Monday, September 15, 2008

Back to the States

Parker and Avory
at the waterpark

Back in Bahia Redonda, cleaning like crazy, trying to get ready for our 6 1/2 weeks back in the States. It's Mom Coon's 90th birthday, so we have to get back for that. Not to mention, we really need to visit with our 9 grandkids!

Andreas picked us up at 6 a.m. to take us to the airport at Barcelona, along with Una from Dragonfly. We were supposed to travel with Jeff and Una but, unfortunately, Jeff's dad died, he left early and Una was running to make connecting flights. Rented a car from Miami to Tampa and, once again, Larry and Melody, our good friends, came and picked us up at Tampa Airport at the last minute. Well, we gave them 24 hours notice. Don't know what we'd do without them. Obviously, never make it to see Mom Coon! Spent 10 days in Florida and then headed up to Michigan to see our wonderful grandkids. A relatively painless journey, compared to last year. Just a whole different story.

Taylour, Zach and Cody

Tried not to be too much of a bother, alternating our time between Kelly and Charlie's place and Shaun's, with a short visit over to Windsor to visit with Sue and Dan. Visited the waterpark with all the grandkids and just lots of quality kid time. Did chores at Kelly's and Shaun's, trying to be helfpful.

Sold the our car on our last day at Shaun's, and Dennis' good friend Jerry came all the way to Algonac from Royal Oak to pick us up. About an 80 mile round trip. We bought dinner and caught up and did pay for gas, since it's $4 a gallon! Big difference from Venezuela!!

The only sad note was that a friend died while we were back home and so our usual visit with the old Detroit Dive Team was at the funeral. Geoff Coon, no relation, same last name, replaced Dennis on the tow truck and dive team when he retired. Just sad, too young to die at 55 in a motorcycle accident.

Flew back to Orlando, rented a car for a week, visited with Mom Coon again, before driving down to Miami and back to Venezuela. Had a great flight and everything went as scheduled.

Did have a wonderful trip home visiting with our beautiful grandkids. We have Taylour (13), Zach (11), Cody (10), Parker (6), Avory (4), Madison (4), Ryenn (23 months), Brooklyn (14 months) and Emerson (9) months. If you click on our Picasa Web Albums to the left, you'll see our Summer, 2008 photos with all our family.

SO, SO good to be home on Audrey Paige! ~~~~_/)~~~~

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