From where we left off:
The rehearsal dinner was wonderful. We loved hanging out with friends and family and sat with Tina and Amber. Tina was Rachel's matron of honor and Amber was a bridesmaid. David has known them both for at least a decade - he went to elementary school with Amber. Kallie met them both at Rachel's bachelorette and has really enjoyed getting to know them. We really feel like part of the Hires/Mahaffey family, and love it. (Rachel and Matt got us a sweet Buckmaster plaque to put in our home for helping out with the wedding. We love it!)
We came home and watched Dan in Real Life afterwards. We both really enjoyed the movie. It's not our normal movie preference, but it was really good.
David took work off Friday. We slept in late and decided it would be a great day to get brunch at Cracker Barrel. We both got enormous amounts of food - three pancakes, eggs, bacon, etc. YUM. We tied at the golf pick game at 3 left on the triangle board. Yeah, we're not so good at it.
We went back home, got dressed, and headed out to First Baptist Temple Terrace, where Rachel and Matt were getting ready. Everyone looked beautiful and Kallie helped David's mom do some last minute things like boutonnières and ribbons. Kallie also got some really great photos while the photographer wasn't around, so check out for those soon. :) The ceremony was beautiful. The ladies walked down the aisle to Sufjan Stevens - and if you don't know who that is, you should expand your music selection immediately. It set the perfect mood. Everyone was glowing and I think the entire room teared up. Mr. Hires did a great job of officiating and it was so sweet as he struggled (in a good way) through some parts. Then we went to Harbour Island for the reception. It was beautiful. The two of us manned the "get your seating card" table. Then Kallie ditched David to go watch the portraits being taken by the water. Very pretty. It was a beautiful wedding and we can't wait to see the new Hires family when they return from their two week honeymoon - not fair!
Saturday we went to Wekiva Springs near Orlando for one of David's coworker's weddings. A lot of the people from the FBCH were there and Kallie met some more people. They're all moving into their new building late this week/next week. Kallie might go help put some furniture together when it arrives on Wednesday. We left the reception early to head back to Tampa. We went out to eat with Logan, Laura, Ashley, Justin, and Shannon at MJBarleyhoppers and then came back to our place and played some cards. We had a very good time. :)
They left around midnight, so we were late getting to sleep. Sunday morning, we left an hour late for our church's beach baptism out at Fort DeSoto. We inched through a line a few miles long until we couldn't take it any longer - instead of an hour late, we were at least two and a half hours late. So we stopped at Subway, pulled off along the main road to a mini beach and ate, laid in the sand, and played frisbee. We watched a few guys unload about a dozen sheephead from a net they let down over the bridge. And we had the cherry coke and Publix chocolate chip cookies that we were taking to the baptism, so we were very satisfied. Then we met Keith for dinner in New Tampa and had a lovely time catching up with his life. We went home and relaxed for the first time this week. Right before showering, Kallie, with a frown, comes out to David and says, "look at me." David immediately starts laughing uncontrollably. (Boys - don't attempt this.) Thankfully, Kallie knew it was funny and made David come stand in front of the mirror with her: Kallie was wearing a shorts/short-sleeved pale wetsuit and David had on a pants/short-sleeved one with a v-neck. Oh yes, we're very hot right now. (This is why you're supposed to wear sun screen.)