So this past weekend, Smoochy, LG, and I traveled to Northwest Arkansas for my middle brother’s wedding. Wrote a little blog about it. Like to read it? Here it goes:
- The fact that Smoochy went with us? Had LG and I all beside ourselves with excitement. I’ve mentioned on here before that Smoochy is always reluctant to take a day or two off from work. Well, we had a ball! Even he had to admit that he’s going to have to make a more concerted effort to relax and enjoy life a bit more. Yay!
- Smooch’s assignment for the trip was to a) get the rental car and b) make sure my brothers were uh…sober enough to stand. Let’s start with the rental car. I am notoriously “thrifty.” Smoochy? Not so much. I
usuallyalways rent the smallest, most gasoline efficient vehicle on the lot. Smoochy pulled up in a Suburban. I was HOT! He had not even considered that filling this thing up was going to cost more than I spend on gas in a month. Wooo sah. We’ve been married for 13 years. I knew this was one I was going to have to let go…after I told him it was crazy. And aren’t you proud of me – I only told him once twicea few times.
- Eight hours – and $100 worth of gas later – we pulled into Fayetteville. Met up with the rest of my family – mother, father, brother, niece, nephew, uncle, aunts, grandma and we all caught up.
- Saturday morning we got up and most of us went to the Crystal Bridges museum in Bentonville. Y’all. This museum is gorgeous! Built with WalMart money it is located in a natural, wooded area, suspended over a natural hot spring, and no expense was spared. Saw an original Norman Rockwell, a few from Georgia O’Keefe, and the creepiest, most realistic sculpture ever.
- Oh, and if your mother hops into the passenger seat so she can help you navigate? There’s a good chance that even with two smartphones in her hands, one of which has voice navigation turned on, if you ask her which way to turn she’ll say “how should I know?” Ma’am….
- Fast forward to the wedding.
- Hated my ensemble. Really I did. Moving on…
- I walk in to the space – they married at the aviation museum – and who do I see but my youngest brother! You know, the one who wasn’t coming? The one whose relationship with the rest of us is strained at best? Yeah, him. I was in a state of shock. I was like “hey” and gave him a hug. Then I started crying. Then my oldest brother walked over and started crying. I later learned that my mom and future SIL were in the back crying. God is faithful, I tell you! I had prayed and prayed and prayed and prayed some more that that dude would not miss the wedding – and he didn’t. He didn’t stay long, maybe 2 hours, we didn’t hash anything out, I’m not sure our relationship is any better today than it was a few days ago, but he came. My prayer – and the prayers of many – was answered and for that I give God all the glory.
- Then my brother and now SIL exchanged vows. The wedding ceremony was great – totally them. They wrote their own vows, the groomsmen wore Vans tennis shoes – as did the bride, and they were surrounded by an awesome group of people who love and support them. My heart was full of joy.
- And then it was time to party! Do I really need to tell you that Smoochy failed at part 2 of his assignment? Those jokers were still lit up from Friday night and proceeded to indulge a bit more Saturday night! My SIL’s cousin was the DJ and he did a great job of playing a variety of music that appealed to everyone present – from line dances to The Devil Went Down to Georgia to Don’t Stop Believing to The Percolator – there was something for everybody and we danced until we couldn’t dance any more!
- Sunday we slept as long as we could, said our goodbyes and everyone headed back to their respective homes.
- We had an awesome time. My brother and his wife are happy, we got to see family and hang out with hers (I love my SIL’s family – they are fun, down to earth folks), and got in a little bit of culture, and Smoochy drove the entire trip! I had prepared myself to drive since he was going to work as soon as we got in on Sunday night, but I think he was really feeling that truck and drove all the way up and back. Yay!
- Yesterday LG was out of school – thanks for “discovering” America Senor Columbus – so I took an extra day off and took my girl to the fair. We had big fun!
- And that my friends, is what we did over the course of the last few days. How’s life in your neck of the woods?
Two more things – Happy 40th Birthday to Me!!! and Happy Anniversary to Psonya!