Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Orlando adventure

Tony and I had the opportunity to go to Orlando Florida with his brothers & wives this past weekend due to the generosity of his youngest brother Joe who had a hardware convention there. He decided to not only share some of his business, but also have added pleasure with his brothers golfing.

I must admit the idea of going didn't thrill me much since it was a long way to travel in such a short time, but I also didn't want Tony to be the only one without his wife either. As it turned out with a change of attitude on my part, I took advantage of the travels to spend time with my hubby, and enjoyed spending time with the girls.
It was fun to see the excitement of all, especially traveling with John & Dale.

Thom & Nancy flew into Orlando about 30 minutes after we all did,
so we relaxed at the airport until Joe arrived to pick us all up.

Friday morning we all went to the the hardware convention. It was so much fun watching Tony. He was like a child in a candy store with all the various vendors displaying there hardware. I on the other hand enjoyed visiting with Kim and getting to know her better,and finding more about the lives of their children, who I really didn't know much about, because they live so far away.

The two days were spent touring, shopping, visiting the Titanic museum, and going to the Epcot center. I truly felt an emotional stirring while going through the titanic museum and reading the names of the many that lost there lives. Each person that went through it represented a person on the titanic, which made it very real when you saw someone standing next to you who did not survive.
I also felt an emotional stir while going from one country to the next at the Epcot center, especially in America. Such a wonderful patriotism was displayed that left me in tears.
The guys on the other hand spent there time bonding while playing golf. It was quality time spent with each. The mornings started with all having breakfast together,then join back together at night for dinner.
Saturday night Joe & Kim took us to a dinner theater that they have gone to before, however it was a new show, so it was new to them also. There again we had a great time reflecting on the best part of our day, and the best part of the weekend.

Our final day was spent miniature golfing with all of us together (for the golfing experience) Basically just killing time before heading to the airport for the long journey home.

Though each of us may be different in so many ways, we all have something in common, that is the love, unity, and importance of family. This weekend not only gave six of the eight of us the opportunity to go to a place we have never been, but more important share time with one another building positive memories, for that I am so grateful.

Thank you Joe & Kim so much for creating such a great time for all.


nanadover said...

WOW! Talk about a "blast from the past"! Seeing all those DeRoest guys together took me back a few years!
Glad you had a fun trip!

nanadover said...

PS...Tony and Thom...your BEARDS could be twins...giggle giggle!

DeRoest's in GA. said...

I'm glad it was a great trip & experience. It sounds like everyone had fun & made the most of a couple days. Love, Chelsea

Randi said...

Glad you had such a nice time. I bet it was nice to escape the cold for a few days. It looks and sounds like you had a blast.