Florida vacation, our 2nd year anniversary trip

Day 1 - Tues 10/21
We arrived in Tampa at 1p and went grocery shopping. We realized right away that traffic in Tampa is not that great -- with all of the constructions and congested highways. But while stuck in traffic, we found this radio station: SpiritFM (Catholic and Christian station) and heard about Theology on Tap that night. Guess what we did: oh yeah, we crashed their party. The topic was faithful citizenship. Very appropriate since the national election is coming up.

View from our suite -- Tampa Bay

Theology on Tap 986 miles from home


Day 2 - Wed 10/22
We drove to Clearwater to enjoy some sun, sand and gulf water. It was the first game of the World series so we went to Ybor City to watch the game.

Attack of the birds

Run for your life, baba

Beautiful handiwork of our Lord.

Pier 60 in Clearwater


Day 3 - Thurs 10/23
Orlando for a day. We went to Universal Studios -- both Islands of Adventure and Main theme park.

Happy Fall!!!

Look at that big smile -- he's right at home!

I look tougher than Cyclops

AAAHH! Derrick's gonna get eaten!

@ Bubba Gump Shrimp Restaurant

Day 4 - Fri 10/24
It was bleak, cloudy, gray day. We drove along the gulf coast -- from St. Pete Beach to Clearwater (again) but the rain followed us.

John's Pass

Night at Ybor (again) -->

Because we wanted to eat at Acropolis Cafe -- belly dancing every Fri-Sun. With tons of napkins on the floor!

Day 5 - Sat 10/25
It was time to go to Anna Maria Island -- an hour get-away, quiet, resort south of Tampa/St Pete. The skyway bridge was impressive. This was also Aimee and Alex's wedding, Jamie's birthday and gross anatomy team 1 reunion (minus J).

My hubby loves the water

He likes St. Pete!

I miss my sushi partner! It was nice to see you Aim at your wedding! love you.

Day 6 - Sun 10/26
A relaxing Sunday just in Anna Maria Island. We went to Church at SS. Peter and Paul Church in Bradenton. And God blessed us with a beautiful, beautiful sunset!

It's almost gone

And it's gone

Day 7 - Monday 10/27
Off to Tampa to see the Prathers! But before that, we went to the northshore of Anna Maria Island and I killed even more skin cells in my body.... Derrick just stayed under the shade. We also watched the Colts vs Titan game that night. I cannot believe Colts are 3-4. Nooooo! I wore my personalized colts jersey (tnx hubby!) and was very proud even though we still lost.

We saw a manatee here at the pier!!!

"My head hurts " -Derrick, staying under the shade

Because of this --> check out next pict

...I am this dark

Day 8 - Tues 10/28
Just hung out at Jamie and Andrew's complex. Did a lot of reading under the sun and enjoyed the poolside for an hour.

view from the Prathers' 2nd floor deck

The friendly duck


The Simple Woman Daybook

FOR TODAY (October 20th, 2008)
Outside My Window... the beautiful orange, red and brown leaves of fall.

I am thinking... of my vacation to FL with my husband! We're leaving tomorrow!

I am thankful for... Jesus' words whispered in my heart: "As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in my love." John 15:9

From the kitchen... left over fried rice for lunch, more left over for tonight (whatever inside the fridge: couscous, stir fry). Derrick and I have to finish all our food bec of the trip.

I am wearing... my 50cent size 14/16 green soccer (w/ #4 at the back) shirt from Goodwill, and black shorts -- all set to dance some Zumba.

I am creating... a peaceful, strong heart fashioned by God's love.

I am going... to FL!!!
I am reading... Completely His by Shannon Ethridge.

I am hoping... to have a relaxing, restful, fun time with my husband on our 1-week get-away.

I am hearing... the quiet hum of the fridge...

Around the house... I have tons of hand-outs and articles that I need to organize!

One of my favorite things... my home.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week:

  • enjoy FL

  • sun-bathe (oh yes, skin cancer galore)

  • swim

  • go to Univ Studios

  • see AIMEE!

  • see the Prathers

  • see Mark, Megan and Hudson

Here is a picture thought I am sharing...

Flowers from my hubby... given last October 7th, 2nd year anniversary and Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary.

From More pictures

Thanks to Peggy for all the links of this daybook.


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