Monday, March 16, 2009

Kira's Wedding

Kira's wedding was beautiful, even if I do say so myself! :) She got married at 5:30 p.m. on March 14, 2009. Her sister, Laura, stayed with her Friday night after the rehearsal dinner. Jesus (her husband) stayed at a local hotel Friday night. Everyone in the family was just waiting for me, Ole Mom, to start the tears a rolling. My children were predicting at what time during all the festivities I would start crying. I did really well with my emotions. I only had a few tears when they were pronounced husband and wife.

I was able to sleep in (at least by my standards) until 8:30 a.m. Saturday morning. I went got a cup of coffee and some breakfast at the local 7-11. I was staying with Jim for most of the weekend and he does not drink coffee (The only downfall I have found with him is he does not have a coffee pot in his house.) LOL I have to tell everyone what a blessing Jim was to me over the past weekend. He was right there and willing help whenever anything was needed.

Then at 12:30 p.m. I went to my girlfriend's, Terry, house so she could do my hair. I ran back to Jim's so he could drive me to Kira's house so I could help her get dressed.

When I got to Kira's house all the bridesmaids were there getting their hair and make-up done. Getting Kira into the dress was no picnic! Let's just say, it took all the bridesmaids and myself to get her dressed. Then it was time for pictures and off to the church. We only had two minor mishaps for the wedding....first the heat died in the church Friday before the rehearsal and they could not get the part until Monday; and second it started to rain just as we were leaving to go to the church. The good things was it really did not down pour so it was not something that really messed anything up.

The service was beautiful and I can't wait to see all the pictures from the photographer. They had the reception at Overhill Manor in Catonsville. It is an old mansion that sits up on a hill. It was a very dignified setting to have a reception. It appears that the guests seemed to all have a good time. I do have to admit Jesus' family really does know how to celebrate and they managed to get many people out on the dance floor that never would have been dancing otherwise! :)

The happy couple left to go on a cruise and then to visit some of Jesus' family in Puerto Rico.

The best part of all the stuff is knowing "my little girl" has married a very nice, warm man. We all welcome Jesus into our family with open arms.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Getting ready for Kira's Wedding

I can't believe how fast the time has been flying by. My oldest daughter, Kira is getting married March 14, 2009. Needless to say, I have been very busy and very stressed trying to make sure everything is finished in time for the BIG DAY!

Last Saturday the bridesmaids held a surprise bridal shower for Kira. It was funny because Kira kept trying to figure out what date the shower would be on so she would try scheduling things for dates to see what all our reactions would be. What she did not know was that the bridesmaids, her fiance (Jesus), and myself were in constant contact so whoever was asked something about a date would know the "proper" response and we would all be on the same page. Kira was driving us all crazy!

The theme of the shower was "Spice Up Kira's Marriage". Everyone brought her a different spice for cooking. They played a game where there were 10 spices in different bowls around a table. The guests needed to guess what spice each was. I use spices and still found this game much more difficult than I thought I would.

As one of the activities, everyone share some advice for Kira. Once piece of advice that stuck with me was "Always remain the girlfriend." I loved it because it is so easy to become complacent with a relationship once you are married. It reminded me to never become so complacent with any relationship that you don't care enough to "be the girlfriend". The part of the shower became much more emotional than I think most of us thought it would. It was a very good thing they had Kleenex handy!!!!