We had a wonderful time on vacation back in Michigan and my only regret is that I haven't written about it sooner! But life has been crazy so it is what it is.
Our vacation started out with a 14+ hour plane ride from Hawaii to Grand Rapids, MI which was almost seamless. The only scare we had was once the last plane was hovering GR the pilot announced that there was no visiblity to land! We were told we had 30 mins to circle and then we would have to go somewhere else and that might have to be back to Chicago! Needless to say I said a prayer and a few choice words right away, and thankfully the prayer was answered and we landed in GR 28 minutes later!
My mom and Grandma picked us up from the airport and after lunch we headed back to my mother's house to freshen up before hopping in the car and driving another 3 hours across state to Wes' Aunt Peggy's house. It made for a long day, but the excitement of seeing the family helped.
When we arrived at Aunt Peggy's we were greeted by Aunt Peg, Uncle Randy, Joe and Grandma Sutton. We had a wonderful homemade meal and good conversation before calling it a night.
Wed was spent just relaxing at the house and hanging out with Grandma Barb. When Aunt Peg arrived later that night we did have an impromptu drive out to the apple orchard for donuts and cider.
Thursday brought even more family as Aunt Peggy was gracious enough to invite over the entire family for a potluck dinner and a surprise baby shower for Noah! It was wonderful being able to see everyone again, and actually have time to sit around and visit with them. We received some wonderful gifts from Wes' family for our lil man, but the time spent visiting was even more precious.
Friday brought the Hudson/Yarbrough wedding rehearsal, so Wesley and I headed down to Troy MI to see some really good friends and get the wedding started. Before rehearsal we all headed out to Yates Cider mill for, yup you guessed it, more fresh donuts and cider! I indulged in a fresh carmel apple while we were there. Afterwards we headed to rehearsal and then to rehearsal dinner.
Sat. was the big day for Julie and Jeremiah and everyone was waiting for the big event to start. Wesley was the best man, so I spent the day hanging out with Julie and her bridesmaids. It was fun to be behind the scenes and meet Julie's friends. The wedding started about 5pm and the bride was beautiful as always...oh did I forget to mention that I had to read a poem during the service?!?!? So scared I was going to forget my cue, and even more scared to read this poem, but it all went off without any problems. Then the "I do's" were said and the Mr. and Mrs. became ONE! It was a great day.
After the wedding we stayed around for pictures (which some will hopefully upload here since FB is having issues) and found the photographer to be quiet annoyed. He definietly wasn't very friendly and I think he should have been doing wakes instead of weddings, but he got the shots, and it was off to rehearsal.
Wes gave the best man speech, and after many "please don't ruin Julie's day by saying embarassing things about Jer, because Lord knows we have plenty," Wes made a very short but to the point speech. Then of course there was the usual cake cutting, dancing and oh yes the one drunk person that always enialates something...and this time it was Jer's sister Mandy and the women's restroom about 30 minutes after the arrival of the wedding party. Poor Smith missed his chance :)
The day after the wedding we were able to say goodbye to the Bride and Groom over breakfast in the hotel lobby. Many good wishes later and Wes and I were back on our way to his Aunt's house. We spent the afternoon stopping at stores looking for MICHIGAN gear for Wes and the baby and a lovely lunch at Red Robins.
Monday was another day to visit with family along with Tuesday afternoon when we saw Uncle Tim and made a trip out to Papa's grave where Wes introduced Noah to Papa. After a quick haircut from Sam we were back on the road and heading to GR to have dinner at my dad's house.