Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Presenting Mr & Mrs Michael & Jamie Lehmann

Our son Michael and his beautiful girlfriend Jamie were wed 26 Nov 2011

But of course all the festivities leading up to the blissful marriage began a couple of days prior. First there was everyones favorite the Rehearsal (held the day before, so us old folks can remember what to do)

Followed by the ever popular Rehearsal Dinner, a favorite of the grooms parents, since we have to pay for it. Michael and Jamie found a nice setting at the Yardhouse here in North Miami. The weather was perfect for outdoor dining.

The next day, all the ladies were off to become more beautiful than they already are, hair, make-up and of course nails.

The Newlywed couple.

 The Bridal Party
 Sheryl, Myself, Michael and his mother Mary.
 Parents of the Bride, Joe and Wendy.
The wedding went off beautifully, a nice chapel ceremony with the reverend being a friend of Jamie's family, made it very personal and unique.

Ahhhhh the reception...............wow what can be said, it was a great time. Held at a Florida Nature Conservatory it was of course a beautiful setting and the inside was decorated in pinks and white. I must give Micheal and the wedding party a at-a-boy for some of the unique ways they did the speeches and the Guarder Removal. Even the DJ/MC said they had never seen anything like it before, and that it was great!!!

We had a great time here in the Miami area. meeting new family and just gerenaly having a good time. We'll be off again and headed north along the west coast, so stay tuned for more.
I'll leave you with one last parting shot of Michael and myself, GQing it. So until next time, keep Lovin Your Life as we do ours!!!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving from Sunny South Florida!!!

 Happy Thanksgiving everyone from sunny Ft Lauderdale Florida!!! As you may or may not know, we are here for our sons wedding this coming Saturday. However the days leading up to the grand event have been busy, busy, busy with running around, food and fun.
 The RV park we found is nice, just a little tight, but we did get ne of the larger spaces, couldn't imagine getting in some of the other ones. The park is a Passport America park, so we did pretty good for Nov in south Florida, 1/2 price for 8 days, gotta love it!
 Food Food and more Food!!! Thats my son Michael caring up a great pot roast.

 We did get to relax alitle though, threw some bags during a game of Cornhole.
Enjoyed a litle water fun with our Grand Daughter.
She was having toooooo much fun.
I even hit the water from the roof of our son in laws parents house. Thank goodness for good health insurance!!! Thankfully the old man didn't break anything!!!
And for those of you suffering through the colder temps around the country, well this is why all the snowbirds flock to the south. It's was a beautiful day and a busy week so far and it's not over yet. Of course more to come on all the festivities. Happy Thanksgiving again everyone and we'll see you back here in a day or two for the round-up.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Patrick AFB, Florida

After our time in St Augustine was up, we headed south for a few hours stopping at Patrick AFB and the campground here. The campground has full and partial hook ups as well as a dry docking area. All the full hook up sites were taken, but we did score a nice pull through partial site (elec and water)

We did have a nice wide open space to our left.

 The campground is located on the banks of the Banana River, with several waterfront sites, alas, we missed out on one of those.

 The base is also located right on the Atlantic Ocean. The weather has been cloudy and very windy, making for some pretty angry looking seas. The temps have been in the 70s, but still not very good beach going weather. You can also see, we wer'nt the only one having bad luck with the weather. This poor guy had his boat washed ashore.

I also celebrated my XX something or so birthday while we have been here. My darling picked me up a couple of traditional birthday gifts (underwear and jeans, can't have enough of both) as well as a tripod for the new camera.
Sunday we leave for Ft Lauderdale and our sons wedding. It's not till next week, but we wanted to arrive early for the Thanksgiving holidays and of course to help out where we can.
Ok, that's it for now, see you in a couple of days from (hopefully) sunny Ft Lauderdale, Florida.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

St Augustine, FL.

 We left Crestview and made a leisurely trek across northern FL. to the Country's Oldest City, St Augustine. We found a nice RV Park just outside of town so were here for a couple of days.

