Upper Left: The parents of the bride, my cousin Alan and his lovely wife, Dawn.
Upper Right: That magic moment.
Lower Left: My Aunt Shelba (mother of Alan) with her newest grandchild.
Lower Right: A steady breeze had the US flag and the Florida flag rippling boldly.
Lauren and Curtis exchanging vows by the bayfront.
Lauren dancing with her Daddy.
Somehow, I landed in a chair between two of the prettiest girls at the wedding.
I think I caught my brother catnapping.
Front and center is Laura, Em's college buddy, Emma, Katie, Terry, and his wonderful wife, Annette.
The bayside wedding at the National Guard parade grounds was very nice. The weather cooperated with a warm sun and cool breeze as Lauren and Curtis said their vows with sailboat dotted Matanzas Bay as a back drop. It was beautiful.
Both the wedding and the reception at the officers club were delightful.
We left the reception before the celebrations were over as we had to drive back across the state and it was getting late. In preparation for this late night drive, I had downed a few coffees at the reception, knowing that:
- It would be a long 2.5 hour drive after 11 pm.
- It was prom night for Junior back in Gainesville and I needed to stay up until I knew he was safely at his sisters apartment.
- I had been up since before dawn as usual.
My mistake was adding an energy drink ... Red Celeste... to the mix at around midnight as I was driving home.
When I arrived home around 2:00 am, I was wide awake. I took Bear out for a long moonlit woods walk which he thought was just grand. I came in, signed on to Pure Florida and commented back to you folks who commented yesterday. I cruised the net a little.
Still awake at 4:00 am.
I shut down the computer and wandered downstairs to the comfy chair by the tube and sat down to watch TV and read my novel for a while. Somewhere between 4 and 5 am, sleep came and I slept until 8:00 am, at which time Bear was shoving his football in my face.
Later in the day, we took Bear out to Shell Mound for his first true swimming session. That is an upcoming post.
Right now, my sleep deprivation is catching up with me and I'm just trying to stay awake long enough to enjoy some pulled pork, cole slaw, and peach cobbler that's cooking downstairs. It's a future post too!
As soon as I accomplish that task, I'm hitting the rack.