DO YOU, TIM, TAKE THIS WOMAN, KRISTEN... ?
The ride to Dallas was almost uneventful. The first 6 hours were quiet, driving through drizzle the whole way.
As we approached Shreveport we noticed occasional snow flurries which we thought was kind of neat. The temperature had been dropping continuously since NOLA and had reached about 37degrees by the time we stopped for gas.
Naturally, the gas pump had disabled the autopump feature, so I had to stand there, freezing, while filling the tank. Naturally everyone else went into the store for warmth and a potty stop. I quickly went into the trunk and pulled out my heavy winter coat and put it on before starting again.
As we left the gas station the "flurries" had pretty much turned into a snow fall! Once on the highway the snow fell harder and harder. Then we noticed that it was sticking a little on some of the roofs. The temperature had now fallen to 35. Soon the ground was covered in about 2 inches of snow! We're now about 1/2 hour into Texas. I'm thinking, "Great, this is going to be a really interesting weekend!"
As we continued West, the snow began to be less and less, then blue sky appeared and we noticed the temperature beginning to climb, once again. Finally there was no more snow, the sun was out, and the temperature peaked at about 54 degrees, remaining that way until we arrived at our destination, a Homewood Inn and Suites (Hilton).
Unfortunately we had missed the rehearsal dinner, but no sooner had we finished unloading our stuff then most of our family arrived back from dinner. It was a great reunion and was wonderful to meet and greet everyone!
After a "quick" dinner at Cheddar's, which was very good, we all went back to the hotel and did more socializing while S's 3 and 4 continued preparing food for the reception. We met the parents of the bride who were charming and hospitable, as the family had taken over their room for food preparation and basic socializing!
The evening finished over a few glasses of Harvey's over ice, and Heiniken, after which everyone settle in for a short sleep.
Saturday dawned bright and cold, and the families of the bride and groom set out to make sure the reception hall was set up properly. Others had breakfast at the hotel, then sat around "catching up" over many cups of coffee. At noon the food was taken to the reception hall. H1/DIL1, H2/H2GF and B1, Linda and I went to the Honda shop next door to look around. What a display of vehicles! I had no trouble finding one that I wanted, and now know where to come when I'm ready for the purchase!!
Next it was a quick change, then off to the wedding at a small Baptist church nearby. It was a lovely wedding. The bride and groom were beautiful, and handsome, respectively. Theirs was a unique ceremony as they used the "washing of the feet" as a symbol of their marriage being servanthood to one another.
Then it was off, once again, this time to the reception. A band performed many old favorites that brought back memories of my youth. They were very good, and the music was easy to dance to. Once the wedding party arrived, a photo montage of Tim and Kristen's life and meeting was shown. It was a beautiful tribute, prepared by Tim with much love for his new bride.
One of the hightlights of the reception was the "married couples dance". All married couples danced, the announcer would ask couples who had been married less than a certain amount of years to sit down. This would continue until the couple who had been married the longest remained. Guess who?!?! Linda and I won with 38years of marriage (going on 39)!! Yay, us!!
Today we all met and went to Texas de Brazil for a wonderful lunch. It was, as always, an AWESOME experience! This was followed by a trip to downtown Dallas to visit the "6th Floor Museum" which is where Lee Harvey Oswald shot JFK. It is a very interesting museum, well done with audio packs to guide you through the displays. Very nice.
Now we're back at the hotel, waiting for the rest of the family to get rested and ready for our final get together over dinner, somewhere yet unnamed. So, in the meantime I will try to give you a couple of photos from yesterday.
We got a couple nice photos of all the cousins that had come,
You may (or may not) have heard of the musicla group, a bag of donuts. I think most anyone who met our family over the weekend would agree, if we were a musical group we'd be "A Can of Nuts"!!
OK. That's it. I'm all blogged out for now. Take care, and God bless!!