This past weekend was full of good times for us. We left to head back to my hometown (near Louisville, KY) around noon on Friday and arrived mid-afternoon. My sister and her husband, Luke, were in town for the weekend too! It was so great to walk into the house and see them there.

Nathan took off soon after we arrived home to go visit his friend Nick, who is stationed nearby in Fort Knox for a month. It sounds like they had a lot of fun hanging out together and spending some time exploring Louisville! He confidently reports that the burgers at Sidebar in Louisville are delicious, as is the beer.

Saturday was Luke’s sister’s wedding day! It was so fun to get all dressed up with Nathan – it was our first wedding as Mr. and Mrs. 🙂

Couple Shot

It was a beautiful ceremony and a wonderful reception. We put our dance moves to the test yet again…and are still working on those 😉 We had a great time with Ali and Luke at our table! The whole night was fun. I see weddings in a whole new light after having one so recently.

Mom, Me & Ali after the ceremony
Mom, Me & Ali after the ceremony

The next day was a day I’ve been waiting on for a very long time: a surprise luncheon for my parents’ 30th anniversary!!!

Their anniversary was the same week as our wedding this year (May 19 and May 24) so it went by pretty uneventfully for them. This party was a way for us to (belatedly) celebrate the amazing marriage they’ve had for over 30 years.

Banner

 

Surprise
Surprise!

The best part was the look on their faces when they saw all the family that had traveled to be in town for the party. My dad’s sister, Mary, and her husband, John, and son, Suede, all flew in from Seattle to be there. We haven’t seen them in almost 3 years, so it was a fantastic chance to catch up.

Dad & Aunt Mary
Dad & Aunt Mary

My mom’s brother Andy and his wife, Sharon, were also in town! So fun to talk with them and also for Nathan to get to know them a little better. The only other time he had met them was at the wedding, so this was a much better chance to actually get in more than a few sentences 🙂

Uncle Andy, Mom, Aunt Sharon & Dad
Uncle Andy, Mom, Aunt Sharon & Dad

Oma was in town and supplied the beautiful flower arrangement for the table. Sweet Stuff Bakery took care of the delicious cake (they make our favorites!), and Alison took care of getting the custom champagne flutes and map for our parents. Teamwork at its finest!

Oma & Ted
Oma & Ted

Cake

Cake eating

 

What piece of advice would you give after 30 years of marriage?

“I would say to enjoy the walk between the mountaintops. We’ve had a lot of great times in our life together (the mountaintops), but it’s the walk in between – the day-to-day journey – that you need to find joy in. And that’s an up and down walk. The downhill can be pretty smooth sailing but when you’re walking uphill to get to that next peak it can be pretty tough.” – Dad

“Mine would be to enjoy life on the banks, to just sit back and realize that you don’t always have to be in the flow of things, moving, being busy, right in the center of everything. To be happy living life on the banks is what I’d tell others.” – Mom

The Whole Gang
The Whole Gang

All in all, it was a successful surprise party and such a fun weekend. Special time with the people you love makes the world go round.

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