Both the trip up and the trip back down lasted approximately 15 hours each. On the way home we decided to forgo any petri dish biological experimental accommodations and just muscle through the entire trip, so we left earlier in the morning. Continue reading »
Being back home with my family this week has allowed me to reflect even more on all of the things I am thankful for. Somewhere I must have picked up a bunch of good Karma because I am not sure if I deserve all of the gifts I have been given, but I will take them. Continue reading »
Well I’ll tell you something. This is no longer a vacation. It’s a quest. It’s a quest for fun. I’m gonna have fun and you’re gonna have fun. We’re all gonna have so much freaking (edited) fun we’ll need plastic surgery to remove our gosh darn (again edited) smiles. You’ll be whistling ‘Zip-A-Dee Doo-Dah’ out of your bottom (ok, so maybe this isn’t the best quote for a family friendly blog)! I gotta be crazy!
But as we embarked on our Thanksgiving vacation, I can only think we must be crazy. When did a 15+ hour one way car adventure sound like a great way to spend the Thanksgiving holiday? Continue reading »
Amid Black Friday sales and stampedes happened to fall a little known holiday called Thanksgiving. At the core of the celebration is the idea that individuals should take a step back (and maybe not spend a week camped out in front of a store for a $200 TV) to spend time with their family and reflect on the things that they are thankful for.
I can easily say that there is no way that I can do justice for all of the many gifts that I am thankful for, but in keeping with the season, I tried to wrap it all up into 3 main blessings: Continue reading »
On Black Friday while some people were busy trampling each other to get a cheap TV for $100 from WalMart, we decided to spend a nice day outside at Gatorland with Nolin, Jenn’s parents and her brother Kevin who was visiting from Ireland.
It was an awesome day and a really cool park. Nolin could not have been more intrigued and excited. He was a big fan of the gator feeding and bird exhibit in which you would walk amongst hundreds of birds. They would land on his arms and shoulders and he would attempt to pet them. He didn’t really have a ton of luck, but he was persistent and kept trying.
I couldn’t convince Jenn to allow Nolin to try his hand at Gator wrestling…maybe when he starts walking? In case he needs to make a fast exit.
One of the coolest things I find in being a parent is watching your child find interest in everything and just trying to figure it all out. You can literally watch them as they begin making the connections. So it was pretty fun for me to just sit back and watch Nolin take everything in and there was plenty to keep his attention the entire time we were there. Eventually the rain came and we headed to The Flats for dinner. Our good friend Brandi came and met us there and had a chance to meet Nolin for the first time. It was then that Jenn’s mom offered to watch Nolin if we wanted to go out.
Besides a brief recognition dinner, this was the first time that Jenn and I had been out together without Nolin. Although I don’t think that we stay in by any means, it is kind of crazy to think that we had not gone out together for six months…where has the time gone?
We decided to take Brandi, Don and Kevin to one of our favorite places, Hollerbach’s Willow Tree in downtown Sanford. It is an awesome German restaurant and bar with authentic entertainment. By the time that Cori and Andrew arrived and Brandi and Don started dancing with another table…we definitely had a party on our hands.
By party I mean we left the Hallerbach and headed home by 10:45…oh how the times have changed. We came home and Nolin decided to give us one more treat…he slept until 8:00am. Now that really deserves a holla back.