We spent our Memorial Day weekend this year back in my hometown – Cincinnati, Ohio – celebrating my mom getting married! We had been looking forward to it for so long, and as I look back through the photos I can’t believe it is already over. The best stuff in life just flies by, right?
We haven’t traveled back home or around to see family quite as much this year, and we hadn’t seen my big sis and her kids since last August when we were all in New Jersey together. It had been WAY too long, especially with kiddos so young. Four wild boys who are all so close in age – doesn’t get much more fun than that.
My mom recently moved into her new husband’s house, but since her old house hadn’t closed quite yet, the rest of us stayed there for a last hurrah at our family home. Three cheers to a new beginning for Grandma!
On Friday we ran around doing family stuff and helping with wedding prep, and the girls all went and got our nails done together. That evening, they had a big dinner at the house for all the out of town guests. We got dressed up and ready to go. Three hour time changes with kids are a real treat!
We saw tons of family we hadn’t seen in a while – my mom’s whole extended family came in for the event. It was really fun to see so many faces I hadn’t seen in forever, and to see my mom surrounded by so much love.
Saturday was the big day!! I got up and went running, and trudged through seven hilly miles of my old favorite running loops. I got back just in time to shower and start getting ready for the wedding. The boys stayed back at the house so the kids could nap and they could all have some downtime, while my sisters and best friend and I all headed to the hotel to help my mom get ready. Once we were ready to go, we took some family pictures outside in the courtyard. Look how gorgeous my mom looks!
All the Bohlen girls – three generations. It meant so much to my mom to have everyone together for her big day. There is something so comforting about being surround by family.
And my best friend, Lindsey – who might as well be family – recently moved down to Florida for an amazing new job. She flew back up to Ohio just for the weekend, and we spent pretty much every waking minute together. I’m excited to have an excuse to head to Florida now and then!
We got to the church and the guests started arriving, and pretty much everyone was taken aback by…
The cutest little pack of boys you have ever seen in your life. I mean BOW TIES! It doesn’t get any better. Cullen and Jonah handed out programs to the wedding guests, and they were super into their job. It was awesome.
I could tell within a minute of Casey arriving at the church with the boys that Graham was not going to make it. It was 5pm EST which was the middle of naptime on Pacific time, and he was a hot MESS. And Casey – well he was just hot. :)
When the last of the guests had gone into the church, the rest of us headed in to wait for the bride.
Who was being escorted down the aisle by two very dapper three year olds.
And twenty minutes later – mom and Jim were married! I got goose bumps when I found this picture days later during editing. I haven’t seen my mom look that happy in so long, and it makes me smile just sitting here thinking about it. He is a fantastic man and seems like the perfect fit for my mom – I feel so lucky that he has come into all of our lives.
Poor Casey had to take one for the team and ended up missing the wedding ceremony. As expected, Graham lasted a total of ten seconds and Casey spent the service outside trying to keep him quiet. Good thing he’s so darn cute.
But he rallied just in time for family photos and even let us put his bow tie back on. And then my heart exploded with so much cuteness in one small space.
Oh Cullen – always swinging a baseball bat, no matter the occasion. Gotta love him!
The reception was really dark and nearly impossible to photograph, but I tried. There was dinner, cake, and then dancing.
Ohhhh the dancing…
My boys danced from the first song to the last one – and literally shut down the dance floor along with Bon Jovi.
For once, the time change worked in our favor, and my party animals danced their tails off until well past 10pm. I don’t think I have laughed that hard in my entire life. They clapped, and spun, and Graham kept sticking his booty out and scooting in a circle, and I did my best to burn it all into my brain so that I never forget how much fun we all had.
And then they collapsed.
But of course, they were up at the crack of dawn as always, and ready to head back to Grandma’s house to swing at balls and rehash the memories of the previous night.
We said goodbye to my grandparents, and their great-grandparents – how lucky they are to have them in their lives. It is so hard to not know when you’ll see long distance family again, but I tried to just focus on enjoying the time we had when we were there.
And I was lucky enough to spend the afternoon with my oldest, dearest friend and her two little boys. We met in ballet at age two and it is so crazy to watch our kids all run around together now.
Eventually, it was time to pack up and head back to Seattle. It is always so hard to say goodbye, but we left with wonderful memories, the fullest hearts, and so much joy for my mom as she starts this new chapter.
Congrats, Grandma! :)