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Holiday Time
Posted by Tina on Friday, December 28, 2012 - 03:58 PM
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Family News Tina writes " Thanksgiving arrived with plenty of cold weather. Gloria,Paul, and grandkids (myself included) dressed in long sleeves and sweaters for visits to the park and late night Christmas shopping. All the baking did not heat up the house with 45 degree nights for 3 nights! Late Saturday afternoon we all watched the Gators chomp on the Noles with a 37-26 win. There is only one Gator football game each season that I cheer (quietly) for their opposition . When they play FSU I feel the need to support the Seminoles. Fond memories of Dave and those 75 trumpets are unforgettable....
Fast forward and suddenly it was tree decorating, more shopping, more Christmas decorating and then the arrival of Lori and Dave from Colorado and Gloria,Paul,Alexa, and Paul Andrew from Miami. We enjoyed Monsters,Inc. at the movies with the grandkids and visited Flesher's Farm Christmas light display. Alexa and Paul Andrew opened their Christmas gifts from Dave and Lori and enjoyed the Jump-O-Lene " indoor trampoline". Mary and Charlie joined us for dinner on December 23rd and her homemade cheesecake and Karen's chocolate cake were a hit! Our friend Karen across the street arrived for the winter from Chevy Chase, Maryland just over a week ago.
Everyone headed out of Estero by December 24th and then we packed and made our way to Miami on Christmas Eve. We enjoyed Christmas Eve dinner at the Armand's, Gene always looks forward to Yoyi's delicious Christmas ham dinner. Christmas morning Alexa and Paul Andrew awoke to find Santa had delivered just what they asked for! And sure enough he even left more presents at Ba and Booe's. Christmas Day spent with family is always the best present of all! On the 26th we drove up to Ft. Lauderdale and visited with my cousin Mary and her family. Alexa and Paul Andrew got to meet their cousins and Justin's and Mariana's new baby Jacob. I am so thankful for family and all the wonderful memories and times spent together......

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Colorado Keeps Calling
Posted by Tina on Monday, August 27, 2012 - 09:37 PM
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Family News Tina writes " It has been a month since we returned from our wonderful visit to Colorado. It is now August 27th and we just had Tropical Storm Isaac pass offshore last night. No school today so here I am at home catching up on some writing. We are having maybe 35 mph gusts and so far not quite 3 inches of rain. Isaac is now heading toward New Orleans or possibly somewhere nearby on the Gulf of Mexico. It is that time of the year....
Colorado had a very hot summer and in two locations huge forest fires went on for weeks. It took a cold front and heavy rains from mother nature to finally stop the massive forest fires just before we flew out on July 12th. We spent the first part of our trip staying in Snowmass with Dave and Lori. We did some hiking and went to Aspen for dinner one night and spotted Melanie Griffith sitting at a nearby table. Now I would have liked to see Antonio Banderas but no such luck...
We had fun on the Alpine Coaster in Glenwood Springs Adventure Park and were
wonderfully entertained by our guide at the Glenwood Caverns. His comedic approach made thie cave tour definitely one of a kind!
Dave and Lori headed back to Denver to go to work and my dear husband and I headed further west down to the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. This canyon is not well known like other canyons out west but it literally takes your breathe away as you dare peer over the edge.... We next headed to the the Almont, Crested Butte area and stayed in an 100 year old cabin ( newly remodeled thank heavens) on the Taylor River. Our friend ,Nancy Avalon, joined us for 2 nights and we had a great time hiking, horsebackriding, and fishing. Well Gene found the fish scarce but he gave it his best effort. Too many anglers in one spot? Crested Butte is a wonderful western town nestled among so many majestic 14,000 + mountains . Aspen trees were everywhere- autumn here must be truely awesome!
We spent the last days of our Colorado visit back in Denver with Dave and Lori. It was great seeing their little dog Jack and how well he recovered from his back surgery. Lori planned a girl's day which was lots of fun. Dave took us to the Denver Museum of Natural History - just love those big dinosaurs!! Our Colorado visit was fun-filled, inspiring, magical, and best of all shared with family and friends. No wonder Colorado keeps calling...."

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July 4th 2012
Posted by Tina on Monday, August 27, 2012 - 08:54 PM
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Family News Tina writes " We spent 4th of July in Siesta Key and had a wonderful visit with Paul, Paul Andrew, Alexa, Gloria and her family. Several of the grandmothers put together a scavenger hunt which the grandchildren really enjoyed. Unfortunately, jellyfish moved in from offshore thanks to Tropical Storm Debbie which had moved through the area the previous week. Fortunately, the sand which is so wonderful here makes for great sandcastle building and kept the children busy. Many professional sand sculptures also dotted the beach which were truely amazing! My favorite was the octopus. The July 4th fireworks were fantastic and the paper lanterns we saw were so beautiful to watch as they drifted upward into the night sky. What a nice contrast to all the pop, boom, and bang!!!"

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Water Weekend
Posted by Tina on Friday, June 22, 2012 - 06:07 PM
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Family News Tina writes " After our return from the Georgia Mountains , Paul brought the family over to Estero for a weekend of "watery" fun! The weather was perfect and not too hot but that would not have been a problem. We were like fish spending most of the time in the pools and lazy river! Alexa got in some practice using her swim mask. When we both went underwater to see each other she gave Grandma the biggest smile! The mask did not leak and was a good fit but smiling underwater was a problem :)
On the last day of their visit we took the shuttle boat to the beach and had fun building a sandcastle. We arrived at low tide which allowed Paul Andrew to venture out in the gulf waters. He had so much fun as the gentle waves passed him by and even this Grandma felt sooo relaxed in the calming water . Yes, we had a perfect beach adventure!

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Alexa's Mermaid Party
Posted by Tina on Thursday, June 21, 2012 - 11:29 PM
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Family News Tina writes " We celebrated Alexa's birthday the end of May this year. The anticipated "Mermaid Birthday Party" had to be rescheduled due to Paul's bout with pneumonia at the end of April . He was in the hospital for a good part of a week and afterwards was still in recovery mode. By Saturday of Memorial Weekend he was much improved and as it turned out the skies were clear unlike the original date which was super rainy ! It was hot but the Armand's pool was a perfect temperature. The children had a blast playing in the pool, bouncing in the bounce house, and sliding down the water slide. We were amazed to see Alexa having no fear of being thrown in the pool- as Yoyi has said "anything that involves a swimsuit Alexa is in". Yoyi's creative flair transformed the Armand backyard into a family water park that will be long remembered along with all the smiles, laughter, and giggles of all the little mermaids and mermans."

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