Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Summer Road Trip to Mike and Lindsey's Wedding

Mike and Lindsey Museousky~July 11, 2008

The Drive~What a great reason for a road trip! We packed the kids up early and drove through Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, and Missouri the first day, ending on the west side of St. Louis for the night. The next day we had a short trip across Missouri and into Kansas. Tate loved hearing what state we were in and asked about every river we crossed. The kids were FANTASTIC in the car. Derek got to visit Cabela's in Kansas City before we met up with everyone at the hotel. On the way home, it RAINED almost the whole way, but the kids were troopers again. I wish I had a picture of them with their headphones on in the back seat. It's sad to say they probably watched more TV in those days than they have all summer, but they were happy and quiet. It is a really pretty drive ~ very green and hilly, and the mountains in western Virginia and West Virginia are so different than the mountains in Colorado. It was certainly less expensive than flying and no lugging car seats, rental cars, delayed flights, etc etc.

The Wedding and Family Fun~We were so lucky to share in the celebration for the wedding of Mike and his new wife, Lindsey, in Kansas City on July 11. Mike is one of the triplets and their wedding was a great chance for us to see ALL the Kansas cousins for a few days. Everyone from Wichita, and my dad and Kay, and my Uncle Jack's family from Pennsylvania were all there. It has been 3 years since we have seen most of them so we had a great time. My Aunt Mary Jo did great planning and we all had rooms on the same floor and a hospitality suite in the middle so we were able to get lots of time together. We always have such a fun time with them and there's lots of laughs and happy memories to share.
Tate was thrilled to meet so many new cousins and had a great time playing with Nick, Cole, Christian (the Bright boys), Sarah (Jill's oldest daughter), Zachary and Michael (Russ and Jen's boys), Connor and Lauren (Rachel's kids). We had a delicious dinner at Brio for the rehearsal dinner in a great outdoor mall part of Kansas City. We shopped, played and ate some delicious Kansas City BBQ with Papa and Nana on Friday before the wedding. The wedding was Friday night and was a perfect ceremony then dinner and dancing at the country club nearby. Our kids were some of the youngest cousins but they were party animals both nights. At the reception, Derek and I had to scoop them off the dance floor at 11:30 to leave. We had been sitting while they danced! We all had a GREAT time! Congratualtions, Mike and Lindsey!

The Mattila family after the ceremony

Mattilas and Papa and Nana

Mattilas and Brights (Chris, Chris, Nick, Christian and Cole)

Danicng machines - Tate, Avarie and mommy


Mike, Ally, Ella & Deegan said...

I am glad you all had so much fun and were brave enough to weather the long drive! I can't wait to have a wedding to go to with my own kids!

Jeff, Angela and the twins said...

Love the pics! You all look soo cute! I love it when your kids surprise you in a good way (ie. angels in the car for a big road trip). Talk to you soon! Love, Ang & Co.