Monday, April 14, 2014

Ordinary Miracles (12) ~ Spring Break

Do you ever go on vacation and find when you return home, you feel yourself needing a vacation from vacation?  
This year's spring break definitely didn't leave me feeling that way.  

Our entire vacation felt like an Ordinary Miracle.  From simply getting away, to wonderful family time, fun with friends, great food, the beauty that surrounded us everyday and everything in between, it was all ordinary and miraculous!

We planned and booked this trip last fall.  And as the seemingly endless winter grew on and on with it's cold temps and many snowfalls, our anticipation grew.  School was cancelled 6 times this winter due to temperatures.  Too dangerous to be outside.  This was our coldest winter since the winter of 1978/79, with an average temperature of 9.8º F and about 62" of snow.  Can you understand why the warm sun and beaches of Florida were creating a bit of excitement?

We flew out on Hubby's 40th birthday and with a 2 hour flight delay, the kids were anxious to get their toes in the sand.

We finally arrived ~ met with the lovely property manager and relaxed into our week long vacation.

Of course we celebrated this guy:
We rented a 4000 sq. ft., 5 bedroom, 4 bathroom house with 2 other families ~ 6 adults and 6 kids.  The house (actually it was a townhouse, but you would never know you had neighbors) was beautiful.  It was located on Belleair Beach.  Besides being right on the beach, it also had a private heated pool and hot tub.  It was simply fabulous, inside and out.

** I have to add, I HIGHLY recommend this home ~ if you are interested in a lovely, relaxing vacation for your family, your spouse or even for a girls getaway, you can find the property and rental info on VRBO by clicking here

(view from the porch)

We really didn't have any plans or agendas.  

We did go to the Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa:

I  took in the fresh air and beautiful scenery on my almost daily beach runs.
We ate lots of good food, went to a winery, as well as a state park.  
But mostly we just hung out, swam, enjoyed our family and friends, the nature, animals and all of the beauty that surrounded us.

It was fabulous, lovely and a vacation I will treasure forever!

Now, glance back at your week and think about the ordinary things, people, places or happenings that took place in your life. The ordinary that is usually taken for granted. 

And, tell me what miracles occurred in your life!

1 comment:

Jennifer Juniper said...

I'm going to pretend I was there with you! This was our first year ever NOT taking a spring break trip - but with my oldest in high school working on a GPA for college, we just couldn't pull them out :( Bummer.

You looked like you were having a great time - I stalked you on facebook all week to join in :)