Once we arrived at Grandpa and Mim's house in Michigan our objective was to try to stay out of the way while everyone prepared for the main event - Aunt Nikki's wedding! But there was plenty of time for fun beforehand, including wet and wild silliness on a new Slip 'n Slide given to the 500 Babies by their soon-to-be new Uncle Justin.
Since Billy was doing a reading for the wedding ceremony he needed to be at the rehearsal. It wasn't until we were all driving to the church for the rehearsal that I wondered why we were bringing all the kids with us. Wouldn't it have made more sense for me to stay behind with the kids? The feeling increased once I realized the kids were NOT sitting quiety for the rehearsal even though we brought a ton of snacks and "quiet" activities for them. I spent the entire hour chasing, shushing, and generally feeling I had lost all control. One of the activities I brought for the kids to do were sticker folders with little scenes like a castle, jungle, etc. It wasn't until later that I noticed what the folders were called: "Make-a-Scene". Ha. We made a scene all right!
It all turned out to be a blessing in a way, though, because after the way the kids behaved at the rehearsal, I knew without a doubt that there was no way I was going to attempt to have them sit in the wedding service...and the fact that they wouldn't sit still for pictures beforehand confirmed this even more: