Whirlwind visit and the "Royal" Wedding!!
Day One: Well this is gonna be a long one. Partly cause I haven't blogged in so long and partly cause I have lots to say and show you! Diana came home for Courtney's wedding. Mom and I headed out at about 9:00 AM on Wednesday, the 7th, to head to the Detroit airport. Diana's flight was not due to arrive until 4:10 PM, but we didn't want to have any issues at the border and we figured we would rather wait in our around the airport so we could pick Diana up on time, instead of her having to wait for us and be wondering if we remembered she was coming in today! We made a stop at Meijer, which was good for me cause I managed to get two new pairs of running shoes for cheaper than I would have had to pay for one pair here. They are Dr. Scholl's shoes and they are so comfy! I need to get out walking so these will help for sure. We also had lunch at Meijer too. We both had a breast and a wing of chicken, a choice of one side, a bun and a huge honkin drink and together it was less than $10!! I love Meijer. I'm gonna take the kids shopping there this month. Then we headed on to the airport. We arrived at about 1:10 PM so we had a little bit of a wait, but Mum and I love to people watch so it was all good! We sat down in the baggage claim area, as there were more seats there and we could people watch good down there! Finally we headed up to the area where Diana would be coming in. We were sitting on a bench that was kind of hidden by this big pillar so Mum would keep peeking around the corner of the pillar. Then all of a sudden she jumped up and ran, saying "she's here, she's here" all the while waving a Kit Kat chocolate bar!! (Diana cannot get some of the same chocolates and treats in Arizona as we have here - so when she comes home - we fill her up!) So we got her bags and got in the car and headed home. We stopped in at Cracker Barrel for a delicious supper and then shortly after we were back in Canada. Mum and Diana dropped me off at my place and they headed home to get some sleep. Day Two: This was the only day that was really a "free" day. One of Diana's friends from high school came over for a visit. It was a short visit, but fun just the same. She brought over some Tim Horton's and some home made tarts - so we liked her even more!!!! We went in to have a quick visit with Granny, as the next day we were going to be heading to Stouffville to hang with Courtney. Granny looks great and was excited to see Diana. She even introduced her to her table mates, which is something she has never done for any of us! Then off to Bender's Foodland to grab some food and snacks, then back home to BBQ some good Fox beef (steaks) for supper! We finished up supper and then headed to my place, as my dear friend Kim was coming over for a visit. She actually ended up being there before we got there! We had a great visit with Kim and then she left and I took Diana back home to Mum's to get some sleep. Day Three: Diana and I headed for Stouffville. We left about 9:00 AM as we were planning on going out for lunch with Courtney. She had asked if we could come up the Friday before the wedding to have some "sister" time before the big day. We stopped in London at a few places as Diana was looking for a specific item for Courtney and Jay's wedding present. She did not manage to find it, but told Courtney and Jay what she was going to get them and they thought it was a cool idea. So Diana will ship it to them when she gets back home. We ran into some traffic on the way to Stouffville...bumper to bumper...and some JACK A** in a little red rocket who though he owned the road and could cut people off at will.....he got a nice view of both my fingers....I won't share which ones! We made to Courtney's safe and sound and then we headed into Markham to have lunch. Courtney took us to the hotel we were staying in and we dropped off our stuff and then went to Kelsey's for lunch. As we were waiting for our order, Diana pulled out 3 little bags from her purse and we each had to pick one. Then we all opened them at the same time and she got us these adorable "Sisters" bracelets. They are made by Brighton, which makes wicked silver jewellery. Then she pulled out presents that Mum had got each of us as well. We opened them and oh my gosh, they were these beautiful bracelets. Each one was different and they were beautiful. I didn't have any gifts to share, but Courtney had asked me to bring something "blue" to put on her garter. So me....being the "creative" (that's short for smart ass) person that I am...I brought a few "blue" items for her to chose from! She got a chuckle, but ended up choosing the 3 blue brads that spelled the word "FOX"! Mum attached them to her garter. We then headed back to Courtney's as she had to pick up her friend Bethany at the train station and we had some last minute things to wrap up at the Winery before the big day and before the rehearsal. We helped Courtney set up the beautiful lanterns that a close friend Mary Walker painted for them and to set out the caramel chocolate apples that were their wedding favours. The Winery looked beautiful. The building itself is very pretty, but out back it looked so pretty with the big droopy willow trees and overlooking the vineyard. We got everything all set and then we returned for the rehearsal later on. Day Four: We got up early and met Mum and Dad in the hotel restaurant for our complimentary breakfast..