Sunday, June 30, 2013

All Things Wedding: Part 2

Summer really messes up blogging. The kids are at ages of full-swing busy-ness... they need to be moving ALL the time. So we move. All the time. Pool, park, hiking, constant. So posts will happen soon, documenting this beautiful summer. But we still have wedding territory to cover!

After the rehearsal we gathered for a wonderful rehearsal dinner. So far I don't have many pictures from that, but my sister Sophie got a few.
me speaking. And looking like a complete psycho. I was saying something funny (possibly the part about getting a sister instead of a horse. whatever.)

My brother Kyle looking way more professional as a public speaker. 

My sister's bestie and maid of honor... looking sweet, and not psycho. What's their secret?? 

highlight of the evening... my deployed brother Tyler sending a video toast. SO AWESOME. Hilarious and sweet. 
My dad also read one of his famous (infamous?) poems honoring Hannah and Chase. It was fantastic as  usual! The next day we rested and prepped for the ceremony:

bearded Annie! 

my mama and her bestie, Teri! 

my babies looking all fancy! 

walking the dress in... time to get the bride ready! 

Teri and SB doing the hard work 

here comes the bride! 

My pretty girl

Leah and my youngest sister Sophie

dressed and ready! so pretty! 

Hannah chatting with Leah before heading out to get MARRIED! 

Our family after the ceremony. We clean up good, sometimes...
Hopefully I'll get some photos of the actual ceremony from other family members/friends soon... it was spectacular! Especially for NC in the summer... we got so lucky. Low humidity, cool temps... for an outdoor wedding it was beyond perfect.

Anyway, hope all you readers out there are well. More summer blogging to come, hopefully. I'm loving every day of "freedom" before fall semester starts for all of us. We have some great adventures coming up! I will try to document those experiences here as we go. Traveling is our very favorite thing to do as a family, so we're all beyond ready to GO! Soon, soon...

Ciao for now!

Saturday, June 22, 2013

all things wedding: part 1

My sister Hannah got married last weekend. It was beautiful and fun and lovely. We celebrated and partied and did what my family does best... put on a BIG party! My parents adopted Hannah from Romania when she was a baby. She married an awesome dude named Chase, also adopted from Romania. Is that amazing? Why yes, yes it is. They have an incredible bond and a wonderful love story, and it was FUN to watch their lives start together!

Zach was able to take some pictures during the rehearsal so we'll start there. Other than that, I'll mostly have to steal pictures from family members to share the story here. Behold... the rehearsal!

okay I lied... we'll start with the bridesmaid luncheon. Hannah and Leah wearing their lily dresses ;)

VZ sisters ((yes- all of us! plus my Leah!) 

MUSIC! we love Ryan and Whitney :)

More music practicing from my brother Kyle... a man of many talents! 

gathering to start ... Hannah and Chase got married in a meadow next to Salem Tavern in Winston-Salem

getting organized... 

Zach taking selfies

men! plus wedding coordinator

Leah trying to get my nieces to walk down the "aisle"... went much better on the actual day! so so cute... 

Laela saying "no way mom!" ;)

Caroline did fine as long as she had her water. SO DARN ADORABLE

all lined up (Kyle in the middle... he officiated the wedding because he's all badass like that)

here comes the bride! 


cry babies :)

the practice hand-off... Hannah removing the sunglasses I handed her to pull herself together. You got this Hannah! 

Mascara check! "Becca how's my face?!?"

pretty sunbeam pic

boys hangin out with mama dede and papa doc


fathers of the groom soak it all in :)

The perfect pair, ready to move on to their big day... 
We left the rehearsal and went to celebrate at the rehearsal dinner. We had toasts and a wonderful surprise video from my brother Tyler, deployed to Afghanistan. It was such a bittersweet moment! I said a few words too, which I really suck at (the whole public speaking thing is not my jam), but I wanted to honor them somehow. I joked a little about how instead of getting a horse, I got a sister (obviously that turned out fabulously ;)). But what I really wanted to convey was how overjoyed I was that each of them had found their partner, and feel so beloved. When I was thinking of what I would say, it struck me that I could recite a short, but meaningful poem that I had read many times in one of my favorite books of poetry. It perfectly captures what I could not so eloquently say:

Late Fragment 
by Raymond Carver 

And did you get what 
you wanted from this life, even so? 
I did. 
And what did you want? 
To call myself beloved, to feel myself 
beloved on the earth. 

Monday, June 10, 2013

life is too short...

.... to not be excited about the massive student loan I just got. So what? I'll be working until I'm 85 to pay it off. Following dreams here people!

Since I will have zero summer time next year, we are already livin' it up this year. The kids all made us proud with awards as their school years ended (Leah got the top 3rd grade student award, holy cow! Pete got a presidential fitness award, no surprise there, and Sam graduated from preschool. They grow up fast!).

To celebrate we went to our soda shop, and have been spending our days playing outside, mostly at the pool. We just returned from a great weekend at the beach... we only live about 2.75 hours away from the coast, so it's easy and fun to go down throughout the summer. More on that soon... here are some pics of summer so far...
Leah after the award ceremony with her amazing teacher! 

Peter somewhere down there getting his award

Sam the graduate! 

We also headed to Roanoke for my sister's college graduation! 

and scooted over to Blacksburg to see cutie cousins

Pete went to Hawaii for his class party

Soda shop! 

root beer floats... 

This is my view for many hours every day

This was my view for the weekend... tropical storm Andrea had just left and we hit the beach! 
More soon. A major family event is happening this coming the weekend... Woohoo!