A Wedding Toast

Champagne-Wedding-ToastThey say the secret to any good toast is:

Make ’em laugh…

…and then make ’em cry.

Yesterday, I achieved success on both fronts.

Howdy! For those of you who don’t know me, I’m Aurora, Patrick’s big sister. Having me for a big sister growing up, Patrick got really used to being bossed around. So Kristy, he comes pre-trained. You’re welcome.

Patrick and I used to both play soccer, so sometimes we’d play on the driveway, and I’d “let” him be goalie so I could practice taking shots on him. And at Halloween, I’d “let” him have all of my tootsie rolls in exchange for his Snickers bars. I know, I’m the best sister ever.

Actually though, Patrick was the one who trained me. I’m a quality time person, and if I wanted to spend quality time with him, I had to do what he was doing – which usually meant playing video games, as Kristy well knows by now. I remember waking up some mornings over the summer in high school and hearing the sounds of “Final Fantasy” come drifting through my bedroom. I’d tiptoe downstairs and snuggle next to him while he played. 

We had a really sweet relationship growing up. Patrick is a manly man, but he has a sweet heart. Now, this is top secret information, but all of the kids in our family are really chocolate covered marshmallows. We have a tough exterior, but if you crack that hard candy shell, we’re all gooey underneath.

I love my little brother, and I’ve always hoped he would find someone who would appreciate the duality of his toughness and his sweetness. And I’m so glad that he met Kristy, because she is one of the kindest, most selfless women I’ve ever met. She and Patrick are both givers, not takers, and I have no doubt they will be successful in their marriage because they will always be looking to the needs of the other and, more importantly, they have the foundation of Jesus Christ, and we know that a cord of three strands is not easily broken.

So let’s all raise our glasses to Patrick and Kristy. Love you both.

Authentically Aurora

Playing Dress-up (In Secret)

I just discovered that secret cosplay is a thing.

I mean, I already knew it was a thing – I was secretly dressing up as Rinoa and other Final Fantasy characters in high school – but I didn’t know there was a name for it.

For the uninitiated, cosplay is short for “costume play” and essentially means to dress up like your favorite characters, often from video games or other sci-fi media. Secret cosplay, then, is dressing up in normal clothes that happen to closely resemble the attire of your favorite characters. For example, these are the types of outfit I would occasionally wear to class in high school:

Aeris Yuna outfits

They look like perfectly normal outfits until you see them next to images of the characters Aeris from the game FFVII and Yuna from FFX, respectively:

Aeris Yuna

There was a rush that came from knowing I was undercover in the middle of my high school. I felt like such a rebel, wearing a “costume” to school. Clearly I didn’t get out much.

It was also kind of fun when people recognized the outfits as the correlated character, especially because, in order to call me out, they had to reveal their own nerdiness. One time my friend (and crush) Matt pulled me aside after English class and asked under his breath, “Is that a Rinoa outfit?”

Yes… Yes, it is, you clever man. And the position of Squall Leonhart is still available.

Squall & Rinoa

Authentically Aurora