Tuesday, May 22, 2012

A Sweet Visit

Isn't this picture just the sweetest?  Too bad it's not the greatest quality, but I just love it!  (When will I learn that I can't zoom in with my phone?)  

Our time in Fl was longer than usual this trip which was great since it was full of wedding planning, attending Dan's graduation, and spending time with our family and friends.

I arrived in Orlando Tuesday night and was picked up by Natalie (Steve was in Nebraska for a meeting).  How great it was to celebrate her recent engagement and to see her beautiful ring in person!  Thanks Natalie for the sweet roses and coffee mug for Mother's Day!  We arrived in Ormond too late to see Silas before he went to bed, but we had a good visit with John, Tiffany, and Scott.

The next morning before it was daylight, Silas went to Steve's side of the bed and said, "Papa?"
Natalie answered and said, "no, it's Natalie."
He tried not to sound too disappointed and said, "oh, hi Natalie."  And then he got me up and we watched the sunrise.

Natalie and I left for St. Augustine later that morning to visit the wedding venues that she and Dan had chosen.  It seemed appropriate to do some wedding planning since Steve and I were celebrating our 31st wedding anniversary that day!  We got a lot accomplished and Natalie's going to be a beautiful bride- no surprise!

Working on Pre-K homework

On Thursday I spent the first half of the day visiting with some friends.  It was great being with them, but our time went by way too fast.  The second half was spent with my family.  One of the highlights was seeing Silas complete his homework- he's doing so well.  The other highlight was getting to cook for them.

Steve arrived around 1 a.m. Friday morning and we left later that morning for Gainesville to attend Dan's graduation.  Congratulations Dan!

                           Saturday was centered around Silas and it turned out to be opening day for the pool!

                     Silas had learned how to swim last summer and quickly picked it up again.

Silas helped me make a belated birthday cake for Tiffany!

           We celebrated Tiff's b-day at Dimitri's- good food, great fellowship and a beautiful view!

Sunday seemed to fly by.  We were thankful to see Scott again since he is moving to Canada on June 1st.  

He even took me for a ride on his friend's scooter.

Not sure when we'll see him again- we wish him the best!  It was great being home and our visit was rich and full of blessings!


  1. Love, love, love your pictures and journal of your trip; especially the picture of you on the cute yellow scooter; I want one! So happy Silas is doing so well at school.

  2. Such good pictures! I can hear Silas saying, "oh, hi Natalie." He is so cute!!!! It makes my heart sad that we missed that time with the family. :( I'm glad you guys had such a good time!

    1. We missed you and Brian being there, too. I can't tell you the number of times I wished that you all were there. Looking forward to seeing you in a month!!!

  3. Hey, Melanie! I picked a great time to catch up on your blog! What an eventful trip you had. I didn't know Scott was moving. What handsome men you have in your life!
    Love, Caroline