We just got back from a fun and exhausting trip to Aspen for Mike’s cousin’s wedding! I loved it up there and I am so tired I can barely keep my eyes open. So I guess that means it was a success.
We flew in to Denver on Wednesday morning, rented a car, and drove the four hours to Aspen. Quite the day of travel but the kids were great. There’s a play area in Love Field airport that kept them busy…
We had a delay once we were on the flight which meant that purse’o’stuff came in very handy, and Louise was great on the flight. Celine was super wiggly until five minutes before we landed, and then passed out.
When we were landing, I pointed out the clouds and how they would make the plane bumpy. Previously Louise has either loved it or not cared, but this time she said “I’m scared” and wanted to hold hands. I hope my fear of flying is not rubbing off on her!
Once we rented our sweet minivan (seriously…we love it), we headed to Aspen. Celine relaxed to the max and enjoyed a rest stop romp halfway there. Louise played on the iPad most of the time, and sang songs.
Once we arrived at our condo, we basically had to throw our stuff in our room, change, and head out for the first night’s event. We had a babysitter for the first two nights until my parents got in town and she was lovely!
Thursday was gorgeous with wonderful weather, so we decided to maximize our outside time with the girls while Mike went fly fishing.
The party favors were Hershey kisses in mugs with marijuana leaves on them, and a wild rumor started that they were “special” chocolates. Not true…but it made a lot of people very interested!
Friday was not super busy. Celine woke up at 4am so we spent most of the morning tag-teaming child care while we caught up on sleep. Mike, Dominique, Celine, and I went to Aspen to run a few errands and have lunch, while Grammy, Grumps, and Louise went for a bike ride.
Friday night was the welcome party hosted by the bride’s parents, followed by an intimate rehearsal dinner. Mike was a groomsman so we went to both!
I only got one picture of the rehearsal dinner but it was in the wine cellar of a lovely restaurant, and might have had the best food I ate the entire trip. All of the speeches were loving and amazing. After the dinner we hung out with everyone at the St. Regis, but the last shuttle back to our condo was 11:30 so we had to jet. Good thing, because our kids were waking up at 6am on the dot (except for Friday morning which was 4am for Celine…yay for me).
Saturday morning Mike left to golf with the groomsmen and family members, so Celine and I took it easy while Louise went to ride the gondola with the Haydels. I had to pack since we were leaving first thing Sunday morning, and both girls were getting super high maintenance in the early afternoon, so I was ecstatic when my parents showed up at 4pm to babysit!
We got to the church with about ten minutes to spare, but unfortunately they didn’t have enough seating for everyone so Dominique and I stood on the side for the ceremony. I was impressed she did it – 8 months pregnant, in heels! It was a gorgeous ceremony and Mike was a rock star groomsman, even though his pants wouldn’t stay up (lol).
Mike and I sat at the head table (again…groomsman) so we got a great 360 degree view of the festivities during dinner. Dinner was in the courtyard and was tented with draping and lights…it was so pretty. The sun came out so you didn’t get the full effect of the room until later at night, so we went back and took a few photos once the sun went down.
Once dinner was over, everyone moved back inside for dancing. The band was the best wedding band I’ve ever heard. Rumor was they played for Kim Kardashian and Kanye’s wedding, Channing Tatum’s wedding, Jim Carrey’s charity events, etc. I believe it – they were awesome!
We actually got out on time (shocker for us) and the check-in and flight were easy peasy. We were all happy to be home and we all slept hard and well. I think Celine liked Aspen the most…so did her hair. It frizzed up the moment we walked off the plane in Dallas!