Thanksgiving in Florida

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Who’d have thought that Florida would be so cold?  Pamela told us to come prepared for both cold and warm, but Pamela’s thermostat leans more toward being cold-natured, so I wasn’t expecting nights in the 30’s!  It was beautiful, though, and we (Mom, Dad, Dannye and I) had such a nice time.  It was so good to see Pamela, and we were busy the whole week doing college stuff.  I think Mom and Dad really enjoyed it, too, although they were both ready for their own beds back home.

We left for Florida after Mom’s doctor visit last Tuesday.  Since it was a bit of a late start, we stopped for the night in Denham Springs, LA, just east of Baton Rouge.  I love driving over the swamps of Louisianna.  I always look for alligators, but never see one.  Denham Springs was a nice little town, and we had a lovely room.  Don’s Seafood Hut was right next door to us, so we ate dinner there, and OHMYGOSH it was delicious!  Highly recommended!  They had broiled shrimp that was to die for.



Florida Thanksgiving 231We arrived in Pensacola around 2 on Wednesday afternoon.  Pamela had a few minutes before her next class, so we visited with her in The Palms Grille, a really nice snack bar on campus.  Pam stays with us off campus, so we were back and forth taking her to classes or work, wherever she had to be.

 Pensacola Christian College is a very conservative institution.  I always say that anyone without a problem with authority can have a great time attending PCC, but if you aren’t good with submission, you’d never last!  Pamela really enjoys it, even when she doesn’t understand or agree with a rule. 

Thursday morning was Praise Service, which we all attended and enjoyed very much.  Several choirs sang, and  they did a short skit about the first Thanksgiving.

Florida Thanksgiving 188 Afterwards, I took Mom and Dad back to the hotel for a rest while Pam, Dan and I went to the Turkey Bowl!  PCC has intramural soccer, and the 2 best teams go to the Turkey Bowl.  This year, Pam’s favorite team, the Hornets, made it to the big game. I really don’t like soccer, but the game is more of a social event for PCC students.   

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One of the things I don’t like about soccer is that they RARELY score, but the hornets scored 5 times in this game!






Florida Thanksgiving 171  Pamela only listened to the game while she flitted around like a proper social butterfly. 







The halftime show was really neat.  5 parachutists came down onto the field, the first carrying the United States flag, and the last carrying the PCC flag.  Pretty, pretty cool.

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After the game, Dannye and Pamela took Daddy on a drive.  They went down to the beach and walked around a little.  It was a pleasant diversion for Dad because he had been so gracious about doing everything WE wanted to do.

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 We had Thanksgiving dinner at Four Winds on campus.  While no one can beat my Momma’s dressing, the meal  was delicious, and the best part was we didn’t have to clean it up!  It was great!!!!!!!!!!!!

Florida Thanksgiving 355 Friday morning, Pamela wanted to get up and go shopping, so off we went at 5 in the morning!  She had to be in class at 10, so we went to Best Buy, Walmart, and Ross before getting her back to school.  Then I took Mom to the beauty shop and shopping, then back to the hotel to get ready for Fine Arts, a play “Queen Victoria Regina”.  We were beautiful, and it was really good.  I hated that they didn’t use any amplification, because Dad didn’t really get to enjoy it.  Since he can’t see very well, and now doesn’t hear very well (he just got hearing aids, but one is broken already), he just had to enjoy the night out in spite if his handicap.  After the play, we went to the Village Inn to eat some pie.  The pie was good, the experience was not.  Really crazy to have to wait more than an hour for 5 pieces of pie!

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Saturday was play day.  Pamela didn’t have to work or go to school, so we went to the zoo!  It was a small zoo, but fun.  Dad really can’t walk very far, so the small size was just right.  Mom has her scooter, so she just buzzes right along.  Another nice thing about the small size was that the animals were so much more accessible.  The giraffes ate from our hands, the lions and tigers were not in hiding, and the monkeys showed off for us. 

After the zoo, we went to the amazing seafood place called “Flounders”.  It was open to the ocean, although they closed the glass garage-type doors as it got colder.  They had beach volleyball right outside in a courtyard area.  The food was unbelievable!  It was really a fun place, and we all had a good time.

Sunday we all went to church except Granddad, then had lunch at Olive Garden with Pamela.  It was hard to leave her, but knowing she’ll be home in 2 weeks helped a lot.  Then on the road toward home.  We again stopped in Louisianna for the night, this time in Covington.  Then back on the road Monday morning, and we arrived home around 7 p.m.  Mom and Dad were both so tired, but we had a good trip and Dad’s already talking about going on another trip in the Spring!Florida Thanksgiving 713

I am so thankful for my parents.  If they hadn’t wanted to take this trip, I wouldn’t have been able to see Pamela for Thanksgiving.  She was lonely for us, and seeing us helped her face these last 3 weeks.  Besides, her grandparents spoil her terribly!

I pray you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving, and that we are counting our blessings daily, rather than yearly!



As a footnote, Dannye is the photographer of all the shots without her in them.

May God bless your day…………………….


About Petty Bunch

The Petty Bunch is what we have called our family since Bill and I (Janina) began our family back in the early 1980s. We have gone down many roads together - homeschooling our kiddoes, enjoying the freedom of entrepreneurship many years, working at "real jobs" other years. Through it all, we have been loved with God's everlasting love, and have found that underneath are His everlasting arms! We are blessed to have been married for over 36 years, and have 3 incredible adult children, a wonderful daughter-in-law, an amazing son-in-law, and SEVEN grandchildren: four precious granddaughters, three handsome grandsons - so far. We are empty nesters, still enjoy the life of an entrepreneur and the freedom it gives us to continue enjoying our kids and now, their kids!
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6 Responses to Thanksgiving in Florida

  1. What cute pictures! I’m so glad that you all had such a nicce time. 🙂 We’re sure looking forward to seeing Pam!

  2. Anonymous says:

    I loved all the pictures, especially the one of Dad feeding the giraffe!  How many people get to do that in their lifetime?  I am so happy you all had so much fun.  Your whole family is the best and I am so grateful for the way you love and honor our parents.  God bless you!!!  Pam looks beautiful in the pictures.  Can hardly wait to see that sweet girl!!

  3. wolverine93 says:

    Welcome Home!!!!!!!!!

  4. KatieWatt says:

    AWWWWWWWWWWWW! Wish I could have come! 

  5. AuntGen says:

    Dannye’s got that raised eyebrow, “oh, yeah?” look in that first one of her and Pam.  I am ready for Peekers to come home.  I am also ready to see my mom and dad!  I’ll be glad when I ‘m off quarentine.  Glad you had such a good time and especially glad you’re home.  (love the giraffe, but I’ll bet he’s really selfish.)  Love and five pieces of pie in five minutes! 

  6. Crazy4Photos says:

    Great pictures! I told your daughter the other day that she was too photogenic… she is so sweet!:) Thanks for visiting my site!~Sara

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