Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Florida 2006

The 22nd annual family trip to Florida was another excellent one, but unfortunately, probably the last one for awhile. This year 2 big Soper families were missing which brought the crowd down to 18 people, instead of the normal 30-35 and signified an effective end to 20+ years of extended family spring break trips to Florida. On the bright side my dad basically committed to starting the tradition back up for our family in a few years when the next generation begins.

Instead of detailing the day-by-day agenda, I'll just list all the traditions we continued this year because everything we do down there is the same as every year.

-Lodging at Sea Oats. This year we were suprised by their paint job. It used to be a soft pinkish orange. Now this?

-KFC for supper on Saturday night once everyone has rolled in.
-Mayhem trying to get to Sunday morning church. Usually 30 of us pile into a church of 25 people 5 minutes late and completely disrupt the service. This year we decided to go to a church with an average age below 80. As usual, though, there were problems and not everyone ended up at the same church.
-Sunday dinner at a buffet. Yumm
-Sunday night church service in the condo with a skit by the little kids and hymn singing by all.

-Basketball with the cousins and uncles
-Elenbaas men golfing Monday morning
-Shell's for dinner on Monday night with the cousins - Hal and Paul paying.

-Games at night. This year I organized a double rummy tournement for my grandma. She loved the idea and by a random draw we were teammates. We took a dissapointing 2nd round exit on a lucky hand by my mom and grandpa.

-Adult nice dinner mid-week and cousins raucus night of supper and putt-putt golfing. Duby also spent the day with us which was a lot of fun.

-Shopping for a t-shirt at John's Pass.

Check out the new t-shirt. Believe it or not I didn't get a blue one this year.

-"Tips" in the pool.
-Keep away in the pool.
-Mid week day at an amusement park. This year it was Busch Gardens.

In the middle of the day we all went on the log ride. Erin wasn't so sure and told my mom that she was going to hold her personally responsible if she got wet. Well I was in the front of the log and long story short, Erin got SOAKED.

-Grilling on Friday.


Florida has been great to our family and I have too many memmories to even try to write down. I'll definately miss this annual trip and hope my kids someday will have the same chance and enjoy it as much. Thank you grandpa, grandma, mom, and dad for all the great trips!


Anonymous Duby said...

ok that picture of erin soaked is hillarious! And why was I licking my wrist?

5:42 AM  

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