Thursday, July 22, 2010

Soaking Up the Sun

We made it to Florida! I love how amazingly well my kids do on car trips! It makes things so easy! They did great!!!

We drove a lot the first day and our trip was about an hour longer than it should have been. There was a portion where we drove literally 5 miles in an hour! I couldn't believe it! When we got to the "problem" there was a semi sitting with it's lights on just past an exit, where construction had narrowed the highway to one lane, and two police cars were near the truck with their lights on. That's it. So EVERYONE had to exit and then get back on the highway past the overpass. Unreal.

We drove just past Atlanta and spent the night at a hotel. Great hotel, except for the fact that I had promised the kids a "treat" from the vending machines and had only a one and a ten and they had no change for my ten at the front desk. Really??? Then, there was NO ice in the ice machine! And, after we swam for about an hour (from around 8:30-9:30pm), realized that there wall sign said the pool closed at 9!? Weird, but at least they hadn't kicked us out!

I used my one dollar bill and bought a pack of microwave popcorn from the machine which the kids thought was pretty cool.

We had a good (free) breakfast and hit the road the next day, making it into Clearwater in a good amount of time.

Today I took the kids to the pool where my parents live (condo). Olivia sat and read, finishing up Percy Jackson and the Olympians book number 3! The boys and I had a blast!

After heading home and changing, Olivia and I then ran a couple errands and I took her for ice cream. I feel so bad that she can't join in the swimming! But we're going ice skating soon (it's supposed to rain in the next few days) and she LOVES that!

After dinner, I took the boys to the beach...

We had great weather today and soaked up a lot of sun! Davids and I are a bit red, but nothing too bad, and we had lots of fun!!! Off to Krispy Kreme in the morning and we'll see what the weather brings tomorrow...


Maureen said...

I'm so glad you finally made it! The pictures are great! Your kids are so lucky to have such an adventurous Mom!

Have fun in the sun!

Deb said...

Flor-i-DA! Have a blast!

Great stuff, the beach looks like it was great fun.

Lisa xx

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I am a single mom to four amazing kids; each of whom just happen to have been adopted. The first three were adopted through foster care, and we just completed an international adoption from Haiti. Our family has grown through adoption and I am all the more blessed to know each of my children. I worship a mighty God, teach Special Ed, love bargains, and am inspired by Pinterest... come along with us for the ride!

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