Hello blogosphere!! Is anybody still out there??
I'm still here!! I haven't blogged in what seems like forever and every time that I think I'll pick it up again, something happens and then I don't. But the other day the girls were reading old blog posts and having so much fun with it that I thought I should give it another try. So, what's new?
The girls went back to school today after a very busy summer. In June we decided to replace all the carpet downstairs and the hallway upstairs with hardwood and to refinish the existing hardwood. That meant that the girls and I had to be out of the house since refinishing hardwood and installing new is a major undertaking. Not to mention extremely messy! Matt stayed home to oversee the work and the girls and I drove to Florida to visit with friends and family. We were gone for almost three and a half weeks, but we had an amazing time!
We started out in Tampa. I have a very good friend that lives there and the girls and I spent four glorious days with Cath and her family. They pampered us with great food, cocktails, cheese platters and pedicures :-) We also visited the Tampa Zoo where the Chinese Lantern Festival was going on.
After Tampa we made our way to Remington Beach on the Gulf Shore to meet up with some more friends. To say that the girls loved the beach is an understatement.
We then made our way to Ocala to spend some more time with our friends. The highlight of our time there was horseback riding!
The girls also enjoyed seeing the manatees.
After Ocala we made our way to Clearwater Beach where we spent time with family. Matt's cousin lives there, plus some other family members that live here in Ohio were visiting her so we had a nice little family reunion, right there in Florida.
Of course we spent more time on the beach. The girls even tried some paddle boarding.
Tahlia LOVES the Dolphin Tale movies, so we visited the Clearwater Marine Aquarium and got to see Hope and Winter in person.
The girls and I had an amazing time in Florida, but we missed Matt terribly and were ready to see him after being on the road for almost three and a half weeks. But I am so glad that the girls and I got to have this time together. We made some wonderful memories that we will have for a lifetime and I came home to gorgeous new floors ;-)