Saturday, October 18, 2014

Weekly Happenings #289 (October 6-12)-- Flying Home and Getting a Sister Married

Whew! It's been a whirlwind the last week and a half. This is actually the first time I've been able to upload pictures and really work on the blog in a substantive way. We've been at Peyton's parents for a week and he's flying back tomorrow but the kids and I will be here a bit longer! 

Monday was a good last day with just me and the kids. They got up a little late and then we watched their shows and I cooked them oatmeal for breakfast. They ate and I did my morning chores (folding up the couch, the liter box, and straightening a little) really quickly. I did spend too much time on the computer and then planning for school took longer than usual. I played with the kids a little, took a super quick shower, and then we did their devotion and catechism. We did a quick toy pick up and then they ate lunch and I put Graves down for a nap. He played pretty well, but made a LOT of bathroom trips. 

I got on the computer and did part of Annie's school. When Graves got up we did math and did his critical thinking and tracing. I fixed them eggs and grits and then we read and I got them ready for bed. I cleaned up and Peyton got home. We watched TV and talked and then I worked on a couple of posts. I went to bed late.

The kids slept late and we had a lazy morning on Tuesday. Peyton was off and we just did things around the apartment to get ready to leave. I scheduled the car service to the airport and sent an email. I took my bath and had lunch and folded laundry and then Peyton took Graves to Cumbe. Annie played and I got on the computer and had lunch. I started packing and folded more laundry and when the boys got home, we cleaned up the kids' room.
Packing for three people for three weeks in which festivities include a wedding, a rehearsal dinner, a bridesmaids luncheon, a ten year reunion, and a day trip. I asked Minnie about the weather and she advised "dark cottons" since it's in the eighties. She reminded me of the fair and Halloween. I reminded her that in almost thirty years of living there, I could never figure put how to dress appropriately for either. And the rest of the apartment looked like a tornado had hit it. 

Peyton helped me get them fed and showered and ready for bed and I did one last load of laundry. Peyton met with a group of guys he's friends with and I packed some more. I got on the computer and did dishes and Peyton got home. We talked and I folded the last laundry and finished packing. We went to bed late.

Wednesday was the day! I snoozed my alarm a few times and when Ellis texted at eight we talked a bit and then I got in the shower at eight thirty as the kids were getting up. We all got ready and packed the very last things. 
Peyton packed his clothes for a week in a MESSENGER BAG. The rest is mine and the kids'. Originally he was going to take the small black suitcase, but I needed it.

We did a few last minute things before leaving the apartment and went out to meet our car.
We found a car service with multiple car seats (some I called would only send one). The driver was so nice, arrived five minutes early, and drove like a human being. And it was only marginally more expensive than a cab! So much better than getting our seats out of storage and lugging them to Jackson or trying to do transit to LGA. 

We made it to the airport and got checked in with tons of time to spare. 
It makes me emotional. I think about flying into and out of here on the the trip Peyton and I took over a year ago. And I think about flying here by myself with the kids. Both the trip and the experience were transformative for me, so being here leads to big feelings.

The kids were pretty relaxed and did great. 
I was sure I packed his "green blankie" that morning when he woke up. Coulding find it in the carry on and it wasn't under the plane as I'd hoped. He said "I'm just so sleepy. I want my green blanket." And Peyton said "we don't have it, Bud." And he said "then I'm not sleeping". I had a tiny stuffed dino, a WELL loved duck lovey, and no less than five baa's. But I still felt horrible. I know how much that stuff means to him. 

I think LaGuardia got its feelings hurt when Vice President Biden said it was like being in a third world country. There were iPads EVERYWHERE.

We boarded and had a good flight, other than me feeling sick.

leaving the big city!

 The kids did fabulous! 
Graves did GREAT on the flight thanks to this densely packed and incredibly gory book I've bought like a year ago after a friend shared it. I had been saving it for a special occasion and I think his dino obsession may be at its peak. He devoured it. Pun intended :)

And Annie and I went ahead and knocked out some Logic of English since we had a few hours. 

We had a nice layover in Atlanta. We got eat lunch/dinner, but it wasn't too long. 
Back in the South!

We boarded and got to Jackson quickly. Peyton's mom was waiting for us at the airport when we got off the plane. I also saw my high school librarian! We got loaded up and headed to our house to pick up our car. Peyton and I took the kids by my parents' house and picked up my dress to get altered and the kids' stuff. We got back to Peyton's parents' (where we were staying) and ate dinner and got the kids settled. We visited and I blogged a bit.
These two pretty much had Christmas morning. DeeDee and Grandpa Randy had their room set up with adorable new dinosaur and mermaid sleeping bags, a pile of books, their own little suitcases, and a couple of new outfits. Such a fun surprise for our sweet small people who, in this season, don't get to spend birthdays and Christmas with their grandparents.

