Last week, I spent a few hundred dollars on wedding gifts for the summer, and over the 4th, we chalked up our first wedding. Mike was a groomsman, and I was a lonely tagalong, as everyone I knew was also in the wedding. But it was worth it to spend time with our friends from NoDak.
We left Wednesday after work to make the seven hour drive to Bismarck. Now THAT is exhausting. Mike drove the whole way and we arrived after midnight. The next morning, we got to sleep in and then meet Lucy, his dad's 5 month old Boston Terrier. She was really hyper and excited to meet us, but eventually calmed down. She is pretty tiny and very well behaved. I have to say, I am glad we didn't get a puppy about a month back. They are a lot of work! Although cute, I am not ready.
Thursday was the 4th and Lincoln (just south of Bismarck where they live) is allowed to shoot fireworks off at any time. They are banned in Bismarck, so I'm literally not exaggerating when I say it is solid six hours of everyone shooting off gigantic fireworks from their driveways. For a few days. Like the real, big kind that towns shoot off for their festivals. We bought a few cheesy ones (smoke bombs, parachutes, tanks, sparklers) and set those off earlier in the evening. I'm not a big fan of fireworks, so we just buy the kid kind to play with :) And then the pandemonium ensued. Eventually, Lucy and I went inside to relax...because you can only see so many fireworks until you lose your mind.
Friday we drove to Minot for the rehearsal and groom's dinner followed by a bit of bar hopping with the groomsman. It was fun to meet a few people I never had the chance to, and hear the guy's stories about growing up and all the dumb stuff they used to do. Oh, small towns! We finally settled in Mike's hometown of 300, Max, ND. We stayed with the groom that night (his bride was in a hotel in Minot with the bridesmaids). Saturday was wedding day! Mike and the groom woke up feeling less than sober, but we all safely made it to Minot. I got to spend some time relaxing in the hotel room because Mike was a groomsman and everyone I knew was in the wedding. I ate dinner with Mike's friends parents, and it was nice to get to know them a little better!
We danced, ate desserts, drank homemade liquor, and had a blast. Congrats to Cody & Randi for tying the knot after 8 years! So happy we could be a part of it. We were tired but not hungover, and slept in a bit to prepare for our almost 10 hour drive home. It was looong and it felt so good to be home. Lola also enjoys settling back at home. She isn't a fan of travelling.
Now we are trudging through another work week and awaiting visitors and more weddings. Every weekend in July is booked!