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Kinley + Ethan = True Love

This video captures Kinley and Ethan’s wedding day, perfectly. I’ll never forget the rain, the sun and the radiant atmosphere. The dancing took on a life of its own, and love floating all around was beautiful to watch. I cried, again, when I watched this beautiful video.

We were worried about the weather, and for good reason. The winds blew and even knocked out the sound system for the bridal march down the aisle. Luckily, Jonah, Ethan’s brother, had an iphone with the exact playlist we needed. And our friend had extra speakers from our business that he ran over really fast from his house!  When we finally figured that all out, the ceremony began. The sky cleared and the sun came out as my father, David Gourley, married Kinley and Ethan. He had to project his voice without a microphone – because it was knocked out with the sound system. Of course he did a fabulous job and I couldn’t have been more proud.

After the ceremony, the winds picked up (big time) and blew over all the flowers on the tables and every other beautiful decoration that Kenzie’s Events designed. (Which you can see she did an unbelievable job from the video!). The cake was luckily stable and very beautiful. Ethan’s mom made the natural decorations that topped it off. The kids hid under the picnic tables during the downpour, and everyone kept reminding me that everything would be okay. But I already knew.

When my kids were young, I’d ask that they ran out into the rain instead of come inside. This is a tradition in our family and we have so many fun memories of jumping on the trampoline in the rain, or running around together soaking wet! So when her wedding was pretty much all soaked, Kinley and I smiled. We saw beauty and peace.

Right before the reception started, the rain died down, the food trucks all arrived, the desert, the D.J… and the next part of our party began! Most of all, I felt so much happiness. My daughter had found the man of her dreams, and they were beaming. How do I even begin to share my thoughts about how important that is to me as her mother? I simply can’t. I have a ton of photos to share, but today (three months later!) I’m sharing her wedding video.

An Italian Boyfriend for Kinley

Kinley, my 16 year old, has been dating an Italian boy for the past month or so.  He isn’t just Italian, he is actually from Italy, and only staying here in America for another month.  It has been Kinley’s first serious crush in her high school years, and I do have to say that they are pretty cute together.

They are a hilarious combination, and I laugh daily at the stories she tells me.  It’s funny to be a mom of little ones, and wonder what type of people they will choose to be around as young adults, and then eventually marry.  I can guarantee you, that my vision of her first boy friend wasn’t saying:

“Mrs. Moss, let me show you how to REALLY make spaghetti!”

Oh how the sisters swooned, as he broke apart the garlic cloves, and sautéed them to make the perfect sauce.  In the end, he barely ate it himself – which is part of why it’s so funny he is dating Kinley in the first place.  You see, Kinley LOVES food.  She talks about it, plans for it, and has her favorite treats; while Philipo counts calories to the point of never any sauce or treat, like ever.

So they watch each other in disgust.

It’s actually really funny.
He is a very smart boy.  He speaks 5 languages (I believe) and never even knew English until he had a tutor a month before he came to America.  He said when he put his papers in, to be an exchange student, he never thought he would end up here.  But now, he is happy he did.  
It’s hard to watch them, and know that they both know, that they will most likely never see each other again.  But they have decided to make the best of the time they have together.  They like to play soccer, go to the gym, get slushies, and just be together.  They remind me of a brother and sister, the way they banter back and forth.
It’s crazy to watch my girls get old enough to date.  I swear she was just a toddler, hitting her bedroom door with a toy for hours, because I wouldn’t let her have ice cream.
His accent is very cute, of course – and it’s funny how much attention it’s pulled at school when the girls see who the Italian boy likes.  Once a girl came up to him when he was standing by Kinley, and said, “Show me how they kiss in Italy.” and he leaned over and kissed both of her cheeks, while Kinley watched.  She said she about died, but that she knew Philipo didn’t know that in America, the boyfriend gets decked for this!
One of my favorite comments Kinley has made about her situation was the other day when I said to her, “Kinley, I never thought you’d have an Italian boyfriend.  How has it been?  Do you like it?” and she said, “Yes mom, I love it!  Because whenever I do something really weird or embarrassing, and he asks me if it’s normal in America, I say YES!”

Kinley’s First Dance

Saturday, Kinley went on her first group date dance.
It was the last dance of the year, and being that she is young for her grade, she hasn’t gone on any yet.  Jon and I decided to let Kinley go on this dance, to encourage her to start meeting friends at her new school.  She has been there all year, but it’s hard at her age to fit into groups of friends, if you haven’t gone to school with them all along.

We were happy to see her make friends, and proud of the friends she chose to hang out with.  She had only talked to her date a few times, and didn’t really know him – but he was a great guy, and they had fun.  Jon took them all boating during the day, while I took Brighton to a soccer game.  They all rode on the tube, and ate pizza at the park.  Jon said that he had a fun time with them.

After boating, Kinley came home and I curled her hair for the MORP dance (casual girl’s ask dance).  After I finished, she left to get costa vida, and eat at the park.  I slunk down into my bed, and put on my favorite P.J.’s, just long enough to begin to doze off – and then my phone rung.

“Mom, this is Kinley.  We are at the park, and we don’t have anyone to take our pictures.  Can you come down and take them?”
“Kinley, it’s almost dark…”
“I know, but can you just take some quick pictures?”
“Fine, I’ll be down in 10 minutes.”

So I jumped up, and drove down the street to the park.  The following, are the pictures I took in a total of about 15 minutes, no joke.  It was fast and furious.  The sun was setting, and I knew I didn’t have much time.  I walked up and I heard someone say, “Kinley, your sister is here…”
and I began.

This top picture is Kinley and her date, Alec.  

This was Kinley’s facebook status at the end of the day:
First dance= best day of my life! Boating, Costa Vida, tons of new
friends, and the best date 
(with amazing singing skills)!! Thank you
Alec Woolley!!
Thanks for being such a darling girl Kinley!
Dad and I, couldn’t be more proud of you.

Kinley’s Temporary Home in France

This is where Kinley is staying right now. She has
been in France for a week so far. She won’t be
home until June 14th, 2 days before girls camp!
Kinley and I have waited to go to girls camp for
so long, she had to come home. I have been the
camp director for 5 years! She will be so tired!