St. Louis

a wedding to remember

Sure, with a title like that, you'd think I would post actual photos from a wedding we photographed. But! We don't photograph weddings anymore, so...

Recently, Tyler's brother got married. This was a HIGHLY anticipated event by our children Isaac and Isabelle. I'm sure Tyler's brother and his fiancé were excited about getting married too, but, not as excited as Isaac and Isabelle.

As the wedding drew near and plans for the ceremony and reception were made, Isaac and Isabelle would constantly be asking me questions about how it all would go down. You see, this would be their first ever wedding to attend! I could plainly see their excitement and wonder. It was freaking ADORABLE. Isabelle wanted to know, would there be a huge cake? And Isaac wanted to know everyone who was coming. Yes, every single name on the guest list. 

About a week before the big day, I was sitting at a table working while Isaac and Isabelle drew things nearby on paper. They were whispering, laughing, plotting, scribbling. Finally they came up to me and said, "Mom. We have the map drawn."

The map? I was confused and let them know so.  "Yes, mom. We made a map of the wedding location so as guests arrive we can hand them this map, and they will know where all the food stations are."

"Oh and MOM!" Isabelle interjected. "I have made a sign in sheet! So that guests can write their name and phone numbers on it!"

Trying to stifle my laughter was no small feat. I felt so bad for these kids- they really wanted to be the wedding coordinators here, that was apparent. As I looked at the lovely little scribbled map and the carefully printed out guest list/sign in sheet, I was just filled with so much love for these little guys. So excited for EVERYTHING. Wanting to be invoked-slash-in charge-boss of everything. 

I carefully broke the news that the bride and groom are actually the ones who decide if there is a map, and if there is a sign in sheet, etc.  Wow. Their faces. Incredulous.

Isabelle stormed off. "Well when I GET MARRIED I'm doing everything MY WAY! There WILL BE a sign in sheet!"

 

Photos from St. Louis.

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Boston/not Boston

On our very first trip to Boston for work in October, 2010, the four of us plus our lovely nanny (sheesh, those were the days) were driving to the house we had rented for the duration of our stay. Before renting, I had carefully researched what neighborhood was best and why, and was really happy to end up with a great apartment right next to a beautiful garden in a great part of town. 

But, as things sometimes do, something "went wrong" or got "mixed up" with our original apartment I had chosen and the landlady called to let us know of the problem, and "kindly" offered to switch us to another property, which was a huge 4 story house in another part of the Boston area. This place had countless rooms, an indoor jacuzzi spa, a gourmet kitchen and some other "perks" that the other place didn't have, and since we were quite literally on our way to the apartment to put the kids to bed and had no other convenient option, we took her up on the swap.   

Driving over to the replacement property, we watched scenery pass us by. The tight, cramped center of Boston gave way to neighborhoods with apartments, which led us to single family houses, which led us to... Dorchester. 

If you aren't familiar with the Dorchester area, let me describe it for you after assuring you that I hadn't either. It's the kind of area where  houses have bars on the doors and windows. Where driveways, small as they might be, are gated and locked, possibly with barbed wire on top for added security. It's the kind of place you'll drive by the corner convenience store and happen to glance at a sign on the door that says "No entrance if you are wearing a ski mask or hoodie."

So, yeah. Dorchester would be our home for the next 4 days, we were quickly realizing.  After the initial panic set in, we decided, hey, let's just make the best of this situation, after all, the house did have a locked driveway and bars over the windows so we would be so safe inside the house! We'd just have to sprint into the car and back into the house upon departing/arrival! Wearing our bulletproof vests and headgear!

Ugh.  So anyway, we go inside, flip on the tv, try to ease our discomfort. Oh, and what is on the news?  Just a shooting over the past weekend. In Dorchester. No biggie.

I'd like to leave you with a moral to this story. I think the only moral here is, if you get a call from the landlord of your rental saying they will switch you from a 2 bedroom tiny apartment to a sprawling 4 level mansion, please be suspicious.

(disclaimers: If you are from Dorchester please don't be offended. I don't really know anything about anything.  Also, if you are horrified that we stayed there anyway, please don't be offended, we don't know anything about anything.) 

 

Photos from St. Louis, MO. 

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A few good men (and women)

Friends, we are looking to spend more time abroad next year in Asia, South America, and Europe. 

If you are a military/foreign affaris family living in one of these areas, or know of somebody who is, this is where you come in! 

We are looking for ambassadors to help us sign up people for sessions in these areas for 2013.  Email us for details, with subject line: Ambassador. Here's the basic lowdown: You help spread the word, we sign folks in your area up, you get rewarded bigtime. 

Hope to hear from you-

Wendy and Tyler

From St. Louis.

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