Monday, May 26, 2008

Fun Monday # 68 Family holidays are best


Alison has challenged us to think about holidays this week. She says:

Vacations...this is the time of year when most of us go on vacations. Show us and/or tell us about your favorite vacation - where you went, what you did, etc. Pictures would be great. Let's all take a trip around a the world via our FM friends!!

If you could see the weather here today grey skies and rain, it's a pleasure to think back to sun, sea and a happy family holiday. I am always at my happiest when I have the family all together but these days that is quite rare so I'm going to show you a few pictures of the last time we hooked up with Sam in Orlando, Florida. This was way back in 2003 and I was quite surprised that Embee agreed to come~ did I give him a choice~ Hmmm can't remember now! We met up with Beccy Joules, and the grandchildren at Gatwick Airport (London) and all flew together.

We spent a week in Orlando and we couldn't wait to get into the pool....
Below the grandchildren meet the monster!
After the frantic activities and endless queueing in Disneyland, we were pleased to move on to the peaceful Anna Marie Island. You can imagine our delight when we arrived here... What could be better than a secluded pool....
We did visit Busch Gardens~ see the hippo?
Sam celebrated her birthday while we were there and one of the waiters kindly took a family photo...

The sea and the beaches were wonderful and so empty we were very surprised. However, being the beginning of June I guess it was outside the holiday season...... You know how much I love sunsets which is the perfect way to end a holiday....


I am looking forward to taking a holiday trip with you all so I'll see you later!

PS My friend Tina has just rung to invite me to join a group for a week in Corfu in September~ must check flights!

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36 Comments:

At 26/5/08 12:37, Blogger Hootin' Anni said...

I love this....you really know how to put on a show for us. Beautiful, awesome. Monsters, Inc. A favorite movie of mine too.

This is really a fun Fun Monday this week, seeing all the stories of all the great vacations!!

 
At 26/5/08 12:55, Blogger Asha said...

Orlando is great fun for the family. We go there every other year, mainly to Universal studio theme parks. We booked out tome share condo there for Dec this year too, can't wait!:)
Photos look fab, kids are happy. What more could we want? :)
Enjoy Corfu. Lucky girl, aren't you? :D

 
At 26/5/08 13:41, Blogger Olive said...

We live 90 minutes from Orlando and go there often. The time with your family is precious and may you get together again soon.

 
At 26/5/08 14:28, Blogger Aoj & The Lurchers said...

That looks wonderful Chris! And what better than to share it with your family!

 
At 26/5/08 14:30, Blogger SwampAngel65 said...

I hope your family gets the chance to all get together again like that. It looks like you had a wonderful time.

Now I must look up Corfu...

Have a great week!

 
At 26/5/08 15:02, Anonymous nikki said...

What a great vacation. Your pictures are lovely. Thank you for sharing.

 
At 26/5/08 15:22, Blogger IamwhoIam said...

Good to get the whole Fam together - queing there is nothing like queing. I understand you Brits are good at it. I myself spend my time trying to figure out where on the ride to seat my SIL so she gets soaked (and I like her) It's one of many a game my brother and I play

No post for me this week just visiting a few other to see their vacations.

 
At 26/5/08 15:23, Anonymous Robin said...

It doesn't really matter "what" you do, just being with EVERYONE makes it special. Of course...when you have a spectacular setting with lots of area attractions, it keeps everyone happy and occupied :).

I can't believe your rental on Anna Maria Island...it looks like a castle :).

 
At 26/5/08 15:30, Blogger Jan said...

I love this vacation. You've seen more of Florida than I have, good for you. Your wonderful photos prove what a good time you had. (I've only been to Key West, in Florida.)

 
At 26/5/08 16:18, Blogger Sam said...

I hope we all get the chance to be together again one day too. They are all of to Portugal this year but they didn't invite me.

 
At 26/5/08 16:25, Blogger storyteller said...

What wonderful vacation photos! You have a lovely family. I've not ever been to Orlando, but I have visited Busch Gardens and live at the beach here in So Cal … so I can definitely relate. Family trips are the BEST aren’t they? We’re having a rainy Memorial Day weekend too this year ;--)

My Fun Monday is at Small Reflections.
Hugs and blessings,

 
At 26/5/08 17:48, Blogger Pamela said...

gee Chris - you'd think we were sisters.

more fun to swim in the florida waters. It's cold cold cold on the Pacific NW shores.

 
At 26/5/08 18:41, Blogger Alison said...

It looks like you had a wonderful time...it is always great to get the whole family together, especially when you live so far apart!!!

