Wednesday, July 2, 2008

What can you do within 48 hours?

TRAVEL TO ORLANDO AND BACK!

This past weekend the Crosby's traveled to Orlando to witness my brother and his new wife receive the last living ordinance possible for them here in this life. It was a beautiful, and yet unbearably hot, occasion. Here is a sampling of the order of events:

Thursday afternoon- I spent four and a half hours in the back of the car either watching Kaitlyn chew on her toes (see previous post) or having her thrust her hand in my face so I would nibble on her fingers. She refused to take a nap thereby causing me to miss out on a nap.

Thursday evening- "rehearsal dinner" at Carrabbas Italian Grill. Kaitlyn held in there, but was on the verge of a meltdown due to her not having slept in the past 8 hours.

Late Thursday evening- After having returned to our hotel (Lake Buena Vista Resort & Spa, $184 a night for a 3 bedroom suite with a pull out couch, 2 bathrooms and fully equipped kitchen; great location 2 miles South of Downtown Disney Gate; fantastic deal!)

Kaitlyn spent an additional hour or so, completely investigating her new surroundings while showing off her newly acquired talent of walking before crashing, see below. (She NEVER sleeps on her back.)



Friday Morning- Gorged myself on my dad's specialty "Egg McMarks." Basically, an Egg McMuffin, but butterier.

Friday Afternoon- At 2:32 pm, Matthew McKinley Riebow and Ellen Pearce Chason became eternal companions! Then we all melted while taking family pictures. Jacob and I have jointly decided our children will be forbidden from marrying in the Orlando Temple between the months of April-November.
Friday Evening- Ahh, just in time for the reception! A complete meltdown! Kaitlyn had never had a meltdown. She is generally a very happy and go-with-the-flow child. However, taffeta doesn't breathe and we're in Florida during the end of June; And besides that, much to my extreme embarrassment, our tardiness caused the whole reception to be started 45 minutes late! The whole picture taking process had been held up so we could take part.

They took this one special picture with all of the baby-nieces of the bride (there were 3 one-year-old girls with the same dress on). We sat Kaitlyn next to baby Hannah. Kaitlyn looked at Hannah, Hannah looked at Kaitlyn, there was a pause, and then Kaitlyn hauled off and gave Hannah a healthy smack in the face. Needless to say, stress was at an all time high, right along with the level of embarrassment/guilt. As soon as our part in the entrance as "kin to the groom" was over, Kaitlyn's shoes, stockings and bloomers were stripped and she instantaneously became happier.


Once the party got started, everyone seemed to really enjoy themselves, and the dance floor stayed pretty packed the whole time. The proof is below:


The goofball on the left is my loveable, and more-likely-to-be-empathetic-towards-you brother, JT. He is due to go on his mission to Brazil this September. That hasn't stopped him from catching the garter at the last two wedding receptions he has attended. See below.
We might call him a nerd to his face, but he is waaaay too much fun and we love him to death... even if he cannot balance his own checkbook or keep his floor clear enough to see the carpet. Ladies, he's going to need a very strong hand. Women who are "the youngest" or "the only child" need not apply.

Here was a funny part! Matthew kept telling Ellen to tuck her dress in because the door was going to close on top of it. He was even pointing it out to her here. Just after this shot, he closed the door and her train was still sticking out! Whoops!
And here was another great part of the reception! Seeing my friend Tiffany Glancy again! I was reading my scriptures the other night, and I came to Alma 17:2, where Alma the Younger was reunited with the sons of Mosiah. It summarized how I feel when I'm around Tiffany. It says, "Alma did rejoice exceedingly to see his brethren; and what added more to his joy, they were still his brethren in the Lord; yea, and they had waxed strong in the knowledge of the truth..." I think this summarizes my feelings so well, because when I was very young and in Young Womens, the bishop came to class to speak to us one day and told us that only 1 out of every 3 of us would marry in the Temple. I thought this was a shocking statistic at the time. We were all very active and eager young women. However, I have lost touch with many of those girls from that period of my life, and I know of only three other girls fates besides my own: Jake and I married in the Orlando Temple just a few years ago; Tiffany married a mutual friend of ours, the righteous RM Andrew Glancy, in the Salt Lake Temple; another mutual friend of our is unable to marry in the temple at this time (she is unmarried and has a young daughter); and another friend of ours tragically took her own life. I have no doubt that if I were to hunt down some of the other girls I grew up with, that ratio 1:3, would be true. So, it brings me great joy to see such a wonderful woman, so happy because of the righteous decisions she made early on!Yea Tiffany!....and Andrew!

Saturday Afternoon- I'm in the backseat next to Kaitlyn again traveling North on I-75.

3 comments:

Matthew said...

Awwww....thanks for recording that for everyone Rach. Your blog is awesome!!! Love, Mom

Tiffany said...

Rach,

You are so awesome!! I felt so touched while reading your blog. You have always been and will always be an inspiration to me. Thanks for being a such a righteous woman and example to those around you.

JS Glancy said...

your daughter is sooooooooo cute! and I miss florida and i miss it all but I am grateful to have jordan here with me ya know! and that being said I loveeeee the part about being married and waiting and doing it the right way ya know :-) but it's so great to see you have a blog Rachel! We shall for sure have to keep in touch...their wedding looked like soooooooo much fun!