Thursday, July 17, 2008

Florida Trip

I don't even know where to begin! Our trip down was very nice. The boys did so well in the car. It was so fun to spend time with my best friend and her family. We even got to have a cookout at her house and all of her siblings and parents came.We all grew up together next door to each other and when I was in 5th grade they moved to FL. We've stayed close all these years and I believe we are the closest we've ever been. Being with all of her family was like a flashback to childhood. Many many good memories with them. Dianna and I also hit every scrapbook place in the area and I scored me some new goodies. I can't wait to make a book about this trip. We hit a Krispy Creme, the mall, Macaroni Grill, Chick fil a, the beach, so many fun places to write about and over 500 pictures. I'll just touch on some highlights with a few of my favorite pictures for now.

We stopped in southern Mississippi to get gas and I saw this sign on the gas station door. I'm used to the sign "No shirt, no shoes, no service". I'm guessing they have more of a problem with pants here.

We spent two different days at Pensacola Beach and had the most perfect weather. We went when it was either overcast or not very hot. It was perfect beach weather....not too hot, a light breeze, perfect water temp, and not too many jellyfish!

Dianna found this baby sand dollar. I put it next to my wedding ring to show you how small it is. Isn't it so cute??
I became one of Mallory's new best friends and I don't think Aiden liked that too much. She is such a doll and so is her sister Delaney. It was nice having some girls to play with!!
I've decided Aiden and Mallory are "frenemies". They weren't friends, they weren't enemies. They just had a strange love/hate relationship. It was kind of funny and also kind of frustrating. They fought and made up like an old married couple. Here they are actually getting along.
I love Noah's mirror reflection in this one.

Aiden, ever the onry one. He's throwing sand which was a no-no. Luckily Noah is standing plenty far away.

We got to see a guy reel in a shark on his fishing pole. It took him over an hour. He gutted him and then when he took him to the ocean to rinse out his insides, the shark was still fighting to swim away. He then plopped him inside a big cooler. It was kind of cool for the boys to see a real shark up close.

Family pic on the boardwalk.

One of my favorite pictures of Todd and Drew. The colors and the scene are just gorgeous in this one. They were taking the board out to try and do some body surfing. They had so much fun with that.
Another family pic.

Dianna will kill me as she said I'm not allowed to post any pics of her. I don't know why because she is a natural beauty even if she doesn't see it herself. I love this picture too much and she's a HUGE reason why we went down there. This girl is my lifeline and we've gotten each other through a lot over the years. I couldn't love her more if she was family.

Todd and Aiden taking a walk out into the water.
Oooh, quick, take a look, they're getting along again!

One of my all time favorite pictures of Aiden. Dianna took this one and I can't wait to frame it.

Delaney and Mallory. Maybe they're having a sister to sister chat??
Drew trying to body surf.
Another favorite of Aiden
A sweet shot of Drew. He avoided the camera the whole trip but Dianna managed to snag this cute one and I just love it.
Have you ever opened a cooler and found a baby holding a beer?? I laughed my butt off. Dianna's brother Brian did this. He's too funny.

On our trip home, we stayed in Memphis for the night. We took a horse and carriage ride around the downtown and got to see some beautiful sights and learn some of the history. It was so fun and a first for all 5 of us. Her dog, Hazel, comes along for the ride and she was such a sweet dog.

We ate at a local restaurant called Huey's. The food was mediocre but the atmosphere was awesome. If you can see the walls, they are all graffiti. All the walls are signed by people who come in there and it looks so cool.

On the ceiling we noticed a ton of toothpics hanging from the ceiling. They encourage you to blow them up there through your straw. They have a contest once a year where you can pay a buck or something to guess how many are up there. The winner gets a gift certificate to the restaurant and all the money goes to a local charity. Pretty neat.


Beth said...

Looks like you guys had an amazing time! Love the pictures. My favs are the solo shots of each boy. Those are fantastic!

Kathryn said...

Wow! What a trip! Those pictures are amazing! Such fun!
Holy moly are you gorgeous!!!

4funboys said...


looks like you had a great vacation... totally makes me want to "pack my bags!!!"

living in CA... I had to crack up at the photo of the "pull up your pants"... If I had my way... they'd be posted everywhere b.c. it drives me crazy.

enjoyed your blog...

Mom said...

Anxious to get back and see all your pics-I think it will take a while! The boys seems to adapt to the beach and its fun! Sure wish we could have been at the Thompson picnic too....miss them all

kristen said...

WOW what amazing photos. The family ones are stunning. Definitely worth a frame.
Hope to read more of your blog soon.
I too have all boys. They're great aren't they.

Rosemary Bogdan said...

We've been in Florida too. These pictures look so familiar. We were doing the same thing. We're on our way back now and spending the night in Tennessee on our way to Michigan. Glad you had fun. Nice pictures.

Dianna said...

You can come back now :(

Sandra Carvalho said...

OMG!Awesome pics and awesome post!!!
I adored it!
The pic of you with your friend is lovely.
Also loved the family pic.
I guess you already miss those days.
I know I would!
Take care girl.

TravelingMom said...

Wow, what a trip. Those pics are wonderful! Glad you enjoyed it so much.

Sandra Carvalho said...

Oh!I do !I do!I do wanna go with you girls!!!
See how sad is to live here in Portugal?!I can't even join you on such a fab thing as watching NKOTB live!Geez!I soooooo have to keep applying for jobs there!LOL!
Have a great day girl!