(I should have paid money and got a real breakfast). Then Mum was off with Courtney to the hair/makeup salon and Diana, Dad and I were left to fend for ourselves. We both had some Internet work to do, so we went to our hotel rooms, and Dad off to his. Later we got back together for lunch, but we couldn't find Dad, so we lunched without him. We went to a place called Frankie Tomatoe's which was awesome. It was an Italian buffet...and very tasty. We headed back to the hotel where I caught up with my hubby and kids and we all got ready for the wedding! Diana and I drove back to Courtney's with Dad cause his vehicle had to be there to deliver the bride! So he dropped us at the Winery and went back to Courtney's to dress. We took another look to make sure everything was still good inside the Winery and everything looked great. The guys showed up early to get some pictures taken (they cleaned up pretty good). Then we headed to the seats and got comfy! Then the music started - I saw Dad bringing Mum to her seat ...and well then the tears started!!! I'm such a mush ball. But Mum and Dad looked AMAZING! Dad looked quite dashing in his suit and Mum looked beautiful in her new dress. Then of course when Courtney came down the aisle with Dad...she looked absolutely beautiful. She looked like a princess (hence the reference to the "royal" wedding in my title). It was very special because Courtney recorded herself singing "Songbird" and she walked down the aisle with Dad to that song. I MUST get a copy of her singing! The minister was awesome. She spun the whole ceremony around music and love and it was just awesome. Pictures were taken at the Winery. Ciji followed Courtney around all day and Johnathan followed Jay around all day, so I cannot wait to see the fantastic pictures. They took their engagement pictures as well and they were wonderful. We headed inside the Winery for some cocktails and dinner. The room looked beautiful. The speeches were wonderful....more tears were shed there. The dance started and people started partying! Courtney's wedding present to Jay, was she got his favourite band, Casey Roberts and the Jazz Revolution to come and play for an hour at the reception. Jay was very surprised and overwhelmed. We left around midnight to go back to the hotel and get some sleep (we got lost - but I'm not gonna share that story with you). Day Five: We headed home from Stouffville. My hubby left really early to go home and get the dog out of the kennel he put her in for the night. So Diana, Jade, Joel and I headed to Cora's for breakfast. We had a huge breakfast there and started heading home. When we got to Woodstock we texted a friend, Tami Coyle, to let her know we were in Woodstock for like may 30 minutes! So we stopped at Fritzie's got some Poutine and Tami came there for a quick visit. We left Woodstock and then got back home. Shared all our pictures with one another and then Diana went back to Mum and Dad's for another nights sleep before heading back to Detroit in the morning. Day Six: Mum and Diana came over at about 11:30 and we headed back to Detroit. We had an hour and fifteen minute wait at the border, but other than that it was a pretty uneventful trip there. Diana's flight was on time, so she headed into the security gates a little before 5:00. It's always bittersweet when she comes home. It is great to see her and we have a lot of laughs, but it is so hard when she goes back to Arizona again. I never know when I will see her again. We talk almost every day, whether it be through email or texting or Facebook, but it is not the same as the real thing. I love her so much as really do wish she lived closer. Mum and I headed back home. Our trip home was pretty uneventful as well, although there was a warehouse or something on fire as we were coming down I94 so all the rubberneckers were checking it out and driving slower, causing a bit of a back log. But the border was quick on the way back. We zipped into the Hiawatha Casino for supper and to spend our $20 gambling. I was unsuccessful at winning! But it's still fun to try. Then we were back home and I went to bed....only to get up at 4:00 AM and head into work....and here I sit... on my lunch break.....wishing I was still on vacation!!! It was a whirlwind trip and I put alot of kms on the vehicles, but it was a good time all around. Hope you enjoyed the pictures! Chow for now, Jacqui