Holy guacamole you guys. I feel like I say this a lot, but this past week has been nothing short of a whirlwind.
I’m sorry for the temporary blogging hiatus yesterday. You see, I was smack dab in the middle of “Not Growing Up” and enjoying spending as much time possible time with our friend, Barry, while he was in town from Chicago.
I guess it all started with a quick and insanely eventful three days in Florida! Putting the good food and spots we ventured out to aside (I’ll be covering some of my favorites later this week!) this post will be filled with friends and family photos. Because after all, that’s really why we went there.
After an action packed Opening Night Wednesday night and close to zero sleep, Scott and I set off for the south and arrived home in Orlando, Florida about 1:30 p.m.
We were instantly welcomed with warm weather, sunshine, and palm trees. As much as I adore experiencing the seasons and changing of the leaves up in Michigan, I do miss the feeling of calmness I get when I see palm trees.
They just scream home to me.
After lunch, we drove over to my parent’s house in Longwood to say hello to them before the craziness of our plans started.
<Enter continuous chaos!>
Scott and I came into town for a friend’s wedding but wanted to make the most of our time there by seeing as many people as we could. With only two and a half days to do it in, we most definitely lost sleep and quite possibly may have also lost our minds. But, we’re home now and are doing our best to catch up and get back to reality.
In the grand scheme of things, all of the running around and stress of coordinating was well worth it, and getting to pop into town to see people I love couldn’t have come at a better time. Below is a compilation of the highlights, which may include an unexpected (and ridiculously awesome) twist in the end. Here we go!
Friends and Family Time in Florida
Like I mentioned, we met my friend Meggan for dinner Thursday in Winter Park. She was the very first person to come visit us after we moved up north and I was excited to catch up with her over a nice dinner at Prato.
(Happy Halloween colors!)
We got home and went straight to bed ready to tackle the next few busy days of visiting. While I planned to sneak into a barre class while I was home, I completely slept past my alarm and missed it Friday morning. Bummer. Instead, my body caught up on some sleep (temporarily) and we finally made our way out the door to meet another Megan for lunch.
She also came to visit us over the summer! Must be a Meggan/Megan thing. 😉
We spent the afternoon wandering around the city, got pedicures (yes, that “we” includes Scott!), and made it home to my parents’ house just in time to drive over to my sister’s for a family dinner. It was SO great to see her and spend time with my brother, grandmother and their families.
We also got to see Courtney, who I have known since I was two years old!
As I made my way around the house catching up with everyone, I started to realize our time together was way too short. I really wish I had at least another day with them!
While I was home, my mom booked a flight to come see us right after Christmas which made me feel a smidge better about leaving so abruptly.
Can’t wait to show her around our area in the wintertime!
Directly after dinner, we set out for an after rehearsal dinner party hosted by the bride and groom we came in town to celebrate. While I forgot to snap a picture of us all together, I did, however get the camera out for this guy.
Eh, you win some, you lose some.
After an hour of mingling, we then made our way downtown to catch the tail end of Megan’s birthday celebration!
Once again, it was wonderful to see familiar Florida faces and left the night feeling sad that our time together was cut so short.
Saturday was just plain AWESOME.
With only a few hours of sleep under our belts, Scott and I got up at sunrise to meet a group of our church friends for breakfast at 7:30 a.m. I’m a bit upset I didn’t snap a photo of us all, but it was with the same group of folks that threw us our send off party before we moved away last year!
We chatted it up for about and hour and then followed them over to our church to pop into their morning rehearsal for the Singing Christmas Trees. (Remember when I was in that show?) Once again, our time with friends was short but sweet.
We made it back over to my parents’ house with just enough time for me to drop off Scott and bring my mom along for brunch with Katie and Ashley (who were both bridesmaids in our wedding!). Since Ashley lives two hours away in St. Augustine, I was so excited to hear she could make it down for a quick visit. She recently became a mother and I was SO happy to finally meet baby Rylan in person!
That bow. That outfit. That smile. I couldn’t stand all of the cuteness!
We spent the rest of our morning talking about life and Katie’s upcoming wedding. I can’t believe how grown up we all are already. It seems like just yesterday we were in high school figuring out how to straighten our hair. 😉
I sure do miss them!
After wrapping things up, my mom and I stopped by the mall to pick up a pair of heels and lipstick for me to wear to the wedding later on. As soon as I got home I hopped in the shower and got ready as fast as I could. Ready, set, here comes the bride!
While I normally take more than enough photos at events, this one was different than any wedding I have ever been to. Our friend Karly was marrying someone you may happen to recognize, along with the rest of the ushers.
No I am not lying.
And I’m still freaking out about it.
As soon as we arrived, we told security we were there for a different event (the “secret code words”) and were handed off to a few different escorts until we got to just outside the reception area. We were asked to check our cell phones and cameras, and were told that we couldn’t post anything about the event anywhere.
I guess that was a small price to pay for getting to attend this event. As we made our way to get seated, I just about died when I saw Justin Timberlake appear in real life. There he was, escorting the couple in front of us to their seats… no big deal. Trying to stay calm, I couldn’t wait to see who our usher would be and may have squealed like a little girl inside when I saw it was Lance Bass.
I only had a million posters of him hanging up in my room in middle school. Since Justin was an obvious favorite of the boy band, I always had a thing for Lance instead.
He approached us and held out his arm for me to grab onto. I for sure thought I would trip or say something ridiculous, but instead kept my composure pretty well.
Just a few minutes later, it was time for the ceremony to start and I put my excitement over what just happened aside to see the beautiful bride walk down the aisle. She looked absolutely stunning and giggled a few times as she made her way towards her groom. Ah, I just love the two of them together!
The wedding was everything I pictured it being. Fabulous. I can’t share much, but I will include a few photos of the after party outside the reception area when we were allowed to get our phones back.
(Get it, Chris!)
It was truly a party and everyone had a blast into the wee hours of the morning. As exhausted as I was, we held strong and celebrated the night away with the newlyweds.
They even did a birthday shout out to him at midnight when he officially entered his forties! What an amazing way to kick off the day!
As you can imagine, the lack of sleep continued on with a wake up call of 6 a.m. for our flight home which we almost missed. A late start paired with a slow shuttle and unfortunate security check points almost did us in this time.
Luckily, we made it on just in time for last call and arrived back in Detroit with just enough time to get to the arena for a home game, followed by an outing for the birthday boy.
Now that I am home looking back at it all, we seem crazy. At least that’s what my family tells me. But you know what? We live in the moment and make the most out of every opportunity. Call us nuts, but we’re on a mission to enjoy this last year or so before things settle down a little.
Today, I’m off to get ready for another home game. Thanks for checking in and I will have more stories for you tomorrow!