No, not here in Iowa, but in Florida! That's right, this past weekend I found myself in Florida enjoying a few days in the sun and on the beach. It all started Thursday when Steve got home from work and told me I had 5 minutes to grab my 'essential' knitting; put on my shoes and coat and get in the car. I was in the middle of cleaning out a kitchen cupboard, but did as he said.
My next series of 'tasks' involved putting an address into our GPS unit and opening a large bag of almond M&M's to be shared with the driver (Steve). I recognized the addressed as a Minneapolis address but was rather perplexed.... Once we reached our Minneapolis destination (a hotel by the Mall of America) we went out to dinner where Steve handed me two handmade tickets to Florida. He had made all the arrangements for a weekend getaway to the sun. I am not easily surprised, but I did NOT see this coming!!
Friday morning we woke up very early and started our trip to Fort Lauderdale. I cannot tell you how heavenly it was to feel the warmth of the sun and to be able to take off my socks and shoes and enjoy being barefoot!
My toes enjoyed the warmth of the sand....
And the feel of the ocean.....
We spent part of Saturday at Las Olas walking along the beach and going in to a few shops... not many, tho, as I didn't want to give up much time in the sun!!
We even spent a little time just soaking in some rays... I can't say enough how I LOVE to be warm!!
Back at our resort hotel (which was in a western suburb) we had time at the pool and enjoying the peace and quiet of of a stroll along the pond across from a beautiful golf course. We walked barefoot in the grass as well, but forgot to take a picture!!
Everything was perfect. At times it was hard for me to not be 'in control' (I am the detail/organizer/planner of the family) but it was so special to feel so incredibly loved by someone. I am so blessed!
We ate out several times and I got all my favorite foods.... Thai and Chinese; pizza; Chipotles; Mexican and some yummy desserts. Here is some of the gelato that we indulged in at the airport. I tried 3 different kinds.. the Tiramisu was my favorite!!
But all good things must come to an end. Late Sunday morning we began our trip back to the reality of winter and subzero temperatures. But it's all good.. I have the memory (and sunburn) of a wonderful warm weekend and the reminder of the incredible love I have being married to my best friend. That's a inner warmth that no amount of subzero temperature can take away. Thank you Steve for a wonderful wonderful weekend and for loving me!!
Until Next Time.....