We had a great trip to Tampa last week, full of all kinds of fun. And since it's taken me a week to recover, this post will be another that is best represented in (a TON of) pictures...(Sorry- this probably shoulda been made into several posts, but I was NOT about to reload all these pictures!)
Plane ride down went great- it was Georgia's first time to have her own ticket, and Lincoln's first plane ride. She kept entertained with a monkey movie, and little boy fell fast asleep.
Tampa was literally flooded when we arrived, having the most rain in one day ever. So we just got settled in with Grammie & Grandad, picked up some groceries and enjoyed dinner w/ Uncle Wes. Thursday morning was still a bit wet so we went to the Aquarium...
Georgia loved seeing all the fishies and other creatures, and Lincoln enjoyed the stroller ride & playing with Grammie.
Thursday night Larry & I got a "night off" and headed to a hotel at Clearwater beach. We enjoyed walking on the sand, ice cream, a good seafood dinner, a movie and just time alone. I love my children, but it was really great to have some time off! Also, I just miss the beach, palm trees and wide open water- it was good to see you all again!
Meanwhile, the kiddos enjoyed playing with Grammie & Grandad, going to the zoo and making cookies!
Friday night, many family and friends came by the house to say hi and share hugs. Lincoln loved getting snuggles, as usual, and showing off his latest bruises. Georgia loved getting re-acquainted with Shawn & Maggie's kids, Logan (3.5) and Emma (1.5).
Saturday morning Larry & I took the kids for a quick visit to the local beach. Georgia is a pure beach babe, and rushed headfirst in to the water and sand. We finally had to pry her away with promises of cookies!
It was Lincoln's first taste of the beach, and I'll say he takes after his dad- not a fan! He was fine chewing on (clean) beach toys up on the blanket, safe from the sand, but did not share his sister's enthusiasm for the water!
To get the best view of the 4th Fireworks, we headed across the bay in dad's boat that afternoon. We spent the rest of the day hanging out on the boat deck, swimming and eating, before the "boom boom" (as Georgia called the fireworks) that evening.
Sunday was church, brunch, naps, and dinner with the Waltrips. Monday morning- flew home! Kiddos were great again. Georgia watched Monkey again, and Lincoln fell asleep snuggled against me. (I love that he will still do that, despite being such a busy boy during his waking hours!) When we got to Bham, our bags were some of the first out and we were thinking "this traveling has been too easy!"
Sure enuf- when we got to the car- our battery was dead! Don't know why, but we did find out that a Jeep Grand Cherokee is a pain to get into with no power, as only the driver door will open. Thankfully the airport security came to our rescue with a magical box that made our car come back to life. Then, on the drive home, in more rain, we watched a semi-truck hydroplane, crash into the I-65 divider and jack-knife. Right in front of us. It was crazy and a bit scary. So we were thinking maybe God delayed us at the airport to be able to call 911 for that trucker... He does work in mysterious ways and we were thankful the crash was not any worse.