Chicago is ............
My two nephews from Houston, TX who
I got to meet for the first time.
Hunter and Nicholas.
So here we are at Friday, the day that the wedding festivities were going to being. It was one of the rare mornings we got to sleep in. We needed to be downstairs around 1:45pm to get the shuttle to the Arlington Race Tracks. Now that was a lot of fun and that is where we ran into our BFF Diane. If you haven't read the story yet you can read to at my For Your Tears blog. I was lucky enough to win $172. while we were there. We had a great time at the races!
(remember to click on the photos to enlarge them)
After the races we had about an hour to get ready for the pre-wedding cocktail party which was in the bar at the hotel restaurant. Lets just say that we all had a little to much to drink and our daughter Amber was definitely the life of the party! Actually there was a story of when my bracelet got caught on her sweater and I don't remember it at all. We had so many laughs that night and got to know many of Jimmy and Caprice's friends, along with her family members.
Dylan, Amber, Mark, Michele, Pam, Tristen and Adam
Saturday morning came around and we didn't need to get on the shuttle for the wedding until 4:45pm. I had mentioned to my MIL that I wanted to get my nails painted and she said she was hoping to get her hair done. We had passed a place not to far from the hotel when we came back from the races so our plan was to get up and get her done! Amber joined us and we took off at 11:00am. My MIL was able to get her hair done while Amber and I had our nails painted. We got the new no-chip gel polish done and they looked lovely. After we returned to the hotel we meet up with Michele and Pam and we all had a lovely lunch in the restaurant. It was fun because we finally got to celebrate Dylan's birthday. Since I had been saving his cards it was nice for my MIL and SIL's to be with Dylan when he opened their cards.
Time for the wedding. These pictures are not perfect but they are all that I have until we order the professional ones. That is Mark with his sister Michele and their two brothers Jeff & Jimmy. Below them is Amber & Dylan, center is Tristen & Adam, Mark & I, Michele & Pam and Jeff, Barbara, Nicholas and Hunter. (This was the first time I got to meet my SIL Barbara also)
The wedding ceremony was very sweet and we couldn't be happier for Jimmy and Caprice. Afterwards they were outside getting some photos taken. I was watching and took a few of my own so that's why they are not actually looking at me! The first photo on the top left is my mother in law with the bride and groom, her son. In the middle bottom center is the brides mother with them and she walked Caprice down the isle. Then it was time for dinner and an evening of fun. Let's just say that Amber and Dylan were out there dancing most of the night! We arrived back at the hotel after midnight.
Mark and I made plans to meet with the kids around 11:30am to start our day. We went down to the lobby to say good-bye to his mom, Michele and Pam before they took off for the airport. Other family members left earlier that morning. Not only was it wonderful to enjoy the wedding but we also had a very lovely family reunion along with it.
Mark and I had a flight close to 7:00pm on Sunday night and the kids were staying until Monday afternoon. We planned this so they could have a day to head out and to visit houses that they remember from their years growing up in Western Springs, IL. So first and foremost we headed out to lunch at Aurelio's which the kids love as much as we do. It was an excellent lunch and with our belly's full we headed out to Huntley Lake near Antioch, IL. My dad use to have a cottage on a small lake which we all have fond memories of. When we moved to California 24 years ago the kids and I would fly back home and spend several weeks at the cottage.
After that Mark and I got dropped off at the airport. They took the car and went on their merry way to visit the house they grew up in, a townhouse they lived in with me for a few years, their grandfather's house and their great grandmother's home. I am sure they had a lot of fun.
Between our flights, when we were in Denver is when we got the call on Skye. That is where we had gotten upgraded to first class and you know the rest of the story after that!
TIME WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS: PRICELESS
Hope you enjoyed joining us in our travels.
When I get the professional photos I will share them.
Take care and God Bless.
Caprice and Jimmy