"Your greatest contribution to the Kingdom of God may not be something you do, but someone you raise." ~Andy Stanley

September 12, 2011

20 years and celebrating

For our anniversary we went on a cruise!

Just kidding!

But our celebration did include:

a boat, a tropical paradise and a hotel. : )

We went to Honeymoon Island (how appropriate!)
and caught a ferry which took us to Caladesi Island State Park. Since thunderstorms were in the forecast for the entire day, there were only about 8 or 10 of us willing to risk the trip.We'd never done this before (since the ferry ride is pricey for a family of six) so it was a whole new adventure.

We went for a 20 minute ride and then the ferry worked its way through a maze of mangrove lined shores

until we came upon the dock and disembarked.

From there it was a 10 minute walk on a boardwalk

until we reached this beautiful beach

and knew that it had been worth the trip! And
it got SUNNY!

It was like a deserted island paradise!!!

~Except for those 8 other folks we'd ridden over with, which made my hubby think of Giligan's Island! ; )

The island had gopher turtles and rattlesnakes.

Thankfully, we only saw this guy who wanted to cross the sidewalk in front of us.

We had fun shelling, playing in the water and picnicking and then we caught the ferry back.

There were some dolphins that accompanied us part way!

Then we headed to our hotel room in St. Pete which happened to be filled with Boston Red Sox fans. I'd say Boston's got some loyal fans since they are willing to fly down here and watch them play the Rays!

That evening we walked to dinner at an Italian restaurant. (we tried taking pictures of ourselves, good thing hubby has long arms!) : )

We stayed up late watching the Rays beat the Red Sox in extra innings.

Here's my hubby's slightly subtle way of gloating the next morning as we passed all those Sox fans in the hallway. lol

Then my hubby got a call from a friend who had four FREE tickets to the final game of the series that he couldn't use! Whoo-hoo! So, it was off to pick up some kiddos and go to the game!
(pictures to come)

And that was our weekend!
Lots of things I would change about the wedding but not one thing would I change about our marriage!!!! : )
God gave me the best man ever and I'm so thankful!


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