Thursday, November 17, 2011

catch-up: Erica's wedding

I have been one busy soon-to-be mama, let me tell you!

I haven't even talked about my sister's wedding that was on October 28th, or my baby shower that was the next day, or what this kid is doing inside of me.
Erica and Robbie's wedding:
 Their wedding dinner was on the Thursday before their sealing. Robbie's family held it at the newly renovated Riverside Country Club. It was delish and beautiful and all of our family and close friends were there. Robbie's dad was so cute sharing his journal entries about Robbie and Erica's relationship progression over the last few months. He's so sentimental! Robbie is a lot like him. We ended the fun evening with toasts from family and friends. I got up and took all the credit for them getting together. In December I ran into Robbie and urged her to take Erica out. I then gave Erica Robbie's number and told her to text him. One night a couple weeks later she texted him, he asked her out, and they had been together since then. So naturally, it's all because of me ;)

The wedding day was crazy. I took the day off and had my mentor teacher take over that day. He was happy to and everything went smoothly. I met my family at Amara salon where all of the wedding party, including all my sisters' best friends, were getting our hair 'did' and all purtied up for the long day ahead. Poor Erica woke up sick and threw up early that morning. She tried to put a brave face on, but I could tell she wasn't feeling very well. When Erica doesn't feel well, everyone knows it. An old friend ended up doing my hair so it was fun catching up with her and talking about all the changes in our lives since we last saw each other 3 years ago or so. ANYWAY.

I was the last to leave the salon--my mane was just a whole lot to handle in under 2 hours I guess. I ran to the house, threw on my dress (size 10, non-maternity...cracks me up!), left with Mark. As soon as we got to the first light, I frantically screamed "MY TEMPLE RECOMMEND!" We were only 50 yards from our apartment--thank goodness.

We enjoyed the ride up--talking about our wedding day when Mark picked me up from Amara after I had gotten my hair and makeup done and we drove up to the temple together. It was such an exciting and special day. We can't believe it's been over 2 years since it was our turn. We had fun reminiscing and rubbing my belly of course.

The sealing was beautiful. It brought us right back to where we were sealed for time and all eternity. GOsh, I love sealings so much because I always feel like the sealer is talking directly to Mark and me. It's always a wonderful reminder of where our priorities should lie in a marriage--Prayer, scriptures, selflessness, and Christ. Elder Neil L. Anderson sealed them. He is Robbie's great-uncle--so that was really neat to see and hear in person one of the 12 Apostles give counsel and advice. Erica and Robbie radiated, especially when they kissed over the altar. My sister is an animal! and has some guts! She basically grabbed his neck and open-mouth kissed him multiple times.... in front of an Apostle! Elder Anderson even said, "Okay now, let's keep the reverence of the temple...you'll have plenty of time to do that!" I couldn't believe it. I was dying.

The reception was great. It was a total party and I had a ball visiting with old family friends who came to show their support. Erica was sick so she had to sit down to greet people, but once she got some Tums and Ibuprofen, she started feeling better. She still smiled and looked gorgeous as ever. I'm so happy for them--and let me tell ya, they're both SO MUCH BETTER married!!! She's sweeter, more patient, kind, and HAPPY! That's a good sign--I'll take it ;) I told her that the other day and she said, "It's because of ROBBIE! He calms me!" So...Robbie, if you're reading this...THANK YOU FOR CHANGING MY SISTER FOR THE BETTER! Not that she was horrible before...but the girl can be a stress case and she has been nothing but pleasant and sweet since that day. They spent their first night and weekend together up at a sweet cabin in Sundance. They're going on a cruise for their second honeymoon to the Caribbean in December during Christmas break. Hopefully my baby is here by then! She can't miss it!

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