Special Florida Time? {I'm Kristen Photography}

"Baby come back,
you can blame it all on me"
baby come back

Twenty four inches of snow. No, actually, 28.5. NO! Columbia had 32!  Guys, it snowed in Maryland.  It really, truly snowed a lot of snow.  Our President called it "Snowmaggedon" and The Washington Post lovingly called it "Snowpocalypse."  My twitter homepage was filled to the brim with snow reports, side-by-side pictures of the snow on the deck and all the throes and woes (and fun) of having a genuine blizzard hit.

I heard all of this from afar.  Sitting on a blanket.  Looking at a cruise ship or two.
Cause I'm in FLORIDA!  Originally I was here for a wedding (post to come soon - it was a darling event) and my second-shooter, Andree, and his wife, Becca, came along.  But now we are stuck.
I don't mind being stuck here with the friendly gulls, I really don't!  But we're definitely stuck.  Sunday's flight was canceled, everything Monday was already booked, Tuesday's flight was canceled, and this morning we found out the Wednesday flights was canceled. 
So we've kept busy.  After the VERY rainy wedding day, we went to Cape Canaveral and discovered (after seeing the rows of RV's) that there was a shuttle launch that night (and not a red-neck bonfire shindig. But we might have popped in for that too.)  But by "that night" I mean 4:39 am.  So we had to keep busy - we went to Target, then to dinner, then to Target, then to a movie, then got kicked out of the mall by a police man and THEN we went to wait for the shuttle.  
The shuttle was canceled (our favorite word these days) due to weather (surprise!)  So we rolled our tired little butts back to our hotel/condo and climbed in bed around 6:11-ish.  

The next day we did see the shuttle, but I'll post about that later.  Let's talk about the beach!
The beach is my happy place.  The beach is sunny, beautiful, playful, exciting and mostly sunny.
People are great and people come to the beach.  
The couple in this picture smiled and smiled and walked and walked all day.  Precious.
That little girl in the second picture had a kite and a brother and parents and a grandma.  She loved the beach (and we think her name is "Boaz" but that just doesn't sound right for a little girl.  But it definitely sounded like they were calling her Boaz.)
And those boys. Ha.  I get a kick out of boys (literally?)
They were sparring and boxing on the beach, and pretty impressed with themselves. Getting so buff, looking so fine ;)  They just cracked me up.
Aren't we cute too!  I hope someone spied on us and took pictures of us :D

Here's Becca being awesome in every way.  We've been having a good time on this trip.  She's been "confused" a lot, and also shopping at "Coldwater Cweek."  While I've been driving around in a copper car.  (Obviously inside jokes - but I want to remember them.)
I am a BABE.  With coordination and cool spewing from me.
In conclusion, if your town is going to get 40+ inches of snow within four days, you should runaway to the beach with your friends.  But don't try to get home quickly.  And maybe stay at a place with good wifi?  Cause it is 2010.
But mostly laugh, talk, make memories, drive, change plans, sleep, eat, laugh, people-watch, listen to SportsTalk 980, take pictures and have fun :D

Maryland, it's not you, it's me.  Actually, it is you but I'm happy to be away.  We never did get our timing right, huh?  Let's try again after I'm a bit tanner.

(ps. Lydia, I miss you.)


  1. Hahaha, you're so lucky to have escaped it! I heard about it and it sounds INTENSE!

  2. I just saw that you photographed David and Jennifer's wedding, right? That's minutes away from me.

    Hope you get back home soon although Florida is pretty nice to get stuck in. :)

  3. awesome kristen!!! lol... looks like you are having a great time - i love all of those pics and can't wait for that wedding post!!!{insert a "promised" wedding post??} lol
    Have some more fun!!!!

  4. I just realized that I pretty much sound like I'm 90-years old in that summary. (Confused and shopping at Coldwater Creek.) Maybe I should move here??
    ;-) Glad to be sharing these adventures with y-o-u!

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  6. awww beachyness!! sand and sun and warm :) i'm glad you are having so much fun! but we misss youuuu. get unstuck and come home!

  7. Hahahaha I love this! You made me laugh so hard! =) I love your pictures... and the 2nd one.. the one of the cruise ship. I've been on that sucker 4 times. It's Disney Cruise LInes and it's amazing and I can't recommend it enough. :D

  8. i miss you more :(

  9. OH MY WORD. I don't know whether to scream and run around in circles, or be reeeeeeeeeeaally angry that I didn't run down the whole length of beach this morning to find you, because I was standing on that beach this am.

    By the 2nd photo, I knew where you were, and exactly what part of the beach you were on. :D I spend about 4 weeks out of my summer body surfing, boogie boarding and all around beachin' that beach.

    I can't believe you are on "my turf"....or maybe my "surf" ? :D It'll be a little chilly tonight, and there's a rocket launch tomorrow morning at 10:26am, with a 1 hr. window, just as a heads up, they are loud and fast and unmanned. :D It's an Atlas 5.

