Monday, October 1, 2012


 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!
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



Hilary said...

you have a beautiful family... thanks for sharing this trip with us!

Deb said...

Such wonderful memories great photos too

Kathy ... aka Nana said...

What a beautiful family ... and what a great trip you all had. Thanks for taking us along with you.

That corgi :) said...

That was neat that the kids could visit houses they had grown up in years ago and also neat you got to meet your nephews face to face finally Debby! Did look like a nice trip and beautiful wedding!


Chatty Crone said...

Hey - great wedding - great family - priceless! Where are you? Seriously I think you did have the trip of a life time.

retired not tired said...

A beautiful wedding. Thanks for stopping by my post today.

Empty Nester said...

Your family just looks like they are so much fun to be around! I'm so glad y'all had a great time. And the meet some family for the first time just made it all that much more special.

Alexis AKA MOM said...

Beautiful pictures! You're looking GREAT!

April said...

I am such a sucker for love stories and weddings! I really enjoyed reading about all the fun y'al had celebrating and being together.

Secret Agent Woman said...

Just read all three segments. Looks like a fabulous trip all the way around!

Joyce said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful holiday!

Garden of Egan said...

Such a beautiful couple. Happy times. How fun to meet nephews for the first time.

Looks like a great trip all the way around.

Anonymous said...

Glad you had such a fun time, making family memories. Thanks for sharing, I enjoyed your photos!

Mom of 12 said...

They most definitely look like brothers! What an awesome family.

Miss Debbie said...

They sure look happy...hope their life together is blessed with much joy!

The Boston Lady said...

I have finally caught up Debby. What a fun family trip with a wedding to boot! I love all your pictures, everyone looks like they are enjoying themselves and are happy. Beautiful couple. Ann

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