Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Animal Kingdom - Caring For Giants!

Maddy came home for the weekend to see Gail and we couldn't resist a trip back to Animal Kingdom to see our favorite baby elephant, Stella! The Caring For Giants experience is a really great way to see these amazing creatures up close - we loved it!


Missing you already Gail!

Monday, November 06, 2017

Our Elbow and DC Adventure!

We were so happy that the very best band in the world (Elbow of course:)) confirmed they would be coming back to our favorite venue, the 9:30 club in DC, for their Little Fictions tour this year! This time Gail decided us to join us for the up close and personal experience too! DC is one of our favorite cities and it was Gail's first trip there so we decided to make a long weekend of it:)
We started out at Arlington Cemetery...


And then went to see the Lincoln Memorial - and found the famous typo...


The weather was beautiful and the skies were so blue...


The next morning we headed out to see the White House...


And befriended some newscasters who gave us the scoop and let us see through the windows in their viewfinder:)


Then we went over to the National Mall...


Mike went to meet his friend but was disappointed to miss out on the Hope Diamond...;


After the Natural History and American History Museums we did the National Archives and the amazing Ford's Theater too...


And before we knew it the big day had arrived! We went to the White House again in the morning...


Then we had a quick lunch with the legendary Tom "Llama" Tracy!


And the we got ready for the big night. We arrived in line nice and early to bag our front row spot. As we stood in line we saw Pete Turner, Craig Potter and Alex Reeves as they went to their tour bus. And then we were delighted to discover that the club allows the first 35 arrivals early access to a special bar in the venue...!


Once we got our front row spot, we met Lois from the New York Morning video! And before the show even started Guy Garvey came out onstage to introduce his support act...


I took photos of the setlist that I've been dreaming about for the past year:)


And then we got to relax and enjoy the most amazing show I have ever seen from about 10 feet away...:):):)


The venue is so tiny and the stage is small too so it really felt like we were having a private concert just for us...



And just when things couldn't get any better - I snagged the setlist!!


It was truly an unforgettable night. As I woke the next day and braced myself for the trip home, Mike eased me back into reality with the one word that gave me something special to look forward to..."Juneau" - which helped:)
We finished up the last hour in DC with a trip to see the Capitol Building...


And a walk through the beautiful and moving memorials...



And in a flash we were back home to our beautiful girl :)


Thanks Gail for the most Magnificent (She Says) weekend!!

Sunday, November 05, 2017

Happy Halloween!

We didn't win Mike's company pumpkin carving contest but I was still pretty happy with my tribute to Juneau this year. And Maddy looked adorable as ever!



Sunday, October 15, 2017

USF Friends and Family Weekend

We got to spend some time with Maddy at the weekend at the USF Friends and Family weekend and find out all about her life on campus. Beacon Hall is just amazing - she is so lucky!


Jen, Rich and Mya joined us for the send off breakfast...


Go Bulls!

Monday, October 09, 2017

Maddy's New Life

Maddy's having a great time at College:). She bought an annual pass for Busch Gardens and enjoys how close she is to the beach...


Life isn't so bad back at home either. We went to see Mumford & Sons and they were totally amazing!