I thought I would check out Facebook a bit while we ate breakfast and woke up. I noticed a grade school/college friend of Greg's, Steve Thoma, and his family were vacationing close by. After a few comments on Facebook, a couple texts and a phone call we had it set up to spend the day together. It was so fun seeing them again. We talked and we think it had been nearly 8 years since we had seen one another. Way too long!
We has some beach time before the rain moved in.
Anthony took some pictures...
New hat because I forget to bring mine every time we come to Florida
A very large storm moved in and chased us off the beach. We waited until the very last second, thanks to Steve and Greg wanting to play in the water a few more minutes. We were soaked by the time we made it back to the condo.
We dried off, ate, caught up on lost time. Jonah played card games/magic tricks with Maddie and Meredith while Nick played Halo with Michaela. The rain had eased up after a while so we packed up and went back out to the beach.
Even Jonah and Nick joined us...
and passed ball too....
The boys met some girls on the beach, how could they not since they looked so cool..
It started to sprinkle again, but who cares when you are already wet in the water. We had a blast!
We worked up an appetite so it was time to get cleaned up and go to dinner.
Group picture take one: Maddie isn't in the picture..
Group picture take two: we gain Maddie but only Steve's eye is in the picture.
Group picture take 3: Greg stands up to take picture, I told Steve to REALLY lean in this time.. ha ha
Can't put into words how fun it was to spend the day with these great friends. To sit at this table and reminisce about the days prior to marriage, prior to kids was so fun. Then it was overwhelming to look at the beautiful faces of the kids at this table 20 plus years later. Table of 4 grew to a table of 11 all because 4 silly college kids fell in love. :) Thank you Thoma family for joining us today. Lets not wait for another 8 years to catch up!
As we were leaving it was raining again so Steve and Greg went to get the cars while the rest of us stayed dry. Sonny and Cher's song I Got You Babe was playing and none of the kids knew who Sonny and Cher was... we felt old. Jonah was trying to pick up a 50 year old woman, gotta keep an eye on that kid. She smiled and chatted with Jonah like he was her age, unbelievable!
Once we said our goodbyes we went back into the condo for dessert... frozen fruit bars and Drumsticks. I made the mistake of only purchasing ONE box of Drumsticks. There are 8 in the box and there are 6 of us. There was discussion about who would get the other 2 drumsticks. Greg said it would be based on merit. I then made my second mistake by saying I didn't really care for Drumsticks and didn't want mine. All 5 of them yelled at the same time " Dibs" or "I'll take yours". To end the yelling I yelled "Okay, okay... I want mine".
Greg and I went upstairs to go to bed, watch a little TV and read. Within minutes all 4 kids were standing in our stairway. Leslie was laughing and was trying to speak at the same time but all that was coming out was high pitched squeaks. She was trying to tell me Anthony did not have a blanket for his bed, he had been wrapping up in a fitted sheet like a cocoon the past 2 nights. Anthony was then trying to say he didn't WANT a blanket because he would get hot and he actually liked his fitted sheet cocoon. I asked him if he would at least like to have a flat sheet to cover up with and he declined. Leslie asked me if I could sneak down in the middle of the night and take a picture of him all wrapped up. I think Anthony felt this would be creepy. These kids are so much fun, mucho laughter all of the time.