The wedding went off without a hitch, and we had a great time visiting with all the Mase's and meeting Addis's family, too. We got to visit with Marguerite, Mike, Sara, Will, and Matthew while there. Mira and Curtis played (and fought) a lot. We met a lot of extended family as well, and we even met Tyson (Kat & Addis's beagle).
We arrived Thursday evening in time to attend the bridal shower. Mira enjoyed helping hand Kat her gifts - I was a little on edge since it was a lingerie party, and you never knew what was going to come out of those gift bags! Nothing traumatizing - phew!
Cute 50's Housewife theme - we all signed this cute apron for the Mrs.
We all brought a pair of undies in "our style" for Kat to guess who brought which pair.
Mine were made of duct tape - I'm a DIY'er...they are also practical since they are reversible and easy-to-clean, but a little sexy since they are a thong!
I love Mira's face in this photo - she was so excited about the lotion set!
Kat got enough lingerie to last the first year of marriage!
After the shower, Kenny and I went to Ned Divine's Irish Pub to hang out with Kat, Addis, and their friends. This is where they first met. We had a lot of fun dancing (the D.J. was great!) and drinking. Some of us (we won't mention names) drank a little too much....I'll let the details fade....
On Friday, Connie and I reinvented the flower arrangements since the original idea wouldn't work. We had a team of bridesmaids helping to make about 15 arrangements plus all the bouquets. We worked hard right up until the time when we all needed to leave for the dress rehearsal!
Mira had a great time playing with Curtis (her 2-yr old cousin and the ring bearer) then did a good job with the practice runs down the aisle. Afterwards, we all had a good time visiting at the rehearsal dinner at Houlihan's.
Curtis is only 2, but is just about the same height as Mira!
The blur is our daughter. They were having so much fun running around in this big, open space!
Saturday evening was the wedding, and we needed to be there early for pictures. Mira looked adorable with her dress on and hair done. I made the dress and was very glad it had come together and made it through not only the ceremony, but also the reception, in one piece!
Mira needed a pre-game snack...
Showing Sheesa her silver shoes.
It was a beautiful wedding, and Mira did a great job being the flower girl! She won the crowd with her big smile as she scattered the petals like a pro.
The reception was really fun, too. Kenny, Kellen, and I danced all night. Jim did some breakdancing (not to be out-done by Addis's family), and Sheila shook what her momma gave her, too! Connie flaunted her stuff with us, and we all had a blast trying to follow along every time a line dance started!! We even had a little hula going on! Sadly, not a single song was suited to either the Fox Trot or Waltz....ah, well - there's another wedding to attend in October....
Mira crashed and we were, as is often, very grateful for Grandma Sheesa and PapaNui!
Here are some more pics from the evening...mostly gratuitous cuteness....
This kid cracks me up all the time! She's such a ham!
A big congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Mengistu! We had so much fun and loved being part of such a special day!!