Florida and Minnesota

Hope everyone had a fabulous (and safe) 4th of July weekend! I know I did.

I’m back from being out of town. I went to Tampa, Florida last Tuesday and Wednesday to participate in a SEE2 study. I’ve never been to Florida so it was nice to get to mark off another state on my list. 38 down, 12 more to go! I got to see a bit of Tampa including the aquarium.
I spent most of Thursday getting ready to go out of town again. This time it was to St.Paul/Minneapolis, Minnesota for my cousin’s, Scott, wedding. Scott is an only child just like me. We’re also about 15 months apart and were always pretty close growing up. I always considered him the closest thing I had to a big brother. Scott’s fiancee, Christine, asked me to be their bridesmaid which I was honored to do so.
They even had an interpreter present for the wedding and photos. It was AWESOME to feel 100% included in a family member’s wedding. My mom oftentimes try to interpret family weddings but I always feel a bit guilty…I want her to be able to relax and enjoy the wedding. It is a bit hard because I miss out on information when I look back and forth between the stage and my mom (since we’re both out in the pews). In this case, I was able to see everything all at once.
My parents and I left Thursday night to make the 8 hour drive to Minnesota where we headed to rehearsal and dinner.
Mom, moi, Dad
Scott and Christine
After dinner, we met up with Dennis who was able to grab a flight from KC to Minneapolis. We were able to take it somewhat easy Saturday morning after meeting up with the soon-to-be newlywed couple for breakfast. Dennis was kind enough to serve as a lackey for us ladies Saturday afternoon as we got our hair done and ready for the wedding.
The wedding ceremony was beautiful and the reception was a lot of fun! I enjoyed watching everyone dance the evening away all dressed up!

We were all pretty exhausted Sunday morning and it took a while for us to get moving. Dennis and I walked around Minneapolis for a couple of hours after grabbing lunch. My parents were able to squeeze in a Twins baseball game. Everyone else did their own thing before meeting up for dinner later on. Dennis and I ended up seeing this awesome rope-like course at the Mall of America which we just HAD to do!

We all had a family dinner at the Mall of America and went to St. Paul to see some fireworks. Boy, were we CLOSE! We were right next to the hot zone. 🙂 We headed back home this morning (Monday) and stopped by the hospital to say hi to my grandma. I think we all were pretty beat but had an awesome weekend and were glad we got to watch Scott and Christine get married.
I’m wiped….off to bed I go!

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