There has been a good reason we have been MIA for the past few days…we are in Florida! On Wednesday my mom and I headed down to Orlando with little Miss Anna. As you can see, she had a lot of trouble flying.
But really, we took off around noon on Wednesday and Anna could not have been better. She slept while we got checked in.
My mom held down the fort and got the bags checked while I took the car to parking. It was pouring and we decided that we all didn’t need to get soaked and we really didn’t need to juggle the car seat, the baby, the stroller and our purses and carry-ons in the down pouring rain. I felt like a dad, dropping the family off.
We got there with plenty of time, so we stopped for salads before boarding. Anna was still asleep.
Then we made a direct 2 hour flight into Orlando and she didn’t make a peep. I even had time to feed her before taking off so she was comfortable being help by my mom and I all the way there.
When we arrived with all of our stuff for fun in the sun, my cousin’s wedding and our baby gear we were picked up by my uncle (father of the bride!!).
We headed straight to their house where this was waiting for us. Since we were the first of the 40-50 family members that were arriving from all over for the wedding, we had my cousins and this all to ourself!
We settled in quickly and within minutes we had a drink (water for me) in our hands and a seat on the porch – with the Bride (Mandy, my cousin) and Groom (David).
My cousin Megan (sister of the bride) was the maid of honor and she had things under control!
The programs were ready:
The favors were packed and ready to be taken to the reception:
So we just hung out!
They look pretty relaxed for hosting a wedding for about 200 people in 3 days! Proof good planning and tons of work ahead of time pays off!
The girls were excited to meet Anna for the first time.
My mom and I were hoping for some jobs because getting ready for weddings is so much fun, but my Aunt Kim and the girls had things about done! The only real thing we helped with on Wednesday was making cookies for everyone arriving!
These are Aunt Kim’s famous oatmeal cookies(original recipe from her mom):
- 1 1/4 c. flour
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1 c. margarine or butter
- 1/4 c. sugar
- 3/4 c. brown sugar
- 1 small package instant vanilla pudding (the secret ingredient)
- 2 eggs
- 3 1/2 c. oats (quick or regular)
- Cream margarine and sugars together then stir in eggs
- Add remaining ingredients and mix well.
- Drop in round balls onto a cookie sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes at 375 degrees.
More wedding weekend to come!