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Wedding Day - July 9

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

I'm getting caught up slowly but surely so I guess I'd like to tell ya'll about the wedding and reception that I've been planning for the last 10 months or so. The planning consumed my last few weeks leading up to it, so I wasn't consistent with my workouts and eating real healthy. (That changed yesterday!)

My oldest daughter and her 8 year old son flew in earlier in the week and the fun began. Of course she wanted to tour some of Iowa - so did her sister that lives here....and the bride joined us too. It was great to have my 3 girls all in the same place at the same time! Then later in the week, Mom arrived with my cousins from TX. She flew there from Maui and drove up with them so they could spend time together. Then she stayed two weeks with me (and my second daughter) here in Iowa.

Anyway, everything went well aside from a few minor issues. (those moments make things memorable to say the least) The ceremony was beautiful...really touching and there were tears shed. Alex chose to have her father and myself walk her down the isle, which was very special. She looked beautiful and our new son looked so handsome. The reception was GREAT. The toasts were wonderful and I got to do my hula called The Hawaiian Wedding Song for them. I was pretty nervous, but I made it thru and afterwards I missed the first dances, etc. cos so many people came up to me to congratulate and compliment on the hula. But I got to see pictures of the dance activities and bouquet and garter tosses. lol

Oh and there was a Photo Booth as the 'favors' that was so so much FUN. We had a DJ throughout the dinner portion of the reception and then a live band that was just AWESOME! If anyone left without having fun....well, it was their own fault. But I don't think that was the case :)

I've been recouping after Mom left last week and slowly catching up to tasks that I put aside for a few weeks. It's been quiet around here. Thank God I have stuff to catch up to keep me busy or I'd be pretty sad right about now. We are officially-empty nesters. The kids are on a two week honeymoon trip and should be back this week sometime. Yesterday I got back into my routine and started a 3 day Shakeology Cleanse to jump start things.

Here are a few pics.... me doing the hula, my Mom and I before going into the Photo Booth and our family (minus one of our sons-in-law who wasn't able to attend and our oldest grandson who was on a sport bootcamp).







It's great to be back!!
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