Friday, July 13, 2012

being her mom

She's seriously the funniest little person I've ever met. When she smiles my heart melts. every.single.time.

...even when she's standing up in her crib, yelling for us to come and get her.
...even when she pouts b/c all she wants to do is snuggle when she wakes up.
...even when we tell her "no" and she still races away from us up the stairs.
...especially when she belly laughs, it's my most favorite sound in the world.  

She's the absolute best, and I am so lucky to be her mom. She reminds me daily how privileged I special this journey is, and how being her mom makes me a better woman each day.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Kneeland Wedding

Well, our wedding season 2012 has officially come to an end!  I can’t believe it! The past 3 years have been non-stop wedding craziness…and I’m not joking when I say we attended about 20 weddings and planned and had our own in that time! We’re so incredibly blessed to have been a part of so many special days for our friends and family!

With that said, I need to share the play by play of my bestie’s wedding weekend! My little Lindsay married her main man, Greg, on June 30, 2012. The day was perfect, the bride was beautiful, and the groom was adorable with her.

Before I get ahead of myself I must start at the beginning…

Jason and I dropped our bug off with Grandma and Grandpa Kingma. We kissed her 100 times, thanked them a 100 times, and got in the car to head to Ohio. Oh Ohio, how you are not my husband’s favorite state, but we’ll leave that for another post come football seasonJ It was 103+ degrees the entire way down…the heat was just icky, sticky, and just plain nast. On a better note we made great time and were able to spend some time with friends before the weekend would be shoved into wedding mode.

The next day the girls headed downtown C-bus to get our nails done, and have a cozy lunch at this great Italian place Linds had picked out. We had a wonderful time together, and had so much fun just hanging out! It’s not every day we’re all in the same place! After lunch we headed back to the hotel and hung out in Lindsay’s huge VIP suite! After some trouble she’d experienced with the hotel, I must say, they totally redeemed themselves with this fantastic upgrade for her! Way to go Sheraton!

So we’re all sitting in her room, chatting, laughing, and catching up when we notice that the sky is turning a very scary shade of gray, and within minutes a huge storm rips through Columbus. It went from quiet to crazy in a matter of seconds. I called Jason, and he was on the highway nervous b/c the car was being moved by the 80 mph winds he was hearing about on the radio. Street sings were flying around, and then the downpour hit.  I told him I’d meet him down in the lobby once he made it to the hotel, so I (like an idiot) headed towards the elevator. I got on the elevator (I know, I know) and hit the lobby button. Did I mention the suite was on the 20th floor……the elevator makes it to floor 18 and then boom….the lights flicker and we drop to floor 16! A voice comes over the speakers “We are experiencing technical difficulties!” Umm yeah (as swear words are searing in my mind) I figured that one out, but thank you elevator fairy.  Seconds later the doors open and I jump out instantly.  I find a stairwell, and descend 15 floors with the lights flickering on and off. Then I notice that I’m alone and wonder where everyone else is…I end up in the basement. I see huge laundry machines, but no people. Here I am, just walking around, no idea where I am or who I’ll see. No cell service, and I admit, I was just a titch scared. Then I hear a coffee grinder. I open a door to find myself in the Starbucks kitchen! Hooray! I pop out a side door and head for the lobby. Ok, so I am exaggerating just a little, but basements are scary. Period.

Jason made it safe, and we headed to our room to get ready for the rehearsal! I’m terrible with directions, so of course with my poor navigating skills we got lost on the way to the venue, and actually passed the pub where we were going to be having our rehearsal dinner….the bad thing was…no lights. Completely black. Uh oh. We finally make it to the venue. No lights. No air....oh boy. This could get interesting.  

Apparently this storm had knocked out the power of more than 150,000 people in and around Columbus. The pub, venue, and the hotel where my parents were staying  were just a few of the casualties at this point.  So we made the best of the situation and practiced in the dark. Poor Linds, we all felt so bad that things weren’t going to plan, but things happen, and we just had to roll with it. The lights came on just as we were leaving for dinner (Praise the Lord), and you could hear just about everyone sigh with relief. Her uncle worked some magic and we were able to find a place that would seat our large group last minute, and we ended up having a wonderful dinner!

Then, wedding morning arrived! So excited was I for everything that was to come that day. Watching Linds get ready, seeing her in her dress, watching her walk down the aisle, and just having fun with everyone while celebrating one of the people I love most in the world, and the man she’s chosen to love forever. It was going to be a best day.

And it was.

She looked breathtaking.  I cried before I could even see her walking down the aisle, and cried again when she made her promises to Greg, and he made his to her. 

The rest of the night looked like this….sandals for comfort, bridal party introduction with a dip and a kiss from the bride and groom to start things off, incredibly appropriate, and very heartfelt speeches given by the MOH and best man, the tears were flowing when Lindsay's uncle spoke of her mother, Jill, and his prayer was perfect, good food, yummy champagne, I hope you dance, more cryingJ, Heaven, Yuengling, Thriller, pictures, some silly O-H-I-O whatever, cake, more pictures, soulja boy, little bit of after party, and finally saying goodnight to the newlyweds before heading back to the hotel for some much needed R&R and the removal of the 800 bobby pins that were holding my hair in place! haha 

We said our goodbyes in the morning, which are always so bittersweet. We hit the road, and headed back to good ol’Pure Michigan to get out bug! We sure missed her!!!  Like I said, it really was perfect, and I am so so happy that God has given my best friend, her best man. I know Greg will love her in the most perfect way he can. I know her mom would be so proud, and so in awe of them just as we all are.

We love you both! Congrats Kneelands!!!!