Tuesday, November 30, 2010

A Gordo Thanksgiving

This year is the first year in many that we have only had one family to visit on a major holiday. My Kline family (in light of recent occurrences) decided to ditch the traditional on Thanksgiving and do something completely different, like go to Disney. Since Justin can't sit or stand for extended periods of time (in fact he is now staying home from work longer - until late January), we didn't think he would enjoy walking miles around a park and waiting while we all rode rides he couldn't ride. So while my family rode Expedition Everest at Animal Kingdom, Justin and I went to his parents house.

For our meal, I made home made french bread rolls and two pies: Chess Pie and Chocolate Chess Pie (because they come in a set, after all). As we were leaving, I decided that we don't take enough pictures of ourselves, so I grabbed a point and shoot and started off documenting how the Gordo enjoys his car rides.

Yes, I know I look weird.
And here is the signature squint once we get going around 40 mph.
I tried to get a shot of the both of us, but add a wiggling corgi to a moving car and only one hand to hold the camera steady, this is what you get.

I interpret this look as him saying, "What on earth do you want? I was busy."
But he's so cute :)

He always leans further out of the car when we get on Justin's parent's street.

And here is Justin trying to drive and still smile at the camera ... very safe.
So, last year, Justin's mom bought Gordo a santa suit to wear, but he was still growing and he ended up being to big to wear it (and I felt really bad). So this year, she bought an outfit that didn't have to wrap around that robust rib cage of his: A reindeer hat and jingling collar.

He was licking his lips in preparation for the meal.
After a few minutes, he was not only utterly humiliated, he was also completely sick of the antlers.

He kept looking up at me pleadingly.
So, we took off the hat, but we made him wear the collar. And he jingled all day.
And unfortunately, I got so snap happy with the Gordo that I filled up my memory card. So, that's all you get to see my Thanksgiving experience :)

Happy Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Aimee & Carlo Get Married!

Well, Justin and I had the pleasure of attending the wedding of some friends of mine from high school, Aimee and Carlo. I've been friends with them both for a long time and it was so nice to see them tie the knot :) They also threw one heck of a shindig, if I do say so myself. We all sort of hung out with the same group back then, and because everyone was in town for Thanksgiving, it ended up being like a better high school reunion, meaning a reunion of just the people you would want to see at your reunion.

So, together again with Taylor and Katrina (my main crew back then), Katie, Jeff, Mitch, Romel, Albert, Alyssa, Charles and many others, we partied almost all night long. Also Katrina brought her two adorable kids, Sophie and Adrian. Katie was prepping for the evening of missing her UF/FSU game.
Katrina showing her cleavage.
Jeff... being Jeff. No really, he's always like this.
Justin looking thrilled.
Me with my sweet buddy Sophie.
Holy crap, that's a cute kid! Look at those cheeks :)
She wouldn't look at the camera or smile unless I tickled her, so this was the play by play.
Then she would cheer, because I had done such a good job at tricking her into laughing on camera.
And I even got her to eat chicken and rice for dinner. I am amazing.
I guess the food on my plate tasted better than her mom's.
Dude, really, that's freakin cute :)
Katrina worried that she looked red when she really didn't.
And then the dancing began :)
This was the bouquet in mid-air.
And April catching the bouquet.
And more of Sophie being cute.
Here is Jay and Carlo, the groom.
I believe this was a Jay bending and flailing to the Red Hot Chilli Peppers.
And Taylor looking fierce.
Isn't Alyssa's dress fantastic?
And we all had to sing along as we danced.
This was Alyssa doing the moves to Poker Face.
Doesn't Romel look proud :) And Taylor looks caught.
I don't remember what song this was, but I'm guessing it talked about time.
Here are Charles, Albert, Alyssa and Romel.
And Alyssa campaigning ... for something.
And Taylor all up on the Aimee, the beautiful bride. Taylor was her first husband, after all.
And Mitch looking like he is going to charge the camera football style, but he was actually dancing.
And more dancing :)
And finally the night had to end so the newly weds could get to going. So, they had their last dance :)
Don't they look happy?
I was so glad we were able to go to Aimee and Carlo's wedding. It was such a great night and they looked so happy :)

After the wedding, Carlo's mom hosted all of us at her house, where we all hung out doing not too much. Then when people started to get hungry again, we headed to Denny's in Titusville... because that's what we do here. We did it in high school and we will keep doing it until Titusville gets a better late night restaurant.

This was so much fun, and we all need to get together again! Maybe in another 6 years or so :)