Thursday, January 29, 2009
Visiting Family in Florida
Bill and I are sitting in the Orlando airport waiting to board our plane signifying the end of our little five day mini vacation visiting family in the Orlando area. Of course we stayed with Corey, Duncan and our sweet little granddaughter, Calleigh. From the moment she ran into our bed on the first morning to her wailing good bye in the car, we've had a great time with her (and all of the rest of the extended family.)
We started our time here at the zoo with both sets of doting grandparents chasing a 20 month old through the zoo. She was non stop action and chatter. She loved everything and made that clear.
Our next day was spent celebrating Corey's 33rd birthday (where does the time go?) in Disney World. Because they let you in free on your birthday Corey decided she would venture there even though she had always maintained she wouldn't be frequenting the place even while living nearby. Calleigh was in high gear and literally ran everywhere. How many people does it take to watch a toddler in Disney World? The answer was clearly seven. Not until 4pm when we finally got her into a stroller did she finally nod off for a few minutes. I hadn't been to Disney World in about 25 years and didn't notice that much has changed. However seeing it through Calleigh's eyes was very worth it.
Bill spent much time visiting with his four siblings who live in the area--Wanda, Shirley, Dick and Mary. It is always a special time when they can be together and never is it frequent enough. Spending some time with Wanda's Steve was also special as he is definitely in failing health.
Calleigh and I had a fun time going over to Toni's motorhome yesterday and going swimming in her campground's pool. She and Terry have been in Leesburg since the fall with Terry working in the Leesburg Hospital. They will be there until May when they head back north. If the google directions had been correct I would have had an extra hour visitng there.
We got to spend a little time with the younger generation that has settled (at least for now) in the Orlando area. Niece, Shannon and nephew, David, along with second cousin Megan have settled into work at Florida Hospital as nurses and a social worker. The three share an apartment and have yet to figure out who should take down their Christmas tree. It is fun to see them entering the workforce and finding our what life is all about. David has found a nice girfriend who we were happy to meet.
All in all we had a wonderful time but remain happy to be living up north. As much as we love our family down here give me the north any day. Calleigh will draw me back here in another five weeks but that's what it's like being a Gigi.