Thursday, June 26, 2008
Our trip to Florida
We are now home from our trip to Florida. It was enjoyable, but there is no place like home. While in Florida, we saw lots of family. All my brothers and sisters with their additions...wow!! what a crew. Let's see...There was Tammie and Cathie; Lydia and her husband, Tracy; Matt and Tara with kids, Jason, Mason, and Lauren (the newest addition to the Popow family); John and Rachel and their son, Nate; Marg and Sam with kids, Samantha and Cash; us (Jed, myself, Dakota, and Lilyann, and Pam (grandma); and Phillip (groom) and Alicia (beautiful bride)...and we cant forget the people who started this all...Mom and Dad. So, it was definitely a house full.
Some stayed with my parents at the motel and we (the Smiths) stayed at Tammie and Cathie's house. Dakota enjoyed the climbing the ladder on the bunk beds in our room....so we know what to get him when he is older. Lilyann enjoyed always having someone there to hold her, but she still got lots of floor time...and i think she has almost mastered rolling from back to tummy!!
We went to beach while there..Dakota loved it. It took him a little bit to used to the waves and all, but he was a pro by the time we decided to leave. I think it helped that all his cousins were there and playing, too. Lilyann did good with her 1st time at the beach. She even sat in the water for a bit with me; but she enjoyed sleeping under the beach umbrella also.
The main reason for the trip...The wedding!! It was a beautiful wedding and we are so happy for Phillip and Alicia. They make a beautiful couple. The wedding was memorable...there were thunderstorms that evening...the lights in the church went out a few times before the wedding started. And it rained a good bit. But hey! isn't rain good luck for a wedding? May God Bless the happy couple.
At the wedding, I saw many friends and family that i haven't seen for a while...The Shumakers, the Gaddys, Aunt Ruth and the girls, the Maclins and Aunt Peggy, Mama Price (my sister's in laws--like a 2ND mother to us Popow kids), and our home pastor and his family, The Breedloves. I know there are more that i enjoyed seeing and didn't mention (you know who you are).
Some of the pictures I'm posting are of the family get together on Saturday before we left to come home. We went to a nearby park...and it rained or should i say, Stormed. But hey! we had the pavilion to ourselves!! (positive note) Once the lightning stopped, we let the kids go play in the playground with the umbrellas. They had a blast. And after all the eating, most everyone went on the bike trail for a walk. Jed took the long way~~a 5 mile track.
All in all, an enjoyable trip. Enjoy the pictures.