Thursday morning we slept in and just barely made it to breakfast before they were putting everything away. After we ate, we came back up to the room and got ready. Then we drove over to Uncle Jeff's house to pick up Truck Grandpa and we headed to the mall!
The boys needed shoes for the wedding so we took care of that. We also hit up the Disney Store since our mall doesn't have one any more. Then it was time for some lunch before dropping Truck Grandpa back off.
When we got to Uncle Jeff's house, no one was there and we didn't have keys so we headed to Starbucks for coffee and hot chocolate. It was a nice afternoon snack. We headed back over to Uncle Jeff's and luckily, lots of people were there!! As soon as we walked in the door we were surrounded with the smell of coffee. Jeff had all of the coffee at his house for the wedding favors. Nick burst into tears as soon as we walked in and started wailing that he hated Uncle Jeff's house because it smelled bad!! For a kid that spends a great deal of time at Starbucks and loves drinking coffee, I was amazed!! He had to stay on the front porch because the smell bothered him so much!! (I thought it smelled great!)
We were there for about half an hour and then headed to Camp Loughridge for the rehearsal. The chapel for the wedding was beautiful. The glass windows overlook Lake Parthenia and there are tons of trees. Ben and Lexie had fun playing while Christopher and Nicholas practiced walking down the aisle.
The bridal party
Ben's silly face. This is what I normally get when the camera comes out!
But Lexie, it's 5 degrees out. You HAVE to wear shoes!!!!
"Truck" Grandpa and Christopher
Steve and Melissa headed down the aisle.
After the rehearsal we dropped the kids off at the church for their fun evening and headed to the rehearsal dinner at Jeff's parents' house. I'm amazed that they were able to fit 30+ people in there and have a sit-down dinner, and it was fabulous. We had brisket, baked beans, cole slaw, cornbread, and cheesecake: Jeff's favorite meal!! Once again, Lexie was the hit of the party. She sat in her highchair all through dinner and then crawled around and mingled with everyone.
Jacob had his phone that night and called during dinner. He was able to talk to Melissa and tell her congratulations and offer her all of his brotherly advice. He also got a chance to talk to his mom. I talked to him too, and he's doing fine! It's been really cold, they did Warrior Tower on Monday, they started MP training today, and he's counting the days until graduation!! :)