Ohio Weekend, Part 3: The Wedding

Saturday was the main event: Jon and Michelle’s wedding. We woke up tired after being awakened at 1 a.m. by the groom in another wedding party having a *very* loud party in the room next door. It was so bad that Joe had to call the front desk and have them call the room and ask them to be quiet. It turns out we weren’t the only ones bothered by them. The next morning, Joe heard people talking about it in the hall, and Jon said he was downstairs complaining at the same time Joe called. It was ridiculous.

The wedding, though, went off perfectly. Jon was a little nervous, but surprisingly enough, that seemed to fade as the wedding grew closer.

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The wedding was held outside behind the hotel, and it was very simple and very pretty. I was quite impressed.

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After the ceremony, the guests mingled at cocktail hour while the pictures were taken. I think the photographer took them all over the property and golf course to shoot them and the wedding party!

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Then it was time to party. The reception was a blast, and the dj they hired was *awesome*. He had so much energy, and he got out on the dance floor with everyone from time to time. He even got Jon’s grandmother out on the dance floor and they both sat in chairs and danced. It was hilarious. I wish I had gotten pictures.

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Joe gave a fabulous speech. I was pretty proud of him. 🙂

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And, we spent the night dancing. I actually got out there and danced, which was very unlike me because I can’t dance. But, the other members of the wedding party were so much fun that I just couldn’t help myself.

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Oh, and did I mentioned that they did the hustle?? It was the wedding party dance and, judging from the rehearsal the night before, we didn’t think it would go very well. Yeah, that’s how bad it was. It was hilarious. And now I have a video to use as blackmail. 🙂

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And, of course, I can’t leave out pictures of the cutest couple ever! Haha. 🙂

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Party mouth, inspired by Sarah!

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Up next: Amish country, two hall of fame visits (and extending our streak of visiting but not going inside) and Cleveland.

Ohio Weekend, Part 1: The Colonel and the Cincinnati Reds

Good afternoon! We pulled into the driveway at 6 a.m. and were up 5 hours later to head to Emory for my ultrasound. Needless to say, we are exhausted. Joe’s taking a quick power nap but, since we have to be up around 5 anyway to get ready to head to Kiwanis, I probably won’t join him. Quick, hour-long naps make me even more tired!

Since we had *such* a full weekend and took about 700 pictures, I thought I’d break up our trip into several posts. We left Wednesday after work and headed up to Collegedale to watch my brother’s softball game and meet his new girlfriend. We like her a lot!

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We headed out of town Thursday morning, and what should have taken us about 6 hours to get to Cincinnati took about 8 with the various stops we made. It’s ok, though, because we got to go to the original KFC and see where it all began.

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And, of course, we had to pose for pictures with Col. Sanders himself.

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We decided that Kentucky is one state we would *never* want to live in. We didn’t think anywhere could be as bad as south Georgia, but Kentucky proved us wrong. There was absolutely nothing there. It was a very boring drive. And, we discovered that Kentucky is quite proud of being southern.

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We arrived in Cincinnati with just enough time to check in at our hotel, drop off our bags and head to the stadium. It was very difficult to find The Great American Ball Park because, well, the signs were all faded. And, they told you to turn when you really needed to go straight. It was all very confusing. But, we made it, and we fell in love with the stadium. It is so much more open than Turner Field.

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The stadium is about two blocks from the Cincinnati Bengals stadium, so we we walked down there before the game to take a few pictures.

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The Reds lost that game, but we still had a blast. Coming up next: our stay in Warren (oh the stories I have to share) and the wedding!

Weekly Winners: The On the Road Edition

These are a few of my favorite pictures from our road trip to Ohio. I’ll have more to share next week, especially after our drive through Amish country today!!

Thanks, Ike.
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The birthplace of Kentucky Fried Chicken
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“Dude, you rock.”
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It’s Florence, Ky., ya’ll!
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The ceremony
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Just married!
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Do the hustle.
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Hitting the Road

We’re about to head off. Yay. I’m glad we came up to Chattanooga last night, though. We had a great time at Randy’s softball game (he got two hits and two runs), and we got to meet his new girlfriend. I really like her. She’s very friendly and bubbly. She wasn’t at all shy, as I would have expected since it was her first time meeting us.

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We also had a nice time talking with my dad and then visiting with my grandparents. My grandparents were surprised to see us, and it was nice to hang out with them since we haven’t seen them in a while.

Tonight, we will find out if our station is the National Assocation of Broadcaster’s oldies station of the year. We kind of think we might have won because my station manager received a call from the NAB making sure he was going to be there and who they needed to list as coming on stage *if* they win. Maybe they ask that of every finalist, but we’re thinking positively. My manager said I will be in his acceptance speech if we do, since I’m the one who submitted our station. I told him he’ll have to call me on his cell phone so I can hear it. 🙂

Rethinking our Itinerary

So, we had a slight miscalculation. We thought (I swear MapQuest told me this) that Cincinnati is only 2 hours from Warren, Ohio, where the wedding is being held. It’s actually 4 hours away. And, Warren is not as close to Cleveland as we thought. It’s about an hour. That doesn’t seem too far, but when you have to factor in driving there, piddling around the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and driving back for the rehearsal.

Then, I discovered that Amish Country is on our way from Warren to Cleveland! I have been totally enthralle with the Amish since I began reading Beverly Lewis’ books. I definitely could not live their lifestyle, but sometimes a simple, quiet life sounds so good.

So, we definitely have to work in driving through Amish Country, and we also have to go to Lake Erie. Cleveland is on the lake and, even though it sounds dumb, I really want to go to one of the Great Lakes. I think that would be awesome. So, all of this is giving me quite the headache. Joe and I will be pouring over maps and directions tonight to figure out what route is the best to take and what activities we should do Friday and which we should do on Sunday on our way to the Indians game.

Moving On

Well, I am definitely not pregnant. The timing of everything has actually worked out well, though, because now my cd 3 ultrasound will be on Saturday (obviously much easier to get to than one during the week), and my cd 12 scan will be the day we get back from Cleveland. That takes a load off my mind since, if I actually started on time this month, cd 12 would have fallen in the middle of our trip. Crisis averted.

Speaking of our trip, I’m getting more and more excited, not about going to Ohio itself but about some of the things we’re going to be doing while we’re there. I’m super excited about the two baseball games we’re going to. I’m so lucky I married someone who loves baseball as much as I do (and I’m sure Joe would say the same about me!). Plus, road trips are a lot of fun. At least for the first couple of hours. 🙂 Luckily, Ohio really isn’t as far as I thought it would be. Cinncinati is only about 6 hours from here, and Cleveland is another 2. We were told at first that it would be an 11-12 hour trip, so 6 and 8 isn’t that bad.