We spent a warm and wonderful Thanksgiving week in Florida with kids and grandkids and more family than we've seen in quite a while! Kristy and Cameron and Ruth hosted as many as 13 more of us at a time with smiles, hugs, a great house to hang out in, more food than even all of us could eat, and plenty of activities to keep us busy.
With Kim, Doug, Will, and Ella we flew Midwest Airlines from Kansas City to Orlando and then drove to the Tampa area. First up was a trip to the beach, of course, to play in the sand, walk along the shoreline and pier, and take some pictures of the kids and grandkids. Next came a day for the ladies and kids to drive to Kitty's parents' winter home for a visit while the three guys went saltwater fishing on Tampa Bay. No keepers but plenty of fish and a fun time.A couple of days later Greg's parents flew in from Michigan, followed the next day by Michael, Mandy, and our little niece, Sonja. And to top it off we enjoyed a brief visit from Tine and Rob, Greg's aunt and uncle who were here from the Atlanta area.
Greg was the only one of the crowd foolish enough to get up at oh-dark-hundred hours to stand in line just to buy something at one of the very early Friday morning sales. Mike, Mandy, and Sonja were off to the airport for their trip home, while the rest of us spent some time later in the day at the Florida Aquarium in Tampa watching the fish, turtles, stingrays, birds, sharks and much more. Then it was time for the little ones to say good-bye to Oma and Opa as their visit came to a close.
Saturday was a warm and wonderful day at Downtown Disney in Orlando entertaining the kids before Kim, Doug, Will, and Ella and the two of us winged our way home to Missouri. We landed in Kansas City just in time to listen to the last quarter of the Mizzou-KU football game. Actually, we were more interested in keeping warm during the drive from the airport to the house as we were greeted by 20-degree temperatures!
What a blessed holiday week with so many family members!
A very Happy Thanksgiving indeed!
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Kristy and Cameron -- Kim and Doug -- Mandy and Michael