The kids were thrilled to be flying for our trip back to Andy’s home area for cousin Kelsey’s wedding. They were great passengers, a movie kept them entertained for the majority of the flight and we all got a little nap too. The hardest part on them was the layover accompanied by a long delay. The hardest part of the trip for Andy and I was learning that our luggage had not made it to PA. Fortunately our 2 car seats did!
Andy and I love the scenery of red barns, farms, mountains, and the refreshingly cool evenings. We were constantly pointing out silos, corn fields and commenting on the cooler temperatures to the kids.
(This water was FREEZING, yet the kids managed to splash and play until they were completely soaked.)
The first morning in town, I had the privilege of getting pampered along with the bride and all the ladies while Andy and Uncle Adam played outside with the kids at the Jordan’s house. The kids also got a kick out of Uncle Adam’s police car! (Notice that we are all wearing Aunt T’s Virgin Tech clothes as ours hadn’t arrived yet.)
After helping arrange Thousands of homemade cookies (and not eating any) for the reception’s cookie bar we snuck away to spend some time on campus at Penn State, a must-do when in State College. We marveled at how beautiful the campus was with all of its history and architecture and even saw lots of falling leaves while enjoying our very own Penn State Creamery ice cream.
After being with Matt and Kelsey almost 2 years ago for their Florida engagement we were excited to finally celebrate their big day with them. The ceremony was especially sweet with personally written vows and Uncle Tom’s speech about how special and dear Kelsey is to him. The reception was gorgeous and we had a great time celebrating. How beautiful is Kelsey! I loved that they had a dollar dance to raise money for Amazima Ministries, which is near and dear to my heart.
After the wedding festivities most the 25 extended family members packed up from the Jordan’s house (aka Bed and Breakfast) to stay at the Gram & Cracker’s house at the shore in Maryland for a few days. On our way we stopped with the Shields to give our kids zoo adventure PA style.
Our time at the shore in Maryland was mostly spent at one of the beaches, eating ice cream, and laughing over the family game from the previous night. Between the Warner family Hearts tournament (I showed great improvement this year) and the hilarious rounds of Catch Phrase we had more than enough jokes to keep us giggling. We always get a thrill from the roaming wild horses at Assategue Island and Andy enjoys retracing his childhood footsteps on the Ocean City boardwalk. As a Florida girl, I can admit that the beaches are beautiful, but I just can’t seem to get in the COLD Atlantic water.
(Andy was especially excited to teach Cora how to eat fresh sea food using her very own mallet.)