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Wedding Weekend

Stephen is already my favorite person, but he won my heart in new ways this past weekend. May80017We flew with two babies for the first time. And we survived.May80001

Amy, Stephen’s youngest sister, was getting married in Indiana, and we were headed for the celebration. Since Silas is two years old, he had his own seat on the plane, and it was wonderful having an entire row for just our family.May80004

Stephen had thought it all out ahead of time, and thanks to him, we had the best flight ever. May80002Stephen loaded kid movies and cartoons for Silas onto his smartphone. He also purchased some kid headphones (aka “spaceman” headphones), May80006a new backpack, an airport sticker book and snacks to keep our little man occupied. It worked! May80003Silas had a great flight, and Cooper basically slept the entire way. To top it all off, Stephen also took Cooper to the lavatory for an in-flight diaper change. What a guy!May80005

Once we arrived in good ol’ Daleville, we were swarmed with hugs and kisses from the Moody gang.May80007 Cooper was a bit overwhelmed at first, but he soon warmed up to his host of admiring aunts, uncles and grandparents. He seemed to especially take to his aunties.May80008

We caught up on the family news over dinner, saw the newly built Moody Doodle kennels (rebuilt after the fire last October), and relaxed around a backyard bonfire. May80013May80011May80014Silas rode in Grampy’s wagon behind the mower while Cooper bonded with his Uncle Jason.May80009May80012May80010

Sunday morning we worshipped at Grace in Anderson, and reconnected with a lot of old friends. We were happy to visit with Pastor Crockett and introduce Cooper to him.

Then we drove down to Brown County State Park where we stayed in the cozy woodsy family cabins. May80016Amy had asked Silas to be her ring bearer, so he and I have been talking about it for a long time. We even checked out a book from the library called “The Ringbearer” to help him prepare for it.May90012

The rehearsal was short and sweet, May90001May90009May900115May 139a5May 126a5May 150band then we were off to the Zaharakos Ice Cream Parlor in nearby Columbus for the rehearsal dinner. May900185May 179a5May 181a5May 180a5May 184a5May 187b5May 189aThat night, we girls had a mini bachelorette shower for Amy, and it was special to hang out telling honeymoon memories and comparing wedding rings.5May 193a

After the wedding and reception on Monday, 5May 269bwe all went swimming in the lodge’s aquatic center. We had a pretty loud game of water volleyball going on. Go, Team Moody! Silas had a blast even though his entire body was shivering from the cool water. Cooper, on the other hand, was terrified of the pool and the spraying water. He spent his time clinging for dear life onto whoever was holding him.

May80018Family times are the best, and we’re so glad we didn’t miss it. Indiana is always a breath of fresh air for Stephen and me. It’s like Indiana gives us a great big hug every time we go back.

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