Thursday, June 10, 2010

my 100 hour holiday

So I have a secret to share with you. This week...I played hookie and went on holiday with my little family. My father (Poppa), Mr. B, Thurgood, and I packed the van and drove to Ft. Lauderdale for the 28th family reunion on my father's side.

It was the dream of my grandparents that all of their children and their furture grandchildren would KNOW each other so they purchased timeshares for each of their 6 children. Our families come from all over, but as long as I can remember, we have come to these beaches.

There are beautiful beaches all over the world, but this is my home when it comes to dancing in the sand and splashing the ocean over my face.

And now...I have a beautiful little boy to pass on the tradition that my grandparents hoped for. I have missed Florida for the past 2 years due to pharmacy school. It was not going to happen this year.

So I snuck away...

Luckily I got to see Thurgood fall in love with the ocean. (Last year....he avoided it completely.)

I also got to see a father and son catch a glimpse of nature...look closely below and you will see what we saw in the wee hours of the morning.

I also got to capture a special moment or two more...

Between father & son and..

And Poppa & grandson...(note: all people in the pool are family..there are over 40 of us now.)

I also got to witness a "coming of age": Thurgood getting tossed by his Poppa. I LOVED this when I was little.

So much fun to witness!

What a wonderful way to spend 100 hours. It went by so fast. I flew home Tuesday. My family will stay on till Saturday.

I have been under a siege of exams and papers lately. Yet this upcoming Monday and Tuesday I have 2 HIGH STAKES finals.

What does that mean?

Either I pass and go on to rotations or I stay obviously I have been ever so diligent with my studies. And when I am done with my studies, I will be ready for Poppa to throw me into the pool.

And as I study the days & nights away for my finals..I will think of my 100 hours peering from this balcony and the tiny secret holiday I indulged in with my family and in honor of my father's parents.



  1. How lovely! You are blessed to have such a great family that knows the importance of traditions and sharing with each other. Best wishes on your studies.

  2. wow! how wonderful! I'm so happy for you. It's great that you got away. I hope that will help clear your mind for some last minute cramming. I can't imagine all that you must be learning! I am in awe of what you are accomplishing! You Rock!

  3. Beautiful post! There is nothing like family! Your family is beautiful and so happy! Have wonderful weekend! ~lulu

  4. I'm glad you got away! You needed it, your family needed you to do it, and I am SURE you will do fantastic on your exams next week! It's not easy, though, so hang in there!

  5. Yeah for you....what a beautiful gift your grandparents gave your family. How very sweet to KNOW your family....and what a beautiful place. Hang on...I know you will do well!!

  6. I spent a lot of my life in FL and definitely know what you mean about a particular beach feeling like home. What fun and what a fabulous time!

  7. What a fun time for you to spend with your family and see Thurgood having such a wonderful time with the people you love, the people that are family!

    Is that a shark? Seriously? Or am I being ridiculous? haha...

  8. I envy your family tree full of loving people who want to ensure that the family legacy is not forgotten. I'd trade anything for that!!

    Sending positive vibes your way for your daunting exams! You KNOW this stuff, so rock those finals like you've never rocked anything before!

    Miss you tons around here!!

  9. What great family time.... building beautiful memories!

    Art by Karena

  10. what beautiful pictures! you captured such precious moments to look back on. i'm so glad you got to escape a little for some fun in the sun! thanks for your sweet comment today.



  11. I am in tears as I read this. Family is so precious. I love seeing the photo of your dad and your son in the pool. Priceless!

    I miss sharing little moments with my dad. He loved having his children and grandchildren around him... even when he was too sick to play, just having us around brought a smile to his face.

    Enjoy every moment with your beautiful family. You will never wish for less time... only more. :)

    Blessins to you!

  12. lovely post!

    just passing by your blog and i have to say i LOVE it. do come drop by mine too and maybe we can follow each other. =)

    have a lovely day!



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