Monday, April 5, 2010

Parents' Pow Wow Weekend

On the last weekend of spring break, APL and I invited my parents to come to Groveland for a pre-wedding parents' pow wow. Mostly, we wanted my parents to see the wedding location, as neither of them had ever been there. But we also did some fun research for the wedding while they were in town.

My parents have been divorced since I was in high school, so I must admit that it is always a little bit uncomfortable to have them in the same place at the same time. However, I think the weekend went really well and everyone actually enjoyed themselves. Plus, I obviously want them both at the wedding so we all have to get over that discomfort at some point!

In addition to getting to see the wedding location, APL and I took my parents to look at possible rental houses for the wedding party and their families. We had lunch at the local country club (which was lovely but so not our style) and then had beers at the Iron Door, the oldest saloon in California with dead animals and old pictures of Yosemite all over the wall and dollars stuck to the ceiling (much more our style!!)

The next day we had lunch at a local BBQ place that we are considering for catering with my parents and APL's parents. It was fun to talk with them all about wedding stuff.  It suddenly made the whole thing real, and made APL and I feel strangely like grownups! The moms and I stopped in at a local florist to look into flower options, and then we went beer tasting at a local brewery and wine tasting at a local winery. The theme here, as you can see, is local. We really want as many as our wedding vendors as possible to be local.

In any event, it was great to get my parents up to Groveland and to get all the parents excited about the wedding. And, needless to say, I did not want to leave Groveland to head back to class. But I did. And it sucks. But it will all be over soon!!! Can't wait for summer - spring break was not nearly enough break!!

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