Friday, July 13, 2012

Florida vacation

Whew! What a wild month we've had! Here's some of what's been going on in our family...I'm sure I will forget some things. ;)

The boys, my cousin, and I left Ohio for Florida the 19th of June at 4am! AH! That was EARLY! But, the first few hours everyone slept, so I drove in peace and quiet. So worth it. We enjoyed the first couple of days with my grandparents, who spoiled me with Chinese food (Yum), and loved on my boys. Then spent the next couple of days with my sister and my step-niece and nephew. The cousins had never met, so they had a blast! We took them to the park, the duck pond (my sister and I have fond memories of these places) the museum, and let them run ragged through the house. And I was told by my boys that I was not allowed to show you guys the pictures of their dress up sessions. LOL!

We then headed a couple hrs away to my parents house. We got there just in time for Tropical Storm Debby. 4 energetic boys and a storm to keep us indoors, do not mix! We had to make a trip to the store for some board games. I had had enough of the videos and video games. Haha. We had some great times with my family while there! We played alot of games, drank a whole lot of coffee (oh yeah), and ate even more (oh well, it was vacation!).
We wanted to plan a trip to the beach, and some wonderful friends of ours offered there pool for our use, but we had a problem. Remember Jared's broken foot? So I hired my Dad to cut THE CAST off after it had been on long enough. :) We would have had to wait until we got back to Ohio to get it off, and missed out on all the water fun! It took some time (and blisters), but Dad finally got it off. And then about died from the stench. Heehee! So we made it to the beach. AND spent plenty of time in the pool! YEAH!

We spent some time with great friends too! Boy, how I miss my Florida friends! The boys had an amazing time playing with 3 different sets of friends, and we got to visit 4 different churches where different friends and family attend. So I got to see lots of my loved ones!

My sister came with her kids, and we enjoyed a few days more together, and I got to visit with my other niece and nephew! I sure do miss them! NOT the greatest pics, because the sun was so bright, but here they are at Pineapple Willy's (one of our fav restaurants on the beach!).

And here is some slip and slide fun! :)

We spent the beginning of Independence Day ( I refuse to call it the 4th!), trying to wait out a thunderstorm under the overhang of our friend's house, so that we could go swimming. We sat there for an hour before we gave up and went home.
Aren't they sweet!
The real "Corner Boys"

We finished up our FL vacation with my Honey joining us for the last couple of days, and taking Mom (sadly,Dad had to work) with us to the beach! Here we are at Red Robin...I told you we ate alot! ;)
Mom and Elijah
Joshua with Seth and Jared
And Nathan with yours truly

Tree House pics for your pleasure!
Just "cause he's so cute!

I have a couple of special prayer requests ya'll!

1. Joshua's mom had a massive heart attack last night, and had to have surgery. She made it through surgery great and is doing wonderful today! She's up and around walking even. Praise the Lord! Please pray that she recovers well, and goes through rehab. I'm sure she will have to make some lifestyle changes as well, which won't be easy.

2. My friends, whom I have posted of before, are leaving REAL soon for their first trip to Eastern Europe! They will be meeting their 2 children for the first time, and doing all sorts of paperwork. Then they will have to leave and come home for a 10 day wait. After that, she and I will be going back to EE to get those sweet kids out of the orphanage, and bring them home!!! Please pray for all of the travel, and their time with the kids!

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