Friday, September 23, 2011

Florida Trip Last Weekend

Last weekend, we visited the kids in Florida. I knew it would be a very good trip when we landed 25 minutes ahead of schedule. I think Tampa has the prettiest airport and the most organized among the big ones.

John and I decided to separate so we can both spend time with our respective children. So my son, Jed picked me up and his daughter picked him up.

My i pad2 was acting up. We do not have an Apple store in our local mall here and I know the nearest mall to the Tampa airport has an Apple store so I asked my son to take me there first.
I explained my problem to the attendant and when her diagnostics run was unsuccessful, she replaced my I pad2 with a new one. So, we left happy.

Jed hunts and his birthday is coming soon and he asked me if I would buy him a new bow for a combined birthday and Christmas present. He said his old bow has a safety issue and of course I want him to be always safe so I said OK with no hesitation. And so we went to the hunting goods shop.

This is where he picked his bow from.

After paying, I saw these antlers hanging and I asked the store owner if he sells them. He doesn't but I asked if he would be willing to sell me one. After thinking for a while, he said

he'll just give me one. He got a screw driver and unscrewed the one on the left and gave it to me. Jed and I were both happy when we left. You will see the antler on my next tablescape.

Although John and I went our separate ways, we figured out a way to get together with all the kids and grandkids. I think this is the first time all grandkids from both sides were all together.

Aren't they all beautiful? We sure have a growing family. By January, 2012, these 6 will multiply to 10. Three daughters are pregnant right now and one of them is having twins.

We met at Tampa International Mall.

We took the kids to the playground inside the mall and they all had a great time.

Such a ham! Whenever he sees a camera focused on him, he poses and say's "Cheeeeese". He is the youngest grandkid now but not for long.

They had a great time hanging out with grandpa while me and my 2 daughters went baby shopping for a while.

I had to take a picture with my daughters. Proof that I was skinner than both of them once, lol.

The morning we left for our flight home, we met again for brunch at the Cheesecake Factory near the airport.

Heather had artichokes and French toast, my 2 daughters and I had crab omelets, the kids had pancakes and strawberries and John had an eggs Benedict.
Here is the happy bunch! Kerri and family went back home the previous day and AJ had to altar serve in church so they couldn't be with us.

The waiter was so nice. He brought candled desserts for the pregnant ladies.

He even brought 2 pink candles for Rochelle because she is having twin girls.

The pregnant trio!

John insisted I get my picture taken with the girls because this is the only time my tummy will ever be smaller than all of theirs, lol!

We really had a wonderful trip, especially because we saw all the kids. Although they are all in Florida, they are still scattered all over but they all came, some drove, some flew in.

Thanks for joining me for another trip and family adventure. I hope you all have a great weekend!

Lastly, I would like to share a dimensional video of the twins. Rochelle scheduled an ultrasound while I was there so I could watch them move around. It was amazing! Notice the foot of Baby A on top of Baby B's head. She is always kicking her, (poor baby!) and Baby B learned how to put her arms on her head to protect it. I don't want to bore you so I just picked a short video to load and you don't see baby B's arms over her head here.


A Hint of Home said...

How exciting to have all the family together! Congrats! on all the new additions to your family!
The girls are all so pretty! Encluding you!
Have a great weekend!

Jo's This and That said...

What beautiful family! I know you all had a great time with the kids.We moved so I could be here with ours. We only have one son and one granddaughter.You are blessed to have a big wonderful family.Thanks for sharing,JoAnn

Susan said...

Christine you have a beautiful family!

Pat said...

Christine this post is wonderful. I know you had a great time. You and your family are absolutely beautiful!!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Your family is growing fast !! :-D Great that you can have everyone together at one time.
Enjoy your weekend.

Dolores said...

You do have a big family .... and getting even bigger. A very beautiful family!
So many little ones..... oh what fun!!!

Traci said...

What an great trip! It must have been so much fun to be able to spend so much time with all the kids & grandkids!

Kathleen said...

Wonderful trip! John's dau looks a lot like him! You are blessed to have all these gbabies!


Oh my dear friend, can I be grankid's jelous! My goodness sweet girl, this is so exciting, so many daughters pregnant at the same time and it is just a blessed time you had with all your girls getting together with their beautiful families!! You're one lucky gal, God's blessed you so much! Thanks for sharing and congrats to you and John. Have a great weekend sweetie. FABBY

Really Rainey said...

Oh Christine! What a great little trip to visit the kids and grandkids! And all those grandbabies on the way! Yikes!
Take care there...

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Looks like you had an amazing trip Christine! It's an exciting time with so many new additions on the way-enjoy:@)

Debbiedoo's blogging and blabbing said...

Fabulous looking family and what a great looking time you had. That is nice you and John both have kids in the same area to visit.

hundredsofideas said...

What a great looking large family here! That video is amazing, technology is something else isn't it?

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Yes I agree, the Tampa airport is very organized. Your grandchildren are adorable and your family is lovely. What a wonderful gathering you had. Love the video, it is just amazing!

LV said...

Thanks for letting us be a part of this wonderful family time. Nothing nicer. Thanks for your visit.

Bella Vista Cottage said...

Your pitchers are wonderful, Christine. It is so nice to see a happy and joyful family.

Hope your Sunday is blessed.

Barb ♥

mississippi artist said...

Looks like you all had a wonderful time as usual.It is hard to get all the family together nowadays. You are certainly going to be busy with babies soon! But what fun it will be.

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

I really do enjoy seeing your posts with your family trips/get-togethers. How wonderful that you all were able to meet up and spend time together. How absolutely exciting to have new grandbabies to add to your beautiful six!

Blessings & Aloha!

we three dogs and me said...

Thank you Christine for stopping by. You have an incredible family and home. Your posts are always so perfect. I would have been liked to be able to meet Richard he stops by often He is amazing.

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