Friday, March 11, 2011

Sister Trip to Florida!

This is my sister Errin and I on the beach at Cape Canaveral.
We flew down to Orlando on March 1st and rented a car and drove
over to the Cape to stay with my other sister Elaine and her husband Tom
for a week. They live in a townhome complex right on the beach.

Elaine is my half sister and her health is not the best.
She cannot walk on her own anymore and her memory
is getting poor. Even though she was mixed up from
time to time, she never forgot who I was!

Elaine, my nephew Tom, my brother-in-law Tom, Errin and I
at Grills for lunch. They have the best breakfasts and the best
seafood. Yum! I love Grills!

We can watch the cruise ships go out because we're right by
Port Canaveral. Here goes the Disney ship!

A cat sitting on the fence that surrounds the complex.

There were beautiful flowers everywhere!
I can't wait until I can see flowers here at home
but this was a nice taste of spring.
A lizard sunning himself on a rock. I was on a
birdwatching tour at the Merritt Island National Wildlife
Refuge when I saw him along with tons of beautiful birds,
alligators and a rattlesnake!
A wonderful old hallway at the Lightner Museum
in St. Augustine, Florida.
The dining hall in Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida.
I think I could used to eating in such elegance, couldn't you?

Firing the cannon at the old Fort in St. Augustine.

St. George's Street is the pedestrian street lined
with stores, restaurants and candy/ice cream shops.
I saw this pair of shoes just sitting there when we
first arrived and I couldn't resist taking a photo of them.
I wonder if their owner was walking around barefoot.
Errin posing by the "friendly" alligators.
Cute, aren't they?

Elaine liked having her nails painted. I don't paint
my own nails but I did a pretty good job, if I do say so!

Another glorious sunrise on the beach. We tried to
walk on the beach at sunrise every single day we were there.
My ride in Florida.
Heh heh, not really...
A fun car parked outside the tourist mecca of
Ron Jon's in Cocoa Beach, just down the road.
Another gorgeous bird, a Snowy Egret
that we saw on our morning walk. Isn't he handsome
with his beautiful plumage, black legs and gold feet?
We are back home now. Back to reality of cold and snow for a few more weeks at least. I don't care because we had a fantastic trip. Elaine and I shared many special moments. My favorites were when we prayed together when she went to bed at night. Errin and I had a wonderful time together as well. It was her first visit to Florida and I enjoyed showing her around. I love my family and am blessed that we were able to visit, connect and create special memories.


WendyBee said...

Oh, thank you for sharing the beautiful pictures. I just came from oohing and aahing at the "Old Fashioned Baby" and thinking how nice it would be to go on a visit in the South somewhere and not come back until mud season has dried up. Then I saw that you visited Merritt Island! What a conicidence. My son's close friend moved there about a year ago, and they have stayed in touch, and he is constantly asking when he can go there for a visit! Sure is tempting!

Stacey said...

Sounds like you had a great time. What a difference in weather for you... freezing at the Birkebeiner to sunny in Florida. I remember you writing about your trip last year. Good times!

Farmchick said...

Looks like such a great trip and I have enjoyed all of your pictures. The one of your painting your sister's nails is my favorite. Such a sweet/kind gesture.

Emily said...

Looks and sounds like you had a fantastic trip. :) Makes me miss it so much!

Leah Marie said...

i'm glad you had fun! i'm missed being there, but at least one of us got to go! :]
p.s thank you soso much for the shirt! i love it and i love you!

Shelley said...

It looks like your FL trip was a ton of fun too. We were so thankful. It was mid-80s and sunny every day. The boys just swam nonstop.

It's a little hard coming back to our weather after a trip like that, isn't it? Thankfully it's April now so things should hopefully be turning warmer and sunnier soon. :)