Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Happily Ever After

And so, #2 Son and DIL Becky's wedding.

#1 Son had informed us the night before that he didn't have pants to wear.  As the Best Man, that would not exactly be acceptable.  Little Girl also informed me that DIL Becky had so enjoyed the turkey stuffing at Christmas Day dinner (Stove Top brand stuffing for turkey, with real turkey broth!) that she wanted some to serve at the wedding.  Thus i made an early morning run to Mall-Mart to get stuffing mix and a pair of black pants.  The pants were easily procured, but they were out of stuffing.  An extra trip was made to MomAndPopStore, which not only had it, but had it on sale.

Stuffing was made while #1 Son's shirt was in the wash.  Nothing like leaving everything until the last minute, is there?

The wedding itself was the usual mix of the beautiful and the comical that tends to make these events memorable.  It was at the bride's parents' home, which is where the two of them will continue to live.  There's plenty of room, it's a farm with a house big enough for three families.

There were beautiful decorations that were just for the wedding

A wreath next to the Bride and Groom's table.

next to the items that let you know just what kind of family he's marrying into.

Can we say "country folk"?  Very kind and loving, very country.
#2 Son had built the arch under which they said their vows.  It was lovely.

He can build an arch.

His cake had not turned out so well.

#2 Son and Mother-of-the-Bride had laughed themselves silly over it as it collapsed!

When i offered to go get them a cake, #2 Son kept saying not to bother, but the word came from the bride that yes, if i was willing, she wanted another one.  So there i was, a half hour before the ceremony was set to begin, buying an Italian cream cake at yet another Mall-Mart.

Italian cream cake, to which i added blue frosting and the topper.

When i offered to go get a cake, i was busy getting the chocolate strawberries ready.  So i handed that off to Bigger Girl, who managed to get some strawberries done

Delicious tasting, although not professionally done.

and managed to make a nice mess, too.

Little on earth is messier than chocolate.

They had written their own vows, and DIL Becky read hers off of her iPad, which she carried instead of a bouquet.  Ah, kids these days.  It is, however, a good thing she had them to read, as she and her mother both cried through the whole thing, and she never would have remembered if she hadn't had them written down.

This, to me, is the picture that sums it up:

Two hearts, one favorite soft drink.

My only hope is that they stay happy.

Today is:

Birth of Prophet Mohammad and of Imam Sadegh -- Iran

Constitution Day -- Ireland

Enjoying ESP Day -- internet generated, and it means eating, sleeping, and partying!

Fifth Day of Christmas

Illegal Pants Day -- commemorates Emma Snodgrass' arrest in Boston in 1852 for wearing pants

Kwanzaa, Day 4, Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics)

National Chocolate Again Day -- because someone, somewhere, believes it can't be chocolate something-or-other day often enough

National Independence Day -- Mongolia(1911, from the Qing Dynasty)

Paternoster Row Day -- in memoriam of the famous area destroyed by the Blitz this date and tomorrow in 1940

Pepper Pot Day -- Pepper Pot Soup was invented today in 1777 at Valley Forge for the army to have something warm to eat

Sacrifice to Zeus Horios -- Ancient Greek Calendar (sacrifice in the deme of Erichia; date approximate)

St. Gabriel's Day -- Ethiopia

St. Thomas of Canterbury's Day (Thomas a Becket, Patron of clergy, secular clergy; Exeter College, Oxford, England; Portsmouth, England)

St. Trophimus of Arles' Day (Patron of children; Arles, France; against drought)

Tick Tock Day -- end of the year is getting closer, stop putting off your dreams! sponsored by Wellcat Holidays

Yodel in the Shower Day -- internet generated, and i promise not to tell if you do

Anniversaries Today:

J. Paul Getty, Jr., weds Victoria Holdsworth, 1994
Texas becomes the 28th US State, 1845

Birthdays Today:

Jude Law, 1972
Andy Wachowski, 1967
Bryan "Dexter" Holland, 1966
Patricia Clarkson, 1959
Paula Poundstone, 1959
Ed Autry, 1954
John Polito, 1950
Ted Danson, 1947
Marianne Faithfull, 1946
Jon Voight, 1938
Mary Tyler Moore, 1936
Thomas Edwin Jarriel, 1934
Klaus Fuchs, 1911
Billy Mitchell, 1879
Pablo Cassals, 1876
William Gladstone, 1809
Andrew Johnson, 1808
Charles Goodyear, 1800

Debuting/Premiering Today:

Thunderball(Film, UK release), 1965
"The Andersonville Trial"(Play), 1959
The Adventures of Kathlyn(Film, first movie serial), 1913

Today in History:

Thomas a Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, is assassinated inside Canterbury Cathedral by followers of King Henry II; he subsequently becomes a saint and martyr in the Anglican Church and the Roman Catholic Church, 1170
The first nautical almanac in US published by Samuel Stearns, Boston, 1782
Gas lights are installed at White House, during the Polk administration, 1848
The first Young Men's Christian Association chapter in the US opens, in Boston, 1851
Emma Snodgrass is arrested in Boston for wearing pants, 1852
The first telegraph ticker used by a brokerage house, Groesbeck & Co, NY, 1867
The Wounded Knee Massacre takes place, 1890
Edison patents "transmission of signals electrically" (radio), 1891
Mongolia gains independence from the Qing dynasty, 1911
The first movie serial, "Adventures of Kathlyn," premieres in Chicago, 1913
Fred P Newton completes longest swim ever (1826 miles), when he swam in the Mississippi River from Ford Dam, Minn, to New Orleans, 1930
Physicist Richard Feynman gives a speech entitled "There's Plenty of Room at the Bottom", which is regarded as the birth of nanotechnology, 1959
Filming began on Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey in England, 1965
Riots break-out after Hong Kong decides to forcibly repatriate Vietnamese refugees, 1989
Guatemala and leaders of Guatemalan National Revolutionary Union sign a peace accord ending a 36-year civil war, 1996
Leaders of the Khmer Rouge apologize for the 1970s genocide in Cambodia that claimed over 1 million lives, 1998
The last known speaker of Akkala Sami dies, rendering the language extinct, 2003


  1. carrying an ipad instead of a bouquet - oh, yup, definitely a sign of the times. :)

    these two obviously have family support - and that's huge.

  2. If the start is anything to go by they'll stay happy!

  3. No matter the decorations, food and vows...staying happy IS the hard part, but maybe because we are not supposed to be happy, but wanting to be together in sickness and in health.

  4. Looks like mom (you) saved the day by getting things from here and there to make things better. Excellent. Sounds like a happy day all around.

    Have a fabulous day and thanks for sharing your special day. ☺

  5. Sounds like a great wedding. A wedding without a hiccup is no fun at all.

  6. Oh, Mimi...best wishes to the couple and the families! This is the stuff life is made of. HUGS!