What a fun weekend we had! It was so nice to get to spend time with friends and family, go to the pool, and relax! We had some friends in town and had a blast with them! I'll catch up on the rest of the weekend festivities tomorrow, but for now, this was another big event of the weekend - Tanja's wedding! There was a luncheon last Thursday to celebrate the upcoming wedding and Katie and I went to that. Katie was so excited to go to another big girl lunch :) She did so great! She acted sweet (thank goodness) and was treated like a princess! The hostess of the shower arranged for Katie to have a special plate of chicken fingers and french fries, she had grape juice to drink, and she got some fairy wings to wear after we ate! So sweet! Here are a few pictures from the luncheon...
Me and Katie with Tanja
The beautiful setting - we sat out on a covered porch that overlooked the golf course and the weather couldn't have been more perfect!
The future Mrs!
Tanja, Katie, and the fairy wings :)
Tanja and me! Love this picture :)
And there was some excitement (to say the least)...a fire truck and ambulance had to come because Tanja's grandmother got sick. She ended up being okay - just dehydrated - but she sure gave us a scare! Katie thought the fire truck was pretty amazing! And they were so sweet to let her sit in the driver's seat!
Friday night there was a dinner at Tanja's parents house. They didn't do a rehearsal, but this would be similar to a rehearsal dinner. They also were officially married on Friday (the church ceremony), so it was also to celebrate that occasion! It was so nice! Katie and I went to that (Brad and Jack stayed home to be here when our friends got here!) and had a blast - Katie wasn't shy one ounce...she was running around and talking to everybody! It was really cute. Here are some pictures from the evening...
Katie and Tanja
Katie and me!
And, of course, the three of us!
Saturday was the big day! The kids were invited to the wedding, but we opted to not take them so we could really enjoy ourselves! We thought it would be special for Katie to see Tanja in her pretty, white dress! So Katie and I went to the hotel where she was getting ready - and we got there just in time to see her finish her makeup and put her dress on! Katie was so sad that we were leaving...I think she wanted to stay the rest of the day :) Thank goodness our friends were at our house...that offered the perfect distraction! Here are a couple pictures from that (I was in my workout clothes, so I stayed behind the camera)...
Isn't Tanja absolutely stunning??? Such a sweet picture!
Tanja was leaving for pictures and we headed out then also...Katie wanted to hold her hand as we left....love it!
And then it was time for us to head home and get ready for the ceremony! I played outside with the kids for a little while and then headed in to get cleaned up. I loved the dress I found - I ran into Steinmart last week with the kids and found it! Perfect! We wore purple and gray (their wedding colors) and actually coordinated! Thankfully I found my dress in just enough time to have it hemmed...I had to have 3 inches taken off even with wearing heels! The ceremony was beautiful and the reception was a blast!
Here we are before heading out! The best part of the dress? It doesn't have to be dry cleaned :)
I took this during the ceremony...love it!
Their first dance!
Out on the dance floor - we danced literally all night I think!
And here they are as they made their exit!
And then on Sunday morning, there was a brunch for everybody to attend. I stayed at the hotel room where they had a room block - by myself. It was magical! Brad came home to be here with the kids (so our friends didn't have to take care of them so much!) and I slept until 9:30...I don't even remember the last time that happened! So Brad and Katie came for the brunch (the Dude stayed with our friends) - the food was great and I know Katie was excited to get to be there for another event :) Here are a few pictures from that!
Katie and Tanja
The three of us girls! So cute!
Daddyo and his little lady!
Here we are with the newlyweds!
Me and the hubs :)
Cutie pie Katie - she was loving all the attention!
Me with my cutie - love this!
And lastly, me and Tanja...love this!
We are so blessed to call them friends! I really think Katie considers them like an aunt and uncle and I love that! I'm so excited to watch Tanja and Nick's relationship grow stronger...and for them to have babies! HA! In time...not just yet ;)