Gah!!! What kind of sister-in-law am I to have not yet posted a picture of the beautiful bride?!!!
(Thank you, Josanne, for bringing that to my attention!!)
To make up for it...here she is, in all her glory:
So, 47 hours and 23 seconds after we first arrived at the church, we made it to the reception. And, by "we" I mean all of my SIL's and our children but sans husbands, because they were all in the wedding. (For the record, my husband is one of 10 kids. Big family.)
You know my baby? She who is fiercely independent, strong willed, and stubborn? Yeah, her? Well, let's just say I developed an aversion to her midway through the day. It took all I had to not scream and tear out my hair when I heard for the 40 billionth time, "I want DADDY!!!!!!" and then, when she got daddy, to hear, "I want MOMMY!!!!!!!!!".
Anyway, as this aversion was developing throughout the day, my wonderful husband was having a grand old time being a part of the wedding. I, being the fabulously amazing wife that I am, was incredibly supportive of his gallivanting across the county. (You didn't hear me swearing inside my head. You can't prove it. Don't even try.)
87 hours after arriving at the reception, sans husband but un-sans all of my children, soothing smashed heads, kneed groins, sweaty faces, skinned knees, and sleep deprived babies, I finally found my hubby.
I think he was hiding from us. And I declared: (through gritted teeth) "They're going home after the dinner."
Now, before you think I'm an evil mother for making my children leave their fun...lemme just say, that my BIL and brand new SIL were incredibly thoughtful and had a band playing from the time people started to arrive at the ballroom...so the children all got plenty of time to cut a rug and bash heads and smash chins and kick groins and get all sweaty.
PLENTY of time.
So, after supper, they all left...and then the fun began!!
To be continued...(sorry, I just can't possibly fit anymore into this post without it being a novel...it'll be the last installment, I promise!! I think.)