So back to Uncle Yankee and Nemy. They had a beautiful wedding in a really cool church in Gramercy Park in NYC. Nemy was beautiful and Uncle Yankee stately. They both were so happy to be with eachother and to be surounded by everyone who loved them. People came from all over - from 3 different countries and 5 different states.
Daddy and the kids all had important jobs. Mine was just to watch and take it all in.
We've just returned from a family, and I mean the whole family, trip to NYC. We all loaded in cars, rode escalators, flew in planes, hopped buses and trains, worried about lost baggage, joseled children and pets, found hotels, had fights with cab drivers, figured out subways and got there man. We.Got.There.
Not just us. No, I mean sisters, brothers, cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents, great-grandparents, in-laws, nieces, nephews and friends all made the trip. Even souls of loved ones who have passed were called upon to attend. And we were there. We were all there.
We all went to celebrate two people who decided it was time to marry each other. You see it was their chapter-turner and we all wanted to bear witness. Seeing two people literally turn a page in their own lives. Fascinating really. Enter "Uncle Yankee" and his new wife "Nemy".
Because there are so many incredible shots from the weekend and many more will follow, I'm going to break this post into 2, "Page Before & Page After".
We had a couple of days before the wedding to show Big and Lil' some important stuff. On top of that list was the 911 Memorial.
Here is the "Survivor Tree". It was only 8ft tall when they found it under the rubble in 2001. Now it's 35ft tall.
Uncle Yankee lost one of his oldest childhood friends in 911. We especially wanted to see his name and honor his memory.
Patricia's name is just under Scott's. I literally felt a pull in my uterus reading this.
Here's a little something to lighten the mood. Sorry Lil'. I just had to. God Bless America!
Someone had a hard time with all the walking in NYC. Not gonna' mention any names but I think the big city might be a little too much for some of us.
2 kids + no Daddy = 1 thirsty Mama. Kids, this is The Plaza. They have a bar.
I ran into Lil's teacher at the grocery store the other day. She was laughing at something as she was walking up to me. I didn't know that something was me.
Me: Hey Ms. Marlo, how's it going?
Her: Oh good. (giggle giggle.) I have to tell you what your daughter said the other day. (giggle. giggle.)
Me (in my head): Oh good Lord. Please...Please....Hopefully not...
Her: We are working on our (giggle, giggle)"All About Me" books and we asked her what she wanted to be when she grew up. (giggle. giggle.)
Me: Oh! Ok, what did she say?
Her: (giggle.giggle) She said she wanted to be a Cougar just like her Mama!!! Bahahahahahaha!!! We didn't "get it" until we realized you worked at the College!!! Bahahahahahaha!!!
Last Saturday was a HUGE day for little Big. A HUGE day for Daddy and a HUMONGOUS day for my Daddy. Daddy and I have been married for 12 years (yes, I had to get a calculator out) and my Dad has been waiting for last Saturday since the night we got married. Seriously. On our way out of the reception, my Dad's only instructions were to "go make babies".
He's been waiting for Big to do what Big did since that night. And Big did it and he did it right. A 9pt buck with his 8 year old hands.
Please do not scroll further if you are a member of PETA, ASPCA, PAL, WEEAC, FoA, COK, CALA, or have been on a Sea Shepherd mission or if you are vegetarian, vegan, weak in the stomach, against the NRA, not sure if you want to remain in the PTA, the PCA or the AARP. Sorry, I got carried away but you're gonna see some deadness if you scroll further...
One of my favorite things to do with my kids in the fall is to go to the Pumpkin Patch. We have a family farm here that has been owned by the same people since 1725. I think that's cool. Real cool. Lil's school takes a field trip there and this year, I went along too.