But, I really can't complain one little ounce because we had an absolutely amazing and fun vacation that was filled with little blessings throughout the whole trip.
Our trip south was sunny and beautiful the whole way. I still couldn't believe we were actually going...kept thinking in my mind that something would happen to change up the plans again...but it didn't and as you can see we were just a little excited.We started out on Friday evening around 5 and made it to Nashville by 11 which was the goal. Up again and on the road by six the next morning...Saturday was a long travel day, but beautiful. So what do you do in a van for 18 hours??? I packed each child a backpack FULL of coloring books, stickers, toys, games, paper and misc. items I have been collecting over the past couple months...I even confiscated things they had gotten in their stockings for Christmas and put them away for the past three months...they mysteriously reappeared on our trip. Throw in a few DVDs and a few snacks and there you go...two busy little happy bees. Kevin and I both commented how easy the trip was this time with the kids at these ages. I loved seeing all the flowering trees along the way further south...a glimpse of what is to come. Spring is my favorite time of year!
Partying at the Florida border.
free Florida orange juice at the border
We arrived in Sarasota on Saturday evening, got a few groceries and made it to the house by 8pm. Blessing #1 - We stayed at Kevin's aunt and uncles house (they weren't there) for four nights in Sarasota and the house was available the exact days we wanted to use it. Kevin's grandparents were staying there at the same time in their part of the house and we really enjoyed having the one on one time with them.
On Sunday we attended Beach side Baptist. :) Our first day at the beach...what a delight...my favorite place to be! I had so much fun snapping these shots of my little pink beach girl. She has such a love for the water...couldn't keep her out of it. Thankfully her fear of the "beach spiders" went away this year. :)
Caedmon chasing daddy with a bucket of waterDay two was cloudy...we went to turtle beach and collected a bag full of shells. Blessing #2 My Aunt Joyce stopped by and visited with us that afternoon. So good to see her again. Blessing #3 That evening we met some of our Florida relatives at a park for some amazing desserts. So fun to catch up with them and let the kids play together. Here's all the kiddos
And a shot of the girly cousins - me, Danielle, Jess, Jenn, Wynette & Joanna
and just for funThanks again to our Florida family for making the arrangements for us all to get together! So good to see you!
Well it's obvious that I have TONS of pictures that I want to share and I'm only on day two...so I'm going to break this down a bit and post more later. Part two and more blessings coming soon.