have enjoyed themselves last night…" (This was probably due to the 5 hours they spent swimming last night and when they finally emerged they were slightly disheveled and pruney). So off we trotted out of the hotel and into the air that was so warm and humid (moisture-laden) that it felt like we were swimming through the air and any extra movement was likely to result in springing multiple leaks from all pores
. It was therefore, with a sense of relief and excitement, that Tim, Uncle Pete, Lily and Eli jumped into the pool and played for an hour or more. Kind - Cousin, Uncle, Nephew Scotty ordered pizza which we all enjoyed and then we had to dash back to the hotel and shower and get ready for the wedding of Jeffrey Saylor and Liz Barone!
Two things struck me about the crew of Heidmann's that emerged from showers and getting dressed. One was that all males were dressed in khaki pants and blue shirts and two; the ladies were beautiful, especially Lily! She was wearing a white dress with red roses, matching white shoes and headband and a little white cardigan. This was bittersweet for Tim as my little girl was now entering the stage in her life where she was buying and wearing complete outfits and, she looked good doing it, but was also starting to look quite grown-up! Anyway, we all tootled off to the wedding and hoped like heck that we would find somewhere in the shade to watch as it was still swimming-in-the-air weather outside. Hooray, hooray, the venue at the golf club had the bridal party and immediate family parked in the sun (sorry guys) and the rest of us under an awning AND there was a breeze coming up the hill. The ceremony was short, simple and sweet and before we knew it Jeffrey and Liz were officially married, had a lovely kiss and walked back past us so that we could all get up and follow them into the restaurant, the air-conditioned
restaurant. What followed for the next couple of hours was a very traditional, tasteful and entertaining wedding scene. There were cocktails for all, the kids had so many sprites that I lost track of the number and ate from wandering trays of lovely appetizers like bacon-wrapped scallops, buffalo chicken wontons and all sorts of other goodies. The kids wandered, hung out with their cousins and mostly, just drank in the scene. It took them some time to warm up to the environment but thanks to all of the older cousins and family cruising about, they were very well looked after and interacted with
. It was so wonderful to sit back and watch our kids interact for the first time in a wedding environment with lots of people they had never met before and conduct themselves absolutely appropriately!!! Words don't do justice to the feeling brought about when Eli stands up from the table and shakes hands with people who are introduced to him, to see Lily joking around with Tim's Cousin Fran and to see Jess embraced into the Saylor family. In fact, when we hugged goodbye, my cousin Fran, whom I have probably spent a grand total of 5 days in my life with, whispered into my ear; "we love you guys!" I have no doubt in my mind that it is completely genuine and heartfelt and even though I haven't seen this side of the family in 20+ years, we are completely accepted. I realize this is how family is meant
to be, but sadly it doesn't always work out that way in practice and we are so lucky to be so warmly enveloped in Upstate New York.
Dinner was served, a lovely steak or delicate chicken, and then the dance floor was opened up and the partying and dancing began. Lily danced quite a bit with her cousins Fran and mother-of-the-bride Cousin Debbie and was one of the only two children that had the confidence to make it out onto to the dance floor. The second child who danced publicly, happily and with surprisingly good rhythm and moves was one that surprised us all…..it was Eli!!!! He was out on the floor with his cousins, bouncing, doing the shuffle and even attempted the odd line dance as it broke out
! He took a break for the slow dance and then was back on the floor and be-bopping the night away; what a massive development in confidence he has had in the past few months. Too soon, the kids were wearing out and it was, sadly, time to say goodnight and goodbye to the Saylor Family. What broke out before we left was the best possible photograph. I should back up and explain that Eli is a spitting image of my cousin Scott and the two of them clearly hit it off during the past two days and it was obvious to all that Scott had taken a shine to Eli. What started as a photo with Scott and Eli, turned into a photo of all of the male Saylors; from the Patriarch, Uncle Bud, his three boys, and their three sons, to Pete, Tim and Eli. It was a superb culmination to the wedding weekend and we drove back to the hotel abuzz with the glow that follows attending a tasteful and energetic wedding and awash with the time we were able to spent with one whole half of Tim's family.
Today was Wedding Day, in fact the first wedding that Eli and Lily have ever been to. We woke up and slowly and in piecemeal fashion made our way down to the hotel dining room for a nice hot breakfast. Lily and Gramma were up first and since they were sharing a room, down they went. Then, when Tim, Jess and Eli got up, Gramma and Lily came downstairs again for a second breakfast while we left Uncle Pete behind to sleep. We brought him up a plate of food when we were done and we were hanging out in the room for a little bit trying to decide how to fill the middle part of the day before the wedding, when Cousin Scotty rang and invited us back to the pool!!! In fact, the message he left on the phone was something along the lines of "I think the kids