Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Last day in Alaska

On our last day in Alaska, my parents took us to a few quick touristy places in Anchorage. The girls were d.y.i.n.g. over the ginormo chocolate fountain. Much as I did the first time I saw it. Lily wanted to swim in it. There was much purchasing of souvenirs from this gift shop. Thanks Grandpa!! We really love the 5 foot long hot pink snakes. ;)


Then, we walked over and got to enjoy the reindeer. I say that because the reindeer most certainly did not enjoy us. They kind of gave us a look that said "why must you bring these exceedingly loud children to our nice quiet home?".



Yes, tis true. This is the best shot of everyone. SMILE! 



Aack! We saw a bear! Just kidding. 




The rest of these pictures are just a small sampling of the many pictures I have in which the children are running from the largest bloodsuckers this side of the equator. Seriously. Huge mosquitos. Minnesota? Fuhgedaboutit. Alaska is where it is at.




Ahhh. I miss this. Move closer please.


Did I mention? Move closer please! We miss you.


Tuesday, July 30, 2013

A few more...

Not gonna lie, there wasn't a lot of thought put into the getaway experience. We literally made them stop driving in order to tie the three, yes... THREE, cans that we dug out of a garbage can with twine from the wedding.


I should also mention at this time that when backing out of the driveway Dan drove over them and flattened one of the three cans completely. 


This is what a good sport looks like.


Goodbye Dan and Esther! Enjoy your honeymoon. Hopefully those two, extremely pathetic cans will fall off before you even hit the end of the driveway. :) We were all dying... It's the thought that counts, right? Right.


Then came the fun experience of trying to figure out how to get everyone where they were going....
Not an easy task. We ended up leaving all the carseats at the resort for the second load, putting Lily in the front with Grandma Lee driving and I sat in the back with Matthew on my lap next to Jake and Hannah.  Good times.


Hey little E! Be glad you aren't part of this trainwreck!


A few from the Reception










Monday, July 29, 2013

Alaska | Wedding (warning: LOTS of pictures)

Wedding Day!! July 23rd, 2013. We had lots to do...


Wildflowers were gathered on the sides of the road and in ditches, assembled into bouquets and mason jars. They turned out so beautiful! 


There was lots of getting ready to be had. The girls gathered in the in-house salon and did hair and makeup for hours. I am not entirely sure that I know what the guys were doing through all of that. :)


There were practice runs.


It was really, REALLY bright. And hot.



Beautiful mothers were escorted down the aisle by handsome sons.





Cousins turned photographers stood at the ready.


Anticipating.


The wedding party... Dan's friend and sister-in-law walked in together.


Johnny and Esther's bestie walked in together.


Another friend with Ruthie.


Dan's brother and myself.


The most beautiful jr bridesmaid I have ever seen...


and then.... mass chaos.
All these children!


Hannah... She looked like a little fairy child.


Another one of the flowergirls.


The very responsible ring-bearer. He had the real rings and kept them very safe.


Matthew getting a head start down the aisle.


"Wait, I have to walk with her? I don't want to. I am three. I want to walk with Jakey or by myself."


"Fine, I will walk with her if I have to but I plan on pouting the whole way."


"Wait. I need to wipe my nose because I was pouting and crying. This vest is sure coming in handy. Have I mentioned that I don't want to walk with her?"


"My Bible is heavy. Hold on. I have to fix it."


The little cherub.


"Got my Bible under control and caught back up with this girl that I have to walk with. I still have boogers and my vest isn't cutting it."


"Sweet! Two birds, one stone. No more boogers and I got a little snack. Could it get better? If only I was done walking with this girl."


Such a beautiful bride!!






Matthew was a little tired.


Matthew-getting some love from his brother. Finally!


"Her mother and I do."





Kindness from Uncle Johnny.


Sitting quietly.


It's always interesting to bring props to a wedding!


...to have and to hold...


Such a beautiful moment. While they lit their candle the music that was playing was a recording of my grandpa singing "This is the Day". A song that was written for his marriage to my grandma by my great-great aunt while sitting on a train on the way to the wedding. Since then he sang it at all 7 of his children's weddings and then again at mine and Ruthies. He would have been honored to sing it at Esther's but he passed away in December. I didn't know that she had planned on using the recording so as I watched them walking towards the candles and the music started the tears began to flow. Ruthie and I were a mess. 



A special prayer said by two of Esther's godparents. Her other godmother wasn't able to be there.


"You may kiss the bride!"


Mr and Mrs Pepin!!!



*Again, all but one picture in this post are taken by our cousin, Joe Lee. Seriously, saved my bacon. Big thanks!

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