oh my goodness, oh my goodness! my baby brother is married! sorry for the lengthy absence in the blog world, but we’ve been super busy! we’re both working, and then last week we left for orlando on tuesday night! and then the craziness began…
wednesday: my mom and i enjoyed getting mani/pedis in the morning, grabbing firehouse for lunch (MY FAVORITE!), and then i met up with the bridesmaids at the magic kingdom for a girls night. i had an AWESOME time at the park and with kathy. my favorite part was going on buzz lightyear and finally figuring out how to score 999,999!
nick was a part of the bachelor party. my dad had the guys over to watch braveheart and eat pizza, then surprised them with a stretch escalade which was HUGE. they drove over to tampa where they saw the rays beat the phillies. before the game they were able to go on the field and watched the game from a restaurant in center field. it was pretty fun night for both of us!
thursday: the day began with the bridesmaids luncheon for me. mrs. ruta hosted it and it was beautiful! nick went bowling with the boys and then we all met up for the rehearsal. the rehearsal dinner was that night and it was at american adventure in epcot. we had a yummy all-american dinner, watched the slideshow, and then grabbed some ponchos and watched illuminations, the fireworks show. it was SO fun… we enjoyed hanging out with family as well as my old friends that i grew up with at church, shannon and her boyfriend andy, becca and her husband earl, and matt and his wife natalie. we laughed and laughed and laughed… SUCH a great night.
friday: THE BIG DAY! my mom and i went a got our hair done at a funky salon in winter park before meeting up with the boys (my dad, david, and nick) for some bubbalous bodacious bar-b-que…. then we topped it off with twistee treat of course! we then headed out to the grand floridian to finish getting ready and take lots of pictures. we were also able to see nick’s parents who came down for the wedding which was such a special treat! the wedding itself was magical, to say the least. my brother lost it as his bride walked down the aisle (he is SO sweet!), and then recovered and made it through the ceremony. the reception was breath-taking. every detail was amazing and perfect! we danced the night away with friends and family. i won’t go into details, but i will say the nick has an inner dancer that came out of no where. he took part in a village people reenactment of the YMCA while wearing a headdress. it was priceless!
side note: because the caldows (kathy’s family) are HUGE cubs fans… they played this song at the reception twice and it is now FOREVER stuck in my head. listen to it, but again, i warn you, you are likely to fall asleep to it tonight!
saturday: you would think after all of that things would calm down… but not really. we were able to get some sleep before have a cookout with alot of our family who came from out of town. we enjoyed my dad’s cooking as well as the pool, which i had been waiting for all week! then, on saturday night, david and kathy had a dessert party for the out of town guests and we enjoyed seeing them again as well as watching wishes, the fireworks show.
all in all, it was such a memorable weekend. i love being with my brother and new sister-in-law! and am so happy for them. there is nothing like being home. i’ll leave you guys with the poem i wrote for my brother and read at the rehearsal dinner. i love you brother!
A Poem for My Brother
My dearest brother, a poem I have written,
On the night before you are wed, to the one with whom your smitten.
I will use each letter of brother and go one by one,
Just like for my rehearsal dinner, you had done.
I will start at the beginning, the very best place to start…
For it all began after all, with one simple fart.
B, or course is for brother, which you are to me.
And I am you older sister, and ALWAYS will be.
R is for referee, and I was lucky to see,
Many games in which you were, so quick to give a T!
O is for Orlando, our home sweet home,
You’ll now experience true winter, which I have come to know.
T is for Teacher, I’m sure you won’t be a bore,
As you impart your wisdom, remember pi is 3.14.
H is for humble, you’re so quick to care,
Kathy is so blessed, for her burdens you will share.
E is for endurance, as you’ve waited patiently for this girl,
You’ve loved her, visited her, and even watched her twirl.
R is for resilient, which I think suits you best.
Marriage is a journey, and I’m sure you’ll pass the test.