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Monday, August 05, 2013

So the wedding is over. The honeymoon is over. The lake vacation is over. Back to reality for all of us.
The wedding was amazing. I must admit I had some trepidation about some the bride's ideas but it was beautiful (I was thinking it may be like a beerfest!) The (outside) ceremony was hot as blazes but only about 20 minutes. It was very touching and romantic. My son and his new wife are "criers" so many tears were shed during this special time. My grandson (3) was fired as ring bearer by his dad following rehearsal. The little guy is too much of an unknown and we didn't think a toddler tantrum would add much to the ceremony. He was not unhappy about the loss of this job! emoticon Six year old granddaughter did an amazing job!!! I posted some pictures if you're interested.
We had all of the family here on Sunday and then all the trips to airport on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday for them to head home. I was beyond exhausted. Started doing laundry, packing and checking lists for the trip to the lake on the 27th. It was hard to push through to get it all done; we were all so tired. But, finally, everything was packed and the car was loaded (and I mean LOADED!).
Had a great week with the entire family together. Honeymooners arrived the day after they got home and it was great to see them. We all had a great time--fishing, swimming, boat rides, board games, laughing, teasing, relaxing, and loving each other. Life is good! We all cried as we left which then made us laugh. We were all driving home to essentially the same place (within 30 minutes of each other) and would see each other probably the next day. Still, there was something about leaving the magic of the lake where we all took care of each other and just enjoyed with no hustle bustle.
Getting home has brought us to the reality of being a dogless couple in many, many years. The house is so empty and we're both having a hard time. Hubby goes out of town next week and I will keep daughter's dog. The following weekend we will keep son's dog, Albert (my hubby's "special" love). After that, I think we'll see if our dog is out there waiting for us to find him/her. I keep saying no more beagles but looking online I can't help but be drawn to them. They are so darn sweet!
Now, to me. Bleh! Totally off track for about a month now. Not tracking food, no exercise schedule (which means no exercise!) Good thing I don't have to get back in that mother of the groom dress--it definitely wouldn't zip now. All of my pants barely button. I feel doughy and lazy. It is time for me to get off my butt and get going again!!! Making a plan this week and then I've got to just do it!!! I'm ready; I have no idea how much weight I've gained but I feel like it could be a lot. I do not feel healthy and I do not look healthy! That must change!!!
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BESSHAILE 8/12/2013 7:30AM

    Oh what a wonderful blog - I think the wedding sounds marvelous. And the family week - sigh - what happiness.

and now you have a few weeks to get that body ready for the change of season. You remind me - time to take my dog for a walk.

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VEENAS1 8/6/2013 7:01PM

    I am glad the wedding and the lake vacation went well. Facing realty is hard but I know you can get back to eating right and exercising now that the big events are over. Take care

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GINGERHAWK 8/6/2013 7:56AM

    So glad you had a wonderful vacation and the wedding went well - the photos are fantastic! Which lake did you go to? As for the potential weight gain - cut yourself some slack. You had an insanely busy time and there is only so much one can take on at once. As things settle, you'll find your groove again. I look forward to hearing how the dog search goes when you're ready.

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PINKNFITCARLA 8/5/2013 11:08PM

    I loved reading your blog and catching up with everyone! Sounds like an awesome trip. Now that you're back home you can start to concentrate on you :-) LOVED the pics, thanks for sharing!

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MOM2ACAT 8/5/2013 6:00PM

    I saw your pictures and you have a beautiful family!

I had a few beagles growing up as a child, they are sweet dogs!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 8/5/2013 4:57PM

    I'm glad you survived all the good times. Had to laugh about the ring bearer. Ian was ring bearer for my half-brother and his fiancee/wife. Ian got through the ceremony but then went outside and burst into tears. We had to comfort him while he asked us, "What happened to the bear?" I said. "What bear?" And he said, "You said I was going to be the ring bear." LOL. He still relates to bears and loves them. He does not love weddings though. He told us that day he would never get married and he has kept his word.

Your vacation sounded wonderful!! You are so blessed, GF, that your children and grand children want to spend quality time like that with you. Most kids and grand kids prefer to sit in front of a computer or video game. You raised them right!!

I bet it is lonely there without Toby and Ernie. I know my days sure are long without Ian being here. He worked weird hours so I often was with him in the mornings and sometimes early afternoons. I don't have much desire to eat meals at the table now and it's not doing my diet any good. Hubby is gone 10 hours a day minimum with working and commuting and even all the neighbors are gone during the day now. I have lot of birds at my feeders now though so there must not be a lot of food.

I'm glad you will be dog sitting until you can find a new buddy to be part of your family.

I am not on any diet right now obviously. LOL. I am thinking about it though.



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SUEJENN 8/5/2013 4:13PM

    You sound like a woman on a mission. Good luck formulating your new plan. It looks like you will need some 'me' time as well just to decompress after the busy month of July. Sounds like a blast by the way.

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