Family Times

The week surrounding my brother’s wedding was just as great as the wedding itself. It was so fun to get to see family that we hadn’t seen in a long time and enjoy time set aside to just relax and be together. We were counting down the days until wedding week for so long… finally more people starting flying in each day until we had quite the house full. What great memories we made together!

I was most excited to get to introduce A to both of my grandmothers. We had shown him pictures of who was coming, and he greeted Nanny with a big hug when she arrived. After that he was a little more unsure for a while saying that he didn’t want to hug people that he didn’t know before… fair enough. A few days later he had Nanny following him from room to room taking off in spaceships. He had so much fun playing with Nanny!

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Two of our wedding guests were visiting from the Czech Republic. Andrew had the idea that it would be great to prepare an American Thanksgiving for them, just for fun. Mom did the whole spread… turkey, cranberry sauce, desserts, and all! It was a delicious way to feed such a large group!

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After dinner, it was A’s idea to play some hockey. He persistently asked until he talked Papa and the big boys into playing with him. The boys got themselves all sweaty while the girls tried not to get hit by missed shots on goal.

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The day after the wedding we enjoyed unwinding and lounging around by the pool.

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A was just told to get out of the pool and dry off for dinner when Papa turned on the water and starting hosing him down. A loved it!


A had a ton of fun with my cousin, Ben. At first, A referred to him as “the guy I never saw before.” Then Ben offered to build trains with him… after that, Ben was instructed on how to play several projects with him. Ben was such a great sport!


Even the big boys had a chance to build their own train track when A went for his nap…

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Fun times were had by all!

Wedding: Andrew and Nicole

We will always have great memories from celebrating this special day! My brother, Andrew, an his wife, Nicole, had such a beautiful wedding day. I loved the colors and style they chose, everything looked perfect. Just a few pictures to share…


I thought their ceremony was perfect. They kept it short and simple, but still added plenty of their personalities. Jesse and I liked that they happened to choose the the same venue where we had our wedding reception almost eight years ago. It brought back great memories and made such a beautiful background.


Andrew was glowing with happiness and was clearly enjoying every moment of the day! Nicole was just gorgeous!


I’m not sure if anyone had more fun than A did at the reception. He and his friend danced the night away! I guess they were really watching carefully during the first dance, they had all the moves… fancy twirls and everything!IMG_8829IMG_8834IMG_8685IMG_8706IMG_8895IMG_8959IMG_8993

Congratulations again! We are so very happy for these two!

Rehearsal Dinner: Andrew and Nicole

What an exciting month June has been for our family!! I can’t believe both of my younger siblings were married in two amazingly beautiful weddings. It was such a joy to be a part of such fun and exciting times. We’ve taken SO many photos this month, time to sit down a pick out some of my favorites to share!

Jesse, A, and I had a lot of fun at Andrew and Nicole’s rehearsal dinner. Mom and Dad did a great job putting that together!


A told a friend of ours the other day that he got to “ring the bearer.” We were so proud of how well he followed directions to carry out his job.


These two had practiced getting married and were ready for the real deal the next day.


It meant a lot to me to have the opportunity to have both of my grandmothers in town at the same time!


Dad shared a few words about what a fabulous addition Nicole is to our family and how much he has cherished his relationship with Andrew. Dinner was delicious and was followed by a game that brought a ton of laughs. It was like a version of The Newlywed Game with audience participation on who we thought would get the right answer.


Fun night, fun couple!!