Tuesday, July 5, 2016

A Family Weekend

For the holiday weekend, Mike and I took an impromptu trip to the Tampa Bay area to be with family.  My uncle passed away last Thursday after a short battle with an extremely fast-moving form of cancer.  Both of my cousins from New England came down to be with my aunt, so Mike and I decided to hop in the car to spend the weekend with family.  I'm so glad we did.  My aunt and uncle's house is right on a channel near St. Pete Beach, so we spent tons of time just sitting and talking on their porch, fishing off the dock, and, of course, playing and swimming with the kids.
Our ring bearer and the girls have gotten so big!!
My cousins
Mike - the best swim teacher ever!
Then, on the way back, in the words of my husband, "if we're this close to Disney, we might as well at least stop by and say hi!"  You know I'm not going to object to that.  Fourth of July is one of the absolute busiest days of the year in the parks because of the amazing fireworks at night, but luckily, Disney Springs was not crowded at all.  We walked around, listened to some live music, and shared an amazing Ghiradelli sundae.


22 comments:

Pamela {Sequins and Sea Breezes} said...

Oh man, I can't believe Disney Springs wasn't busy on the 4th! We thought about heading down there and hanging out for the day but figured it'd be packed. Glad you had such a great weekend! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

Brianne said...

I'm glad you were able to spend some impromptu time with family, especially after the loss of your uncle. Those photos are gorgeous.

BLovedBoston said...

I'm so sorry for the reason of your trip, but the family time sounds wonderful. That sunset photo with your drinks - gorgeous girl! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

Lauren Honeycutt said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your uncle :( But I'm glad that you were able to spend your weekend with family! Happy belated 4th of July!

Ashley @ The Wandering Weekenders said...

I'm so sorry about your uncle, but thankfully you got to spend some much needed time with family! I also love that y'all were able to make an impromptu stop at Disney while you were in Florida!

Rebecca Jo said...

Oh gosh - i'd love a little hop over to Disney any time myself.
Sorry on the loss of your uncle. I hate cancer.
Glad you got to spend some time with family though.

Liz Jo said...

My condolences for your loss! Kyle lost his uncle last Thursday too, definitely a rough start to a weekend. I'm glad you were able to see your family even if the reasoning was sad

liz @ j for joiner

Christine Everyday said...

So glad you got some time to spend with your family. These pictures are great.

Julie said...

Despite the circumstances, I'm glad you were able to have an enjoyable weekend with family. Besides a name change, anything else different about what will always be Downtown Disney?

Sarita @ it's my girls' world said...

Oh what beautiful pictures! Family time, despite the circumstances, is always great! And that ice cream is calling my name :-)

kerri @ cheshire kat said...

aw girly i'm so sorry to hear about your uncle. i am so glad you got to spend the weekend with family! those photos <3

xoxo cheshire kat

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

So sorry for your loss, I'm glad you got to be with family this weekend. Views look stellar and a stop in Disney is always a good idea!

Sparkles and Lattes said...

I am so sorry for your loss. But it looks like you had a great weekend away!

Jen said...

I'm so sorry about your loss, but I am glad you enjoyed the weekend with family.

Chesson | Magnolia+Main said...

Gorgeous pictures! Despite the circumstances for your visit, it looks like y'all had a good, long weekend down in Tampa. And who doesn't love a spontaneous visit to Disney?

Emily said...

I'm sorry to hear about your uncle. I'm sure your aunt and cousins were so happy to have your company. St Pete Beach is one of my favorite Florida beaches and it looks like you caught some beautiful sunny weather and sunsets at night.

Veronica-VeroSays! said...

Oh man.. I'm sorry. Cancer sucks! Glad you were able to have some fun in the sun and also go to Disney Springs! So fun! Xo

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I'm a new reader, sorry about your loss !

Elizabeth Rose Hisle said...

So sorry about the loss of your uncle. It is wonderful that your family was able to bond together and have a beautiful time regardless.

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Jen Mc said...

I'm sorry to hear about your uncle. My sympathies to you all.
I'm glad you go to make a magical stop!

Christina Lea Loves said...

So sorry to hear about your uncle but so glad you guys got in this family time together!

Amy Rae said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your uncle. I'm so glad you were all able to spend time as a family.

Those beautiful sunset pictures are absolutely breath-taking!

Amy @ http://befilledwithj0y.blogspot.com/

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