Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Florida 2013

Hi I have returned to Minnesota mosquitos!  We had a great time moving my son and his girlfriend to Florida on the Gulf side.  I have a ton of photos to share with you as I have been so busy that I have no time to create anything yet. My creative brain is dying to color!!

First before we left MN, my little one turned 5 and my daughter and I took him to his favorite Mexican restaurant for his birthday.

He spent his birthday money on the road to FL at a Cracker Barrel restaurant, he is all about tractors

We arrived in FL after a 30 hour drive, (2 days) unloaded all the boxes and furniture, put it all away and then checked into our condo later that day.  Elijah loved all the hotels we stayed in along the way.
A storm coming across the ocean, we had a covered balcony so we could stay on it and watch everything.  

So some of this is out of order and taken with my phone so the some photos are not the best.
The last Supper
Ben and Kaitlyn chose this locally owned restaurant and the food was fabulous!  We had a party of 9.

My son Scott and hubby are not enjoying the photo taking.  Scott came from NC to visit us as his drive was only 11 hours.  He is a US Marine and will be getting out in December. 

Here are my 16 year old Ike and 13 year old Noah

The first weekend there, we saw 3 weddings on the beach in front of our condo.

The sunset

Naughty brothers set up their older brother for a humorous photo shoot.  He was sleeping on the couch and they took full advantage of him, boy was he embarrassed but laughed at his photos, they all have a great sense of humor.  Their faces are priceless!

Ben and Kaitlyn walk the beach all the time, even after we left. 

They brought us up a tiny sea crab

Kaitlyn and my son Elijah

Kaitlyn and Ben my son, new FL residents.  He already got a job and she is signed up for school.

Another sunset

My son Noah held out bread on the balcony and the sea birds swoop in for it,  they take it right from your hand. They leave your fingers wet.

The birds were not shy, we all fed them.

Here is one in the sunset

My hubby and I cannot seem to get any good photos of us

A sunny gorgeous day on the beach

People set up tents, toys boats, and enjoyed it at all hours.  In the middle of the night when I was awaken, I was on the balcony and people were still out in the sand goofing off.  I just love the peacefullness of the ocean and the beach

So we had to go home and Noah is like "no" "get my little brother away from me"  Tight fitting in the back of our truck.

here is a fresh fruit and vegi stand in Alabama.  They live down the road and have a peach orchard too.
The day after getting home I had to can the peaches before they rotted, 10 quarts. Worn out from unpacking, laundry, canning, and then hubby decides to butcher chickens as they are big and ready, what a reality check after a week of relaxing!

So on our way home in IL my hubby decides we deserve a treat to a nice restaurant, just look at the menu,mmmmmm, the food was fabulous!!   Angus beef from local cattle ranches and homemade sauces.   I loved it!!!

Then in WI we managed to be slightly ahead of the worse storms that went through and a photo of the storm from our left and raining over us and then straight ahead was a opening of sunshine.  Very interesting weather we had throughout the last day of travel.

I tried to capture the rainbow on the left and then it turned into a double rainbow.

So 4 days home and I am finally caught up but sick with a sore throat so bad I cannot speak, the virus started with my hubby before we left and went down the line to each kid and finally me! yeah.
Missing my son, he is quite happy in FL and my other son may go there for schooling after the Marine Corp so then I will have to learn to like flying, I will need alot of medication for that!!

I hope you enjoyed the photos, not alot of interesting ones since we just stayed near the beach and got beautiful tans.  But we had a great time.
Hugs, Kelly


  1. Beautiful pictures, Kelly.....thanks for sharing them with us. Looks like you had a great time!

  2. Wonderful blog post and fabulous, fun pictures! You're an excellent photographer as well as crafter and I look forward to having you back in your craft room. Hope you're feeling better now!

  3. Hi Kelly, Lovely to have you back... Boy that sounded a busy trip... I'm so glad your son has settled and is happy...Your pics are fabulous what a beautiful family you have..I hope your throat gets better soon take care!... Hugs May x x x

  4. Welcome Back Kelly! Thanks for sharing all of your marvelous pictures. Those sun sets are fabulous. You have a beautiful family and I'm happy that you son and his girlfriend are adjusting well to their new home. What a great place to visit! Hope you're feeling much better too! Oh and Happy Crafting!!!
    Hugs, Cathy

  5. Fabulous photos, Kelly! You're just as cute as can be! :o) Love all the gorgeous sunsets! It's been a while since I've been to the ocean so thank you for sharing!...Nancy :o)

  6. Welcome back Kelly! you had fun, your pictures are wonderful! you should start scrapbooking! Good to see you back. Hugs.

  7. Thanks for sharing your photos! Looks like you and your family had a great time! Welcome back and hope you feel better soon. : )

  8. It looks like a wonderful trip and a great family gathering. Must be lovely to see Ben and Kaitlyn so happily settled in already... Do hope you feel better soon, though.
    Alison x

  9. Oh fab shots, beautiful ! You're beautiful and your family too ! Happy to see you had fun !

  10. Looks like you all had a wonderful time, thanks for sharing
    Hugs julie P

  11. Great pictures Kelly - you look like you are 12 years old!!!! What a wonderful family you have - get some rest and take care of that cough. So glad the sore throat is better.


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