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Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas!

or "Happy Holidays"

I hope all of you have had a wonderful time with your friends and family.

I got back from Vacation yesterday afternoon, so let me tell you how it went.

First, I surprised my children about where we were going. They "thought" we were going to the airport in Knoxville to pick up their grandmother who was going on vacation with us, some undisclosed location in Tennessee. I finally told them when we got to the airport that we were actually going to South Florida, by plane, to visit the family down there, where grandma lives. You should have seen the surprise on their faces. Actually, I anticipated it and had the camera ready!

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The two oldest ones had actually been on an airplane before, but it was a very long time ago. The little guy had never been on a plane and he was the most surprised.

So how was Christmas in South Florida? Well, it was unreal! The weather was absolutely wonderful!

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The kids eventually found the hot tub and boy, I had to use WD40 and a shoehorn to get them out of the thing!

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It was day and night!

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They eventually found out about the jet skis and, let me tell you, I couldn't imagine they'd be happier or more excited than if I had offered them a year's vacation to Walt Disney World. The little guy conned his uncle (my younger brother) into taking him around.

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Even the big guy decided he wanted to try going around with his uncle:

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Even at night, they had fun with all their cousins while playing Rock Band.

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On the last night they were there, my family was about as cool as they come. I love them for it. They had "Christmas on the 23rd" for my kids where they gave the kids their Christmas presents.

Someone gave my girlie the Hannah Montana stage and she really REALLY appreciated it!

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The boys were just as happy and excited with a Monopoly set that they've been asking for for a while:

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Overall, it was a wonderful vacation. I have so much to be thankful for. My uncle and aunt. who invited me to his home deserve more than a little praise. Thanks, you two! I also appreciate my mom and brothers who were very kind to my kids. Thanks to all of you.

14 comments:

Hilary said...

Oh geeesh, your kids are so totally adorable. Those are some great captures of some beautiful little faces. :) I'm so glad you had a wonderful holiday. Your kids are lucky to have such a cool Dad.

Happy holidays, Pavel!

Casdok said...

Wow! Looks fab!!

Trish said...

That will be a holiday they will remember for a loooong time!

Merry Christmas and happy 2008!

BarnGoddess said...

wow WOW! you know how to give a suprise :)

the photos look like y'all made some memories to cherish forever.

face it, you just come from an awesome family! You are lucky pavel.

Karen MEG said...

Pavel, what a wonderful surprise for your kids! They looked like they had some a great time visiting with your family too. It's so nice to be able to share such special times with your kids with your family.
Happy holidays to you too, Pavel!

Ann(ie) said...

What a wonderful Christmas surprise!! I love all the pics, but the top one takes the cake!! Nicely done!

Pavel said...

Hilary: Thanks a lot! I love surprising them. Have fun...

casdok: It was!

trish: Heck, I'LL remember this one a long time!

bg: (grin) It was a kicker, huh?
And yes, I do have a special family and they're great and I'm greatful...

karen meg: I asked them on the flight home what they enjoyed the most, thinking thy'll say "the hot tub" or "the jet skis" or a particular gift. All three of them said the same thing. "I liked spending time with my family." I couldn't be happier and hopefully we can do it again real soon.

annie: lol! The little guy's face is priceless, isn't it?

actonbell said...

Wow, you had a perfect holiday! And it's so nice that your children totally appreciate everything--you are blessed:)

Beth said...

So glad you and your family had such a wonderful (and special!) Christmas.
What a great surprise for those beautiful kids of yours!

Orlando said...

I had a great time with you guys. I'm hoping it doesn't take another 4 years for us to see you guys again. My whole plan is to go up with mom to when she comes up there again and hopefully we'll be able to all meet at Disney like we talked about. We haven't done that since those infamous videos pop and manolito took all those years ago. Tell the little ones me, Linda and Autumn miss them terribly and Autumn hopes to have another sleep over soon.

Orlando said...

Oh, almost forgot. I'll send you all our pictures of the weekend sometime this week.

C said...

What a wonderful Christmas, Pavel! I just love the expressions on your children's faces! Classic! What a great Dad you are!

Happy New Year!

louann said...

What a wonderful way to pend the holidays! =)

Looks like you all had a wonderful time -- family time is always wonderful =)

Pavel said...

actonbell: well, they did appreciate this suprise,that's true. I hope your holidays were fun too!

beth: The kids asked me yesterday if we could go on another vacation soon! I said I need to start saving. lol

orly: I can't wait to see the pictures you took. You should be getting pics and Autumn's present in the mail soon.

c: rofl! The little guy had such a look of surprise! The other two were just as surprised, though. They just didn't look like they won the lottery!

louann: You're right, of course. I didn't realize how much I missed my family until I saw them again. Hope you had a good time with your men...