Saturday, November 26, 2016

Thanksgiving in Paradise (Florida)

Last year was our first year going to the Gulf Coast for Thanksgiving, and we were SOLD. So it's our new tradition, and honestly the kids have looked forward to it all year. It doesn't hurt that we have cousins that go, and extra ones joined us this year, in addition to grandparents!

It's a 12 1/2 hour drive, so it really takes the whole day. Joe and Kathy stopped here on their way there, so we got them for a day beforehand. Spencer had just gotten in from Chile, and imagine our surprise when Spencer and his dad came out dressed like this.

Anyway, we drove ALL day Saturday and went to church Sunday. Sadie actually went to Sunbeams totally fine! And Spencer ran into a mission buddy (random!) who is stationed there in the Air Force. We hung out on the patio the rest of the afternoon and couldn't wait for the rest of the week to start.

Monday-Friday was awesome weather! Wednesday was a little overcast but it was still pretty warm. Melissa and kids arrived Monday afternoon (with Steve and Kate coming Thanksgiving morning), and we spent most of our days out on the sand, with an occasional trip up to the pool and hot tub. We realized at the end of the week, some of the kids went more than 3 days without putting shoes on one time!

Our 14th anniversary was on Tuesday.

Nana had an injured foot so we didn't see her as much as we would have liked, but we got to do dinners all together every night. Emma and Jacob picked up right where they left off, with Tyler and Luke sometimes joining in. Such a great time, and even better since it was 75 and sunny the whole week!

 The sunsets (and sunrises) were UNREAL.

 Thanksgiving day family pictures

 The fierce four.
 She wanted to try "surfboarding" for about 5 seconds.

 They shared a gingerbread house.

 (Tanner was with Nana and Grandpa on the "courtesy cart" - they saw Nana walking with crutches and picked them up to deliver them to the theater. :) )

 Really trying to think about what they want for Christmas.

Farewell sunrise.

Tanner also picked up quickly on the fact that all the men in his family love football (Grandpa included), so the minute Grandpa made his way to the beach, Tanner was all over him asking to throw. It was adorable to watch.

They also had a couple games in the water - great entertainment for the rest of us.

Can't wait for next year!

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