We are now in Florida (the sunshine state) It's not so sunny here today....
We are praying the rain stops so we can go visit our favorite mouse!
and of course the pinsesses(princesses)or we will never hear the end of it from the princess herself, Miss Farrah Resse.
We haven't had to pay to stay anywhere.....We have had so many nice friends and family invite us to park in front or stay with them.
Here we are at our friend Kristina and her husband Brian's house. (They have a brick house) I love all the brick houses in all these states. We don't have that in California. Heather, who is Kristina's sister is from California but lives in Virginia was down with her family staying at her sisters along with her mom, Leslie and Grandma. Anyway, we all met up at Kristina's house. We rolled in at about 1:30am and they had a spot all picked out for us. A neighbor even greeted us saying we've been waiting for ya'll!
We woke up and they had breakfast ready for us.
We had a great time. Leslie and her daughters are the funniest people and had me laughing the whole time. The kids enjoyed playing with their kids.
This is Landen's new love...Summer Sky. Isn't she cute? Landen has been saying ....Summer Sky, Summer Sky over and over since we left. He can't wait to play with her again. Good thing we will see them again in Virgina in a couple weeks.
The girls and I enjoyed drinking sweet tea together....
Heather gave me a Pampered Chef stone that I can use to cook in my micro. Thanks, Heather I've already used it almost everyday since. Kristina made me a really cute strap for my camera. I'm trying to talk her into selling them......(hint, hint)
While in Texas we also got to meet one of my favorite bloggy buddies Tara from Too Many Kids In The Bathtub.
(visit her site and she explains our meeting exactly how I felt)
Amazing! We are like long lost sisters.
Now, we are life long friends!
She greeted me with a glass of sweet tea too!
She treated our family to pizza. She has 5 kids too! (pretty much the same ages as ours)
the kids played....
It was kind of scary how much we had in common. We talked and both felt like we have known each other forever.
Justin even took a little nap on her couch. We laughed later! I said, "you took a nap on her couch and never met her before." That's how sweet and welcoming Tara was! We plan to meet up with their family again very soon.
off to Great, Great, Grandma's house..........(we call her Gran)
I haven't see Gran in 8 years!
Gran lives in a very small town and a very old house.
The kids loved the inside and said it was like Little House On The Prairie.
Gran is 92 years young (don't you dare call her old!)
She is my Great Grandma and my kids Great, Great! (she can run as fast as her great, great grand kids too!)
I also got to see my Uncle Joe (my dad's brother) who I haven't seen in 15 years!
He is the nicest guy ever! We enjoyed hanging out with him. Justin and him got along very well.
Gran and I talked for hours......
It was so neat to hear her stories. She is so funny and witty for her age. She is also very stubborn (like me)
She says she doesn't go to the doctor or take any meds. She told me," when I die they can all just figure out why. "
She wasn't too fond of me homeschooling my kids but then I told her that I was stubborn like her and will do what I want. We both laughed!
She also told me I was a lot like her mom....
This is her mom:
She had 10 kids 5 boys, 5 girls. Interesting to hear all the stories of my Greats.
Gran kept teasing me saying I needed to have 5 more to catch up with her. haha!
The kids interviewed Gran while I video taped it.
Faith asked, "Gran, did you have running water when you were little?" Gran said, "Yes mam! We would run down and fill up the buckets and run back." LOL
My cousin Jodi came to Gran's to see us too! I haven't see her in 15 years! It was so nice to see her and her beautiful daughter. Her boys weren't feeling good so they stayed home with their Daddy:(
Uncle Joe and his nephews!
I'm so happy he finally got to see all my kids! Last time he saw me I was a freshman in high school and here I show up with a herd!
Austin with one of the animals Gran has hanging in her house....(hunted by family in Alaska)
Gran and Farrah playing dolls.
Landen kept asking for cookies and I would tell him no more! Then Gran would sneak him another one and say he needed some milk to go along with it.
Landen loves Gran even though he just met her:)
We had the best visit. I'm so happy I was able to see Gran, my Uncle and Cousin. I'm SO happy they got the chance to meet my husband and kids too!
Gran might out live all of us the way she's going, but I do hope to make it out to see her again soon.
Gran wanted us to stay the night in her house. So we did. She was so cute. Checking on us all night. Everything was very old. I love old things that have history....
I especially loved this scale in her bathroom.......
Even after eating the Worlds Biggest Chicken Fried Steak at Mary's and drinking all this sweet tea, I only weigh 85lbs!
(We did so much in Texas, I will have to do another post on it)