Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Journey through 2013

It’s that most wonderful time of the year again – Christmas time! Pat’s favorite season! We don’t need snow or presents but for some reason the Christmas season just fills their hearts with joy and thanksgiving! So we hope to take you on a journey with us and see what we have done throughout this past year. Put on your seatbelts and hang on!

012313January – Our first trip back to Disney after buying a year’s pass to the parks. This gets us into Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom. I can’t believe these tickets cost so much!

February – We spent this month at home and just relaxed. Don had a wonderful birthday! Pat did a lot of knitting and spinning on her spinning wheel.

March – We had some snow which was magical. Then we had to evict a tenant and do major repairs on a rental house. We went to Frog Watch training and learned to identify and count frogs for a nature inventory.

   032 April – We headed to the Magic Kingdom and really enjoyed the Epcot Flower Festival. Then we swung further south to visit my parents. We also went to the Smoky Mountains and attended the Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage which is an awesome event that we look forward to each year.

May – We went camping at Pensacola Beach in our tent and enjoyed going to the Naval Aviation museum where I met the Blue Angels and got their autographs. We had a lot of fun but the rain forced us to leave. The next day at home, we b002ought a camping trailer! (2007 Casita Freedom Deluxe)

June – We took our camper to Orlando and another visit to Disney. What an adventure! A tire blow out helped us learn that tires have date codes and old tires may look perfectly new but can have dry rot!

July – Every year Pat teaches a course for Furman during the summer semester. She loves teaching this class and look forward to it every year. Meanwhile we were also preparing another rental house for a new tenant.

August – Another trip with the camper to Disney because we wanted to get our money’s worth out of our annual passes! Then when we got home, we took our camper to Myrtle Beach and camped at Huntington Beach State Park with Nancy and Ray (Don's sister and her husband). We had the best campsite and had a great time! Pat began teaching a course (Education of Students with Exceptionalities) for Furman for the fall semester. She had 23 undergraduates!

September – We went to Myrtle Beach again. Our niece Deanna, her husband Mike, and daughter Kaeli came down from New York and it was so exciting to see how much Kaeli has grown. Their daughter Lauren and her husband Joey joined us from NC too so it was a mini-family reunion. It was a very special time for us since we would lose Mike in November.

October – Another trip to the wonderful world of Disney but we stayed in a hotel!

November – Our last trip of the year to Disney and we are sad but next year we might give Universal our money since it isn’t as expensive as Disney. Thanksgiving was a sad time for us since Mike passed away suddenly but we are so thankful for the time he had on earth with us. We are so thankful that we had this time together with him in September.

December - Pat finished teaching her class and we headed to Florida again for the Christmas holidays. Pat’s father turned 94 this year! The weather has been perfect and the company has been delightful!

We hope you have enjoyed seeing the recap of our year. We had a wonderful year and look forward to an even better one next year.

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