Sunday, January 2, 2011

Perfect Moment Monday - Holiday Memories

Daytona Beach outside of our resort on one of the warmer days (70's).

Each week I participate in Perfect Moment Monday, sponsored by the blog, According to Lavender Luz, "Perfect Moment Monday" is about noticing a perfect moment rather than creating one. Perfect Moments can be momentous or ordinary or somewhere in between." And so, here is a Perfect Moment for this week.

For the past three years, our family has taken a vacation instead of exchanging gifts. We like to spend time together and create memories instead of buying each other "stuff."

This year we went to Daytona Beach. My first thought was that a beach would be warm...maybe not balmy this time of year, but warmer than the Rocky Mountains.

The first day we were in Daytona, it was colder than it was at home, so we made the most of it and had fun anyway.

My parents met us there and loved spending time with the boys. They invited each one of them to spend the night in their hotel room so they could have one-on-one time with each grandson.

Being teenagers, they are so into their friends and all of their activities, that it's hard to pin them down even for a brief conversation.

The trip was full of Perfect Moments. Here are a few that I captured:

Welcome to Daytona Beach

Tom and Bryce walking in Blue Springs State Park looking for Manatees. 

St. Augustine (the oldest city in the United States) all decorated for the holidays.
The boys hot tubbing after daring each other to get into the ocean on the coldest day of the trip. Brrrrrr.....
A mini mug (about 3" high) of eggnog. Yum!
There were so many Perfect Moments during our trip. I'll share more in the upcoming weeks.

What a great way to spend the holidays!

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Lori Lavender Luz said...

I loved being there with you via this post!

And you gave me some of my own perfect moments with some of the souvenirs you sent back. LOVE THEM! More later.

Pass the eggnog!

Kristin said...

That sounds like such a wonderful holiday tradition.

Quiet Dreams said...

What a fantastic way to spend the holiday! Loved your photos!

Allison said...

Fun!! Glad you had a great trip!

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a wonderful trip. The eggnog looks delicious!

Lynn said...

That sounds like such a fun idea for spending the holidays! I'm glad you had such a great time. And thanks for the tradition idea! Since my in-laws are in England and my family are in the USA, we have to choose which family to spend Christmas with. Maybe one year we can all gather somewhere new for an entire family get-together!

DropEdge said...

It thoroughly amused me that Florida was colder than your mountain home. :) Then again, the hottest I've ever been and the coldest I've ever been happened in the same city (Atlanta), although in different seasons. (Seriously: "Hotlanta" only applies in the summer; one of my students got hypothermia marching in the Peach Bowl parade on New Year's several years ago.) And I love the idea of spending time together instead of money on one another.

P.S. Hi, Sheri! It's Bradi, Karen's VA with Therapy in Transition!