Our trip to NC, besides the illness, was wonderful! We made it there in about 7 1/2 hours, and just had a good time talking, eating hummus and fruit (in the car!) and listening to some sermons. Whenever we travel, we load some podcasts of some of our favorite pastors onto Ian's iPod, and then listen to them as we drive. It makes the drive go by very quickly!
We arrived in NC around 11:30 that night, said "hi," to Courtney, and then crashed. That next morning, she had left for work, and Ian needed alot more sleep than I did, so I showered and watched The Office on Courtney's DVR. We finally got up and moving around noon, for a Panera's lunch and then over to his Aunt Stephanie's house to "help," with whatever we could (mind you, we were feeling our crummiest right then, so we didn't think we would be much help.)
Ian's little cousin Noah, was there, and I just fell in love with this little boy. What a cutie! Wish I had taken pictures but that was the farthest thing from my mind. We kept him entertained out on the trampoline, then took him with us when we went to the church to set up.
Drove back to his aunt's house, to drop off the van and Noah, and to pick up our car, and go back to Courtney's house to get cleaned up for dress rehearsal, which was at 6:30. Dinner was at 8:30 at this cute Italian restaurant in town.
Did I tell you that this was a Protestant/American/Messianic Jewish/Brazilian wedding?
And Ian's dad performed the protestant side of the wedding while their cantor performed the jewish side, and the egroom's friend translated into Portuguese into his headset for all of those watching it online.
After dinner, we went back to his aunt's house for desert (cheesecake!) then home to Courtney's for some chatting and some sleep!
Saturday morning, Courtney and I went out to a local breakfast place, called, The Flying Biscuit, where we ate, and talked for a couple of hours. I had delicious blueberry pancakes that tasted like muffins! It was so good to get caught up with her some! I'm lucky to have a friend, who, I can not see for 8 months, but when we do it is like no time has passed!
Back to her house for a nap and then to get ready for the 3:00 wedding. Quick stop to pick up some lighters for the wedding candles, and then the very unique wedding ceremony.
I'm not kidding.
Then a reception, where, by choice, Ian and I just really hung out with 4 year old Noah. It was a low key thing, and we both had horribly sore throats and didn't feel like chatting.
Bride and Groom on chairs, being raised by white southerners?
Dinner with his parents afterwards at JJ's (a PF chang's knock off-but good,) and then back to Courtney's for sleep!
Sunday, we got to "sleep in" until about 8, then up and ready, hanging out with Courtney, until we got a phone call.
That phone call was John and Staz. Remember them? Oh you know! The Rhode Island couple! We spent the day with them at a local shopping center, just hanging out, eating and talking. It was great of them to drive 3 hours from VA just to see us!
Then, back in the car for a "quick" trip back. Lots of family and friend time. It was great.