We picked up my brother the next day from the airport, and traded in the rental vehicle we had. It started showing that it needed an oil change early the day before. Since we were at the airport, it was the perfect time for the trade.
From the airport, we went to Costco. We had to get food to eat and things for my sister's reception. It was then that I discovered that Costco no longer has the ice cream bar at the food court. It was a very sad moment in my life.
After Costco, we headed to the Mall of America. It was somewhere my sister-in-law had always wanted to go to. They were having Robot Wars in the main hallway. We watched a couple of them. I don't really understand the concept, but my brothers and my children enjoyed it. We walked around and went into the Nickelodeon themed amusement park. My toddler wasn't amused in the slightest when I didn't get her a stuffed Patrick or Spongebob toy.
It was getting late by this point. We had to hurry back to the hotel and get ready for the wedding. We then had to run to the reception hall and help get it ready. We were really fast getting changed and getting out of the hotel. I was impressed with the speed we got ready.
We headed to the reception hall where we had to get tables put in the correct places. We made sure that chairs were around the tables and the tables were appropriately decorated. My sister and I then went and helped our other sister get into her wedding gown. She is absolutely beautiful. We had to lace up the back of it. We were busy lacing up her dress in the photo below.
We got her all laced up and got her headpiece attached. She put on her jacket and it was time to head out. She was taking a boat to the island she was getting married on. We would be driving over. My older daughter rode over on the boat because she was in charge of keeping the train off the ground. She enjoyed that a lot!
We arrived on the island and the wedding got started. It was a quick wedding, sweet and to the point. There was a photographer there. The photos have not arrived yet. None of us remembered our cameras, so all the photos are with phones. I think they turned out well. I look forward to seeing the professional photos too!
After the photos were complete, we went to the reception hall. When the bride decided it was time to eat, we all agreed. I had lettuce wrap sandwiches. They made them for me because of my gluten problem. I chased my toddler around most of the night.
One of my dear friends, who was a roommate of ours in college, was there with her family. It was so nice to get to see her and visit with her during that evening. She has a wonderful family. She helped me chase my kiddos around.
The lighting in the reception hall was not very good. Some pictures were taken in there, I found the best one of my sister.
I am blessed to have been able to spend that day with them. I was thankful that I was able to go. It was an amazing evening. I wish my sister and her husband an eternity of happiness!