July 23, 2012

new jersey 2012- tracy's wedding.

cousins, aunts, uncles-- how i love these people!
you know i take a lot of pictures, right?
well- not all the time.
sometimes pictures are annoying to me.
like when i'm on vacation.
i get home and just kick myself for not documenting important events.
blah.  here are some iphone shots and pictures i scrounged off facebook...

next, todd, eve and i flew to New Jersey to see my cousin get married.
i left my other kids with friends here in town.
(how grateful i am for good friends!!)
it was a quick weekend trip and it was SOOO good to be back east!
(just walking around newark airport and SEEING all the people, HEARING their jersey accents... i felt like i was home.  i LOVE these people.)
my cousin was BEAUTIFUL!!
(too bad i don't have pictures- dang it!)
we arrived late in newark, got changed in the enterprise bathroom and flew to the wedding.  we were 30 minutes late, but arrived just as the preacher was starting.
my aunt nancy (whose daughter was getting married), has always been one of my favorite people.
she hosted every family gathering as we were growing up.
her home is lovely (I have learned MUCH from her about entertaining and decorating and just being.)
when i walked into her home, i just started crying.  it felt like i was coming HOME.
my aunts and uncles and cousins just loved up on Eve.
they parent just like i do.  they sing the same songs i do.  
eve LOVED them-- because they are like me.
it was so nice to visit!
my mom and sister couldn't come to the wedding-- i missed them.
and, my cousin closest to me growing up couldn't come because she was pregnant and too close to delivery!
(she still hasn't had the baby, by the way.)  i was SO excited to see her cute, pregnant.  Missed you tiff!!
it was fun to hang out with cousins and remember times past-- i LOVE my cousins!
sweet katelyn!! i have loved this girl since the moment she was born!!
me with my cousin carissa!  she is beautiful and KIND and so fun.
she is like me with her big, motherly heart!  i love this lady!
{want me to tell you something dumb?  i lost a button on my blouse during my cousin's wedding.  i was self conscious to begin with, because i was very under dressed-- think church clothes at a black tie event.  And then, i lost a button.  in all the pictures my cousin's posted on facebook, i have my hands folded up by my chest-- trying to cover the broken button.  DUMB.  who needs clothes anyway!!  ha!)
and my aunts!!  i love them!!
it was fun to go to the beach!
it was fun to go to the boardwalk and eat funnel cake and REAL boardwalk pizza!!
i have craved jersey shore pizza for the past YEARS!!!  there is nothing like it!!

i got to see my FATHER (and my aunt sue and uncle john from his side of the family)!

i haven't seen or talked with him for years.
when i hugged him, i felt his love for me.  i loved him so much.
my family is GOOD.
it was good to see everyone!  so good.
good to remember who i am and where i came from.
our flight home was delayed 100 times.  we arrived at Newark 10:30am on Sunday morning and didn't get home till 4:00am that night.  blah.

thank goodness todd was with me.
it was SO fun to share that time with him.

i can't wait to go back to the jersey shore.
i can't wait to bring my family.
i know my cousin is going to LOVE married life!
what a fun summer weekend!!
more about our summer visiting to come...

1 comment:

Rachel Ure said...

glad you got to see your father! and hte rest of your family. miss you

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