We all understood and we all fell in love with her.
Really, honestly, I always tell people that I couldn't have handpicked a better girl for my brother to marry.
Here are some of the highlights from our trip.
* A crotchety old bag refused to let us all sit in the same row on the flight there. I secretly wished Little would throw a huge hissy fit right in her face but instead he (predictably) turned on the charm and made said bag fall in love with him by the time the plane landed.
* Lunch @ La's parents' house where Little repeated "It's ridiculous!" with full dramatic effect after her dad said it while fighting with the new high chair he had put together.
*Rehearsal at the Nixon Library where I got snapped at by the wedding planner and my brother at the same time for talking.......even though Christie, my mom, my dad, and everyone else was talking too.
*Rehearsal dinner where I lost my lens cap for the 2nd time that day and I got to watch my brother cry over a guitar.
*Trip out to Long Beach and the Aquarium of the Pacific where Little got to pet a sting ray, a shark, and a horseshoe crab and we hung out with an old friend.
*Cince de Mayo @ Mother's Beach in Marina Del Rey where I mistakenly sent my mother to go after Little as he toddled towards the marina.....
* A 3 hour nap for Little Face then Pho for dinner.
*Sunday before the wedding, we took Little in the pool for the very first time. He was a bit timid at first, then had a blast.
Don't try to figure the tattoo out - it's not finished yet.
*Finally, wedding time!
These next few images are priceless to me. I wanted so badly for Andrew to walk down the aisle - he's 2.5 so there was no guarantee, you know. But just knowing that one day he won't be able to walk anymore made this particular moment on his feet so significant. I will always have the memory of my son walking down the aisle at my brother's wedding and that means so much to me. Prepare yourself - this is the cutest ring bearer in the history of all ring bearers.
Brother and New Sister, I love you so dearly. Thank you for letting Andrew (and us) be a part of your day and letting us all have this memory to hold on to in our hearts. I wish you all the best things in life and love and my God keep you and hold you near.