We all made it home safe and sound, and by all accounts it was a wonderful weekend for all of us.
First Little Miss G and Super L: They spent the weekend with Gram. My mom prefers Gram and hates Grandma because she says it makes her sound old, which she most certainly is not old. Anyway, Gram had planned to take LMG and SL to the Butterfly House in Chesterfield, which was a lovely idea. The girls love it there, but LMG had a better idea–the St. Louis Science Center. Now, I don’t know about you, but taking my kids the Science Center requires that “special day” kind of energy… like the zoo or Six Flags. It’s one of those trips where you have to have at least a 1:1 adult to kid ratio because LMG just wants to run through everything and Super L wants to look at everything. LMG will be gone in 30 seconds trying to see/do everything at once. SL will stand in one place for several minutes just taking it all in. One adult cannot possibly do this place alone with them. So, Gram and her good friend Mary took them there because that is what LMG wanted to do. They deserve badge of honor or some kind of special service patch or something. The Science Center is not for the faint of heart. But Gram says the girls were very well behaved, and I guess I believe her, and that they all had a good time. In Wildwood, a very good Gram should be taking a well-deserved nap right now.
The trip to Chicago was perfect. The only glitch we had (besides me forgetting my ipod converter) was that we hit the St. Patrick’s day parade that the town of St. Charles was having (a week early, I might add). And you’ll never guess where the parade ended… yep, right in front of our hotel! So, the last 25 minutes of our 5 hour trip was spent driving around in circles literally 2 blocks from our hotel, trying to find a traffic cop who would let us park within a block of the hotel. We didn’t mind walking a block or two to get there, we just wanted out of the car. Our butts hurt!
We stayed at Hotel Baker, which is where the wedding and reception were held. It is a gorgeous old building right on the Fox River, and its restoration has maintained the original elegance of the early 1900s. The wedding and reception was in the Rainbow Room. This space was absolutely beautiful and a perfect setting for a wedding. It is a circular space, with a domed ceiling, and mahogany columns and balcony that runs around the entire room. They decorated with long strands of white twinkle lights wrapped in white tulle that were a beautiful contrast to the dark mahogany. But the most striking feature was the floor. It lit up. So during the wedding it was a soft ivory, and during the reception it was various shades of blue and green. It was a gorgeous space to spend an evening. Vicki (the bride) told us they decided to have their wedding there because her parents had their wedding reception there 40 years ago. How romantic and sweet is that? The hotel’s catering service even had the very same cake cutter that her parents used, so Vicki and Steve used the same silver set that her parents had for their wedding. Isn’t that so cool? And I would be remiss if I didn’t say how stunning she looked in her strapless, ivory gown. It was very simple and elegant. Everything, right down to the last detail, was perfect.
John and I were worried that we wouldn’t know anyone, but we were happy to see that a few other people we’ve met over the years through Vicki were also there. We had a great time catching up, as it had been a few years since we’d all been together. Oh, and another cool detail was that after the major events of the reception were over, the photographer set up a place where anyone could get their picture taken. I’m assuming we’ll have an opportunity to buy a copy, and I’ve already made up my mind that I’m going to purchase some. I can’t tell you the last time John and I had our picture taken when we were both dressed up and one of us wasn’t holding one of our girls.
So, it was a perfect weekend. Good times. Good food. And I got to watch one of the nicest people in the world have her own very special and wonderful day. I was so glad I got to be there to share it with her.
Now, it’s pizza night, bath time, bed time, and back to the daily routine! I’m actually okay with that. This weekend has left nothing to be desired.