Thanks for playing this week, and I am sure you will enjoy your week in Corfu!!

 
At 26/5/08 19:20, Blogger Joy T. said...

Very nice, love all the photos! I just love family holidays and hope it continues for years to come. I admit to thinking what it will be like as the kids get older and move out on their own, but hopefully we can all get together once in awhile like this. I guess trips like this make time together 'extra' special :o)

 
At 26/5/08 22:27, Blogger the mother of this lot said...

Gorgeous photos Chris - looks like you all had a wonderful time!

 
At 27/5/08 00:00, Blogger Faye said...

I don't know about Anna Marie Island, ChrisB. How pristine it looks and the perfect place to hide away with your favorite people. Lovely sunset--fortunate time to have the camera in hand. I lived in Florida one year and the state does have beautiful water sunsets.

 
At 27/5/08 00:35, Blogger Mariposa said...

The sunset was such a great finale!

I so enjoyed joining people with their vacations!

Have a nice week!

 
At 27/5/08 00:45, Blogger Betty said...

I enjoyed revisiting your Florida vacation with you. We went to Buche Gardens once, and we really enjoyed it. I would like to go back there one day.

 
At 27/5/08 02:05, Blogger Molly said...

Orlando and Florida are indeed both vacation destinations especially if you can visit with the family too.

 
At 27/5/08 02:08, Blogger Sayre said...

Florida is a huge hit with northern foreigners... perhaps because we see so much sun and you see so little!

Come back anytime!

 
At 27/5/08 02:11, Blogger Peter said...

Hi Chris, a very good post, beautiful photos, Orlando sounds great.

 
At 27/5/08 04:38, Blogger Cynthia said...

what a pretty looking place on the island. I like being secluded, too.

 
At 27/5/08 08:21, Blogger frannie said...

that looks like it was a wonderful trip!!!

too bad you can't all get together once every few months

 
At 27/5/08 08:34, Blogger Steffi said...

Wonderful pictures of a perfect vacation!I love the Sea!

 
At 27/5/08 11:12, OpenID tootsie said...

I’ve tagged you again. When you’re ready!

Misslionheart♥

 
At 27/5/08 12:02, OpenID tootsie said...

i remember someone doing that tag somewhere! Didn't realise is was you! lol

I'll be back to see it later...

 
At 27/5/08 13:02, Blogger PAT said...

Hi Chris!

I enjoyed seeing the photos and hearing about your Florida vacation. I've never been to Florida. We have friends who spend two months in Destin, every winter. They keep telling us we are missing out! Maybe I'll put it on our list, which is growing and growing!

Have a great week!
Pat

 
At 27/5/08 13:38, Blogger Gattina said...

Nice souvenirs ! I only remember from Orlando that it was hot, hot, hot ! But it also was in the middle of July at that time we had to take our holidays with the school holidays because of our son. It also was very crowded. I especially loved Seaworld.

 
At 27/5/08 14:50, Blogger ellen b. said...

Looks like a marvelous family holiday! It is fun to go to Disney but fun, too, to get away from all those crowds.

 
At 27/5/08 15:51, Blogger ChrisB said...

olive what great fun to be that close to Orlando!

Asha we didn't get to visit all the theme parks which is one of the reasons I would like to go again.

robin the rental was great and reasonable cost from what I remember!

jan now we didn't get down as far as Key West.

sam you were invited as I recall!

sayre the sun is a big attraction, when you get so much rain like we do in the UK!

gattina as I recall we were there just before the hurricane season~ when I understand it gets very humid. We got thunderstorms most afternoons but this wasn't a problem.

 
At 27/5/08 16:34, Blogger Jettie said...

OOHH I love your vation!!! the water looks wonderful!!

 
At 27/5/08 17:59, Blogger Sauntering Soul said...

What wonderful photos and memories you have! I can drive to Orlando in about 8 hours but I haven't been there in 15 years. Shame.

My office mate is going to Orlando to visit Disney in a couple of days.

 
At 27/5/08 18:55, Blogger Melanie said...

I love Disney World, I think it's the most magical place on earth!

Our Happy Happenings

 
At 27/5/08 22:26, Blogger Beccy said...

I'd love to go back, there's so much to do that we didn't squeeze in last time.

I agree, Sam was invited to Portugal and declined.

 
At 28/5/08 03:22, Blogger Sandy said...

That does, in fact, look like a perfect vacation. Thanks for sharing.

 
At 28/5/08 08:51, Blogger bichonpawz said...

What a terrific vacation! I love all of the family pictures. You sure look like you all enjoyed yourselves!!

 

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