Abe’s (Dan’s brother) wedding was this weekend! and what a weekend it was! Dan a Groomsmen, Caden a ring-bearer. We ventured over to the Seattle side Friday afternoon after C was done with school. I had hoped/assumed he would take a nap on the way over. Way wrong ~ he was too excited we were going to the “Bellbue Ho-towel, with the Builbings” (Bellevue hotel with the big buildings).
Our first stop was the Tux-Shop (I’ve always hated that place – I hated them during high school dances, hated them for our wedding …. but they kind of are a monopoly, not many other choices!) We got Dan’s tux and Caden’s pants. When we had went in several weeks ago for the fitting, the guy (now known as idiot) assured me they could tailor pants for Caden. Before I even got the pants out of the plastic wrap Friday night I knew we were in trouble! As I’m holding them up to Caden the lady is saying, the smallest size they come in is a 4T. The idiot never said it would be a 4T that they would be altering the length on. I tried them on Caden and he looked worse then M.C. Hammer! I had less then 24 hours to find pants for Caden with no time to wash or hem them :0(
Next stop was the rehearsal. Remember the part about NO nap for Caden. Up since 5:45 am, earlier then usual, and a full morning at school?! Totally un-cooperative at the rehearsal! Next stop rehearsal dinner …. on the drive there he falls asleep in the truck. Rehearsal dinner starts, I stay in the truck with C. C wakes up some 30 minutes later. Pissed, tired, hot, uncomfortable in his car seat. I take the crying child into the restaurant. Say, sorry Dan, I have to take him back to the hotel :0( Chris is cool with driving Dan back to the hotel afterwards.
After breakfast Dan had to go on with his “wedding duties” and Caden and I were on the hunt for pants for a wedding! Thank heavens Bell Square was right across the street :0)
I am not one for stuffed animals. I don’t think I’ve ever bought Caden a stuffed animal. He doesn’t play with them and the ones he does have hang out in his toy bin 24/7. Caden has never had a favorite blanket or stuffed animal. But when he spotted this new friend on our mad dash for pants I knew I was in trouble! The look on his face was priceless, I couldn’t say no …
… and for the remainder of the day. Mickey was in tow.
I found pants at Janie & Jack for $49.00. Yes, the only place in the whole mall I could find a size 18 month black slack. I went across the street to Bartells bought some masking tape and fake hemmed them.
After our pants hunt it was time for Caden to take a nap … in hopes he would be well rested for the wedding. I wish I could have captured the look on Caden’s face when we turned on Mickey Mouse Club House. He had sat Mickey next to him in the chair, and when Mickey came on the TV and said his “well Hello” Caden looked out of the corner of his eye at Mickey and then back at the screen, and then got the biggest grin on his face. Like as if he was thinking, “wow, it really is him, sitting next to me” :0) I ended up having to wake Caden up from his nap (which is a big no-no with this kid – you will pay for it if you wake him) because we had to be there for pictures at 3. Shortly after I woke him I got him dressed. As soon as he realized his pants were lined, he started screaming, I got the entire ensemble on him only to have him continue to scream and yell. I can count on one hand the number of times Caden has had to dress “nice”. He HATES it. I was trying everything to bribe him, even the stupid $100.00 lego airplane he wants. Nothing! Pulling at his shirt, taking off his shoes, screaming “take this dress off”. As he was laying on the floor, coughing, then gagging himself, resulting in puke … I decided okay, you’ve won this battle. I kept hearing in my head, “pick your battles” …. I think this is one of my biggest parenting failures yet.
Because, this my friends is how Caden attended his Uncle’s wedding at the Country Club. A ring bearer drop out, t-shirt, plaid shorts and converse, with new Mickey in tow! :0( I hadn’t even thought about packing a polo shirt for him and nice shorts or shoes … because he was going to be wearing his wedding outfit :0( It’s a good thing he’s cute! and I do have to say, he was a good boy during the ceremony. He sat there quietly and only whispered to me a few times.
… Introducing the newest Mrs. Wise! CONGRATULATIONS you two :0)
Finally around 9:30 I had had enough! Caden had been ultra clingy all night. He wouldn’t let anyone else entertain him … only wanted “Mommy”. So C and I headed back to the hotel and Uncle Chris brought Dan back later. Next time I’m having someone come pick up my spoiled child so I can party it up too!
We ended our weekend this morning with a little “fun” shopping and then headed back home. I think Caden took every ounce of my patience this weekend! It’s a good thing he’s CUTE :0)
Have a Great Week!