Skip to main content

Wedding Weekend!

"When my roommate came through the door, I thought it was you, pulling a Golden Girls finale and coming back for a final goodbye!" The blogger's best friend, and short twin texted.

Self-portraits are awkward. Much like us.

"I'd have to say her for two reasons," The blogger's sister and traveling companion answered their cousin when asked who was more attractive, the cousin or his wife. "A, she's not related to me, which is a trait I always find attractive in a person, and B, she's got Boobs!" The cousin couldn't argue either point, and a memorable moment was made.

The Cousin's Daughter, and Adorable Flower Girl
"I never want to get in a car again," She said in a most ridiculous manner, as if she never would get in a moving vehicle again.

Nebraska Cornfields. Check out that sky!

"I want to see you again later this week," The chiropractor added as the blogger stood up from the adjustment table. "Your back is a mess!"

Colorado Mountains: Meteorological Irony
These are a few memorable moments from my weekend with my family out in Colorado Springs (And after, considering the visit to the chiro, which holy cow! I feel better!

Last week, my family was lamenting how sad we were that none of us could make it to my cousin, Andrew's wedding this last weekend. I'd paid all my bills for my paycheck, checked my bank balance, and decided I could afford the gas to get there as long as I could impose on the generosity of my aunt and uncle (who are two of the most generous people in the history of ever). My mom then decided that my sister had to come with, as it would be the first time all six of my grandpa's grandchildren would be together (when we were little, the youngest hadn't been born yet).

The drive was long, and my sister and I stopped off in Centennial, Colorado, to see my best friend, Lauren, who took us to Cafe Rio, a restaurant that was a cross between Qdoba and Pepperjax. I got the Salmon Taco specials, and Lauren also convinced us to try their Mint Limeade. It was so refreshing after an eight hour car trip. On our way out, we also sampled their horchata, and a shot cup of it was just enough. It was heavy, but that little cup was perfectly delicious.

Afterward, we headed down to Monument, where the rehearsal dinner, and later the wedding, was going to take place. It was a beautiful hotel, and the wedding was taking place in the back under a gazebo. There was a great view. My sister and I had a great time catching up with our cousin, Ann, who'd come up from Florida, leaving her husband and their two sons at home. We also caught up with the aforementioned generous aunt. Aside from being tired and nursing a headache from lack of sleep and a long drive, I enjoyed myself.
(L-R) Ann, Andrew, Kiri, Weston, Julie, Me
This picture was supposed to just be us, but Andrew and his son, Wes, photobombed us. Goofballs. :-)

Britney, the lovely Bride, and my uncle Jim (Her father-in-law)
The next morning, I don't know if it was the time change (Central to Mountain), or not sleeping well, but I was up at 6:30. I left my sister to sleep and went to the sitting room downstairs to read, but spent some time with my cousin's children, Wes and Shay, who were watching TeenNick.
I could get used to this view. For seriously.
When my sister got up, we made breakfast for everyone before heading over to my cousin, Joe's house, where Ann was staying, to get ready and wait for Grandpa to come pick up his girls.

Makeup is Serious Business.
Ann was funny. She's a coffee fanatic, much like me. On our way to the wedding, we were turning onto the street where the venue was and we saw a coffee shop, so we stopped. I thought Ann was going to drive over a curb to get coffee. My kind of person. ;-) But we had a nice date with grandpa. My grandpa's adorable. He seems like a tough old-school kind of guy, but give him the option to get a frou frou coffee drink, and he'll get it.
Photo by Ann
The wedding, itself, was beautiful. There were tons of stormy clouds everywhere, and it was sprinkling a lot, but when it came time for the actual wedding, it was sunny and peaceful. I think that's a good sign.

Andrew and Britney
Andrew has two children, and Britney is such a good stepmom to them. Her family welcomed them with open arms (and even us, who we'd probably not see again). Wes and Shay are two very lucky children. And some of the most polite, articulate and imaginative that I've ever met. I love seeing and talking to children like that. Gives me hope that the world isn't going to end.

The joining of two families.
Playing off their name, the wedding favors were Pez dispensers. My sister got a C3PO (that I had to steal back from a kid who stole it from underneath my sister's sweater), and I got a Goofy, which I gave to my daddy, as he loves Goofy. The cake topper were these two fun dispensers. I think these are amazing, and need to stay on display in their house. Seriously.

