Next day I woke up early got ready and head down to San Diego for Jayla's birthday. The lil tike is a BIG 2 years old and was celebrating the day at Chucky Cheese. I played a lot of games and beat Eric in basketball. I ALMOST beat Jay, but at the last minute he scored two points. It was the first time I was going to meet Jayla's mother (Jay's ex). I have never been in this type of situation and felt a little in the spot light. I would catch people looking me up and down. I know that is natural to see who I am, how I look, how Jay and I act together and especially around Jayla and her mom, so I would just shoot them a quick smile and continue with what ever I was doing. There were some of her friends that were very welcoming and we would chit chat as Jay took Jayla to play in the wonderful land of Chucky Cheese and catch up with old friends. I think for being an awkward moment all three of us (Jay, Jayla's mom and I) handled ourselves very well!
Afterwards, I drove to my sister's house for the rehearsal dinner. We practiced all the important stuff, like were we would stand, etc. and watched a VERY cute movie that would play during the ceremony before we walked down. It was put together so wonderfully. It starts off with my sister and her hubby driving in the car and both of them reliving how they eloped, which was hilarious story, and then trailed of with some tear jerky music and photos of them. Since we would not get to see it, she showed us.
The next day was THE BIG DAY! Now, I must say... damn that Murphy's Law! I was trying to be a good maid of honor and get stuff that my sister said she would like for this day. One of those things was alcohol. I bought some wine coolers to have as the bridal party got ready and when I got home some of the bottles rolled out as I opended the car door, smashed on my foot and ground and broke. No glass flesh wounds, so I cleaned it up, changed and went on my merry way to get my hair done. After two and a half hours, many tears from me, and another stylist fixing my hair, I looked half decent! I had taken a photo on my phone of what it first looked like and had to erase it cuz it looked awful! Oh, and the lady tried to over charge me, probably because she realized I wasn't going to leave a tip. Yup, I will be calling the corporate office and complaining today.
Murphy's Law was in action again when I went to two stores afterwards for Patron One store was sold out and the other didn't sell it, so I decide it was a sign and headed off to the hotel were the ceremony was going to be held. Everything went smooth sailing from there. THANK GOD!
I was taking pictures with the brides camera most of the night, so I don't have that many on mine. But here on some highlights!
Here is the bride-to-be and I as we get ready.
Here's my oldest sis with her doggie.
The rest of the night was so much fun! My lips, though, are shaking from smiling so much with all the pictures that were being taken. Oh, and I did my toast. My voice cracked a little and I almost cried, but held it together. Aw...but made the bride cry!
Out of the whole night, one of the neatest parts was to see my mom's sisters and her dancing the night away. Man, my family can dance!
Update: My Mom just sent me more pix... here they are