Tuesday, July 25, 2017

FL to AL to NC

Again, I'm just sharing photo highlights. This is less day by day than my last post; it's just a few of the photos that I have, with a tiny bit of commentary.

We wanted to visit Deleon Springs, and we got to do that last Friday. We had a lovely day there, making pancakes, swimming, and going for a walk in the woods.

Deleon Springs tourist shot

I'm afraid that one thing that will really stick in our kids' minds and in our family stories is that we saw a cottonmouth! I kept telling Bogdan that there was nothing scary in those swamps, and then we came across a cottonmouth curled up on the edge of the path. After that he and Asya were marching along saying, "I'm scared. I'm scared. I'm scared."

We are really enjoying our rental car. It is a Kia, which is what my parents have, too. When we drive, our kids now how many count "Kils" they see. (Look at that logo with Ukrainian eyes, if you know the Cyrillic alphabet.) This photo was when Raia almost got lost looking for ours:

Car twins
On Sunday after church we headed over to the beach. I had forgotten how beautiful it is!

Below is a recent photo that I took from a friend, so you can see what impressed us so much in Florida. It's a very typical day at the beach in Ukraine:
Compare and contrast: Black Sea
Florida beach
More than just the beauty of the beach, we loved the time with my aunt and uncle there.

Necklace making
We came back to less fun stuff. Remember this? It returned.
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Wednesday we got to have dinner with our very oldest family friends, my other set of parents:

Then on Thursday we started out for the family reunion. We went as far as Tallahassee and met up with a very old friend (son of aforementioned friends and therefore my "brother") and his very new wife for dinner.
With Timothy and Kristen
The next morning my parents took us out for a wonderful tour of Florida Caverns.
In the caverns

From there we drove on the family reunion in Alabama. That was a weekend FULL of family, food, and lots of fun.

From Alabama we drove on to South Carolina for dinner with friends along the way to Charlotte.
With the Becketts
And now we're in North Carolina for two weeks.

(It is traditional to greet us with the tandem bicycle.)


Anonymous said...

What a joy it was for y'all to join us this year at the reunion. Thanks again for including us in this year's trip back to the states.

TulipGirl said...

How long are you in the US?

Phyllis said...

We're leaving tomorrow. Do you have any Ukraine or other Europe plans?