Viva Creative Wedding Choices!
One of the best parts of the wedding, though, was getting to see my grandfather surrounded by all of his grandchildren. It was heartwarming, and I love being his granddaughter (youngest granddaughter, I might add. LOL). He's such a sweet old man. He had to say goodbye to his longtime companion/pet, Bobby, today, but the poor puppy was old and had been sick for a long time. At least he's got a lot of people who love him to comfort him (wish I could be there for him).

Back L-R: Andrew, Joe, Danny, Ann
Front: L-R: Me, Grandpa, Kiri
On Sunday, my sister and I made the long (and I mean LONG) drive back home, by way of our mother's hometown, St. Francis, KS, to visit our grandparents' grave. It was a long drive that was completely out of our way (any by that I mean it made a longer drive than actually getting to Colorado), but it was a good drive. We had Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets as read by Stephen Fry for the trip (love it!), and it was nice to zone out and focus on another world.

We haven't been to Sainty in almost ten years. Not since we lost our beloved grandmother in January 2004.

Winifred Lippert
February 23, 1928-January 1, 2004

Jackob Lippert
December 4, 1915-August 2, 1986
I cried, I admit. With seeing pictures of my paternal grandmother (who died less than a year after this one) at my aunt's house, and returning to a church holding so many memories, crying was gonna happen. As we were leaving the cemetery, happy memories came through, like Roman Candle Fights, and playing baseball in the yard (and grandma getting a homerun!). It was good to be back.

I was so glad to be home last night, in my own bed, cuddling my own cat. Jane wasn't happy I left her, but she was happy to have me back, as she's kept in view of me the entire time I've been home.

Welcome to the family, Britney, we're completely insane a lot of the time, but we're glad to have you with us.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

I'm Moving!

Talk about a long hiatus!

So, things have been happening, or rather, things have been stalling, and I've decided that I need to actually do things in order to achieve what I want to in life. Where I want my writing to go, and what I want to dedicate my blog to.

When I first started MJA I had no idea what I wanted in a blog. I just wanted to write, and I hoped that the readers would follow me. And it took awhile, but you have! But I've been terrible at keeping up with this blog because I was trying to turn it into something that it just couldn't be.

I'm an author, first and foremost, and upon meeting other writers, I've learned so much and want to pass on that education to others, like they've passed on to me.

That said, The Modern Jane Austen isn't going to be getting updates anymore. This is a blog where I wrote about my life, some reviews here and there, and just a few tidbits about my writing journey. But it was mostly a confused mess, IMO, and I've …

September Musings on Writing

Another year has gone by.



I'm 20 days out from my 31st birthday.


I'm 24 days out from embarking on my first cruise to Canada.


I'm thismuch closer to finishing a second manuscript this year.

So, it's shaping up to be a pretty exciting month for me. I'd REALLY like to finish both manuscripts so that I can get to working on their second drafts before NaNoWriMo kicks off in November.

Yes. I'm using my thirties as I should've used my twenties: As someone who wants to write books for a living. Novel concept right?

But honestly. Six years ago when I started at my current job, I was under the illusion that what happened to Amanda Hocking would happen to me. Haha! I was so cute and naive when I was 25.

The last year or so, I've tried really hard to understand what it means to be an independent or self-published author. How you have to put your best work out there, not just the crappy first draft that you were just relieved to finish. That editors want to help yo…

Free Money! 3 Tips For Giving Plasma

Today, I wanted to talk to you about giving Plasma. Plasma is the liquid part of your blood that carries your blood cells all around your body. When you give plasma, they use it to make medication, and it also helps patients who have experienced trauma, have bleeding disorders, and more. I started giving Plasma back in 2007 when gas prices were upwards of $4 a gallon in Missouri, where I was living and needed all the extra money I could get. At the time, I got about $40/donation, but now I give through OctaPharma here in CB, with different pricing (It varies based on your weight).

It hasn't always been easy, though. A few years ago, I was unable to keep giving, and I couldn't figure out why. When I went back to try to raise money for an upcoming vacation the first few times I tried, my protein levels were either too low or at the bare minimum, so I thought I'd share some tips that help.

1. Three hours before you go, start eating something with protein.  I usually give in t…