 Of course the first order of business was to check out the beach and get the infamous "US" picture. The beaches here, sure are different from the panhandle gulf coast beaches. Crushed shell type sand versus the snow white sand of the gulf coast.

 Next it was on to the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument.  Construction started in 1672 making it the fortress one of the oldest standing structures in North America. The fortress was built by the Spanish to protect the bay at St Augustine.

 It's a very well preserved structure and as always, the National Park Service has done a great job.

 Once we finished up touring the fort, we took a quick driving tour around town and then over the bay bridge to check out the St Augustine Lighthouse.

We checked out the Lighthouses Welcome Center and Gift Shop, but decided not to do the tour. It's pretty pricey and Sheryl wasn't sure she'd make it to the top. We were able to walk around the grounds though and get some nice pictures.
Only having the day to check out the town, we just hit the high points. The Old Town part is really interesting to see if you can look past the thousands of tourist shops and eatery's inhabiting all the old buildings. We'll come back again one day when we have more time to explore. We've had a good time here, but tomorrow it's off again and headed south.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Last Days in Crestview

 Our time here in Crestview is coming to a end and we've had a great time. The past couple of days has been busy with parades and sight seeing. Yesterday was small town USA Veterans Day Parade (Crestview, FL) of course it always helps to have a military base nearby (Eglin AFB). The town put on quite the show and we were pleasantly surprised at both the size of the parade and the turn out of it's citizens. Made me proud to be an American and a retired veteran as well. Here's a few shots from the day.

Today (Sunday was church and road trip day. After church, Glen and Linda took us out on a sight seeing tour around the local North Florida countryside. Of course it had to start with lunch and we found another great little local place, serving up fantastic food at the right price.

 After lunch and with full bellies to walk off, we stopped by the Baker City Museum. The inside of the museum was closed but we did get to walk around the large display of old building from around the area that had been moved there and preserved in there original state.

 My Darling having a good time, can you tell!!!

From the museum, it was off to enjoy a Sunday drive around the area. We did drive in and around the Blackwater River State Park, which is highlighted by the...........can you guess..........Right, the Blackwater River. We enjoyed our drive around the rolling hills of the North Florida countryside.
Tomorrow we are off and will be heading towards Jacksonville, FL. I think we'll stop for the night in Lake City and head into the city on Tuesday. Of course that plan may change depending on availability at the Mayport NAS RV Park. We are always prepared to change plans on a dime, so we'll see what happens. So until next time.......................well, you know the drill.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Crestview Florida

 We are currently in Crestview, Fl. It's been quite a week and with no Internet service, I'll get us caught up in one swift posting. Swift, because we did cover some miles, but during some yucky weather, so we didn't do much at all.
We left Dallas, headed for Louisiana, we thought about staying in Shreveport, but after driving the really bad roads there, we pushed on about an hour south.  We stayed at a nice little campground in the middle of nowhere I-49 just for the night. The next day it was up and on toward Gulfport MS. Now mind you, we don't have anything against LA. we just wanted to spend some time along the gulf coast. Well, just our luck, our time in Gulfport was spent in a drizzly cold rain, so we spent most of our time inside just hanging out. We stayed at the Navy Seabee Base in Gulfport, the campground was nice, however their WiFi was down. So after a couple of rainy days in MS. we were off and runnin again..........................

 Which landed us here in the FL. Panhandle in the small town of Crestview. We are visiting on of Sheryl's cousin and her husband, they have graciously allowed us to park the RV next to their home and hook us up with water and electric. 

We're having a great visit and last night we went out for dinner. Glenn and Linda have a favorite little seafood place they hit up on Friday nights, so off we went. Wow I forgot what really fresh seafood was like, I had the catch of the day fish dinner and Sheryl opted for a pound of fresh peel and eat steamed shrimp. A great dinner with more than enough to eat for a very reasonable price.
So here we are for a couple of days, soon we'll be off for the FL. east coast and down towards Miami. Ok, were caught up for now, as you can tell it was a pretty uneventful trip into FL, we're hoping the weather holds out for the rest of our journey south. That's it in a nutshell, so we'll leave you with, keep Lovin Your Life as we do ours and until next time....................