Sunday, April 19, 2009

Keenan Cutting a Rug

On Saturday we attended the much-anticipated wedding of my good friend Tara and her fiance Dan.

I have to say, it was a lovely affair. And I am going to tell you upfront that Nora had my (Kevin's) camera for the first part of the evening, so I didn't get any of the shots I intended to. By the time she returned it, I had forgotten the initial awe and was busy with other things. Also, I don't have any photos of any of the four Ackers, but I am pretty sure my sister does. So I will try to get some from her to post later. I wore a pretty fancy dress. People were shocked to see me in something without stains. It was sort of embarassing.

The highlight for the kids was the candy buffet. That's right: an all-you-can-eat candy buffet! There was a banquet table with about eight different kinds of candy in canisters, complete with silver scoops. And Tara's sister folded the most beautiful origami boxes out of black, white and red paper so people could transport their treats home. Or else to their tables. Maybe both. The kids were in heaven, from selecting the prettiest box to filling it with gummy bears, malted milk balls, M&Ms and all sorts of other treats. I really wish I would have taken a photo of that. And of the cupcakes. Can you even believe I forgot to take a photo of the tiers and tiers of cupcakes? They were amazing-most were white cake with raspberry, lemon or vanilla buttercream, but there were also carrot cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. Kevin told me he heard someone say they were the best cupcakes he had ever tasted. I suggested Kevin do right by me and set him straight on who makes the best cupcakes (hypothetically, ME!), but they really were delicious. Plus, I am not sure this man had ever tasted one of my cupcakes before, so it's hard to punish him for that.

Grandma Bev picked the girls up from the wedding just after 7pm so Kevin and I could stay as late as we wanted. It was good timing, because they were so wound up from the excitement and the candy buffet! They left before the dance started, which is sort of unfortunate, but they were so ready to go.

Luckily, my nephew stayed much later, and WOW can that kid dance! It totally cracks me up! His brother, Zak, was exactly like this at weddings when he was little, too-dancing up a storm, not a care in the world. I tried a hundred times to catch Keenan on film, and these are, sadly, my two best tries.

The first one starts with him break dancing and then shows some of his other moves. The second one shows him from behind, doing the Robot. At one point, he ran back to our table for a drink of water and some gummy bears and he said to me, "Boy-time really flies when you're dancin'!" Also, earlier in the evening, another little boy came up to Keenan and said, "Hey! Let's go find some chicks to dance with." So apparently 4 year old girls are chicks nowadays.

This just kills me! About five minutes after I took the second video, I looked out on the dance floor and there was Alyx, my sister, holding Keenan and dancing to a slow song. And his eyes were closed! He danced and danced for almost 3 hours straight and then he just crashed.

They camped him out on a bench at the back of the room and he slept for another 45 minutes or so, until they carried him out to the car to go home. I remember when my girls were babies and they would fall asleep in the midst of chaos, but Keenan will be 8 in June! I can't believe he could tune out the very loud music enough to sleep. Then again, I didn't dance my heart out all night long like he did. So cute!

1 comment:

Lizzie said...

I am sooooo glad you put this up! I heard all about Keenan's dancing as well as your fancy dress! I worked and made it to the reception just in time to watch them hauling out glass racks and left over booze. LAME!