We were able to go down to Port Charlotte today to visit my mom and dad and sister, and my Aunt Deb and Jeff. It was such a nice time to be with family. We kind of surprised my sister with a little early birthday party for her that she wasn't expecting (her bday isn't until Monday), so that was really fun! Tim cooked one of her favorite meals that he makes, and Jeff made 2 scrumpdilyitious cakes for her special day. Then we all gave her cards and gifts, and it was just really nice to let her know how special she is to us! It was a real bonus to have Aunt Deb and Jeff around, too! Check out pictures from our day below.
On the drive back tonight we dropped Tim off near Bradenton Beach with a few other guys who were getting together for a guys night and day out tomorrow, and then we drove back home to the camper. As we neared our exit off of the interstate I noticed that there was a sign saying the exit was closed and the right 3 lanes were closed. So I merged over 4 lanes (on the 5 lane highway) and thought I was fine until I saw the car in front of me getting squeezed between the barrels on their right and the car in the outside lane to their left, and in short order I found myself in the exact same predicament. I came very close to hitting the car on my left, but thankfully missed it. Unfortunately my review mirror on my right side hit one of the barrels which smashed it to smithereens with a loud BOOM! It scared the kids, especially poor Nicole, a lot, but I was so thankful it wasn't a full fledged car accident I felt more relieved than anything. Noah was so concerned others would have the same problem since their sign was wrong (it should have said the right 4 lanes were closed) so I called FHP and asked them to correct their sign. I only hope they did. My review mirror looks like it was chopped in half with wires dangling, but tonight the kids said thankful prayers that the mirror gave up its life for ours! :-)
Tim & Jodie