So it's official...this past Friday, Dec. 17th, my sister got married!! Yay! She is now Julia Breona Buckworth...we'll ignore the goofy last name and just revel in the excitement that she is now a wifey! I'm so happy for her. My sister and I are best friends and when she is happy, I'm happy. She had her string of bad luck with boyfriends and ex-husband past, but yesterday she married the most perfect person for her and she absolutely deserves it.
So since I flew into Maryland last Wednesday morning, it was a busy & stressful couple of days helping my family with final preparations - decorating the hall & church, preparing & picking up platters, finishing the music play list, working on the schedule of events for the night, and BONUS, shoveling snow! SNOW thank you. I come back from a weekend where it's supposed to be 70+ degrees in Tampa, FL to 20's and snow. Thanks a lot Mother Nature. Here's Jax experiencing his first snowfall:
| I imagine him saying "Mommy, what is this nonsense? Take me home to Florida!"|
|Julie hugging me after my toast - Hailey wanted to join too!|
Maid of Honor -Sister Toast
Hi everyone! For those of you who may not know me, I’m Julie’s younger sister, Brittany. In thinking about what I wanted to say for my toast, I naturally started reminiscing about so many stories from our childhood…though I didn’t think many of them applied since they mostly consisted of us fighting. Flash forward 10 years and now we’re best friends..if only I’d of stopped listening in on her phone calls and stealing her clothes earlier!
So then I began thinking of everything I’ve admired about her and looked up to her for when I was growing up. Whatever Julie was doing or had, I had to have it too. If New Kids on the Block were the latest hits blaring from her boom box, they became my new favorite group. If Julie was wearing the ever-popular big-bangs hairstyle or a perm, yup, I was trying to rock that too…probably less successfully though not knowing what I was doing with a curling iron and a whole can of hairspray. And of course, I can’t forget sneaking into her closet to steal her “uber cool” Chicago Bulls or Charlotte Hornets Starter Jackets! Crazy, right? But whatever she did, I thought it was GREAT because she is my Big Sister, the coolest person I knew.
I’m sure from your view Julie, it was annoying to have the little sister who copied everything you did and wanted everything you had. But I’m not ashamed. And today, is my proudest moment to say I hope to one day have everything you now have. I couldn’t admire you more for having the love of such a wonderful man, and two children who see the same wonderful qualities in you that I’ve always seen. Now you have it all, and a loving marriage and family will, unlike trends of the past, never go out of style. Congratulations to you and Andrew and the family you have created. I love you guys.
Video Gift for the Happy Couple
As a small gift, I made Julie & Andrew a video of their life together these past 2 years. They loved it so much they decided they wanted to show it at the reception and it was a hit! Juls has officially cried 4/4 times she has watched it now haha! My work here is complete. Lol just kidding. Below is the video for those interested in checking it out!
That's all for now on the home front. Below are a couple of pics from the wedding/ceremony...I'll be posting more as soon as I get my hands on them! :)
|Me & Hail during the wedding - she looks so happy!|
|The happy couple during their 1st dance|
|Me, my Dad & Julie @ the reception|
PS - my puppy JAX did great on the flights to and from Maryland! I'd thought about boarding him but since he's still so new and just a pup, I thought it best to take him. So thanks to Southwest, he went in his carrier and was simply my carry on bag and slipped in right under the seat in front of me. He quietly chewed a new bone and licked peanut butter from his KONG and slept most of the flights. I was a little nervous about it all but so happy with how he well he did. People sitting around me didn't even realize I had a dog with me!