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Published: March 27th 2016
Happy Easter, Everyone. We hope your day is a very special one.
Our pace continues at high speed. Hope you have been keeping steady with us. Our son, Cory, sent a text and said they had left Conover, N.C. @ 8:30 this morning (Saturday). We await their arrival with excited anticipation.
The heavy cumulus clouds in the sky continue to hover over us. The weatherman keeps updating us where the rains are and where they are heading next. No matter, the temperature is plenty warm so we all head over to the timeshare condos to relax by the pool. Tim and Kim both keep their air conditioners cranked up as high as they can go in the respective units. It feels like walking into a walk-in cooler super freezer. I need 3 layers of clothing on to deal with it. Lulu has her warm carry bag so she cuddles down in that...never peeking even an eyeball out. Brrrrr. I don't hesitate to readjust the thermostat in Tim's condo since we are still the owners of it. Conner doesn't think I should monkey with it and comes up behind me and switches it back to the way his Dad had
Conner & Tim
Enjoying the pool
it. We had a talk. Grandma wins this round. I'm sure all the kids give a loud hoot and holler when I finally make the move to go towards the door to leave. They must lunge onto their thermostats as fast as the speed of light and get their places chilled enough that you could make ice cubes on the dining room table. Brrrrrrrr
But chilliness is not a concern out by the pool. The clouds moved along and we enjoyed the HOT sunshine. I finally had to move into the shade because I was so hot. Their ice cold rooms would have felt delightful and refreshing but I would never tell them that. We raided Kim's refrigerator and made lunches for everyone. Tasty.
In the meantime, Cory, Jay and Jim have been playing golf at the Celebration golf course. They enjoy it there plus probably (actually more definitely) just being together "out with the guys".
We finally called it quits at the pool around 3:00 PM. Back to the refrigerated rooms which I quickly warmed up to a proper comfort level (mine). The guys came back from golf around 5:00 PM. Cory (son) had sent a
text saying his GPS was telling them they would get to the condo around 7:30 PM. Great!.....but how fast are they driving? I worry.
The dinner bell is ringing. Consensus says we will all go to "The Trough" this evening.....a.k.a. The Golden Corral. There is one located not far from the condos. The skies are getting darker: rain is obvious by now. We get inside the restaurant and immediately start loading up our plates with all the various culinary delights. Why are there so many choices and so many tasty treats that you want them all? I try so hard to only take a teeny sample of each but by the time I've retrieved all the samples, I am now using a wagon to get my plate back to the table. Yikes! Hmmmm......it is all so good!
Because of the number in our party, we took a side room with the long tables. The biggest tables were already reserved. Once seated and devouring this cornucopia of delicacies, we found out who had the other tables reserved. It was a large soccer team of high school age boys who occupied these banquet tables. They were from Sweden. They were
very well behaved. Remember, we have 3 beautiful teenage girls in our party. What a bummer: Cory and I are seated with them and Conner. What's wrong with this picture? Fortunately, Lulu had stayed behind or that would have been the clincher. I'm sure both tables got to exchange a few glances in between the old grandparents presence. Once done eating, we wanted to leave but the torrential rains had begun. It was blinding outside....you couldn't see an inch in front of your face. We stood it as long as we could. What we were now experiencing was an odiferous dilemma. The fine young, attractive men in their sporting uniforms had now turned our private dining room into a ripe smelling locker room. Phew! And Phew, again. Talk about marking your territory.....BO! Time to leave: pelting rain or not. We were outta there in a flash and headed back to the condos to wait for Cory, Fox & Shenen.
The time passes quickly with so many people with a lot to say. Before we knew it, Tim announced that Cory & the boys were here! Hooray, Yippee, Rah-Rah. We all raced to greet them. It was so wonderful to
see them all. The boys just keep growing taller and taller. Cory are I are starting to feel petite in height (note I specify only height) around our growing family. They brought their suitcases in and we helped to get them all settled. The guys go out and bring them back some supper. The weary travelers are whipped. It was a LONG drive. Fox did most of the driving because Cory rented a Mustang convertible. Fox has his own Mustang car (older) at home. He was in his glory cruising the highways in this make & model. Cory said it isn't the most comfortable of cars for long travels but they bit the bullet and made the best of it. Cool doesn't always mean comfort. Wait 'till they start driving around with the top down. Cool, again!
Haley's friend, Haley 2, offered to take our family photo. The condo has a enormous couch but we still needed some to pose from the floor level. So here most of us are. We are missing 4 of the oldest grandchildren. We miss them not being with the rest of us but we understand. Kim pointed out that this is the first
time all 4 of our adult children have been here together in Florida. When they were young, of course, they were all here. But now grown and with their own families and commitments, it makes these rare occasions unique. We are thrilled. What more could we ask for as parents but to have our wonderful family here together with us. We are blessed. Happy Easter! A day of true celebration.
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