Why Florida?

So why am I in Florida instead of being home by now? Dear is working his company’s booth at the AUA conference which means I would have been home alone if I traveled there so we made the plans for me to meet up with him in Orlando, a sort of side trip to Seattle from Jacksonville, North Carolina. I didn’t want to be away from Dear for a full 25 days! The hotel room and his food are all paid for by his company. All we pay for is my food and expenses so I get to see another part of the U.S.A. for a bargain.

P1050257AUA American Urological Association

P1050260This is the hotel that Dear’s company booked for their conference attendees.


P1050250-001You could rent a cabana for $125 a day. I opted for a massage instead.



P1050266orlando1These are the views from our room. I zoomed in to get the city scape. I was hoping to see an alligator in that marshy area but I never did.

 Florida1Walking along International Blvd. proved true to it’s name. We heard so many languages as we walked along. I personally spoke to a Russian couple from Moscow who thought my Russian accent was very genuine. I also talked to a gal from Romania and a few gals from Britain and another young lady from Los Angeles, which is an international city all it’s own…

orlando2We didn’t stray much from the hotel to eat because of Dear’s busy schedule but we enjoyed a meal at the Pub and their kilted staff. Is kilted a word? You know what I mean the staff wore kilts…the guys and the gals.

orlandoWe didn’t drink these all in one sitting. They were an interesting photo op.

10407572_10203869646889863_8486215410183000260_nOn Monday I scheduled myself a massage at the Hotel Spa. I went early enough for my appointment to enjoy their steam room, whirlpools and lounging areas. I was the only person enjoying this private spa area at the hotel on this morning. This was my only lounging outside experience in Florida. Sunny, hot, humid climes are not on my “go to” list. I am crossing Florida off my U.S. States to visit list.

P1050283This is a photo of the sunrise on the East Coast. I am very happy to say that by the time the sun sets on the West Coast on Tuesday I should be home.

Psalm 113:3 (ESV)

From the rising of the sun to its setting,
    the name of the Lord is to be praised!


Here and There…

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration with Dave, Beth, Jamie, Sarly, Raelynd, BIL Steve, my sister Lana, and our son Dan yesterday in the Pacific Northwest.  Our son Josh and Laura were celebrating with Laura’s family just a few miles away from us. Our daughter Katie called from their celebration with Son-in-law Andrew’s folks in the middle of Florida.

I nabbed this photo off facebook of part of my family enjoying their feast in Dallas, Texas. My sister Kathy’s family drove from Southern California to Texas to spend time with my brother Leonard’s family.

Then I nabbed this photo of my mom and dad enjoying their Thanksgiving feast with my sister Vera’s family in Huntington Beach, California. I really love that my dad has his napkin tucked into his waist. I can almost hear his voice and I know he is praising God and being thankful to Him for his family gathered around that table and scattered all over the U.S.

My brother Tim and SIL Letty joined them. My brother Steve’s family drove from Southern California to Arizona to celebrate with my SIL Kelly’s family. Dear’s brother Terry’s family celebrated in Fullerton, California.

Here there and everywhere we all joined in being thankful to God for all “he did to us” over the years!

Our Niece’s Wedding…

I was able to pirate these photos off my niece Annie from the wedding in Orlando. The wedding was supposed to be in Cancun this last Saturday but because of the Swine flu it was cancelled in Cancun and within 24 hours rescheduled in Orlando for the same Saturday. Truly amazing what they were able to pull off  changing the venue in 24 hours time!!

Jenna is our oldest niece. She is the daughter of Dear’s brother Terry who is married to Christina. They have two other daughters. Annie was born the same year our first son Josh was born and Kacie just turned 18!

The bride, our beautiful niece Jenna…


The three sisters…


The parents of the bride, Dear’s brother Terry and Christina…


The new family…



Our son Josh and his beautiful wife Laura. They were the only ones in our family who could attend the wedding.


Cousins minus the bride…


Cousins Annie and Josh both born in 1979! Josh already had his birthday in January and Annie will be celebrating hers on May 16th!

Photobucket is holding all my photos that I stored on their site from 2007-2015 hostage replacing them with ugly grey and black boxes and asking for a large ransom to retrieve them. It is a slow process to go through all my posts deleting the ugly boxes.