As I mentioned in a previous post - DeLand is full of weekend happenings. Another annual favorite is the big Christmas Parade... when I was growing up this was held during the day - and was always looked forward to - since leaving DeLand they have kicked it up a notch and now hold the parade at night complete with floats decked out with lights.
We were invited to a parade "tailgate" where we enjoyed great views (roadside seats can be hard to come by sometimes!) and yummy food!
Harrison on his way to his first DeLand Christmas Parade
A Proud Gramp
(with one of the few pics we could get Harrison to take his eyes off of the floats behind them and look at the camera)
Here are some miscellaneous pics from when we were in DeLand...
Tom's Pizza has been in DeLand as long as we can remember - my Dad used to frequent there as a child and Sid and I both have been addicted from first bite.... now Harrison has officially been introduced to this DeLand institution! I think Tom's is what will end up convincing Mike to move me back to DeLand one day - we must have eaten there 20 times while we were home!
Harrison and Cousin Kylie playing
Christina, her brother and their cousin Melissa (that they haven't seen in nearly 13 years!!) with her son Landon
Mike's high school friends Rich and Beverly Banez and their two sons, Nico and RJ live in Orlando we got a chance to visit with them before we left town.
Kylie had just taken her first steps earlier in the day here she is taking another stab at it.... To play the video click on the triangle...
Another video....Cousin Kylie and Harrison playing
We were so lucky to be in DeLand for a very long time over the Thanksgiving holiday - Mike had work to do in Orlando (Q School) so it worked out well that our family is there!
We had Thanksgiving at Christina's parents and it was wonderful as always!
Auntie Alex with Harrison
Mamie has been part of the Taylor family for a very long time - she was around when Christina's dad was a child and moved on to help Christina's parents when Sid and Christina were children (she would probably say they STILL our her "children" as she refuses to acknowledge that they have have grown up!)
While my (Christina's) mom is one of the best cooks I've ever come across... Mamie does make the BEST fried chicken and mashed potatoes and her meatloaf aka Mamieloaf recipe is a best kept family secret - if you come to visit I might just make some for you!!
After much prayer and thought - Mike and I felt led to have Harrison baptized in the church where we were married in DeLand, FL ... since we now attend a non-denominational church where they don't do infant baptisms it was a decision we really had to pray over! We both felt that this is what we should do... the event was moving spiritually and a great deal of fun since we had many dear friends and family come celebrate the event with us!
"Uncle" Paul, one of Mike's childhood friends and one of Harrison's Godfathers came down from Chattanooga... Here they are the day before the Baptism.
Aunt Sarah and Cousin Bo loving on our lil bug
Bo was so cute with Harrison - he constantly wanted to hold and hug him!
Father Don (who married us) leading Harrison's Baptism
T.R. Lewis (another highschool friend of Mike's) came from Atlanta
Shannon Wallace (one of Christina's best friends from childhood) came from Oregon.
The Spencer clan
Christina with Shannon and her little girl Sienna
Nonnie Taylor with Harrison
Aunt Amy (Christina's sister-in-law) with Cousin Kylie looking at the bug
Christina's parents had a wonderful brunch at their home after the baptism... below Nonnie Taylor made sure that Harrison did indeed have a silver spoon in his mouth and he even got to eat from his great great grandfather's silver porridger.... get used to it kid - your Nonnie has a penchant for these things!
Harrison having a blast at his party!
His beautiful (and delicious) cake
Auntie Jen holding the bug
(another best friend of Christina's from childhood)
"Uncle" T.R. with his Godson
Gamma Spencer relaxing with her grandsons after the big event