Wednesday, May 25, 2016
I can't remember if she invited us, or just mentioned her plans and I decided to crash them, but on Monday evening Jamie and I joined Linda and Sukai for a picnic during Alicia's handball practice. We packed up our blanket, cheese and crackers, cold chicken drumsticks, watermelon, and, most importantly, a couple of balls, and met up at the field near the middle school to enjoy the sunshine and warmth. The kids had a blast running around, climbing trees, and kicking balls, and so did I, on top of which I felt like an awesome mom for picnicking on a weeknight. Monday is arguably the lamest day of the week, but this felt like vacation and got me totally pumped for the rest of the summer and late, light evenings like this.
|The bride and me, at her rehearsal dinner.|
|All of these loud Americans are scary / I'm a very cuddly individual.|
|It didn't take a photo per day for almost five years for the professional to figure out you get|
the best shots when you sneak 'em.
|See what I mean? He didn't sneak here.|
|Anna and Becca. The best ladies.|
|Ask any woman: when your girlfriend gets married, you WORK.|
|So apparently Becca is a model who has just been going around acting like a normal person as long as I've known her.|
|More of this trio because I miss them.|
|The Boss of the Wedding.|
|It was all just too perfect for words.|
|I told some really hilarious jokes during the vows.|
|Love it, love it, love it! P.S. Check out the smokin' hot, bearded Viking on the far right.|
|Instead of a big cake they had sugar cookies in zoo animal shapes. I mean, c'mon!!!|
|Becca's mom, sister, the bride, yours truly, Anna. And, like, a hundred jellyfish.|
After a bit, dinner was served, followed by speeches and plenty of dancing. It was seriously one of the very best days ever and I'm so honored to have been a part of it.
|The Troublemakers' Table.|
Monday, May 23, 2016
It is obviously taking me forever to get around to telling you all about Becca and Jonathan's wedding, but that turned out to be a good thing because their photographer has already managed to get their professional shots back to them. That means that when I do get around to posting, I'll be able to show you really nice pictures instead of just ones I took with my phone. But until then!
The Swede, Jamie and I drove our Mustang to Toledo on May 5th, the Thursday before the wedding, so that I could go out with the bride and groom and some of their nearest and dearest for a combined, low-key bachelor/bachelorette party at a brewery.Tony Packo's, plus a couple of pizzas, and brought Cards Against Humanity, a hilarious party game. Since it was Cinco de Mayo, someone brought bride and groom sombreros for Becca and Jonathan to wear. I got to see Becca's little sister, who I hadn't seen in years, meet some of the couple's closest friends, and, best of all, I got to hang with Anna and her mom. Anna is friends with a few different friends of mine from college, so while weren't ever close while we were at Marietta (save a really cozy Easter dinner at her mom's house my senior year), we have gotten to know each other at events surrounding three different weddings since graduation. And let me tell you, she is amazing. She's the most positive person you'll ever meet and just being around her makes you smile. Jamie fell in love with Anna after three seconds and couldn't get enough of her the entire time we were in Toledo. I made her promise that she'd come visit us in Sweden next summer and she seemed into it, so here's hoping.
Saturday, May 21, 2016
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
It's been almost two years since I've been back to Cleveland, so I wanted to maximize our time with Mom, Ray, and my grandparents. I love just being in their homes with them; everything feels so familiar. We don't ever really do anything in particular, besides eat good food and talk, talk, talk. And that's EXACTLY the way I like it.
We did spend some time walking, though. Here, with Mom and Ray's rescue greyhounds, Rio and Cooper, who Jamie just loved. Jambo gave up the walking part after a bit, obvs.
And The Swede had the great idea to check out Viaduct Park, a stream hidden in the middle of town with a breathtaking waterfall. I hand't been there since we'd gotten engaged and had totally forgotten how beautiful it is.
Monday, May 16, 2016
Chuck E. Cheese's. I don't know who was most thrilled.
Mom took us to a candy warehouse and told Jamie to go buck wild, which he gleefully did.
Right before his grandma and I managed to talk him out of a poop-themed birthday party.
But before we get to the fun stuff, I just want to give any of you international travelers out there a piece of advice: DO NOT fly into the United States through Chicago O'Hare. The three-hour customs line that caused us and hundreds, if not thousands, of others to miss their evening flights and become stranded in Chicago for the night, was nightmarish. I am vowing here and now never to fly through Chicago again. That night in a hotel on the outskirts of the city was enough for me; I never need to see that place again and I won't even miss that gorgeous neon walkway.
There's lots more to come, so stay tuned!