Monday, September 29, 2008

The Only Thing Worse Than Packing is Unpacking

You can't take a step in my house without planting your foot in a pile of something.  And by something I mostly mean laundry.  Ah, the joys of returning home...

What a weekend!  Lucy was a fabulous traveler.  She whined less than I did, in fact.

Lucy in Chicago - Mommy's hometown!

As we made our descent into central Wisconsin, the colors took us by surprise.  It's been years since we've been back in Wisconsin in the fall, and we'd forgotten the fiery beauty of it.  The weekend was amazingly temperate with Indian Summer temperatures in the high seventies in the sunny afternoons, and the cool evenings reminded you that it's still fall.  The Bubba's sister planned an outdoor wedding, and the atmosphere couldn't have cooperated more perfectly.

If you asked my Bubba to finish the sentence "You know you're home when...."  more than likely his answer will involve some sort of reference to being around 862 members of immediate family.  As we pulled out of the airport onto the road to go to Grandma and Grandpa's house, cousin Benny drove by in his big dump truck and we honked the car horn.  We're home!

Lucy meeting Grandma for the first time

Meeting some of the cousins

Lucy has 11 cousins on the Bubba's side, but in Lucy's eyes, there was only one (cue Barry White music).

Meet Lucy's cousin crush

Ethan has 6 months on Lucy, but you'd never tell, he's a peanut, and she's a moose!  They both wear 3-6 month clothes.  Every time he came around, she'd grin from ear to ear.  He'd poke her in the eyes, she'd giggle.  He'd grab her hair, she'd coo at him.

Back to the wedding...

The 862 aforementioned relatives all had a hand in the wedding somehow.  One aunt made the cake, another one did most of the planning (with the mother of the bride, of course), another aunt did alterations on the wedding dress, yet another one provided the chairs and tables for the reception tent.  The actual ceremony was at a gazebo that an uncle built.  The food was provided by a team of various relatives, and served by the lunch ladies that worked in the cafeteria when the Bubba was in school.  The brothers put up beautiful christmas lights around the tent and the sisters-in-law cleaned and managed the kids and tried to stay out of the planning foray.  I was amazed at how everyone came together with whatever they could do and made Kate's wedding awesome.  

A vision walking down the "aisle"

Lucy and Auntie Michelle at the wedding

Katie was married on Friday and my Llama and my sister and her family drove up to see us on Saturday.  We spent a lazy day visiting and recovering from the late night of socializing.

Lucy got so much loving from aunties and uncles and cousins and second cousins and once-removed that when we would lay her down at night we could almost hear the "THANK GOD!" in her sigh.  And then she'd sleep for 6-7 hours.

We're happy to be home and sleeping in our own beds.  We all went to bed early last night and today Lucy and I are dealing with the unpacking and getting back to normal.  With no one to entertain us, we just  sit staring at each other waiting for the other to do something funny...


Elizabeth said...

Fun in the Midwest! We have been having amazing temperatures, and I'm sure the weekend was perfect for all of you!! Lucy just keeps getting cuter and cuter!!

Emily said...

Cute cute cute pictures! So glad Lucy is doing well - and you look great too!


Manda said...

Good job Lu! We travel at Thanksgiving for the first time...
Wait a minute, where are you from? I grew up in Naperville! Where did you go to high school? OHMYGOSH do I KNOW you in real life? That would be so awesome.
Do all babies have a cousin crush? I just blogged about Sydney's today!! :)

Anonymous said...

It is great to see your pictures of the babies. We are soooo glad we got to meet Lucy!!!
Hope that you got your Wisconsin Fall Fix mike and Marge