We got a good start on Thursday because we had a LOT to do. We got the kids ready and got showers and then left them with DeeDee while we ran errands. We dropped my dress off to be altered; stopped at our house to get some toys for the kids at the hotel, a pair of shoes, and Peyton's suit; and then headed to Target for a few last minute cosemetic purchases. We drove through Canes for lunch and then went back to get the kids. We changed them into clothes for the party that night and Peyton dropped me off to get my hair colored. He picked up my dress and bought a new dress shirt for himself because we had discovered a stain on the one he packed. After they picked me up, we stopped and got snacks and used the bathroom (and visited with our friend Erika!) at Walgreens. We got on the road around five thirty.

Dress altered, hair trimmed and colored, and we were one the way to Baton Rouge! I'm getting it SHORT before we leave, but I didn't want to right before the wedding. Also, this is DARK. But I just can't maintain it any blonder in the city. Or on the crazy budget Peyton's worked up for when we move back.

We left this here (but took the Batman and Joker cars). He really didn't miss it for months and then just in the last couple started asking about his racetrack. He was so excited he kept it on his lap most of the trip. Annie, on the other hand, told us  that she wanted to stay in NYC and not move back for good. I asked her why and she said she didn't like her bedroom in MS as much. We talked more and she said it's because she'll have even MORE toys to put up than in Brooklyn (as I mentioned, we left some things here). We discussed and she said she'd be so happy if we put some of her toys in the attic and rotated them. Needless to say, her papa was PROUD!

We stopped twice (QUICKLY) and made it to Baton Rouge by eight thirty. We had drinks and visited and met all Conrad's family.
{flower girl-ring bearer-flower girl}at a rooftop gathering celebrating the bride and groom

 After that, we went to dinner with Cookie and my parents. 
We walked out of an elevator and and a guy said to Peyton "After you, beau". This ain't a bad place to be. 

The kids did really well, but they were so tired (Annie in paticular, Graves had taken a car nap around seven pm).
Being a goofball at the fancy restaurant. He was actually SO well behaved.

We got back to the hotel room and it was midnight by the time the kids got to bed and one by the time the rest of us did. We actually didn't have a room reserved and were just going to stay in a different hotel, but we ended up staying with Cookie. So fun!

We had a slow morning and slept late on Friday. Peyton and Cookie were up early, but the kids and I slept until ten. We bathed the kids and got showers ourselves and repacked and then checked out. We moved our stuff to my parents room until we could check in and then went to lunch at a po-boy place. Graves had an accident right as were were finishing so we came back to the hotel and changed his clothes and visited with my parents a little. I printed out my toast and worked on a blog post a little.

After that, we all got ready for the rehearsal and then left to go practice. We left the kids and Conrad's niece who was the other flower girl in our hotel room with two babysitters. It was finished quickly and we went to dinner. It was wonderful, with so many friends sharing beautiful toasts.

Peyton and I went out to a bar with the rest of the wedding party and then turned in for the night.

Saturday was the big day! Peyton actually got Graves up early in hopes he'd take a good nap. Annie and I slept in a bit and then I got on Instagram and my mom came to our room to help me decide on Annie's outfit for the bridesmaid's luncheon. I took a quick shower and ironed our clothes and then got the kids dressed while Peyton got our carseat out of the car for Annie. Minnie and my aunt and Annie and I were taking a taxi so we met Peyton downstairs and he got the seat buckled in. Peyton and Graves hung out and we headed to the luncheon. It was beautiful!
lovely flowers! 

The flower girl (and her momma) had so much fun at the bridesmaids luncheon! 

dainty treats! 

The flower girls. Cookie and Conrad are both so lucky to each have gained a precious new niece.

I had a hard time waking Peyton up to get him to answer the door once we got back to the hotel. He finally let us in and Graves was still sleeping. We chilled out a bit and then I joined Cookie to have my hair and make up done.

 I thought we had more time when I got back to the room, but it was almost time to go. Peyton helped me get the kids ready and I did a few last minute things. We hurried down to the buses and got in a van and headed to the property. The kids danced on the dance floor (with no music) and then we did pictures.

 Then it was time! The ceremony was really sweet and special.

After it was over, I had to sign something to witness the marriage. The reception was great- we had such fun dancing and eating and visiting.

Toward the end the band had all the bridesmaids get up on stage and DANCE BY THEMSELVES. I was SO worried and was thinking about how I'm like basically an SNL character with this sort of thing. Peyton saved the day and handed me Annie and so it was much less awkward. The kids were SO tired when we got back to the hotel. We went to bed.

On Sunday we all got up and finished packing and took baths. Some of the fastest baths our kids have ever taken. We got out and on the road and didn't stop at all. We still didn't make church, but we caught some friends after the service. After that we had lunch with the Deckards and another friend at the Mexican restaurant and then we came home and regrouped. We headed over to our friends, the Roberts' house. We stayed super late and had such fun.

We had a great week and this one has been, too!

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