We left for Illinois last Thursday evening. Travis was unable to get off work, so it was Ariel, Robert, Aiden and I. I chose a late flight thinking Travis would be dropping us off, but we ended up driving ourselves and parking the car at the airport. We got to the airport on time, but quickly found out our flight had been delayed. The Ramby's were flying to Ohio that same night and their flight was delayed as well. That worked out really well because the boys were able to run off some energy together.
The flight ended up being two hours late. I brought Aiden's car seat on the plane, so I strapped him in when we got on board. Since it was way past his bed time he fell asleep as soon as we were in the air. The flight was extremely turbulent because there were thunderstorms over our entire flight path. Ariel and I are both terrified of flying and we both get air sick really easily, so we sat in terror together.
My dad picked us up from the airport in Chicago in a rental car and we headed to our hotel. He missed our turn onto another highway. Since we were headed toward the city, he decided to just keep going and give Robert a tour of a city he'd never visited before. It was close to 2 in the morning by this point, so the streets were mostly empty. But Robert got to see a lot of famous stores and restaurants.
The next morning, Gpa, Aiden and I ate the hot breakfast the hotel provided. Ariel and Robert joined us shortly thereafter. Aiden was taking forever to eat, so I headed back to the room to shower and get ready. After everyone else was ready, we drove over to my Aunt Trish and Uncle Chris' house. And it was a FULL house. Already staying there were my cousins Chris, Chris, Darren and Mike, Mike's wife and two daughters, and my mom.
We ate lunch and sat around, catching up with each other. My cousins Chris, Mike, Mike's wife and daughters (Zoe and Lily) are from Arizona, so we really don't get to see each other all that often. It was so awesome to get to spend some time with these people.
Around 3, we all piled into a few cars and headed to the church for the wedding. Aiden had refused to take a nap so of course he fell asleep on the ride over. I had to wake him up and of course he was miserable. He wouldn't stop crying. We sat in the back of the van while he cried it off. He finished just in time for us to sneak in the back of the church. We sat on the side so we could easily make a quick retreat if need be. I was terrified the entire time that he might start screaming or crying at any moment. Thankfully he did well throughout the whole ceremony. It was a beautiful Catholic ceremony in a very elaborate church.
After the ceremony, we stood outside the church for a few minutes while the bridal party took photos.
Aiden and Zoe on the church steps
The reception was a few cities over right on the Fox River. There was a dam right outside the picture windows so we had a great view of the water.
Robert and Ariel at the reception
Chris and Laura, the groom and bride
Laura asked one of her high school students to play the ukulele at the reception. She sang as well and it was very cute. I looked over at Aiden at one point and he was holding his fork like a little ukulele and playing along. After a minute, he held it like a microphone and sang a little tune. That kid constantly entertains me.
My mom and I out on the deck
It was pretty chilly out, maybe 50 degrees? I was cold. And of course the kids wanted to run, so we took them outside. Brrrrr! I am so not used to the cold.
My dad, me, Alex and Ariel
Somewhere around 10 pm, Aiden tripped on his blanket and fell down. My cousins Mike and Chris tried to stand him back up, but Aiden was a limp noodle. They laid him back down and he stayed there and closed his eyes. That was my cue to hit the car. I was pretty tired as well, so I called Alex and asked if he would mind if I took Aiden home. He said they would find a ride home and we went back to Aunt Trish's. Straight To Bed. Soooo tired....