Another week, another road trip! We rented a car for this trip and left Liberty here in Tucson for a few days. We left on Wednesday and drove to Midland, TX to spend the night with Rotha Cloyd and her family. Our first trip out in August of 2010 was to visit Rotha. Her husband Warren had been LeRoy’s best buddy in high school and LeRoy was in their wedding party in 1968. Warren passed away over 10 years ago but Rotha is still one of our close friends. That’s her younger son Randy playing handyman in the background.
The following day, after breakfast and small talk, we drove on to San Angelo and met up with Robert and his bride-to-be, Shelly, as well as Shelly’s parents, aunt, uncle and cousin. Our family is definitely expanding!
Shelly’s parents, Steve and Marty Oldham, live in Mesa, AZ in the winter in a very active senior community. Marty had made a beautiful fused glass bowl for their wedding present.
As if making all the final arrangements for a wedding weren’t enough, Shelly was also packing up all her belongings for their move to Augusta, GA. Her house already has a contract and we helped a little with some last minute packing before the rehearsal on Friday night.
On Saturday, the big day, I was privileged to help decorate the tables at the Bentwood Country Club in preparation for the wedding dinner. I’m not sure if the ideas were from Pinterest or not, but they were simple and very lovely. I don’t know what you call the teal globules in the vases. They came as dry grains and soaked up water until they looked like marbles. Just before the crowd arrived, we inserted submersible battery powered candles and the vases became a glowing backdrop for the white tulips in them.
Heidi and her family arrived about noon and we all took our turns at cleaning up to look like a normal ordinary family. All that went out the window during the wedding dance, though!
When the time finally arrived to go to the country club, we were greeted by this sign that Shelly’s friend had made.
For the second time in the last few months, I got to help dress the bride for a wedding. Maybe all brides are beautiful, but our two redheads, granddaughter Jordan and daughter-in-law Shelly, were both gorgeous! Here’s Shelly just before the wedding.
The wedding itself was perfect, too. They wrote their own vows which, fittingly, were spoken to each other and not to the crowd. What we heard loud and clear though was the announcement of them as Mr. and Mrs. Robert and Shelly Willis. Sergeant First Class Willis and his bride made a lovely couple!
Shelly says that Robert made the food decisions and we enjoyed the catered meal very much. The wedding cakes were also delicious. The groom’s cake is topped with the insignia of the Green Knights, the military motorcycle group of which Robert has been president.
And then the dance! All semblance of “normal family” was left behind when they started playing the Twist and LeRoy got me on the dance floor. That’s the only dance I’ve ever learned and he’s a master! Sorry, I know once you’ve seen them, some things just can’t be unseen.
And the Village People have nothing on the Pohlman family when it comes to the YMCA. One sane member of that family was still sitting at the table. Bailey wasn’t about to be part of that!
However, she did learn to do the two-step from a real Texas cowboy or two.
We even got Florence Marie involved in the selfie booth, although she turned down her invitation to dance.
Sunday morning we headed back for Tucson and drove in high winds most of the day. At several places, warnings were in effect for high winds and low visibility but fortunately the worst of the dust was in the distance and made for beautiful sunset pictures.
What a fitting ending to a wonderful weekend trip!
Robert and Shelly left San Angelo this afternoon in a u-haul truck pulling her car on their way to their new life in Georgia and we wish them all the best. They have many good friends in San Angelo, so I know this won’t be the last they’ll see of Texas.