My grandson is engaged. His mom wants him to wait until He finishes college, but remembering my own college days, I know He isn't going to wait. The family is scattered all over the United States. His mom lives in Australia with her husband. The wedding is scheduled for June in Arizona.
We are not Mormons, so We can't attend the wedding itself. I am pouting. Instead, it is their custom to have a reception open to everyone.. The bride and groom attend wearing their wedding apparel. In this case, there will be two receptions: one in Arizona for the bride's family and friends. The second reception will be at my house: for the groom's family living on the east coast.
I count 15 family will be at staying at my house. I don't have 15 beds, but We shall manage. Of course, several of my neighbors will be in to see the celebration. We're up to 20 people. My mind is wizzing with what I have to do in order to be ready on time.
Melanie and Dan are taking my truck to go on a sight seeing tour of New England before the reception. Let's see: my truck holds two people. Where shall they put their luggage? In the back of the truck, of course.
The truck has a tonneau cover, a cloth cover that snaps shut on the sides. That will do to cover suitcases, but I've always wanted to replace it with a better cover. This is an opportunity to go forward with a better cover for the truck bed. First project: get a new bed cover.
Then, I need to put storage boxes somewhere else than all over the house. Boxes need to be opened, inventoried, packed with fresh bubble wrap or tissue paper and moved to the basement. Thank goodness I waterproofed the walls and cleaned out the trash. There is now room for my own boxes down there. Second project: move boxes
This will be the first time we're all together in years. What an opportunity for family portraits. I shall hire a professional photographer to take my oldest daughter's family's portraits, my second daughter's family's portrait , my portrait with my two daughters and finally the entire group's portrait. I plan on taking a lot of pictures with video camera , SLR camera and digital camera as well as the ones from the photographer. Whopps. There goes the budget. Oh well. Third project: photos
How delightful to have , finally, after all those years, a formal diningroom. I have a place to set up a buffet. Because of my mother-in-law and a friend, I've inherited lots of table linens and dishes. We can use my own stuff for the table. A caterer is needed . This will be the first time I've hired one. For most gatherings, I cook or We all cook. I know just the lady I will call. We need a wedding cake, too. Fourth project: hire a caterer.
Melanie and I e-mail each other about the details. I think I will leave Melanie in charge of the buffet. The reception will take place the second week in July. Perhaps picnic items and wedding cake will be all We need.
Sleeping arrangements: I shall put my youngest daughter and some of her family in the smallest bedroom that has a double bed plus a single bed. Melanie and Dan can take over my queen size bed in my bedroom. I claim the couch. I will send all the young men over to my Melba Street house. They can turn it into a frat house for the 2 weeks. I bet they have more fun than the adults.
One thing I promised both my sons-in-law, is a ride on a narrow gage railroad in Essex. We were there in summer's past and loved it. I saw in their brochure, that they offer classes in being the engineer that drives the train. I think both men would love that experience. That will be my gift to them. Fifth project: research driving the train.
The two weeks schedule: Melanie and Dan come up the first week in July. After a rest, they take day trips in my truck to visit New England, or they make a circle tour of it. Beth comes from Syracuse about the same time with 2 of her sons. The second week, Beth's husband, Don comes down with their 3rd son. (Working schedules interfereing, here. ) Sometime in the second week, Ian and Sabrina drive in. That's the time for the photographs and the reception. Ian and Sabrina are on their honeymoon. Melanie will treat them to a night in a motel. Ian and Sabrina will probably only stay a day or two before driving up to Syracuse to see Ian's dad and his other grandparent's family. It will be wonderful to be all together for a while.