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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!!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
SBNORMAL 4/2/2012 10:49PM

  Sounds like a great celebration!!

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WOWLAULAU 9/30/2011 10:10PM

  The beauty is the love you all shared. You sound like you are a member of a very loving family. Congratulations to all.

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MAKULEWAHINE 9/18/2011 5:42PM

    What a beautiful wedding!! You did good girl:) It's always nice to be able to share your island culture with people. They always enjoy it. Ahhh, Maui. I was born on the slopes of Haleakala and my first hula lessons were at 2 with the Hawaiian lady who lived across the street. She became my mother's best friend and I took hula from her in Honolulu until I was 14. And that was that. I do miss it though. Been substituting zumba instead. LOL

Have an awesome week and get some rest. Time to figure out what to do with all that time now:)

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BEACHGIRL1205 7/29/2011 9:08PM

    Thanks for sharing your wedding story and pics....totally enjoyed them. I love the hula pic and the one with you and your mom before the photo booth. What a great idea for favors!! Of course the pic of the whole family is great too!!
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NISSANGIRL 7/29/2011 9:49AM

    You looked beautiful and I love your dress! Looks like you all had a great time! the bride was beautiful as well. Thanks for sharing the pictures! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TOMEETMYGOAL 7/27/2011 9:36AM

    What a pretty dress you're awesome to have such a wonderful event. Congratulations on the wedding and it looks like a great time was had by all. My oldest is 25 but so far no wedding in my horizon yet....

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SHORTY_G 7/27/2011 12:17AM

    you look beautiful :) glad to see you back :)

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KA_JUN 7/26/2011 11:20PM

    Congrats! Looks like a wonderful time!

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BANDMAMAPC 7/26/2011 9:56PM

    Oh, how I miss doing the hula. I remember having lessons in the Philippines every week on our porch. Thanks for sharing the pictures. July9th is my hubbies birthday, good day.

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DADDYTREVOR 7/26/2011 8:56PM

    Thank you for sharing your attactive family photos!

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4BARBIE44 7/26/2011 8:41PM

    Absolutely beautiful! thanks for sharing emoticon

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HNYBEEAUTY 7/26/2011 8:01PM

    I love that you did that performance for your daughter. I'm sure you were great! You got it going on!!! :)

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POINTAFTER 7/26/2011 6:52PM

    Looks like quite a party! I love your dress, too.

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AANGEL3 7/26/2011 5:30PM

    It looks like it was great time for everyone!

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BEAUTIFLDZSTR 7/26/2011 5:29PM

    Very nice and I LOVE YOUR DRESS

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