We had a great week in Florida, but I don't trust hotel wi-fi's though, so I didn't want to get on my blog. 'Cause, of course I wouldn't want some crazy person comandeering The Purple Zone!!! Ha Ha!
We started the week at Dave's Aunt Katy's house. She lives right on The Eagle golf course (in Tampa) and it was beautiful! Next time, we're going to bring our clubs. Look who was playing this hole -- right in her back yard....
We took off for an afternoon at Clearwater Beach. It was so relaxing walking barefoot through the white sand. I was able to really clear my mind and relax. What a rare moment!!
We arrived in Orlando the day before the conference, so we headed out to the Kennedy Space Center. It was amazing and we highly recommend everyone taking the tour.
We were able to see the Endeavor - up close and personal.
We spent Halloween at Epcot. It was great!! Dave was selected to participate in a street show! How did they know how much he loves doing these things!! Ha Ha!
Unfortunately, Dave was sick for several days, so he spent quite a bit of time in the hotel room while I attended sessions. Still, we managed to squeeze in a few fun activities.
Lego Store (at Downtown Disney)
I know that's a bad picture. The restaurant is really dark. I just wanted to show how close we were to the dinosaurs! See the menu at the bottom of the picture??? That's my seat -- inches away from a moving, growling triceratops!!
The conference was wonderful. I am so fortunate that I'm able to attend it. I have always wanted to, and it's so thrilling now that I actually get to. One of my favorite pieces is meeting children's authors and other people who have influenced my professional beliefs. This year was no exception. I was able to meet 2 of my favs......
Alice Sterling Honig, infant-toddler guru!
Meanwhile, back in Lubbock, the crews were working on our home. Our builder agreed to meet us after work so we could have a peek at the latest. Darn this time change!!! It gets too dark too fast! Oh well, at least we got to look around for a few minutes!
Look at all those cabinets!! Whoo Hoo!! Door on the far right is leading to the laundry room and garage. Door on the left is the walk-in (step-in) pantry. STORAGE!!
Close up detail of the mantle.
Front door. (Not the actual color)
It's coming along!!!