Brenda and I were lucky enough to spend Christmas with all three of our kids (John, Tina, Matt) and their partners (Brittnie, Tony, Kelley), Mike's Mom Dee and Brenda's sister Karen along with her husband Peter. We wished Mike's sisters (Kim and Lisa) could have brought their troops down to the Gulf with us, but as grandkids keep cropping up they needed to spend their holiday time with them. Maybe next time?
We all met at Karen and Peter's brand spanking new condo in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Their condo was a great gathering spot with a beautiful beach right out the back door. We used their condo as the gathering spot for cards, movies, dice and lots of good eating and conversation.
Brenda and I received a great Christmas present when our good friends Jim and Joni surprised us with a visit enroute to their winter escape in Ft. Myers. We got to spend 3 days with them laughing, eating and relaxing. Thanks for going so far out of your way to come and play with us guys.
The weather was sympathetic to us northerners and stayed in the 50's and 60's most of the time. Although we would have preferred 70's and 80's, we were happy to get walk on the beach, collect shells, and watch the dolphins who visited every day.
We visited several local establishments including the infamous Florabama Bar for their live music, Tacky Jacks for great Mahi Mahi Tacos, Hazels for custom made omelettes, Scoops for ice cream, and Moe's BBQ for takeout. Our New Years resolutions should be easy to guess with our newly expanded waistlines. When we were seated in a booth at Hazels we liked the personalized welcome plate. Mike and B's Nook?
|Mike's Mom at Tacky Jacks|
We toured a few condos at Sailboat Bay and even looked over an Ericson 35 sailboat for sale. Mike found that a manufacturer's specification of 6' 1" headroom just isn't going to cut it. He still had to bend over a couple of inches which isn't going to work. Guess we'll need to look for something that lists at least 6' 3" if he is going to be somewhat comfortable.
All too soon our kids each had to head back to their homes. It always hurts to see them go. We live so far apart now that we never know how long the separation will be each time. We love you all and had a wonderful holiday with each of you close at hand.