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Nebraska Wedding Trip


Wouldn't you know it? I traveled back to Nebraska for a week of wedding, and I didn't take a single photo except a 'plane window' photo the first day, and a token 'bags in the airport' photo on the way home! I didn't take my phone because it doesn't work outside of Canada, so my photo options were limited to my ipad, which I didn't take everywhere I went, though I should have brought it along to document the wedding week lead-up. I was too busy having fun and making memories with my elementary school friends and the bride's college roomates before horsing around (literally) with my friend at her ranch, Hickory Hallow, before I flew back home.

Leading up to the wedding, most of the bridesmaids spent the nights in a suite together and the first night out (Thursday), was the bachelor/bachelorette party, in which I had the best cocktail I've ever had (a peach mojito), and the longest I've stayed awake in what feels like a decade (nearly 3AM). Friday morning I helped the MOB -mother of the bride- do a few errands, set up the reception hall table displays, and then all the bridesmaids were taken out to lunch at Upstream Brewery. That afternoon, the girls went their separate ways and I hung out with an old Cathedral Eagle, Jenna, before the rehearsal. That came and went and we feasted at Johnny's Steakhouse for the rehearsal dinner, where I shared a story of how I knew my friend (the bride) would end up marrying the groom based on a photo I had seen of him on facebook. Hopefully, everyone thought it was funny!

Saturday all day was wedding preparations and the wedding, party bus, and reception. That evening I stayed with my mom and stepdad in a beautiful hotel, the Magnolia (thanks, mom!) before a fantastic breakfast and then back to my mom's place for the afternoon. We made gf zucchini bread, toured the house renos and the backyard gardens, and ate ripe tomatoes off the plant and pet the kitties before being taken to my friend Emily's house for the evening. Emily put her baby to bed early and we went out to the barn, and tacked up some of her horses for a horse ride! I hadn't been on a horse in years, since before I moved, and although it was like getting back onto a bike, with a few sore thighs to show for it! We had quite a few funny moments out there, as well (wink). We stayed up til' midnight talking, along with another friend, Ali, and I had the first good sleep I'd had in days piled up on about five pillows.

Unfortunately, my last two days were all traveling, and because of storms where my Vancouver connection was, I missed the last flight out and had to spend the night in the O'Hare airport before a long 4-hour flight back. It was rough, but I'm home now, showered, rested, and doing a lot of laundry. Back in the saddle after a great week away, but I'm looking forward to not being in an airport for awhile, at least until our 3 weeker at the end of September!

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