Monday, September 29, 2014

Spending time with Family!!

OK - back to vacation.....

Once we were settled in, we spent the next few days with the family.  No major plans, just hanging out at home, taking turns at dinner between my sister's homes and celebrating Birthdays.  Lots of laughs and family fun!!!

First Birthday was for my wonderful Hubby!!! 
Happy Birthday babe!!!











Can't be in Florida without catching a lizard!



All the cousins!!! 




Playing pool with my dad! :)


Dinner at my sister Wendy's home


Just the girls - stepmom & sisters!



Fun cooking together



We also took a trip to the beach but thanks to a passing storm, we couldn't go swimming due to really bad rip currents.














Then it was back to my grandparent's home for an early birthday celebration for my son!!

Happy 16th Birthday!!











Check back soon....I'll have more Florida fun to report :)


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Can I go back on Vacation?!?

OMG - September is almost over.  The time has gone in a blink of an eye - why can't I slow time down a bit!! Ever since we returned from vacation its been nonstop.  We relaxed so nicely, had some trouble here & there with the teenagers but all in all it was a very relaxing vacation.

Before I go on about what is going on in my little world right now - I'd rather write about our vacation!

So this year my husband, who is wonderful and thoughtful by the way, suggested we take my 2 nieces and nephew to Florida with us.  At first I wasn't sure, but we were originally going to spend the week with my dad and his side of the family.  My nieces and nephew had never met the family in Florida-well my older niece has, but not the other 2.  So I did think it was a good idea.  I don't know when my sister will ever travel to Florida again and I wanted my grandparents to meet their 3 other grandchildren - enough time has been lost.

Then my hubby decides - "Let's surprise them with a trip to Disney" - WHAT!!! Now I really think he's lost his mind but hey, I get everything priced out and he gives me the go ahead!  Now I'm a bit panicked.  2 adults, 5 kids (16, 15, 13, 10 & 9) packed in a Pathfinder to drive from NJ to FL - oh boy!! The thought of stopping in Disney was the only thing keeping me excited about this entire trip.

We left 8/20 right after work - and drove straight thru the night!  I let my son sit in the front seat, while I drove - we took turns driving but he was really tired so I drove most of the way.



We arrived in Florida early morning but took a detour to visit the University of Florida!  My son is supposed to be researching colleges so this was a nice stop for us!




After seeing the baseball field, which is just about the only thing my son was interested in seeing, we kept driving.  As we got closer to Wellington, we decided to stop at Cracker Barrel for lunch - we were starving!




We finally arrived at my dad's house but nobody was home yet and my sister was picking up my nephews from school - so we got into the backyard to sit & relax!  The boys ofcourse, wasted no time in jumping in! Umm....did I say just boys -- LOL, well my daughter aslo made a quick change behind a towel and jumped in too.  She was dying to try out her new mermaid tail.





This is all I have for now - in the next few days I will be posting more on our Big Family Vacation to Florida!!!