Sunday, June 15, 2008

Back from Vacation

Well we are home after a fun-filled week in Florida. We visited family, went to a wedding, relaxed, got some sun at the beach, and had a great time. Pictures tell it better than words, so take a look at our week.

We spent the week in Okeechobee, Florida with my dad, Lori, and Troy. Kevin flew in Monday after he attending his friend's wedding.

Check out this handsome family!

My cousin, Allison, got married at Delray Beach on Saturday. Her wedding date was 06/07/08. Isn't that a cool date! It was a beautiful outdoor wedding on the Intercoastal Waterway. You can see the yachts passing by in some of the pictures. It was a gorgeous day and Allison looked beautiful.

Caleb and Cody loved their sea shells and starfish that the guests received at the wedding.

Mamaw and Troy took the boys back to Okeechobee after the wedding, so we could stay with Dad and enjoy the reception.

The reception was at a beachfront restaurant on Delray Beach. We had a wonderful dinner and had a great time visiting with Aunt Pam, Uncle Freddy, Bill, and Paula. What a dream to have your reception on the beach like that! With the sun setting, the sound of the ocean waves rolling in, smell of the salty sea, and the soft breeze blowing was a perfect night.

We drove back home in Dad's convertible with the top down.

The three amigos. Brother and sisterly love!

One evening we went down to Lake Okeechobee for the boys to check out the gators. We saw several cruising around in the lake. The boys loved it.

We met back up with Aunt Pam, Uncle Freddy, Bill, and Paula on Tuesday to go to the beach. We spent all day at the beach playing in the sand and surf. We cooked out hamburgers and hotdogs for lunch. Ben and I brought our snorkeling gear. My brothers, Troy and Kevin had a blast snorkeling all day with us. Caleb had his too and spent most of the day belly down checking out the fish. I am still amazed at how great he can snorkel. He learned when we went to Hawaii and got the gear.
Cody would grab a mask ever once in awhile and put his face under the water. But I am sure, it would fill up with water before he saw anything. Here he is with a mask on upside-down.

We went to a butterfly garden and animal rescue center on another day. Here is Cody with a big fat spiny caterpillar. They had a great time checking out all of the animals.

Cody loved for Mamaw to play the piano and wanted to join in everytime.

Thanks, Howard family for all of the great fun, silly conversations, delicious food, and fun times!!!

For the grand finale of the week, we stayed in a secluded cabin in the mountains of Northern Georgia on our way home. It turned out to be a nice, peaceful way to end the week. The cabin was tucked away in the mountains right on a mountain stream. You could see and hear the creek from the screened in front porch. We hiked up a path through the woods alongside the creek.

The boys loved playing in the creek. Their water shoes and swimming trunks came in handy for their wading.
We built a campfire at night and the boys caught lightening bugs as we roasted smores.

Uncle Kevin was the expert naturalist and discovered all kinds of critters for the boys (toads, bullfrogs, turtles, millipedes, snails, and spiders).
We were glad we stayed two nights in that cozy cabin, so we had a full day to explore the serene property and relax.
Now we are home, getting back to our normal routine. Off to work again tomorrow. It was fun while it lasted.


Kev said...

Had a great time too! Miss it as well. Talk to you soon!

Anonymous said...

The pix are beautiful. Looks like y'all had a great time!

Jim_Peterson said...

Oops. A. Nony Mous is me.

Mom said...

What a great vacation! Glad you guys had such a good time. The pics are wonderful. You all look great.

The Hadfields said...

I enjoyed seeing your pics from vacation!! We leave Sunday for the beach and I CANNOT wait!!