Better late than never!

Things have been so busy, I’ve just realized that I never posted this one about our trip over the holidays.  I’ve really got to clean out my draft box (or whatever you want to call it).  I tend to be forgetful and will start writing something, then forget about it and never publish it. 

Anyway, we spent the first week with Derek’s sister and her husband.  His mother was also visiting during that time.  They have a son who turned one on December 26th, and are expecting a little girl in July.  We went to Chuck e Cheese for his birthday and had a good time.  I am really starting to miss that little guy.  Who wouldn’t miss this face?

Derek and I spent a day at Clearwater Beach, and spent the rest of the time doing things with his family.

We spent the next five days visiting some of my family on an island in the Gulf.  This was our first time there, and we had such a great time!  That’s where we were feeding the dolphin from the side of the boat, and where we attempted to catch some sharks.  The island was such a relaxing place.  There really isn’t a whole lot to do, considering you have to boat back to the mainland just to get some groceries.  We spent the days fishing and traveling to the sister islands.  The only form of transportation on the island are electric golf carts.  The only way in is by boat or airplane.  There are no gasoline powered vehicles there.  If you want some fresh air, this is definitely the place to be.  There is one tiny ice cream parlor/gift shop, and a restaurant.  Here are a couple of random photos we took from the boat.

 The next few days were spent with my grandparents.  They live down there most of the year, and come back to Michigan in the summer.  They live on a canal on the Atlantic side of the state. 

Perhaps the funniest part of our trip was the ride home.  We drove down in my car, which isn’t very big.  My cousin and her fiance had left a few days earlier than us, and ended up in Georgia with a broken down truck.  We stopped there, planning on picking up only her, since she had school the following day, and ended up waiting a few hours until their truck was fixed.  We got back on the expressway and made it about 20 miles before their truck broke down once again.  After a few more hours of trying to figure out what to do, we ended up piling into my tiny car.  For thirteen more hours.  Four people, their two dogs, and a whole lot of luggage. Saying it was an interesting ride home does not cover it.  Derek drove the ENTIRE way home, straight through, arriving at around 7 am. They ended up leaving the majority of their luggage in their truck, at the dealership in Georgia.

We didn’t take a whole lot of photos there, otherwise I’d share more.  We had a great time and can’t wait to take another trip down next winter.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Meg
    Mar 10, 2008 @ 11:26:53

    Love the warm Florida thoughts in the middle of this miserable winter. Or I should say, at the tail end of this miserable winter.
    Sounds like it was a great trip!


  2. Ok, Where Was I?
    Mar 12, 2008 @ 11:00:36

    You can just keep talking about your trip everyday until the snow finally melts. It keeps getting above freezing here now, but the snow isn’t moving. It’s like mutant snow. I don’t even know what that means. That baby is adorable!


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