Monday, September 29, 2008

E! THS: Naomi and Denny

Behind all the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, you can sometimes find true love. Move over Brangelina. Move over TomKat, Speidi, and the two Bennifers... This is the E! True Hollywood story of Nanny. The untold love story of Naomi and Denny. We'll uncover the true wedding story that even the famous couple didn't know...

Friday, September 26, 2008

A Representative Sample

The Story in Pictures

Just Plane Long

American in America

(Clearly, I'm the one on the right)

Jammin' with Nelson's Fruit

Naomi and Denny (left). Inn at Crestwood, Blowing Rock N.C. (right)

The Rehersal: Naomi and her dad, Steve. Naomi with sister, Alena.

Goofing around at the rehersal dinner (that is a Shirley Temple, btw.) and it was great to see old Gainesville friends; (l-r) Bob, Cynthia, Sarah, Mike.

Even Katie was getting down to the bluegrass band playing on the patio

Katching Up with Kristy

This picture comes from her company website and I didn't know it even existed until I googled her! Need some PR? check her out at Walker Marketing.

Home Sweet Home

Nasty Canast-y

Play Date

Katie and Edward Diaz. Never will you get two children to look and smile at the same time.

Code Chardonnay, STAT!

A night out with nurses at the Razzmatazz Lounge. (l-r) Joy, Cindy, Maria

Jan and Flor

Who said nurses don't know how to have fun?

The Birthday Series

The only birthday picture fit to print.

Thursday, September 25, 2008


When I start my own gang, that is what I am going to call it. And the gang sign will be an "S" made by touching your right thumb to your left hand fingertips while your hands are both making Cs like you are holding onto two ice-cold Bud Light cans. I'd look for an appropriate picture on Google, but I'm sorta certain that really is a gang sign that I saw on one of those "Behind Bars" shows and I don't want to call to myself the wrong kind of attention.

I know it has been a while since my last blog. It feels good to be too busy to blog. Too much has happened to retell it all.. I will recap by just listing the titles I would have used had I blogged about everything...

Just Plane Long; the story of our trip from Dublin to Charlotte.
American in America; my clever play on words.

Jammin' with Nelson's Fruit; blessed nuptuals of Denny Nelson and my friend Naomi Fruit.*
Katching Up with Kristy; my Sunday night in Charlotte with Sushi -uh, and Kristy.
Are You F*@%! Kidding me?; Getting on another plane to Miami.
Home Sweet Home
Nasty Canast-y; Game day with the Family (my first card game in over 5 months...that's just wrong.)
Play Date; Katie and Ed sip lattes and chat while Malinda and Georgie have tummy time and drool on ourselves*
Code Chardonnay, STAT!; drinks with the 5 Tower crew*


  • 31 reasons to celebrate
  • P*A*R*T*Y! Good friends, good fun -> Bad idea, bad headache
  • What were we thinking?
  • I'm Way Too Old for this Sh*t
  • ...Never Again...(til the next time)
And now we are caught up. Arrived in Sacramento on Tuesday. A few appropriate titles to smooth your transition into the PST timezone:
(Maestro, please...)

Sacre Bleu! Sacramento!
LIVE! from Folsom
Some like it Hot...
I Fell into a Burning Ring of Fire
I Think Im Going to Like it Here

I really couldn't say it better than these guys...

* I will post a few pictures of these events tomorrow. There are over 500 photos on the camera... it's gonna take some time to upload.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Homeward Bound

And we are, too!

More this way...

Less that way...

We leave for Dublin at 8:30 tomorrow morning and after just 20 short, short hours traveling with a toddler, we will be in Charlotte, North Carolina getting ready for my girlfriend, Naomi's wedding.

I'm not sure when I'll have the opportunity or the will to write the next post, so savor this one.

Have you ever seen sweeter beauty?

Katie and mama goofing for the camera. (yes, instead of packing...)

This had to be documented. Officially the first time Katie actually put something back IN the bag after taking them out... Wonders never cease.

Baby Plumber's Crack

What does this remind me of?....

Oh yeah...

Monday, September 8, 2008

Birthdays and Ballgames

Friday was a big day for the hallmark corporation. Who knew so many people were born on Sept. 5th? Calculating back 9 months... lotsa getting busy in December, makes sense I guess, tis the season of giving and all.

My friend Kristy's nephew, Nicholas turned 6 on Friday.
Manus' brother, Brian turned 40 on Friday.
Parker Daniel Maupin...didn't turn, but his birthday was Friday too!

Mr. Maupin with his beautiful mother, Leslie

Jona, the proud papa.

Big sister Hailey with her very own new baby, Mickey Mouse.

(There are times when I really feel far away...this was one of them. I love you guys. Congratulations)

Fastforward past Saturday. nothing happened.

SUNDAY.. The day of the All-Ireland Hurling Final. Its the Super Bowl, the National Championship and Christmas morning all rolled into one.

The funniest thing is that in Ireland the bars can't open early on Sunday, so this one just opens the back gate and serves out back. I feel like Yakov Smirnoff when I say, "I love this country!"

The Kilkenny Cats kicked the crap out of the Waterford Deise, bringing home the famed McCarthy cup for the third year in a row.
Liam McCarthy Cup

They make multiple annoucements over the P.A. asking that fans and supporters please not enter the pitch (field) following the game. yeah. right.
Up the Cats!!
We went back to Wicklow for the night and to Jacob's Well for the big celebration (both Brian's birthday and the big win)
Just like last year!

Now our time is dedicated to cleaning and packing for our big trip. And with Katie helping...

It should take, maybe, FOREVER.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Is it just me?

Oh wait, that's OY Veh...