The day of the wedding arrived. The girls woke up at 7 am so they could go get manicures and pedicures. The girls were so excited that they forgot the boys were still sleeping so they woke the boys up with their excitement. The boys however, took it all in stride and laughed and started a pillow fight with the girls. The boys decided to just wake up and go on their golf adventure earlier then planned. While the men and ladies were doing their respective activities, the parents of the bride and groom, and aunts, uncles and cousins were decorating the church, and the reception hall. The decorations were a secret from the groom. Bailey knew that Brian absolutely loved anything to do with airplanes, so she made the decorations “air travel” themed. She was so proud of it, and she was so glad that Lily and Sophie had helped keep this big secret from Brian. After a fun filled morning, it was time to head over to the Church to get dressed and have pictures taken! Pictures were fun, they did some super funny ones, and the usual serious poses and siblings/parents/grandparent shots! The bride and groom would not see each other until the ceremony so the bride and groom pictures would be taken AFTER the ceremony and before the reception (since the reception was one building over from the church, the couple was allowing 90 minutes for pictures before the reception began, and they had it all timed out and the photographer was a pro so she knew exactly how to make the most of those 90 minutes) After getting ready it was time for the wedding to begin! Brian took his place in the front of the Church with the pastor looking so happy and smiley! Then the bridesmaids and groomsmen walked down to the Bridal Chorus, and then, Bailey appeared in her stunning white dress that had sparkles on it and a veil on her head with makeup and tears streaming down her cheeks as her dad walked her down the aisle also with tears in his eyes. The reception went off without a hitch and soon Bryan and Bailey were announced as MR AND MRS BRYAN AND BAILEY BLANKENHOOPER!
After the festivities of the wedding, it was time to pack for Florida! Bryan and Bailey had been down there for a few days already but it was time for the rest of the crew to fly down. Sophie and Adam right of the bat decided that everyone was going to go scuba diving. He had done some research and had found a place in Tampa that did scuba lessons, so secretly he had been saving up for this, and he had enough money to pay for the entire family. Sophie just knew she wanted to build the best sandcastle in history so she enlisted the help of Lily and together, they came up with a plan to build the biggest and best sandcastle ever. The rest of the family was more laid back and didn’t make any plans; they just went with whatever and were fine with doing whatever.
After everyone was all packed and ready, they drove to the airport and flew to Tampa FL. The weather was a little bit cooler in New York City where they lived but they knew it would be hotter in FL, so they dressed in shorts and t-shirts. When they landed in FL, Bryan and Bailey met them outside of the airport equipped with water bottles, and some snacks. Then off they drove, to their beach house on the Gulf of Mexico. Right away when they got to the house, they unpacked and had a meeting about meals. They would have lasagna, macaroni and cheese, burger, hot dogs, brats, sandwiches, and fish! Each child got to have their own room for the week, which was a HUGE luxury since Lily, and Sophie shared a room back in New York.
After everyone got settled, they all headed to the beach, and Lily and Sophie began work on the ultimate sand castle. After several hours of swimming, hauling sand and buckets of water back and forth, the ultimate sand castle was complete, at the very end; Sophie stuck a flag in one of the towers that read WELCOME TO THE BLANKENHOOPER FAMILY CASTLE. A couple who happened to walk by asked if they wanted a picture and of course they all agreed and so all lined up and posed in front of the biggest and best castle ever built.
The next day was just as bright, sunny, and warm as the previous day. Adam woke up early and made a poster that explained that over the past few months he had been saving up money that he had earned from work to take the family on a special adventure. Adam explained they had to go to Tampa for this surprise, and everyone was super excited. When they pulled up to the “scuba school” everyone screamed in excitement because everyone had wanted to learn how to scuba dive! Adam got hugs from everyone in the family, and pinched on the cheek so hard by his parents and siblings that he explained that if his face fell off, his family would have to pay for him to get a new one. That was a big joke in the family because Adam had been in the school play THE WIZARD OF OZ and he was the wicked witch, and when he melted his face “fell off”. Scuba school was fun! They floated, they went to the bottom of the pool and after several hours, they traveled to the bay and went scuba diving in the bay and saw all sorts of fish. The day ended with everyone getting certified as a scuba diver. All in all, Adam was proud that he could make his family so happy and surprise them in such a big way.
The rest of the week was spent shopping, going to the aquarium, swimming in the ocean, eating out, going for walks and bike rides around the neighborhood. The day came that everyone was not looking forward to, it was time to go home. Everyone packed up, got all their stuff in order, and the entire family had one more night of pure entertainment while in Florida. The next day, they traveled back to New York, and settled back into life in the big city! They got back from Florida on September 9, 2001.