My brother Chaz and his longtime girlfriend Allie moved to Florida almost two years ago, to learn about life, love, and become grown ups. Now living in an adorable house in Clearwater, Florida, they welcomed my Momma, TJ and I for 11 days as their house guests for our Christmas vacation. We did these pictures the last day, a few hours before we left on a plane to come back to the arctic tundra of Connecticut. My brother uses his artistic streak to create custom RC cars in ‘the cabin’ (an addition to the original house that he subconsciously turned into an ode to the cabin we spent half of our childhood in) and Allie is such a good little (hopefully someday girl!) wifey that cooks and takes care of her man. I am very proud of them doing their thing, and doing it well. Good job! Thank you for all your hospitality and for having us live with you in your home, I loved sleeping in The Cabin and all the family bonding.
Jack, the cat, kinda stole the photoshoot, but we all knew that was going to happen. He is adorable.
We didn’t get to Kennedy Space Center’s visitor complex until about 4:30 in the afternoon. The park was closing at 7:00 that day, so we knew we had to hustle. What is the bonus about going late? Discounted tickets, shorter wait times on EVERYTHING, smaller crowds, and we got to see a 3d projection light show on the side of a rocket. Nailed it. Upon arrival, we were greeted with the Nasa globe decked out as an ornament for the season, a moving memorial to JFK, and rockets in the distance. TJ was so excited, it was radiating off of him. My best friend Sam called it “TJ heaven” and it could not be more accurate, he was in his glory. My Mom was too! She bonded immediately with the Space Shuttle Atlantis, and did not want to leave it behind. You could feel the energy from the space shuttle, that has made more than 30 trips to space. It draws you in and leaves you amazed, awed, confused, impressed, and so much more. If you ever have a chance to go see Atlantis, I would highly recommend it. Kennedy Space Center does a beautiful job at educating its visitors, and keeping you interested. TJ’s current big shot job has a whole lot to do with space, the space suit in particular, so he was extra extra proud. Not as proud as me though. Because of the holiday season, we were able to catch the laser/projection light show in the rocket garden, and even had time to go through the early years museum part before we left. Those first astronauts were cray cray. Dinner on Cocoa Beach down the street afterwards looking for I dream of Jennie, we now know the best spot to hang at for a space shuttle launch, the Old Florida Grill & Oyster Bar.
What a cool adventure. It was out of this world. See what I did there?