Weekend Recap: Wedding time fun in Cincinnati

Last Friday, Hubby and I headed out with the boys for another road trip.  Destination:  Cincinnati, Ohio / Covington, Kentucky to attend Patrick’s cousin, Josh’s, wedding.

I should share that on Thursday evening, the boys and I ran out to buy some nice dress shoes for them to wear.  They each picked out their own and Maxim was soooo excited to wear his black shiny shoes, that he. just. could. not. get. enough. of. them.

He wore them all around the house :)  #stylin   #snazzylittleman

He wore them all around the house 🙂 #stylin #snazzylittleman

We left Friday after work and drove to Champaign, Illinois.  Of course, the boys were thrilled that our hotel had a pool. #arequirement

The next morning, they swam for a little bit.

Practicing cannon balls, of course!

Practicing cannon balls, of course!

They could swim every. single. day.

They could swim every. single. day.

Well, I should tell you that we had good intentions of making the wedding.  We even factored in the time change of losing an hour.  BUT.  We had no idea there would be an hour AND a half of waiting.  I said WAITING.  On road construction.  So…we pulled into Cincinnati at 4:35 instead of our planned 3:00.  We realized that there was no way we’d be able to get to the hotel, change, and get to the church before 5:00.  So, we went to our hotel, changed, and waited in our hotel lobby for a cab.

Sharp dressed men :)

Sharp dressed men :)

Ready to go to Josh & Katie's reception!

Ready to go to Josh & Katie’s reception!

Love this guy soooo much!

Love this guy soooo much!

Nate working on his photography skills :)

Nate working on his photography skills :)

Maxim was full of little shenanigans :)  Lovely look with his pants tucked into his socks...oh boy!

Maxim was full of little shenanigans 🙂 Lovely look with his pants tucked into his socks…oh boy!

We felt bad about missing the wedding, but made it to the reception in PLENTY of time.  #wetried  #roadconstructionstinks

I found a pic of Josh and Katie on Patrick’s cousin’s Facebook page…what a beautiful bride and handsome groom!

The Mr. and Mrs.!

The Mr. and Mrs.!

The cab driver dropped us off at the hotel.  And oh, my.  It was a beautiful reception!  Such a fun evening with Hubby’s family!

Cocktail hour with the river front view

Cocktail hour with the river front view

Ready for the dinner!

Ready for the dinner!

Maxim covering his eyes when the groom kissed the bride :)

Maxim covering his eyes when the groom kissed the bride :)

The boys had lots of fun with their Uncle Tim, Cousin Tim, and other family members.

Maxim with Auntie Ang and Uncle Tim

Maxim with Auntie Ang and Uncle Tim

Nate and Auntie Ang

Nate and Auntie Ang

Patrick, his sister Angie, and their parents Dan and Carol

Patrick, his sister Angie, and their parents Dan and Carol

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Cousins!  Ang, Patrick, Tammy, and Tim

Cousins! Ang, Patrick, Tammy, and Tim

Such a wonderful evening spent with wonderful loved ones!

 

Angie, Carol, Chloe, and me

Angie, Carol, Chloe, and me

The boys had so much fun with their Cincinnati cousins and Cousin Coco in the photo booth.

CHEESE!

CHEESE!

The boys and me in the fun photo booth!

The boys and me in the fun photo booth!

Nate and Maxim got lots of hugs and smooches from Auntie Ang.  Grandma Carol and Grandpa Dan were proud to see the boys so dressed up and acting like little gentlemen…it was such a fun night with so many cousins and family members!  #goodtimes #rinderrathwedding

My three favorite boys and me :)

My three favorite boys and me :)

After the reception, we took a cab back to our hotel.  As we walked into our hotel, we saw some pretty cool NFL guys.  The Cincinnati Bengals were staying in our hotel (their training camp was just across the river).  The boys were thrilled to get to talk to them (and yes…Hubby mentioned that he IS a Steelers fan, but they were cool with that) and these gentlemen were so nice.

Nate and Maxim were thrilled to meet NFL players!

Nate and Maxim were thrilled to meet NFL players!

Cincinnati Bengals football players with Nate and Maxim

Cincinnati Bengals football players with Nate and Maxim

We had a great evening with family and meeting NFL players just made the night complete.  We got a quick night’s sleep (maybe five hours, but who’s counting…??!) and were up before dawn to hit the road.  Hubby wanted to be on the road by 6 (that would be 5 am Iowa time…YIKES!).

When we went to our car, the boys were thrilled to see a COOL CAR parked right beside ours…one of the Cincinnati Bengals players wanted to park next to us 🙂  With his leather Nike backpack in the front seat, we just KNEW it was a Bengals football player’s car.

Nate by the cool Bentley

Nate by the cool Bentley

Then, when stopping to get gas, we saw one more Bengals player and the boys got Margus Hunt’s autograph.  Could this trip be any more perfect??!

Nate and his autograph...one happy boy!

Nate and his autograph…one happy boy!

And so, we drove the 7.5 road trip back home with happy memories of a great weekend with family.

Congratulations to Josh and Katie and we wish you all the best!!

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