Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Vacation loves

We spent a wonderful week in Florida spending time with my mom, brother, and sister in law which was so nice. We were blessed to have had the chance to go, and we know that. We made some very special memories together, but definitely missed the presence of Dad. Florida was his home away from home, and more than once I found myself thinking of all the fun that we had there vacationing with Dad near our side. This trip was difficult at times, but we all feel lucky to have made some new memories. In no particular order....here are some of our vacation loves from the week....

We loved spending time with my mom. (just about as much as she loved spending time with us!)

The kids loved feeding the seagulls from our balcony. I wonder if all the other vacationers loved this????

Ellie loved dreaming of swimming in that pool below our townhouse. Too cold to even dip our feet in!

We loved taking Ellie to Disney for a day and enjoyed a Mickey ice cream treat.

Ellie and Daddy loved the 3-D show we saw. I loved seeing them in matching fashionable glassses!

Ellie loved "driving" for the first time. She belly-laughed the entire time.

We loved the magic of Disney World. Brian and I turned into 5 year olds, too!

We loved spending time with Aunt Carol and Unlce Kevin.....(sorry Kev....no pic of you???)

We loved feeding the giraffes at the Tampa Zoo. Reid loved the cracker he was supossed to feed the giraffe. He ate it instead. And no, I am not kidding.

Look at that tongue!

Reid loved eating yummy pasta while we were there. Then again, he loves about anything to eat.

I loved his "Bozo" impression after eating the pasta!

Ellie loved being at the beach, despite the cool temps.

Reid loved watching the waves spill in.

I loved the sunrises out our great room window. I did not like Reid waking up well before the sun did, however.

We all loved our special time with my mom.

We loved being able to play at parks with only light jackets on.

We loved our play time together as a family.

We loved watching Reid enjoy his outside time. We also loved the naps the fresh air provided later in the day!

We loved seeing Uncle Doug and Aunt Holly while we were there (Brian's brother and wife). What a special treat this was!

We loved it when Reid finally gave in and napped a bit. We all needed our rest after chasing him around!
We loved making memories that will last us a lifetime. We are grateful for the time we had together. Hope to make some more family memories again real soon.......it's what life is all about, right?

We loved the little creatures that came to visit us outside the townhouse each day.

Plainly and simply.....we were grateful for all our loves last week.


steph said...

Looks like you had a WONDERFUL time....Welcome back!!

Joy Howse said...

The thought of him eating the giraffe's cracker made me laugh so hard because we had a similar experience here this week. We took Aiden to feed the ducks for the first time with some REALLY stale, almost moldy bread. Aiden thought it was snack time for him and was very upset that I wasn't letting him eat it and was instead making him throw it to the birds. He would eat a piece, begrudgingly throw a piece. It was funny. He finally got the hang of it. :)

The shirts in the last pic with their names are so cute. We want to take a Disney World trip when we know Aiden will remember it, but before Andrew will be too old (too cool) for it.

Glad you had a wonderful time and a safe trip back. I am sure it was hard to be there without dad but such wonderful memories made for the kids as they see a family who bands together, even during the hard times.

Kelly Rogers said...

I love this post. It looks like you guys had a great time on your trip. Many wonderful moments that will turn into happy memories.

Hello, and welcome to my page! I am so glad you are here. I am going to try and show you the average life of a 5 year old from my perspective. Mommy and Daddy will help me along the way if I get stuck.

Let me first introduce my family to you. I am Ellie. I am a 6 year old. I live in Ohio with my Mommy, Daddy, little brother Reid, and dog, Sophie. My mommy is a teacher. She teaches nine and ten year olds and loves it. She has been teaching for twelve years. My daddy works with computers. He works hard everyday.

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Mommy and me having cuddle time at Hocking Hills.

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