We had a very quite Thanksgiving this year - just the two of us. I made a really yummy sage and cranberry cornish hen.
Our first snow in the house!
I knew we weren't going to be at the house for our first Christmas of home-ownership, but I wanted to decorate anyway. We did lights outside, stockings on the mantle, and of course, a tree! We threw a holiday party, so we could see our MD friends before the trip to Florida. There may be pictures of that to come...
Similar to last year, we spent the first part of the trip with Nick's family and the second part with my family. We celebrated Nick's birthday early with his family. That means lots of food and friends and fireworks. This is Logan, Eric's son watching TJ (Nick's brother) shoot off Roman Candles. He LOVED it! :)
Ah... A "tropical" Christmas Eve in Florida.
Merry Christmas! Christmas at Nick's involves lots of running around the yard with airplanes, frisbees, bubbles, badmitton, fireworks, bee-bee gun target practice, and a burn barrel.
On the 26th, we drove over to Dunedin and had a 2nd Christmas at my family's house. This is Grandma Nonie (aka. Grandma Sugar).
We stayed at a little hotel right in the marina. Here's the view from our room at sunset.
The 27th was Nick's B-day. Happy 30th!!! We spent the morning going thrift-shopping per Nick's request. We then went to the Tarpon Springs Spongedocks. That place is like the Greek Disney World. The sponges are stinky, though! We ate outside at this packed Greek resturant. Afterwards, we went to the beach with my family and went rock-hunting. Then Grandma took us all out for a birthday dinner. It was a good day.
The next day, we went to Caladesi Island, which was rated the 2nd best beach in the country this year. It is a national park island which is left totally natural. You have to take a ferry to get there. It was a beautiful, clear, sunny day. Then out of nowhere this thick, wet, cold fog blew in. We were thinking about packing up, and it blew away as quickly as it came in...freaky. The island has a playground for the kids, surrounded by a lot of natural Florida beauty.