Monday, October 25, 2010

Happy Post - Wedding bells and Giveaway winnings!

My younger sister got married this past weekend. It was a wonderful, relaxing three-day affair. We rented out all of the Lydia Mountain Cabins for the 40 or so guests, and arrived Friday afternoon and didn't leave until Sunday afternoon. The weather, the food, the company, the activities - everything was great! What fun to happen upon a cabin to see this:

or to come across a pack of roaming kids enjoying the freedom this remote location afforded them:

or to come across a cluster of adults just relaxing and enjoying each others' company:

or fun times on the zip line:

(Um, Curtis, the zip line is for KIDS!)

It was an outdoor Quaker ceremony, which meant quite a bit of time sitting in quiet reflection. I was so proud of my boys for sitting quietly, but when I peeked over, I saw why they were so quiet - Donald had fallen asleep! Oh well, whatever works!

Once the ceremony was over and the band started to play, the kids danced the night away.

The beautiful couple!

Aren't her flowers gorgeous?

My mom, my sisters and me - so many cameras were flashing at once, we are all looking in different directions!

And not only did I come home with great memories, I came home with goodies from my sisters! Ericka brought me some bone china tea cups that she found in her new house that she is fixing up, and Kerry brought me some fabric remnants. Aren't sisters the best?

And when we got home today, there was a surprise in the mail. I won a giveaway from Rebecca at Our Busy Little Bunch in the Fall Into Fall Giveaway, and she sent aprons for my boys. Of course, they wanted to cook right away, so we scoured the cupboards and found the fixings for oatmeal raisin cookies, which we took to our Cub Scout Den meeting tonight. Thanks, Rebecca, the aprons are fantastic - I love the design, the durability, and the fabric!

As you can imagine, I am not only really far behind on reading blogs, but also pretty far behind on sleep. I promise to catch up with you all later - right now I'm off to catch some ZZZZZZs!


Rachel said...

Looks like you had a fun weekend! What a lovely wedding - great photos to share!

Awwww... so cute to see your boys decked out in aprons and baking cookies. Were they yummy?

Quilting in My Pyjamas said...

The wedding looks lovely. Simply elegant. I was trying to guess which one you were in the picture of the 4 of you ...I'm going to look like a tool if I get it wrong. Far right ?

Now I want cookies....bugger.

Wilma NC said...

Looks like so much fun!!!!

Judi said...

What a wonderful family weekend and I would have been right there on the zip line. I love them!

Barb H said...

Wonderful, unhurried weekend with family to celebrate a wedding--couldn't be better! I've been to formal weddings where children are not invited and I think your sister's idea is much better.

Char said...

Congrats to your sister and her new husband. Looks like you all had a wonderful time.
Love the boys aprons.

(Shay, I think she's the one on the left) The smile gives it away.

Em said...

SO tickled to see photos of the weekend!!! THought of you so often wondering about the fun and the beauty! What a family.

Our Busy Little Bunch said...

Sounds like a GREAT weekend! And I love how proud your boys are of those cookies!

Anonymous said...

Jeez - is everyone in your family beautiful? What a great time you all had!

Pamela in SOMD

Shirleymac said...

What a wonderful idea for a wedding! Congrats to your sister. There's no doubt she's your sister, the resemblance is uncanny. I think maybe we're all blogged out or something. I haven't posted for awhile either.