Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Happy New Year! We're back!

We're back! We took a trip to sunny Florida to see Dynamo's parents! Yes, we ALL went. My parents, Charlie, Dynamo, and I! This was Charlie's first big trip! And, he did GREAT in the car for over 13 hours both ways! He likes to sit in Grandpa's lap to see out the window!

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We made a few stops along the way to break up the trip for everyone!

Florida Christmas 2012 (2)

We got in really late the Thursday before Christmas, but the children were so excited to meet for the first time!

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They were moving so fast I couldn't get any pics! Dynamo's parents have a dog (Tasha) and a cat (Kali). Charlie had never seen a kitty before!

We got up on Friday and ventured out!

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Our first lunch together! Mom and Dad Chieppa and my mom!

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And, us and my dad!

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Charlie was having a blast. Dynamo's parents live in a planned community with sidewalks (something we don't know about in the country).

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There was a big lake with thick grass. He took every opportunity to roll around in it. I couldn't even get him moving for his walk!

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I mean...look at this ham!

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I thought he was going to roll into the lake!

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He said, "Mom, this stuff is amazing!"

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Like he's never seen grass before!

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It was a little chilly for the moms!

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But, not Charlie! This was his kind of weather!

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Charlie checked out every tree, shrub, mailbox, and blade of grass in that neighborhood! He had never seen a neighborhood before!

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And, on Saturday we all went to the big Farmers' Market in Sarasota!

Even Charlie!

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He did pretty good considering! It's much bigger than the Petersburg Market. Lots and lots of people and dogs!

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Eventually he just found himself a sunny spot to chill!

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Right in a walkway! Like he owned the place!

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The goodies at the market were amazing!!!

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Just gorgeous in color!

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The displays were lovely!

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Anything you could want right at your fingertips!

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Did I mention there were lots of dogs?

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Such a fun way to spend a morning! Markets are so great!

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And, we ventured to Anna Maria Island (our favorite) to eat at Ginny's and Jane e's!

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A super cute, eclectic shop and eatery!

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We hit the beach as soon as we could after checking in my parents at their condo!

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Shell time!

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Yes, it was chilly!

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We even checked out the new Publix grocery store on Longboat Key! We were in awe at the wall of nuts! (Yes, I know the Richmond stores have these, but everytime we see one it's just so much fun)

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I found my new favorite trail mix there!

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The night was complete with dinner at the Beachhouse on Anna Maria! Yum!

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More on the trip in the next post...

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