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>> Thursday, April 9, 2009

Chris and I are back from our mini 3 1/2 day vacation in Florida! We were invited down by a very generous family from church to stay at the Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo, a members-only club that's situated on over two thousand tropical acres right on the ocean. It was absolutely breath-takingly beautiful and was the perfect place to relax and take it easy. Chris had never been to Florida before, and the last time I was there I was about 8 years old - so needless to say we were very excited to be there and be back in the warm weather once again!

Our hotel room had a great view of not only the ocean, but some of the docks where the really big yachts were moored. As Ocean Reef is a private club, most of the people there are quite wealthy and we definitely saw some very big boats and some very big houses. It's not only a resort with pools, tennis courts and amazing restaurants - but people can buy property there, so there are also whole communities of houses, condos, townhouses and inns. It's kind of like its own mini-city - they have a school, grocery store, shopping stores, a movie theatre, huge medical centre, private airport - they even have their own police and fire departments! Some residents live there year-round and some just vacation there. It's an amazing place 'cause it's located right near the only living reef tract in North America, which means some amazing diving and fishing.

Yours truly went on a little reef-fishing expedition and caught her very first fish (a decent-sized bluefish, thank-you very much), but then I felt really bad so threw it back into the water. :) Chris caught a huge fish one morning and was in his element out on the boat. We both love water and were this close to buying a boat a couple of years ago, so we both were excited and thankful that we got the opportunity to get back out on the water, especially off the coast of the Florida Keys, which is just the most beautiful shade of turquoise and rather soothing to the soul.

We ate at some great restaurants and spent some time just riding around on a golf cart taking in all the sights (everyone there drives around on golf carts all the time as it's the easiest way to get around). We were definitely sad to drive back to Fort Lauderdale to board the place back to Toronto, but I'm glad we went and am soooo thankful to the Alloway family for this experience - their generousity and hospitality were amazing!!

We are back in town now for awhile - or at least I am (Chris is off to Mexico for awhile soon for another Missions trip). I'm hunkering down now and am excited to focus on my sister's upcoming bridal shower and wedding (June 27th - yay!!) and will also be trying to figure out where my hubby and I will go for our third wedding anniversary coming up in August. There is a possibility that we may be going back to Uganda for a couple of weeks, but if that doesn't pan out, we'll probably go somewhere in the States to have a little adventure - maybe rafting in the Grand Canyon or back down south - we'll see who has the best deals. I'm glad that summer is on it's way and hopefully we've seen the last of winter's wrath for this year (I heard the GTA got hit by another snow storm while we were gone - ewww).


Sheryll April 9, 2009 at 5:27 PM  

Glad you are back but I want to hear about Uganda!!


Sara April 9, 2009 at 9:15 PM  

I'm def with Sheryll on this comment! SO glad you guys got to go and SO glad you're back:)

But-- waiting on some more Ugandan posts!

xox :)

Suzanne April 9, 2009 at 11:26 PM  

Alright, alright, I'm on it . . . ;) I'll definitely have the next Uganda post up tomorrow. I'm also going to try again to include a slideshow of pics in the actual post, so stay tuned.

Kim April 11, 2009 at 9:59 AM  

That trip sounded great, and the pictures looked amazing!!! I'd pick the rafting trip for your anniversary, just because that's something that I've always wanted to do!

Franciska April 17, 2009 at 12:07 AM  

Hey Suzanne you've lost some weight. As if you had any to lose in the first place. But you are looking skinny. And Chris..wow he's black! LOL But we know how dark he can get. The pictures look PERFECT..I want to be there.
I'm with Kim..go rafting in the Canyon :D

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