so much fun catching up with some sweet friends.
Me and Catherine (I bummed the pic from her FB)
And another, just 'cause I love her!
My handsome hubby! He gave a sweet toast. :)
We drove back home that night since my mom was staying with Hudson. She went home (even though we asked her to stay b/c it was LATE!) and came back the next day to stay with Hudson again. We like to keep him in his environment as much as possible. We're pretty protective of his routine and don't like to inconvenience him if we don't have to. It's just not fair to him. And he really can't sleep in a pack 'n play anywhere. He moves like CRAZY in his sleep and that thing is barely bigger than he is. ANYWAY.......I don't have to justify myself, but just felt the need to throw that in.
We went back to Gadsden Saturday afternoon for Joseph to get to the church for pictures. We decided to stay in a hotel since it would be another late night and we would need to get some sleep. After I dropped Joseph off at the church, I drove around a bit before heading back to the hotel to get ready. I went to see Rae Rae & Fatdaddy at the cemetery, which I hadn't been able to do since they passed. It was nice to be out there by myself, just spending a few minutes with them, especially since Father's Day was the next day.....emotional, but nice.
So I got myself all spiffy, which doesn't happen too often these days, and took myself to the church. It was beautiful, sweet, and perfect. I always get emotional at weddings, especially those of close friends, and even more especially when my husband is in them. I can't help it. I look at him and can remember, like it was yesterday, standing in a crowded church vowing to love him for better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health. I'd do it again right now, no doubt about it!!
They had the choir from Galilee Baptist Church sing "Oh Happy Day" as they left. It. Was. AWESOME! We got to hear them at the rehearsal, but it was NOTHING like the real thing! AMAZING. That's really all I can say. The groomsmen, and Jay, came up to sing with them, and it was great! They brought the house down, for sure.
We headed to the reception for the PARTY!! Everything, once again, was beautiful and lovely.
We met up with our sweet Baileys to chat, and for a photo-op! Love them SO much! Forrest began his first day as Dr. Forrest Bailey DDM yesterday! We're so proud of him! We went to school with them as well and Forrest is also Joseph's (and Jay's) fraternity brother, and they were both in our wedding ages ago. ;-)
I mean, is this a cake or what????!!! Gorgeous!
LOVE this man!
We partied the night away and actually made it all the way until the couple made their departure. We even went to an after-party but only lasted about 45 minutes or so. We were dead! HA! It was SUCH a good time and we so enjoyed getting to catch up with all of our friends! Somebody else get married so we can do it again!!! :-)
We woke up Sunday morning...a lil later than planned....and headed back home to Huntsville. We were so glad to see little man! He was glad to see us too, but he had a great time with his Sue-Sue. She took great care of him and they had a blast together. We took it easy and relaxed until it was time to head to Guntersville for dinner at Top 'O The River with Joseph's parents, brother and his NEW WIFE! It was our first time seeing them since their wedding 1 month ago today! We ate, caught up, walked to the water for some pics, then headed home. We were dead and Hudson was just NOT having it! (new teeth have been driving him crazy!)
We kept Father's Day simple, but we did get our SWEET daddy a few of his favorites SWEETS! I couldn't have a better daddy for my baby boy. He's amazing. He's the best husband too. We're so blessed, Hudson and I!
A little family pic by the water. The sun was very bright!
A pic with Kerrie....
And a pic with Adam.....
I didn't get to see my sweet daddy on Father's Day, but I did get to talk to him after he got off work. (come August 30th that will be over!! YAY!!) I'm blessed with the best daddy in the world and I mean that. He's better to me than I deserve, and he always has been. I have two of the best examples of parents in my life and I'm so thankful!
I hope you all had a great weekend. We're heading to the beach soon and I could not be more ready for a vacation!!! Whoop Whoop!! Have a great week, y'all!