Kenny and I flew in from Jacksonville on Thursday night. We were worried at first because the weather people originally said there would be 3-5 inches of snow that day/night. Per usual, they are liars and there wasn't even a dusting of snow. So that definitely worked in our favor. What didn't work in our favor was that our bags had "BOS" on them since their final destination was indeed Boston. But we were stopping in DC for the night so we could fly out Friday morning with everyone. We landed at 9:55 (2 hours later than we were supposed to) and made our way to the baggage office. We wanted them to request our bags to be sent out on the baggage claim belt with the rest of the luggage. We get there and they tell us that are bags aren't "back there" so says the guy. They said they must have gotten on a flight to Boston already (they don't necessarily put the bags on the right flight, they just send them on any flight to get them there). Well, the last Boston flight left at 8:55, a whole hour before our plane even landed in DC. Kenny tried to explain this to the baggage ladies, that it was impossible for the bags to be on that flight. They weren't having it, they basically said, sorry about it, you'll see your bags in the morning.
So we ended up stopping at Walmart for some extra underpants and a toothbrush.
After a nice little 3 hour nap, we all got up at 3 am and showered so we could make it to the airport for our 6:30 flight. We met up with Charlie & Heather, Brad & Kaitlin and Bobby and got breakfast at the airport.
The 3 guys wanted to sit next to each other, so Christy, Heather and I ended up in a row together.
|The Guys' row|
|Christy and I, on the plane|
|Christy & Heather|
|Brad, Kaitlin and Bobby, awaiting takeoff.|
|Christy, Brad and Kaitlin on the shuttle|
|Richie and Bobby, sharing a seat on the shuttle|
|Kenny, Me, Heather and Charlie in the back of the shuttle|
But looking at the map, I noticed that Paul Revere's house wasn't that far away. We put it in our GPS and decided to walk there. When we first decided to walk there, we originally thought it was only a 10 minute walk, but I think it turned into a 25 minute walk. And it just seemed longer cause it was 20 degrees and windy. But eventually we made it and paid the $3.50 to go in, mainly to get into the heat and out of the wind.
|Everyone learning about Paul Revere. And Brad is yelling at me to not take pictures.|
|Yummy hot chocolate|
We got to The Barking Crab just as it was opening. This was Richie's request for lunch. The place had been on "Man vs. Food" and everything on their menu looked delicious. Richie, Kenny and Heather ended up splitting a HUGE thing of crab legs. I got the Lobster Bisque and Kid's Fish and Chips. Everything was SO good and so fresh.
|Christy's wearing the Bib, but she didn't eat any.|
|Richie was SO excited for the crab legs.|
We got home from the grocery store and were able to relax a little before it was time for Kenny, Richie and Bobby to go play pond hockey. Jay and Andrea are both into hockey and have played all their lives. So they got all their friends and family together to play a pick up game on the frozen pond. The rest of us had good intentions of going to hang out and cheer people on, but it was 5 degrees. And we said, no thank you. So we waited, hung out, played games and cooked dinner so it was ready when the 3 guys got home. After dinner, we played a couple games of "Mafia" before we all decided it was late and we'd been up for almost 24 hours, so it was bedtime.
Our plans for after breakfast the next morning were to meet up with Jay, Andrea and everyone else who was skiing that day. She was definitely a brave bride, playing hockey and skiing a day before her wedding. But, those plans quickly changed when we realized we didn't know where the ski place was and at what time everyone would be done skiing to hang out. So, Richie got the idea instead to shovel off some of the frozen lake so they could skate around on it. Which basically consisted of Richie, Bobby and Brad shoveling (Brad doing 80% of it), Kenny & Charlie supervising and the girls making everyone take pictures because OMG!FROZEN!LAKE!
|Shoveling off the Lake|
Richie took turns giving Christy, Kaitlin and I chair rides around the "ice rink." It didn't end that well for the chair, let's just leave it at that.
Christy wanted to return the favor to Richie and give him a chair ride. That didn't end well for Christy.
|My Chair Ride|
|Kaitlin's Chair Ride|
|Richie and Christy's "Couple Picture" being interrupted by Kenny|
|The Guys made fun of us for having a photoshoot and then they wanted one too.|
|Brad was shoveling and Kenny was sweeping the snow right back where Brad took it from. Ah, brotherly love.|
|Bobby, doing some work while the rest of us goofed off.|
|Trying to play hockey with a broom?|
|Brad & Kaitlin's Couple Picture|
|Charlie and Heather's Couple Picture|
|Kenny and I were attempting a couple's picture before Brad ran in to tackle us.|
|Like herding cats, trying to get them all in a picture. But the end result was worth it :)|
|The Girls picture. The Boys tried to sabotage it for awhile but finally got a good one.|
Richie also had his first soda in almost a month. It was a bet he and Jay had made over Christmas break. Here's his excitement documented on camera.
|Kenny and I at dinner.|
|Me and My BFFL|
The water in the house smelled like farts. No lie. The first thing we all thought when someone turned the water on for dishes the first night was that it was Richie's fault. But no, it was the water. Also, the water heater couldn't handle 9 people showering at once. So by Sunday, we were instructed to take "djibouti" showers, which meant, turn the water on to get wet, turn it off to soap, turn it on to rinse, and on and on. We were also able to spread out the showers, the 3 guys who were groomsmen and needed to be ready first went first. And the rest of us could go later.
After doing some ironing for Kenny, Richie & Jay - the groomsmen took off for the church. The rest of the morning was spent getting ready for the rest of us.
I'm a big idiot and left my camera in the car, so Heather was in charge of getting pictures from the ceremony. But Andrea looked absolutely stunning, it was a beautiful and very moving ceremony. It was awesome to see how happy both of them were and are, and I can't wait to see what is next for them.
After the ceremony, we headed back to the house to hang out for a few minutes before heading over to the hotel for cocktail hour.
|The Prindle ladies|
|The Bevilacqua ladies|
|The Table & Centerpiece|
|Kenny and his bridesmaid were "too cool"|
|Brad had a few beers so he was able to shake his groove thing.|
|Richie and the Matron of honor had on robes and did some boxing moves.|
|Jay and Andrea had a hockey face off - which Andrea won of course.|
|Gorgeous and delicious cake!|
|They were nice to each other.|
|Jay and his mom|
|Andrea and her dad|
|Time to put your hands in the air.|
|Brad offered to hold my clutch while we were dancing.|
|Bobby and Brad, being thugs...?|
|The Bride, doing her thing.|
|Haha, this pretty much sums Charlie up :p|
|The Prindle boys with their significant others.|
|Jay got thrown on the groomsmens' shoulders.|
|And then Richie picked up Andrea.|
|Brad and his sisters :)|
|Our group of Friends!|
The next day, we all got up and cleaned the house and finished packing. We made the 2 hour drive back to Boston and turned our rental car in before taking the shuttle to the airport.
|Christy and Richie|
It was such a fun weekend, but I've definitely spent this past week recuperating from it! And catching up on sleep.
Congratulations Jeremy and Andrea! :)