With cousin (big) Alex - her pole caught a fish while she wasn't near it, but she claimed it as her own anyways!
With cousin Zachary - they spent a lot of time together that week!
Some of my favorite memories from the weekend:
Cousin Wojo caught a 48 1/2 inch musky off of my parents' DOCK - eew! The water has been so cold that the muskies are still near the edges of the lake - thankfully they should be back towards the middle when we go home over the 4th of July (because I don't want to swim with that!). He won the annual Cole Camp trophy for this act!
Watching Mia get her toenails and fingernails painted at the salon with Kendra, my mom, and her mom. They offered to do Mia's, too, and she thought it was the coolest thing! She sat so still for them - they were still talking about it two days later when the rest of the bridesmaids came in to get their nails done!
Toasting grandpa Bruce at his grave, with peppermint schnapps, after the wedding rehearsal.
Doing some whoop-whoop dancing for Dan when he showed up at the farm for breakfast the morning of the wedding. He then cooked us egg bagel sandwiches, and I managed to take a bite and have egg yolk shoot out and all the way down my arm. Lots of laughter from Dan and David, not so much from me.
Uncle Jon took Fynn to quiet him down during pictures - he's a baby whisperer, I swear it.
Some quiet time with Grandma Evie in the back of the church before the wedding - special moment.
Watching my baby girl walk down the aisle in her beautiful dress. She's growing up too fast!
Passing a bottle of peppermint schnapps back and forth between ours and Tay's cars once we got parked at the reception site and were instructed to wait for the rest of the wedding party before we could enter. (See the running peppermint schnapps theme here?)
Stealing the groomsmen's beers and chugging them when they refused to bring back beers for the bridesmaids during pre-reception photos!
Stephen's best man toast, in which he told everyone how we used to give Daniel a hard time because he was the baby of the family- and he always came to the dinner table in just his undies! Followed by Dad's story of the first weekend Kendra spent with them - she told him how many different ways she'd eaten raccoon!
My daughter learning how to use a duck call...to call for the bride and groom to kiss! The groomsmen - Cody and Umby and Guy, that mimicked her call when she tentatively tried to do it on her own.
Talking with Aunt Dee Dee and cousin Jill while they waited in line for the bathrooms and I fed Fynn on the couch (I talked to quite a few people that way!).
Watching Mia dance at the wedding reception - with me, with daddy, with cousins Huck, Hunter, and Zachary, with Laura and Gabe - really with anyone she could convince to get on the dance floor! Clearly she takes after her mama.
A little bit softer now!
The people that showed up for the wedding dance - friends and neighbors that we don't see as often anymore came out to celebrate with us!
Nap time after the wedding ceremony.
Reprising the whoop -whoop dance for our entrance!
Keepin' it classy. More peppermint schnapps.
Mine and Mia's bouquets, with charms for each of our names.
Hunter, why are you sleeping? We're supposed to be dancing!
It got a little muddy!
Missy and Austin made a Helvig name plaque for them - with wood from the Cole/Gieseke farm site!
Quiet time with the ipad, Laura, and Gabe before the ceremony.
My girls! These two were altar girls for my wedding! All grown up and lovely now!
And finally, a rain shot by the wedding photographer, Matt Addington. Beautiful.