Friday, April 5, 2013

Highlights of a Florida Vacation? Where do I start?

It’s always hard to choose just a few photos to share on my blog after we’ve spent a few days vacationing in Florida. One of the highlights of any trip we take is enjoying the photos when we get home. We hook the camera up to the big screen TV and view them together.


We traveled within a 100 mile radius but the things we saw…OH MY!

It was glorious! We stayed in a Hampton Inn for this trip so that we had more time on the beach and visiting some of the sights.

Of course the highlight for me is always the beach!


I made these postcards using the photos we took.


(These were all taken on the Gulf Coast near Clearwater Beach.)


I’m happy to be home and can’t wait to visit you all! I missed you!

How have you been?

What’s new with you?


The Bear's Blog said...

Hi Miss Lavender Dreams,

Nice pictures. It sure looks warmer than it is here in northern FL, spring is a wee bit late this year, but our Hummingbirds came back to our feeder yesterday.

Did Wendy go on vacation with you?

Heaps of Hugs
Prudence ♥

The French Hutch said...

Your postcards make me want to head to the beach, soon! We love Florida and go often and there is nothing like feeling the sand under you feet and the sun on the face! Great photos!

The French Hutch

Karen said...

love that last one! Still chilly here, darn it.

Jane and Chris said...

*sigh* I want to live in Florida!
Jane x

Suzan said...

From a 3rd generation Floridian - what is there NOT to love about Florida (except the summer heat)!!!!

Unknown said...

Oh I'm jealous of the sunshine-glad you had a wonderful time. Making the postcards is a great idea-I should try to learn that.
Have a good weekend.

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

Thank you for the postcards! Beautiful snippets of your vacation! Glad you had such a lovely time-
Happy Friday and Hugs!

Vee said...

Oh it must have been glorious. I hope that you enjoyed unplugging and just being. I can see you on the beach looking for shells. Glad to have you back, though!

Cheryl @ TFD said...

Beautiful beach scenes, love the blue skies and water! Glad you had such a good time and are back home safely!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I love how you get to enjoy the beach! I wish I could have a trip to see the ocean, it's been way too long! Missed you also!
hugs, Linda

cucki said...

Enjoy xx

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

Nice - I could use a little beach time..


Your sunny Florida vacation photos at the beach looked absolutely wonderful, peaceful and glorious. Thanks for sharing hugs judy

Anonymous said...

such beautiful photos! A wonderful vacation!

Art and Sand said...

I live at the beach in California and the views are gorgeous, but the ocean is freezing. I just sit and look at it.

Enjoy a lovely spring weekend.

Shannon @ A Cozy Place Called Home said...

I'm envious of all the fun you have have on your vacations. It is so nice that the two of you enjoy being together. You are lucky to live in such a beautiful area. We finally had a sunny warm day today. I went shopping at a new huge store nearby that sells pottery, garden items, home decor and lots of other things. I was disappointed because most of the stuff looked very cheap but the prices were not that cheap. I went on to the book store which is one of my favorite places to spend time. So that was what I did on this gorgeous day. Hope you found some pretty shells on the beach. You will have to show them if you did. Have a wonderful Sunday, dear friend.

Debbiedoos said...

Those are so neat that you made your own cute personal post cards. I also like the fact that you view your pics on the TV..I need to do that too.

Unknown said...

Welcome home and so glad you had a wonderful trip!! I'm so missing Florida this year. Having lived there for so many years and then spending time in a warm climate every winter and then this year NOT, I'm totally in withdrawals. I am enjoying your photo/postcards, to think Florida! Thanks

labbie1 said...

What lovely photos! And your new header--great! We are headed to TX on May 1. Moving there. Looking forward to being where it is warm in the winter for sure! :) Your photos make me really want to get going! Great eye as always on your photos.

Barbara F. said...

Oh I need a Florida vacay soon!!! At least by next winter!!! Great photos. xo

cynthia lee designs said...

Great photos!! Make me want to be at the beach instead of here in

It's Just Dottie said...

I think I would love to be there!!
You know how much I love the beach!!
Smiles, Dottie

NanaDiana said...

Great pictures, Diane. I am so jealous-but you already know that! xo Diana

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

I can't wait to spend some time in FL..., I booked a few weeks in Ft. Lauderdale!!

Unknown said...

aah, I would love to be at the beach in Florida!

Sandy said...

Funny thing, I've been living here
in Fl for about 9 years now and
rarely go to the beach.. but I'm
so glad you had such a good time
on your visit..
Great Photos

SImple and Serene Living said...

I miss the beach. It looks absolutely wonderful. So glad you enjoyed it.

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Sounds like you had a great time!!

Thanks so much for your words of encouragement about my weight loss journey!! I lost another 2.4 pounds last week!!


Hillcresthome Prims said...

I am so happy you had a wonderful time and I loved the idea that you made some of the pictures out of post cards. Very clever idea!!!!
Big Hugs my sweet friend,
Tricia XO

Musings from Kim K. said...

I'm going to have to hide this blog post from my teen (Emma). She's so annoyed that we stayed home for spring break. She's been pining for a warm tropical vacation. Gorgeous pictures!

jody said...

looks and sounds like you had a great enjoyable time! love the picture/postcards! enjoy catching up!!

Unknown said...

We LOVE the Florida Gulf Coast around the Anna Maria Island area. Long Boat Key is very pretty, too! Hoping to spend some of our summer over in that area. Thanks for sharing!

Susan said...

Lovely photos and I have a yearning for the beach right now! We're actually considering a move to North Carolina, so maybe one day soon, we'll meet. Glad you home, XOXO

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

Lucky you!! Thanks for sharing your beautiful photo postcards. I can feel the ocean breeze from here:-)

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

Welcome home Diane. Beaches are so beautiful! I love visiting whenever we vacation near one. Glad that you had a great time.

20 North Ora said...

Those are truly postcard worth pictures.


Unknown said...

Oh my your beach photos look amazing. Looks like a fabulous place to visit.


RURAL magazine said...

Sounds like such a wonderful trip...and that blue water, white sand...sigh.

And yes, you can make the paper rose, they are really easy.


Draffin Bears said...

Hi Diane,

Looks like you had a wonderful trip and love the white sandy beaches.
Lovely photos.

Happy new week