Valerie joined Aunt Diane,
Will, and Alicia for the first week of their summer
vacation in Orlando this year. They did a theme
park blitz, spending three days at Disney, one at
Universal, and another day at Islands of Adventure.
Chris, Sue, and Amanda joined in the fun at Islands of
Adventure, but weren't able to attend on the other days.
After the theme parks, Alicia came back to Palm Harbor
for a few days of pool/beach time.
For our summer vacation this
year, we spent a week in the Florida Keys diving,
snorkeling, and generally relaxing (not necessarily in that
order). This is the first year we were able to all
dive together as a family since both Amanda and Valerie are
now certified SCUBA divers. Our friend Greg and his
fiancÚ Valerie joined us for the last couple days, providing
great company both in and out of the water. They even
helped us celebrate our 17th wedding anniversary with a dive
on the Duane (one of Sue's favorite wrecks) and a very
nice dinner out, complete with a bottle of Shiraz and some
Key Lime pie.
Valerie and Greg got married on
Sunday September 4th. They had a wonderful beach
ceremony followed by a reception at the Sanibel Harbor
Resort and Spa in Fort Myers. After the reception,
family and friends hung out at the pool for some fun in the
We got a new puppy! She's a
Yellow Labrador Retriever and her name is Amber. She
was born on August 25th. We were supposed to pick her
up on October 22nd, but ended up getting her a few days
earlier to avoid hurricane Wilma.
I added a few more pictures of
Amber at 11 weeks old. She's growing fast!