This weekend I not only gained an hour (which wasn’t wasted sleeping I’m afraid), I gained a sister-in-law. (Yay!) And throughout the festivities I packed lots of lessons into lots of celebration.
Lesson #1: You know you’re old when your husband asks if you want anything at the liquor store for a big bachelor/bachelorette limo outing and the only thing that comes to mind is gum.
Lesson #2: Don’t ever order bartender’s choice. Ever.
Lesson #3: My husband is hilarious. And fun. And kind. And handsome. (I mean have you seen how he rocks his Dempsey do?) Of course I knew all these things. But it was nice to be reminded.
Lesson #4: As my mother-in-law told the minister who was doubting that this outdoor wedding would happen during a downpour at the rehearsal, sometimes all you need is a bit of faith. And, apparently my mother-in-law and brother/sister-in-law had it big time. Come Saturday morning, God was shining down on the happy couple—as was the glorious San Diego sunshine.
Lesson #5: There’s no such thing as a “simple” backyard wedding.
Lesson #6: When you walk out dressed and ready for the big occasion and your two-year old says, “You forgot your bracelet!”, you realize it’s time for a new party dress. (And accessories, of course.)
Lesson #7: Little has stick-dar. He magically discovered a “sword” walking down the aisle and spent the ceremony slaying dragons in the front row. (No doubt the bride and groom were grateful for the free entertainment.)
Lesson #8: Weddings are such feel-good events that even when a bird does to your hair what your baby just did to your (and her) dress, you can’t help but smile.
Lesson #9: As my 8-year-old flower girl niece announced, “If there’s one thing I learned today, it’s that heels are not good for you!” I would add, by the end of the day, Spanx aren’t so great for you (or your circulation) either.
Lesson #10: Happy is wonderfully contagious.
Congrats to the soon-to-be-tan-and-relaxed newlyweds! We love you lots!