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Wedding and Races

Thursday, October 17, 2013

The last two weeks have been incredibly busy. Most importantly, my youngest son, Jeremy, got married on October 4th and I'm very happy that I now have a wonderful new daughter-in-law, Rosa. I felt so honored that they wanted me to perform the ceremony. They were married at a park close to my home with family attending. We went through their vows a few times the evening before and I was confident that all would go well. Then shortly after beginning the ceremony, I unexpectedly was caught up in a rush of emotions as I looked at both of them. I'm not a person who is prone to crying, but I really had to work hard to fight back the tears, even stopping to few times to take a few deep breaths and regain my composure. Of course Jeremy and Rosa had to tease me afterward about almost crying, but looking at my baby and suddenly realizing that he was a man and was embarking on his new life with his wonderful bride caused so many emotions to surface. They are a wonderful couple and I know they are going to have a great life together.

I was really working hard not to cry.

They are so adorable together.

Their baby, Heinlein, who also got to attend the ceremony.

A cute picture by the huge poplar tree at the park.

They then celebrated their marriage at a reception that evening with family and friends. Because they both love Halloween, they decided on a Halloween theme for their wedding. I wasn't sure about this in the beginning, but it was all fun and everything turned out great. Because I used to make wedding cakes many years ago, they also asked me to do their cake. Of course they presented me with a real challenge with the cake they picked out, but in the end it turned out well and everyone seemed to like the orange buttercream icing they wanted. After getting them to the airport for their honeymoon trip to New Mexico (which they absolutely loved), it was right back to work for me.

Enjoying cake!

The wedding cake

After a few days of rest, I then had to get ready to go to Charlotte for the NASCAR races. My aunt and uncle had invited me to come with them and to bring a friend. I brought my daughter-in-law Sonya (Tommy's son's wife) with me. My aunt and uncle had provided everything for us, including our hotel room for the weekend, the tickets, and dinner both evenings at the Speedway Club. They are so good to me and I truly appreciate all they do. We all had a good time at the races, but it seemed so strange going without Tommy. He was always the huge race fan and really the main reason I always went. I'll be meeting my aunt and uncle again in a couple of weeks for the race in Martinsville, Virginia. Even though I don't really like hot dogs, I guess I'll have to have one for Tommy as he loved their famous hot dogs at that track.

Rainbow over the track before the start of the race.

Nik Wallenda and his sister also performed before the race on Saturday.

We had great seats overlooking the track in the restaurant at the Speedway Club.

I'm enjoying the day off work today, but I really wish it wasn't raining outside as I'd rather be hiking. Oh well, this is a good time for me to get my house cleaned.

Hope everyone is having a great week!

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    Great blog. I am so happy for you! We all need to savor these moments of joy.
    1611 days ago
    Sounds like a great two weeks!! Beautiful couple emoticon
    Love the cake, I bet that was fun making it!! The races sounded like a good time, could that rainbow have been Tommy??
    Ronda emoticon
    1614 days ago
    The wedding looks like it really was special and beautiful! You did a great job with the cake too. How wonderful to be able to perform the ceremony for him. I know doing some of the things you and Tommy did together is hard, but I'm glad you have such supportive family and people to help you make new memories. The other ones will always be precious and not forgotten but new ones will be special in a different way. Hugs.
    1614 days ago
    What a beautiful wedding, what a neat cake. have fun at the car races... emoticon ..
    1615 days ago
    emoticon blog.
    emoticon on the happy union, they look good together.
    1615 days ago
    Your talents are unending! Photography, cake decorating, wedding officiating, etc, etc, etc. That cake is amazing!
    I'm so happy that you are out and about. Enjoy your time in Martinsville. The mental healthiness of eating a hotdog for Tommy far outweighs the physical no-no of the hotdog itself! You go, Girl!! (Just don't wash it down with a Dr. Pepper.)
    So so proud of you. Hope to arrange a hike soon!

