Wednesday, 15 December 2010

my trip to Florida :)

So! I know, I know, I haven't written in aaaaages. Please forgive me! First I was working like mad to get ready for the Big Bead Show (which was awesome!) and then I left for Florida! I spent a fantastic three weeks back at home surrounded by family and friends. Above is a picture of my boy, Stefan, me and the teeny princess in my arms is my beautiful niece, Emelia Sparrow! She's such a little doll. I wanted to hold her the whole time!

Every so often I would let her parents hold her.. but not terribly often! Here she is with her mommy and daddy. Aren't they the cutest family ever?!

I was even gracious enough to let my mother hold her while Mom's partner, Steve, looked on. You'll notice I was never too far away, though, as all these pictures were taken by me! I let them cuddle her long enough to take a picture then they had to give her right back!! ;)

I missed this kid so much! Kaia came down and spent a week with me at my mother's house and it was so much fun. We painted nails, coloured hair, went on shopping trips and to the Everglades! We also went to the beach and to a very famous ice cream parlour, Jaxson's. I do have pictures of ALL of that but I tried to keep this relatively picture light.. ha. I think I failed a bit!

This is me with one of my favourite people in the entire world, Marc. And before you ask how I have two left hands, those are my sister's bunny ears behind us ;) Marc and I have been friends for nearly 20 years now! I can hardly believe it. We've been through an awful lot together and it's always a pleasure to see him whenever I visit. He's probably the funniest person I know, too, and he always has us dying with laughter :)

Speaking of longtime friends, this is my friend Heather. Heather and I were very close for years but we lost touch with all the moving. She's moved around a lot and so have I and we somehow lost each other in the mix. BUT! Fate and the universe decided that it was time for us to reconnect. I was checking out a book at the library (side note: I NEVER go to the library when I visit.. but, on a whim, decided to this time) and, amazingly, Heather was standing right there beside me in line!!! I squealed and we hugged and possibly hopped around a little when we saw each other. We quickly went outside and exchanged all our contact info and arranged to have dinner the following evening. It was so wonderful to see Heather again and she invited Stefan and I out to lunch a couple days later with her fantastic boy, Benny. Seriously, the four of us were all separated at birth somehow! The boys got along really well and we all talked and laughed and ate wonderful Vietnamese food followed by bubble tea. Thank you, Heather, for introducing me to such culinary delights! I'm hoping that Heather and Benny will come visit us soon. We miss them so much already!!

Mom suggested we take a trip through the Everglades while we were there. Plenty of South Floridians have probably done this at one point or another but it had been years since I had gone so we saddled up, slathered on the sunscreen (UGH), put on hats and braved the Florida sun! It was so beautiful and we really enjoyed it. It was the most perfect day and we took plenty of pictures like the one above. I think this picture really says it all.

After the airboat ride, there was an alligator wrestling show and Kaia elected to pose with a "baby" alligator. The baby is in quotes because HOLYMOLY! When I picture a baby alligator, I picture something that could fit in the palm of my hand!! Kaia loved it and I love having this moment captured :)

We packed a picnic lunch and decided to have it right there at the tables beside the water. There were peacocks EVERYWHERE! They were so gorgeous and would eat out of your hand! Stefan showed us all that he is the peacock whisperer by getting the peacock to jump up and take the food. I managed to capture this peacock in mid-jump and I LOVE this shot!

I couldn't write a blog post without mentioning beads at all so here you go! While I was in Florida I bought nail polish that matches my beads!!! How cute is this?! I love it :D

I'll be off to Denmark for Christmas but I promise to post pictures of that when I return! I hope you all have a lovely holiday season. Spread some love!


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Hi! My name is keiara and I'm a native Floridian currently living in Folkestone, England. I am a hot glass and jewellery artist and I'm passionate about what I do! I love to 'talk shop' so feel free to contact me. Thanks for stopping by!