Monday, April 20, 2009

Family Time on the West Coast

The West Coast of Florida that is!

My Uncle Chet passed away on Sunday, so I packed up and headed south to where most of my family lives, the Port Charlotte area (south of Tampa.)

First however, I stopped and picked up my momma from the Tampa airport. Then my cousin Kyle met as there to go out for lunch while we waited on my uncle's plane to arrive. My momma and I hung out in the airport for awhile, window shopping and drinking some coffee before my uncle's plane arrived.

Did I mention how horrible the weather was? It was a classic Florida downpour, where, while driving, you can't even see the front hood of your car. That's how hard it was raining. Needless to say, it was a LONG 5 hour drive.

We spent time at my Grandma's, napping and making dinner (Shepherd's Pie!) then headed over to my aunt and uncle's house to hang out and watch American Idol and eat birthday pie (it was my cousin Ryan's birthday, my aunt Kelli's birthday, and my Aunt Denise and Uncle Steve's 25th wedding anniversary! What a busy day!)

We woke up the next morning and got ready for the funeral, and went to that (more on that little adventure another time,) and it was a neat funeral, since it was a military funeral. My Great Uncle Chet was a WWII veteran who worked with the Marines in the South Pacific. They sent up a group to pay their respects and do the whole flag folding/bugle thing.

The reception was at my second cousin Michelle's farm, and we had a good time eating, hanging out, and holding my new baby cousin Sophia!

I headed out that afternoon to come home, because I have so few days left in our home and I don't want to miss them!

This is my Uncle Kenton and myself

The original family! My Aunt Denise, Uncle Kenton, my Grandma, and my Momma!

Sibling love, Aunt Dede, Uncle Kenton, and my momma

Cousins! That is my cousin Ryan and myself!

Three generations. My grandma, my aunt Denise, myself, and my momma.

Mother and Daughters!

My cousin Kyle and my mom in the Tampa airport parking garage.

My cousin Kyle and myself!
This is my 200th post! I am so excited!

Technically, by the end of April, I need to be around post 210-220, to be keeping up with my blog posts goal, which, looks like I will make it! Hurray!


Anonymous said...

200th post?? Wowsa! I'm only at like 82 haha!

Ooops. I mean i really only have had my blog since August. I am kind of slacking..

And regarding your comment on my blog...YES it is about that new thing I posted 4-5 posts ago. :D

New things (including new relationships) are scarrrry for me. I hate the unknown. :/

Anonymous said...

I found your blog through uncle passed away on Sunday, as well. How odd that I happened to find your blog today. Best wishes of comfort for your family -- it looks like there is a lot of love between you all.

Emily said...

Sorry to hear such sad news. You and your family are in our prayers! Love from the Vargas Clan!

Kyle Scharf said...

nice to see that i can't keep my eyes open either...