Some notes from the 6th Jan.
Another thing that's popular here in Idaho is homeschooling. Liz and her siblings were homeschooled, and Cathy is still doing it with two of her boys. We met another woman at the wedding reception who homeschools all five of her children.
Nampa - and Boise to an extent - are places where you need a car. I don't know how you'd do shopping in Nampa without one. I discovered later that there's an older part of town (near the reception hall, as it happens) that's more built-up, and where the shops are close to each other like Dunedin. And Boise has a similar older area. But in general everything is well spaced-out.
Last minute things are being done all over the place - small things and big. Chris is making a 'prop' to take photographs against (I thought it was for the couple, but it was actually for anyone who wanted). It's a board with a couple of large rectangles cut out for people to stand behind, and a bunch of sepia photos in frames scattered around the rectangles. It got a lot of use at the wedding reception. We had been planning to go to the reception hall this afternoon to get things ready for the wedding tomorrow, but there was a funeral arranged at the last minute and the hall was being used. Curiously, the wedding rehearsal was to have been today (Friday) originally; it had to be shifted to the Thursday because of another funeral!
Anyway, after a sandwich-type tea, put together by Margaret, a friend of Patty, (they're both friends of Cindy’s from way back, we went off to the reception hall for the big sort-out. We were there for three hours almost, and got huge amounts ready for tomorrow, though there are still some decorating things to do - but they’ll be done by some others. There were quite a lot of people - maybe twenty - so the work got well done. Liz wasn’t there (she had gone to stay the night down the road with Sarah at a friend’s house) and neither was Dom, who hopefully got some rest before his big day.
The two sisters, Christin and Cathy got to grips with the thing, along with Cindy and Celia, and labelled stuff and organised and made it clear for the volunteer ladies coming in the next day as to what needed to be done. Note all these names starting with C - there are more in Cindy's family. And Chris and Carol (brother and sister) also start with C. Thankfully, the children's names break the mould!