Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Episode 3 - Family Firsts

Thanks for tuning in to Episode 3 of The Continuing Saga of OUR NEW LIFE. Let's call this one "Family Firsts"...

The REALLY BIG NEWS is -

Benjamin is now married! He called us last Thursday evening to say, "Mom, Diana and I decided to go ahead and get married Tomorrow! Can y'all come?" He had given a little hint sometime before that they might do this...all his Marine buddies are on deployment and her parents are in Peru right now, so instead of waiting to get everyone together, they wanted to get married NOW and have a reception/celebration later when all the important people in their lives can come together. "We're not going to change our minds, so... why not go ahead?" I had to SCRAMBLE to get suitable clothes together! Fortunately, all of us here in my house had dressy things on hand! Diana dragged Alison to the mall (two malls!) to help her find a white dress that pleased her to wear; she chose an eyelet sundress. Benjamin was going to wear his dress Bravo Blues but HE COULD NOT FIT INTO THEM! He was texting me as he was getting ready...(These are tight...I can't fit into these anymore...) I found that very funny and had to laugh at him. He was still able to fit into the suit I bought him when he graduated from high school. (But he managed to almost rip out one of the underarm seams) We had to make the trip back to the city in the pickup with no Air Conditioning, so I left my hair in curlers for the trip as it would have blown to pieces otherwise...we arrived at the courthouse in Norman with very little time to spare before we were supposed to meet them. Of course all the curler pins in my head set off the security alert...we all ran downstairs to change our clothes in the restrooms...after rushing to get dolled up it turned out that Ben, Diana and Alison were almost 30 minutes late! (They all came together) So we would not have had to hurry so much...It was not a sure thing that a judge would be available to do the honors, and we had to wait some more for one to be able to perform the ceremony. But it all came together, and the judge "tied the knot" very tight! I had not known what to expect, but was very happy myself for everything she said to Ben and Diana. Benjamin said later he was so nervous when repeating the vows that his hands were sweating and he had to call upon his Marine training to hold up! LOL
Besides our little family, there was just one friend of Diana's present, whom she had asked to be a witness. Alison was the other witness that got to sign the marriage license- I'm sure that made her excited. After it was officially over and done, we took the newly wedded couple out to eat at Johnny Carino's in Norman, a nice little Italian restaurant that Ben had never been to before. We asked the waitress to do a little special dessert for them since we were celebrating their marriage, and B and D entwined their arms to eat the first bite, like couples usually do for the wedding cake. Now for some pictures!
taking the plunge!
Diana going downstairs at the courthouse-
no looking back now!

Waiting on the judge...
(Alison took this picture)


last few minutes as single girlfriends!



exchanging vows...

carrying the bride down the courthouse steps...



Now there is 7 in our family circle!

Alison took this picture- wish she could have been in it

Afterwards...

Alison "decorating" the truck...
the bridal couple
Ben seems to be thinking,
"I can't believe I'm actually MARRIED!"
fixing to enjoy the "marriage supper"



Our new Daughter-in-law
All this happened on Friday...back to the non-air-conditioned pickup...we loaded up yet another trailer of our things to cart back to our new home. Saturday afternoon Ben and Diana drove up to see us, the first time Ben has seen our new place, and celebrated my birthday! (Alison also came, and spent the night with us) I made homemade vanilla ice cream for our dessert- Diana had never seen ice cream made at home! We gave her the dasher to "lick" (she is a dainty eater and used a spoon instead)...
David doesn't mind getting messy!


Then Sunday morning Alison went to church with us in Enid, and afterwards we ate at El Chico for my birthday again, accompanied by my nephew Austin. We have lots of memories of this particular El Chico- when we lived in Ringwood (so long ago!) it was Alison's favorite place to go. On Wednesdays we went a lot for the enchilada special- Alison celebrated her birthday there at least once, if not more than that...

Me with my nephew Austin


The Family Firsts have been:
The First Wedding in our family...
Ben's First visit to our new home...
Diana's First homemade ice cream ...
Our First Birthday celebration since moving to our new home!

Join us next time for another exciting episode of The Continuing Saga of OUR NEW LIFE! (although I fail to see how the next one can be any more exciting than this one.....)






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