We're back...

Sorry it's taken me so long to get online to post anything! I've been playing "catch up" since we got back and I'm still not caught up...so I may have to do this update in several posts over the next few days--so bear with me!

On Sunday, October 28th we were in Destin for my friend's daughter's wedding. It was absolutely gorgeous! A beautiful couple, a beautiful setting and just a perfect day all the way around--from the bright blue skies to the vibrant colors of the sunset, The Master Artist displayed His handywork!

The deck at Sandestin overlooking the beach...
Check out this handsome fella!
Don't they say the camera adds 30 pounds??? Gee whiz!

a beautiful sunset...

I had to include this picture! The colors in the sky were MORE vibrant every time I turned around! It was absolutely breathtaking having dinner on the deck, ocean in the background with this glorious sunset---it couldn't have been a more perfect setting!

My sweet baby...isn't he handsome?!

The parents of the bride...our dear friends...we love ya!
It was a wonderful day and a perfect beginning for a couple who has placed Christ at the head of their marriage! Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your special day!
{Unfortunately, I was unable to hook up with Kat. She had company that evening and we were leaving early the next day, so we were early to bed and early to rise. Sorry Kat! I'm sure there will be a next time!}

Getting ready to leave for FSU the next morning. We love the beach and hated to leave! Isn't the water gorgeous?!

Monday was spent touring the campus of FSU (Florida State). It was a nice day, sunny, but getting a bit cooler. We did the van tour and then did alot of walking around the entire campus. We grabbed lunch on campus, stopped by the Music Office and to our disappointment, found out the Marching Chiefs rehearsal had been cancelled that afternoon. BUT we made arrangements to stop back by on our way home Wednesday. (Photos below)
Zack in front of the FSU Film School...

The FSU Football Stadium and the bronze statue of the Unconquered Seminole

Walking thru the campus...he was so bold, independent, and sure of himself. I had to take this picture, because I couldn't have been more proud, but also teary at how fast he has grown up!

A closer view...I thought this was a cool photo

FSU Marching Chiefs Rehearsal (this was actually Wednesday afternoon). That's Zack and Gary sitting on the bleachers...

Monday evening we drove down to Orlando. After arriving at our hotel around 9:00 p.m., we were all exhausted and ready for a good night's sleep in preparation for our 10:00 a.m. appointment Tuesday morning at UCF (University of Central Florida). We met with Zack's Admissions Advisor, did a 2-hour walking tour, followed by a Housing Tour, grabbed some lunch on campus, met with the Assistant to the Band Director, then ran over to Full Sail University for our 3:00 p.m. appointment.
UCF Welcome Center and Admissions Office

The fountain at UCF in the center of the campus

The balcony outside the Rec Center and pool in the background

Zack watching the UCF Marching Knights rehearsal from the tower

Another hour long walking tour (with a golf cart ride here and there to view the back lots) at Full Sail. We were exhausted, but doing our best to remain focused and interested. All the while, watching the clock since we were due back at UCF for a Marching Knights rehearsal from 5:00 - 7:00.
Entrance to Campus at Full Sail University

Back Lot Tour

Another photo taken from the back lot...

Another long day and into the evening, but we were able to have a nice late dinner and get to bed at a reasonable hour. Wednesday we slept in, took our time checking out of the hotel, grabbed a late breakfast and then headed back to FSU for the Marching Chiefs rehearsal at 4:00 p.m. before heading home.

We were back home, safe and sound, and exhausted and ready for our OWN beds by 9:00 p.m. Wednesday night!

We had a great trip and the Lord really answered prayer. Tune in next post for Zack's decision!

8 sweet friends had to say...:

Dianne said...

Great pictures and it looks like you had a great time despite the fact that it's your baby you're talking about! Don't keep us in suspense long...that would be mean!

justabeachkat said...


So glad to hear you're back home safe. I KNOW after reading your post, that you must be exhausted!!!
Great photos! Every single one of them. Zack is so handsome! Loved seeing the photos from the wedding in Destin. Beautiful. So glad you had a good time. We do live in paradise, right?! Sorry I missed you guys this time, but hopefully you'll be back soon. Can't wait to hear his decision.


Melody said...

Welcome Home!!! So glad to have you back. I'm going to guess that his choice will be FSU because he already has the sweatshirt and all, LOL! Is Zack interested in film? Very cool!

Tonja said...

What a whirlwind trip! Bet you are exhausted! But, glad you had a nice time. I'm guessing it's FSU, too.

It's great to hear from you..it's been waaay too long!

Musicaljean said...

Wow, you were busy!! I love all the photos of you sweet son all grown up. The wedding pix are AWESOME!! Makes me want to get married again - to Dick of course!!!

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

The pictures of the wedding were beautiful~ what a perfect place to start the couple's waltz for a lifetime. We married at the beach too =D
I am thinking FSU... of course, after Jax State Marching Southerners.

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Hey, busy, busy girl! Looks like a great wedding..ahh those views. You really have been traveling with all those things going on.

Looking forward to you all coming to B'ham end of this month! I plan to catch up with ya'll then.


Lyndy said...

Such beautiful photos. I know what you mean about being busy sometimes days just get away from us.

Hugs, Lyndy

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