Tuesday, August 5, 2008

In the Moment....

Sometimes life calls for living in the moment....in a perfect world I would do this every day! I'm a planner. I like to be super organized (it keeps my mind together); however, there are times that we should step out of our comfort zone and go for it and that's what this past weekend was all about. On Thursday, my good friend Meghan invited us to join them on a trip to Busch Gardens in Tampa. It sounded like great fun but I was feeling a bit apprehensive due to a weekend filled with other plans. Jared and I talked it over Friday night and after changing our minds a few times, we decided to go for it! When do the guys ever have a chance to have time off together???? - NEVER!! Saturday morning we made our way down to Tampa with both the Winters and the Anderson's. We stopped for lunch at Chipolte - not only Jared's favorite but Meghan's too! After we settled into our hotel (thank you Papa Raftery), we made our way down to Tampa's International Mall and enjoyed dinner at California Pizza Kitchen. Sunday morning we headed over to Busch Gardens on a hot sunny 90 degree Florida day. The kids did great despite the long day and we even managed to enjoy a few rides! Meghan and I took Kennedy and Luke on the log ride - it brought back so many memories of my dad and I 20 plus years earlier enjoying the same ride together! After a long fun packed day we enjoyed another dinner of OLE CHIPOLTE (I think Meghan and Jared were in on this one!!) Before we headed back on Monday, the kids splashed around at the hotels pool - we thought it would get some much needed energy out before our trip home. Living in the moment is an amazing thing - it allows you to enjoy the opportunity that presents itself...it allows you to live for the day and not worry about tomorrow. Thank you Meghan, Ben, Mike, and Jessica for giving us an opportunity to live in the moment with you!
The guys took the kids while the girls shopped at the International Mall of Tampa

Attack of the Kennedy kisses!

The Winter's Family - Grayson is such a peaceful baby!

Look what the eggs hatched!

Daddy'o and Kennedy

The park grounds where beautifully kept

Meghan, Luke, Kennedy, and I on our log ride - what fun!

Luke sitting high on daddy's shoulders

Cute Lips!

The Anderson's on our train ride

This is a tad high for my liking but way worth the view!

A view from our gondola car

A Day to Remember!


Lauren Smith said...

Wow! What fun.
You all cease to amaze me. Living for the moment.Squeezing in all that gusto.
That's the way to go.
Sam your pictures are great.
I love my MacBook. I can click on the pics and drag them in IPhoto.
Thanks for the update.
Love You All,

B E T H said...

K, so I'm jealous! I want a fun filled weekend with the Raftery family! :) Looks like ya'll had such a great time! I'm proud of you for letting the agenda go and making some memories...that's what life is really all about isn't it!? Everyone looks so happy!

Megs said...

We had a great time! Thanks again for rearranging your weekend to spend time with us- it really meant alot!