We’re always amazed at how kids can bump up the fun quotient of just about any situation. So when John and his fiancé, Jill, started planning their wedding in Tucson, we hoped it would work out that his niece and nephews could be present.
Ben, Parker and Sienna, all 7 years old, made the trip along with their parents, Ben and Robin, and Andrew and Gina. Also in our caravan were our youngest son, Alex, and Michele’s dad and mom, Gene and Arlene.
The only Kelly grandsons to miss the event were Ryan, 3, and Isaac, 2. It would have been great to have them there for photos, but it was agreed upon among their parents that the weekend would have been considerably more challenging had they been present.
After arriving in Tucson, we descended (by invitation) upon the beautiful foothills home of Jill’s parents, Sandy and Mike. After the flight to Phoenix and two-hour drive to Tucson, salad and pizza never tasted better.
Sightseeing had been discussed as a possible activity for the following day, but with a limited amount of time we decided the hotel pools would be the best option.
The kids were drawn to the water slide, and before long the adults, (including grandma Michele and grandpa Tom) all had made runs down the tube. It didn’t take long for the competitive nature of the men to take over, and runs were timed. Alex perfected the power launch and streamline stretch to win bragging rights.
The wedding was beautiful. The kids led the procession with flower petals, rings and, most importantly, smiles. They reveled in ringing a huge bell perched atop an adobe wall during the recessional.
During the dance, Ben and Parker were on the dance floor through most of the evening. They copied groomsman Chip’s every move. It was hard to tell if Chip or his shadows were having more fun. Eventually, the DJ played a few songs that even Sienna couldn’t resist.
To borrow the oft-used quote from social notes in the earlier days of newspapers, “a good time was had by all.”