    Oh my goodness....Kristen Leigh at the Cape. Totally awesomeness. :D

    ~ Jean Marie

  10. Ah! Jean! That's crazy! It would have been so fun to meet up! Welllll, if our flight gets canceled again we might be back? Haha

  11. OH MY WORD. I don't know whether to run around screaming in excitement or be reeeeeaaaaaally angry with myself that I didn't read this post this morning and walk the WHOLE length of beach down to where you might have been this AM, since I was close to there. :D Hahaha. I maybe would have swooned.

    I knew by the second photo exactly where you were ... and know that street too, and ohmygoodness, you are on "my turf"!!! Or maybe "my surf". HAha! Awesome. You got to see the last night launch. It's like seeing a little of Heaven's glory from dark to light, huh? As a head's up ... there's a rocket launch tomorrow morning at 10:26am EST, an Atlas 5. Totally loud, fast, and unmanned. Has a 1hr. window, but it should get off just fine. :D

    Oh yeah....AND....don't freak out if there are jellies on the beach...if they are clear and round discs, you can pick 'em up, and squish them and stuff (if you feel like killing something), and have jellie jelly on your hands! It'll make you feel less like a tourist.

    Welcome to my part of the world... :D SO excited you came!

    ~ Jean Marie
    Psalm 103

  12. ..... HAHAHAHAHA....and just because I was homeschooled and brilliant and all that...I'm going to laugh really hard and not feel bad that I think I just posted TWO comments and you don't have to publish the second one....or you COULD, and totally laugh at my ineptness....hahahaha!!! :D

    ~ Jean Marie

  13. *smacks self on head and tells self to stop commenting on the most exciting post of Kristen Leigh's blog*

    *and also gives a huge hug to Kaylee*

  14. You're just cute :) if there's a
    way to meet you I def want to! Hahah

  15. Haha Jean! You're adorable. *hugs!*

    Kristen. You have a fan club I do believe. At least, there's two of us down here that are crazy about you! :)

  16. VERY CRAZY....and def. fan club. Plus, one of my sweet and darling girl-friends in Mississippi (yes, I WAS homeschooled because I can spell that) loves ya TOO!

    I proclaim a need for a Kristen Leigh Cape Canaveral camera workshop. :D

    HAhaha....crazy enough that I am coming back to check on comments? yaaaah...Kristen Leigh..you are AMAZING...and I think Kaylee and I wish we could shoot like you. :D

    ~ Jean Marie

  17. Hahah you two are making my night. So funny :) Well, we're going to Epcot tomorrow - come say hi?

  18. haha, that's pretty awesome :D the funny thing is, one of my friends is also stuck in Florida because she went to visit a college there. looks like fun :)

  19. Oh wow! Epcot. I have an season ticket, but (go figure) I have a ton of school and work tomorrow. :)

    Might I recommend some stuff to do at Epcot? ;-)
    1. Absolutely, without a doubt, ride Soarin'. Seriously, you can't NOT do it.
    2. Personally, I love Mission:Space (take the red card, you'll know what I mean when you get there.) It's rad.
    3. Go see the chinese acrobats. They're phenomenal and you can get some pretty amazing pictures.

    Now, question. What do you use to edit your pictures??? :)

  20. Aw Kristen, I didn't realize y'all were still here (I'm the bride's sis btw). Well if y'all are still here another night (if you don't stay at Epcot till late) come join me and my friends at the FL Mall. =)
    It'll be grand.

  21. I love maryland. You are lucky. I would give nearly anything for a full ride to Maryland Institute College of art, hehe. These pictures are adorable :)

    Hello from Texas! Love your photos.
    Mary Klaren

  22. gosh I miss you three. Come home soon, please?

  23. These pictures are great. Makes me feel warm inside...even though I'm stuck in my house in MoCo. Ahh I want to go to the beach right now! Here's to safe travels back (whenever you get back!) :)

  24. we will be in FL in almost 2ish weeks (hahaha)
    haven't seen you in forever :)
    have fun for the rest of your stay in FL!
    ~bekah maka

  25. can't wait to see those florida wedding pics :)

  26. yeah. somehow i feel a mixture of pain that you were all stranded here and yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet...i also feel i somehow rescued you from nasty snow-ness. :) seriously, though. i'm so sad for the crazy deal. but i'm glad you guys made a fun trip out of it!!!! i was hoping you could get to the parks and enjoy some sunny-shine!

    you.are.my.biggest.fan. :o)

    here's a little song i wrote you. i won't sing it because that would be painful (but if you want, it fits beautifully and amazingly to the tune of It's A Small World):

    kristen makes me happy. she takes amazing pictures and she loves to tell stories and creates memories that are so precious and beautiful and i love that she shot my wedding and i love that dre came, too, because he saved us during the rain-y-rain-rain and i love that becca is my friend for real now and i love that they stuffed me in their tiny car and i think they are all three amaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa (breathe) aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaazing.

    the end.


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