West Palm Beach - 2009

A couple of weeks ago, Jonathan and I traveled to West Palm Beach to visit my Grandmother (Abuela) for her 85th birthday. My aunt (Tita) took the initiative, with the help of her girls to plan this great celebration.

We left on Wednesday and did not arrive in West Palm until nearly Midnight - Thanks to dad and Leslie for picking us up so late :) We left Dallas in coats and arrived in West Palm needing shorts! It was beautiful weather, even though it was so late!

We were taken over to Madeline (Melanie's Cousin) & Brett's house to sleep. We woke up the next morning to Bailey scratching at our door. Bailey is by far one of the cutest little terrier mix dogs that we had ever met!

Madeline & Brett had to work that first morning, so Jonathan and I woke up, drank coffee and watched television all morning - what a great veg out morning! Leslie, just having come back from Mexico, didn't wake up until after noon! Wow....I don't think we've done that since....well....college!

Later that day, Dad, Sarah and the boys picked us up and we went to a local beach. It was such a great time. The directions that we had were so wrong and it took us forever to get there. Adrian kept asking to go to the "big water." Once we got there, both Adrian and Lucas were petrified of the water and cried for a long while. After some coersion, Sarah was able to get Adrian into the water and then ended up having a great time! We all got a little burnt, Leslie more than anyone.

The rest of the day was spent at Madeline and Brett's house. We were able to hang out with Madeline a little, but Brett ended up working really late.

On Friday, we once again woke up and hung out at Madeline's house for a bit. We finally went over to Abuela's house to see her for the first time. We spent the rest of the evening at Abuela's house.

Saturday was spent more at the beach and then off to the house to get ready for the big party. Actually, Brett was awesome enough to take Jonathan golfing at one of the PGA National golf courses.....Jonathan was in heaven :) We had SOOOOOO much fun! I think that Jonathan was a little overwhelmed with the 90 family members that were there, but he fit in soooo great! We saw so many relatives the I hadn't seen in a very long time. It was also great to see all of the new additions to the family.

Tita made an awesome picture board of Abuela when she was young. It was cool to know that I look just like my great aunt Sarita (as a young girl)!

We left on Sunday, which topped off the entire trip. At 6:45 p.m., I was looking out of the window and saw a small flame on the ground, which grew into a much longer trail of smoke......we were witnessing the Space Shuttle Launch! AMAZING!

To see even more pictures from our trip, click here.


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