Our Last Week in Florida

It’s bittersweet as we prepare to get on the road again; what we planned¬†as a 2 month layover in Florida to visit with my extended family has morphed into a glorious 4 months, but it’s time to set our sites West and prepare for the homeward journey.

We’ve had some really wonderful times with my family, and for the first time in almost 20 years, I’ve had the chance for leisurely get-togethers and deep time, rather than the usual frantic week or two ‘see everyone’ visits. We’ve been blessed to be 5 minutes from Mom’s house, so have spent many mornings and post-work afternoons walking with Mom, or spending time at her house visiting. With brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews and aunts and uncles all in-state, it’s felt like one long, lovely family visit. And we even got a chance to spend a brief time with my best friend Pete, who visited his dad from Korea, and we were able to meet up.

After one last visit to the east coast with Mom and Aunt Barb this weekend to visit my sister Cindy, we’ll hit the road westward. We hope to meet up with our dear friend Gary on the Gulf coast, 2 weeks in New Orleans, then on to Texas to visit cousin Jake. After than, we’ll see where the wind (or the weather!) blows us.

We’ve obviously been having too much fun to update the blog, but here are some¬†highlights in images from our last couple of months:

At the end of the road: Key West

Welcome to Florida!

 

Santa-Barb delivering presents

Santa-Barb delivering presents

Barb 'passes the hat' to Dan... Hello Santa Baby!!!

Barb ‘passes the hat’ to Dan… Hello Santa Baby!!!

Mom must have been good...her stocking overfloweth...

Mom must have been good…her stocking overfloweth…

Jesse and Don tussle for the mat

Jesse and Don tussle for the mat

New Year's Day at the beach with Shobi and Amiet

New Year’s Day at the beach with Shobi and Amiet

Jesse LOVES Shobi!!!

Jesse LOVES Shobi!!!

Visiting with Dave, Sinder and Sabrina in Orlando

Visiting with Dave, Sinder and Sabrina in Orlando (by Rollins College)

The 'Other Highway 1'... On the way to the end of the road, Key West

The ‘Other Highway 1’… On the way to the end of the road, Key West

We made it to the end of the road.... time to head home. Decision is made.

We made it to the end of the road…. and we make the decision that it’s time to head home.

Pete and Kimbo. Hard to believe he's been my BFF for almost 30 years!

Pete and Kimbo. Hard to believe he’s been my BFF for almost 30 years!

Love these guys! Pete, Kimbo and Dan hanging out on Sanibel Island

Love these guys! Pete, Kimbo and Dan hanging out on Sanibel Island

Sunset at the end of the road, and home to the world's greatest key lime pie

Sunset at the end of the road, and home to the world’s greatest key lime pie

A quick trip to Mexico to photograph Jillian and Monte's wedding

A quick trip to Mexico to photograph Jillian and Monte’s wedding

 

A quick trip to Mexico for Jillian and Monte's wedding

A quick trip to Mexico for Jillian and Monte’s wedding

A quick trip to Mexico for Jillian and Monte's wedding

A quick trip to Mexico for Jillian and Monte’s wedding

Next trip to Orlando... Universal Studios/Islands of Adventure with Amiet and Sabrina

Next trip to Orlando… Universal Studios/Islands of Adventure with Amiet and Sabrina

Butterbeer in Diagon Alley. Perhaps not the best 9:00 am dietary choice...

Butterbeer in Diagon Alley. Perhaps not the best 9:00 am dietary choice…

More fun at Universal

More fun at Universal

One of my favorite places to hike (Oscar Scherer SP), and my first decent photo of an eagle

One of my favorite places to hike (Oscar Scherer SP), and my first decent photo of an eagle

Hiking at Oscar Scherer SP; I'll miss this place

Hiking at Oscar Scherer SP; I’ll miss this place