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I [heart] Davids · Vacation


Vacation, mine or otherwise, with or without travel

Photos of our Christmas trip to Virginia Beach. Dave, Mom, Henry and I came up to visit Granma for the Christmas holiday.

We hit the Virginia Aquarium again. We had planned to go to the Norfolk Zoo but it was 40 degrees and pouring down rain. Luckily, the major Restless Planet renovations at the aquarium have been completed so this visit we got to see some new animals like the Komodo dragon!

Cute freshwater turtle
Cute turtle

Contemplating the water
Watching the back bay

Kaleidoscope Hallway
kaleidoscope Hall

Sea Turtles
Turtle Tank

Watching Turtles and Fish

Visiting the Komodo Dragon
Komodo Dragon

Neat feature
Up close and personal

Tropical Tunnel
Walk-through Tropical Aquarium

At the gift shop
Fistful of Sharks

Doing his best to avoid Santa
Avoiding Santy Claws

Great-Granma & Henry

Some photos of our visit to Virginia Beach to see my Granma, Henry’s Great-Granma.

Museum play area

Scooting around

Chin tickles

Peace Offering

Granma Cooking

Dumpling Dinner

Three Generations

A visit to the Virginia Aquarium.

Henry had such a great day yesterday. Unfortunately, this morning he seems to be having quite a lot of teething pain – I think his molars are on the way in. He’s also had three blowouts since yesterday, probably due to either the antibiotic he’s on, the teething or both. We’ve already had to do three three loads of his laundry!

Last night we had lovely fondue for our Valentine’s dinner. It was so yummy. I love getting fed all this great food. Lindsay is a great cook and a great hostess. I enjoy being here so much because of the laidback attitude everybody has. I haven’t had my shoes on since I first got here, because we’ve just hung around the house all day long. It’s been very relaxing.

Today there’s not much more on tap other than some more good food and perhaps some more drinking. Perhaps a little hair of the dog will make my headache go away. 🙂

My first day in Aledo is going great. I’m so enjoying spending time just chatting mom stuff with Linz. And the boys are having a great time together. Henry is loving playing with Fred and Polly, the two labs.

The babies are down for naps and next up, drinks for the adults!!

Destin Tourists

Here are some of the tourist things we saw while in Destin.

The “Whaling Wall” had this great photo of a giant squid attacking a whale.

Dolphins at the Gulfarium.
Three dolphins

A real plane at the Boardwalk at Okaloosa Island.
Crashed in the Amazon

At the Emerald Coast Science Center.
Sitting on a diode

Ali is electric

Destin Trip

I had a great weekend with Amy and Ali in Destin. It was a funny trip. I flew to Atlanta, then Amy and I drove to Birmingham. The next morning the three of us drove down to Destin. On Sunday, we all drove back to Birmingham, then Amy and I drove back to Atlanta, and I flew home. Still, we had nearly two full days out in Destin.

We didn’t stay in Niceville very long.
Welcome to Niceville

There were a dozen rattlesnakes in this roadside attraction.
Roadside attraction

The bridge over the bay to Destin.
Midbay bridge

At lunch on Friday.
Amy and Jeni

Our condo at Silver Beach Towers.
Living in Safari Style

The view from our porch. You can see the pool, the hot tub and the beach.
Beachside Pool

At Cafe Rendez-Vous on Saturday.
Hanging at the bar

In Seaside.
Us in Seaside

Boone Cabin

My mom and I definitely enjoyed the few days we spent at the cabin with Dave and his parents – very relaxing. And it was great for Henry to have three grandparents there to spoil him!

Price Lake, along the Blue Ridge Parkway
Colors at Price Lake

Price Lake with Rhododendrons in foreground

The view from the cabin
The view from the cabin

Henry and me

This is also when we did the dress rehearsal for Henry’s Halloween costume.

We spent the second part of our Austin trip with Grant, Michelle, Larry and Hiroe. It was super awesome. Here are my favorite pictures (more after the fold).

Come on in, the water’s great!
Pool time!

Yummy beer tastes even better in my own glass

Grant made breakfast

Enjoying the hot tub waterfall

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