Tuesday, October 12, 2010


We welcomed my sister Becky and her good friend Sarah to Florida for a few days.  They thought they were coming for a relaxing weekend.  Here is what we did while they were here.  I'll let you decide if it was really relaxing.

Meghan and I picked Becky and Sarah up at the airport in Orlando and went shopping at IKEA.  I found a cool mirror and lamp and a ton of other bargain items for the house.  Sorry, no pics.  You'll have to come visit to see what I bought.

Next, we went to the outlet mall and bought some warm PJ's for Camille and some soccer shoes for Ken.

We arrived back to Gainesville just in time to kiss Camille goodnight!

We went to the beach in St. Augustine.  We always park right next to the Castillo Real hotel because there are free restrooms and showers and the beach is usually not as busy as the main St. Augustine beach.  It was a beautiful day!

You can click on the pictures to see them larger.


Camille and Aunt Becky

Mommy and Camille

Sarah and Meghan relaxing under the umbrella

Meghan found the sound of the ocean relaxing!

Camille was covered in sand by the time we left.

After the beach, we looked in the little shops around the city and had dinner at the A1A Ale house.  We had a great view of the pier!

In the evening we went to a Greek festival and had some yummy cake with custard.  It was a long day!

We all got up early and brought Camille to soccer practice.  Since Ken was out of town, one of the other dads, Coach Kenney, was in charge.  Camille wasn't interested in playing soccer at first.  A phone pep-talk by daddy seemed to help a little.  Eventually Mommy and Aunt Becky realized Camille was more than happy to chase us up and down the field.  By the end of the hour, Camille was kicking the ball with her teammates and running on her own.

After soccer we took Becky and Sarah around town to see all of the tailgaters for the LSU-UF game.  We also stopped at Sam's to purchase some juicy carrots and apples.

Then, we visited a retired horse farm with our friends, the Kenneys.  Here is a link to a few pictures Lorrie took.  More pictures are yet to come from the horse farm!  Sarah was the only one with a camera so we still need to get the pictures from her.  The retirement home for horses is officially my new favorite activity in Gainesville!  Camille was a little scared to feed the horses at first, but was so disappointed that we ran out of carrots by the end.

After naps, we ended our day with sushi at the Bento cafe with two of Becky's Florida friends.

On Sunday we went to church, picked up a rental car for Becky & Sarah to drive back to Orlando on Monday, shopped at the mall and found a beautiful dress for me to wear in Ecuador and at Becky's wedding, and went to Lake Alice to see the alligators.

One big gator
 Camille refused to nap, so Becky and Sarah took her to the swimming pool late in the afternoon while Meghan and I cooked dinner.  Finally, we went to the bat house at dusk and saw all of the bats disperse across the city.  There were fewer bats than usual, maybe because most of them have flown south for the winter.  What a great way to end a fun weekend!

1 comment:

  1. That looks like a BUSY, but great visit. I am so glad you got to have that special time with your sister. Do you mind if I "borrow" your format for the blessings post? I have been a negaholic lately and I need to fix that. Take care!