    1617 days ago
  • DOODIE59
    It looks like your son and his bride had a wonderful day, weather-wise -- PERFECT! That is one fabulous cake you designed. I'm glad you can say those kind words about the two as a couple -- it is a great feeling when you feel in your bones that a couple were meant to be, and are going to make a go of it:)
    I know that must have been a bittersweet day for you, and you are a very rich person to be able to immerse yourself in their special day, and celebrate it with them so meaningfully. They're fortunate to have you in their lives (and vice versa).
    Big hugs, and have fun on your upcoming adventures:)
    1617 days ago
    So happy for you and your family. Loved the cake! You've been very busy! emoticon
    1617 days ago
    How wonderful you could marry Jeremy and Rosa. Not every Mom can participate in that way. I loved the theme of their wedding. Non traditional. My kind of style. Tell them I adore their dog, and so glad he was in attendance. Rosa flowers were beautiful. The cake turned out adorable. I have never tasted orange buttercream frosting. You have peaked my interest. Your Aunt and Uncle sound like sweet people. I hope that was the best hot dog ever. Tommy i'm sure, is so proud of you. emoticon
    1617 days ago
    What a great, busy time you've had! The cake is beautiful. You are one talented lady, that's for sure. Was the wedding at C G Hill? My daughter thought about having her wedding there several years ago but was concerned about the weather so she chose the little chapel at Tanglewood. Looks like you had a beautiful day for it. I'm so jealous that you had a chance to see Nik Walenda do his walk at Charlotte Motor Speedway. That must have been pretty awesome, too. Glad you had such a wonderful couple of weeks emoticon
    1618 days ago
    Loved the pics, Cindy!

    That is great that you got to be such a huge part in your sons wedding.

    The races sounded fun too. I bet Tommy was watching the races with you.

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    1618 days ago
    So happy for you and Jeremy and Rosa. The wedding must have been adorable and that wedding cake must have taken hours to make. Your weekend in Charlotte sounds like a dream weekend! Certainly had all the trimmings. I agree about the weather. Thursday is our tournament day and I would not play in the rain. Have a great time when you go to Martinsville!
    1618 days ago
    Wow Cindy! You are Wonder Woman! Making the cake, which was absolutely bootiful emoticon ...and officiating at the ceremony too! Glad it all turned out so nice and they look very happy together emoticon
    1618 days ago
    My dear Cindy.....
    Is there no end to your talents??? Photographer extraordinaire, outdoors woman/hiker, adventurer, nurse, wedding minister, fantastic baker, and general all around wonderful gal!! I'm so impressed.

    Contratulations on the wedding of Jeremy and Rosa. They are a wonderful couple - and the wedding was extra special. The cake ----- spectacular!!

    I'm so glad you're getting out and enjoying life. This is exactly what Tommy would want for you..... Can't say I'm a car racing fan......but it looks like fun.

    Keep on truckin' hon!!

    Love and hugs.
    Libby emoticon emoticon
    1618 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/17/2013 5:46:57 PM
  • RAMONA1954
    Congratulations on your son and new daughter-in-law's marriage. What an honor to perform the ceremony and make the cake. I absolutely loved the cake. Friends of my son are getting married in a year and want a Halloween theme - this was a cute idea. You did great!
    Glad you got to go to the races and have a good time. The rainbow over the track was a reminder that Tommy was with you at the races emoticon
    Take care! emoticon
    1618 days ago
  • LADYJ6942
    Congrats on the new daughter in law, the cake is gorgeous and the races looked awesome.
    1618 days ago
    Not too many moms out there could make the wedding cake and perform the wedding ceremony too!

    Congratulations to the beautiful couple - and to the loving mom!

    1619 days ago
  • ODAT1117
    Absolutely awesome!!! :-) My daughter and her fiance are getting married NEXT October 4th in an arboretum under a gorgeous oak tree. How cool to see a little preview with your son's wedding! :-)

    Congrats on surviving two very busy weeks!

    Keep on sparking!
    1619 days ago
    What a beautiful wedding and the cake turned out great! Congrats to your son and DIL.
    1619 days ago
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