My brother’s wedding was the main event last week, but it wasn’t the only thing I did while I was in Texas. Stephen and I were Stateside for 5 days, and we tried to squeeze in as much as we could, especially knowing that we have no plans to return any time soon. While I was home…
I’m way too type-A to be all, “I’ll just stand here, no big deal, whatever whatever.” I asked the wedding coordinator more questions than anyone else even though my part was the tiniest. I had a lot of anxiety about using the microphone. Go figure, the day of the wedding I had to hunt down the coordinator (in my heels, in the heat, traipsing through grass and gravel) because the mic was nowhere in sight.
I cried my eyes out at the rehearsal dinner.
My mom planned this part of the wedding, and it went off without a hitch. (Give people good food, and they’ll go home happy.) But the highlight was surely the speech-a-thon. So many people stood up to speak (I think 10ish- that’s a lot!). Quotes from Ludacris, to Shakespeare, to Oprah were included in the toasts. There were mentiones of backiotomies, Joss Whedon, broken down cars, picking up girls in bars, and lifelong friendships. I laughed a lot, but I cried even more. Seriously, if you are a skeptic when it comes to love, go to a rehearsal dinner – that’s where all the love it.
We celebrated Mimi’s 89th birthday!
Stephen’s grandma’s birthday just so happened to be the same day as the wedding. We had just enough time to swing by Mimi’s house to drop off some flowers and visit with fellow birthday-celebrants.
I chopped my hair off!
I’ve been jonesing to give it a good whack for a while. This was the first appointment I could get while we were in town, and I snatched it up.
I ran with my best friend!
When Stephen and I went to visit Mark and Mary Beth, MB had planned to run 2 miles that day. I went with her to the YMCA, and we ran on neighboring treadmills. I loved running with her! (Much more fun than solo running!) And she hit it out of the park with a new PDR! (While we ran, the boys stayed home and played with baby Whitley.)
We sold our car!
Post-deployment, Stephen bought a Volvo in Germany. (We live off post, so he needed a way to get around.) The plan was always to ship our little red Corolla to Germany. (The Army pays for it!) But, after careful consideration and lots of talking, we decided to sell it. I’m not working, and we don’t really need two cars. The amount Carmax offered us covered our payoff and gave us some extra to put in the bank. Best part: no more car payment. (You can read about my experience selling our 4Runner last summer here. It was just as good this time around!)
During our time home, we also got a box of our favorite donuts, I swung by my old school to visit the teachers still working there, we walked around Cabela’s (but didn’t buy anything), Stephen had lunch with his grandpa, and we feel like we squeezed in a lot of goodness to a short amount of time. 5 days well spent!*