Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Sweet Friends

One of the highlights of our trip was getting to see one of my very best friends and her sweet kids! Kim and her family used to live in Virginia Beach, but were transferred to New Orleans a couple years ago. We don't get to see each other very often, but we talk on an almost daily basis so it doesn't really seem like we live that far apart! When I told Kim that we were driving to Florida for spring break, she didn't even hesitate to drive from LA to FL to see us there. A five hour drive is a much more tolerable one than a 16 hour drive!

We made plans to meet in Fort Walton Beach at the Gulfarium. It was so sweet to see the kids all together. They hadn't seen each other since we visited them in New Orleans over spring break last year, but it seemed as though they were forever friends! They had such a good time together!

Hunter and Isabelle really enjoyed looking through the windows into the dolphin pool!

We enjoyed the dolphin show and the view of the beautiful white beaches.

The kids had their own ways of entertaining themselves while we waited for the next show to start. Hannah decided to take a little rest...

And let me just tell you about how that little girl melted my heart!

Hannah has always had a mind of her own. From the time that she was due to be born and refused to come out when her mommy wanted her to, to this very day...she is not afraid to tell you what she wants. She isn't one for much cuddling or outward affection. So, when we met at for the day I asked her if I could have a hug and fully expected to be rejected. I promise my feelings would not have been hurt! I just figured there was no harm in asking, right?

So, I asked her for a hug and she not only grinned at me, but she walked toward me and gave me a sweet little hug! I was so honored! By the end of the day I had gotten another hug out of her and she even said "I love you!"

It was amazing to see how both Hunter and Hannah had grown! Hunter has turned into such a precious little man and Hannah has changed so much since we saw her last year! She wasn't even walking and now she is little miss independent! She is even speaking so well! She calls Isabelle "Apple."

When we were done at the Gulfarium we had lunch together and got to chat some more. The kids so enjoyed their time together!
Kim, (and DeeDee) thank you so much for meeting us for the day! I know it was a long day for you all, but it was so good to see you and hopefully we won't have to wait a whole year for another visit! We love you guys!


Kim said...

Thanks for spending the day with us. Hannah points to Apple's picture everyday! By the way, I borrowed (stole) a few pics so you'll soon see them on my planet too - thanks for sharing!

Jennifer said...

Awww, such sweet little friends! They look so big all together!