Monday, April 25, 2011

5 things....vacation style!

We are back! I'm still tackling mountains of laundry and sweeping up sand from the laundry room floor but as I work I continue to think about the memories that we made in Florida. I think all the adults and kids agree that this was one of our best years yet. The boys are self-sufficient and the little girls that travel with us are growing up too. Less meltdowns make for very happy people.
If you have never been to the Panhandle, specifically here, put it on your list. It's a magical place worth visiting.
1. We had a photo contest. Two of us blog, many of us have flickr pages and we all have cameras. I felt like we were the paparazzi. There were cameras all over the place. At the end of the week, the slideshow was presented and prizes were awarded!
2. Last year we all agreed that we didn't ride our bikes enough. We changed that this year. Trail riding, quick trips to town and a long ride to breakfast were fun for all.
3. I am amazed at my sons and how they have grown to love this place. We were walking home one evening and Matt leaned over to me and declared that he only had four more years here and then off to college. Bittersweet moment for sure.
4. The mornings were overcast and not great for picture taking...but I did get out once. I decided to sleep a bit more in the mornings...a treat for me.
5. Wishing I was still walking the paths, but am also glad to be home.
Will show more vacations pictures in the coming week. Let me know if you get sick of seeing them!
Have a great week and now I'm off to do some more laundry!


Holli said...

Welcome home, Jane. I missed ya. Glad to see a few photos -- will look forward to more.

Good luck with the mounds of laundry and sand, sand, everywhere.

Jane said...

Wonderful, sounds and looks like a fantastic holiday!

MadMad said...

Sounds wonderful! So glad you had a nice time!

t does wool said... look radiant,Jane

TD wool design said...

we lived in panama city beach for a while. loved the beach.
you look rested indeed. gorgeous photo of you! i think the boys will get there during and maybe even a little after college. there is something special about a family place! and keep the photos coming!

Kristyn Knits said...

Sounds like one amazing vacation! And your wonderful being surrounded by all that decorating goodness. :) I've only seen pictures of her blessed you were! Take your time with re-entry.

Did any of these shots win the contest? I especially love the shots of your son and the walking path!

Anna Ander said...

Made me happy to realize that this isn't "my" first trip to Florida with you! So nice to come along! Thanks for sharing. And I love the b/w photo.

RW said...

I like the photos. Glad your time away was good. I still hold very fond memories of our last family vacation. They give me hope.

Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh, your favorite place is right beside my favorite place~Watercolor! I've never stayed there, we always stay at Navarre in our RV, but we always, always make a few trips to Watercolor every time. The gardens, trails, lake, beaches, houses~ everything is so wonderful. So glad you got a few days of bliss! ~Jan

Louise said...

It sounds like a lovely holiday - one to remember. Good luck with the washing...!