Sunday, December 28, 2014

Christmas in the Sand 2014

We're back!
Finally home to Indiana after an eight day trip to sunny Florida!
We drove and it took 14 hours each way... but it was worth it!
We stayed in Clearwater right on the beach...
This is the view from our balcony of the girls playing volleyball.
We loved the area and wished we had stayed longer in Clearwater.
We actually spent four days going up the gulf side beaches.
 We all love the water.
 It rained a bit but most of the time it was sunny and in the 80s.
Hugging a palm tree... lol.
This is our beach girl.... even her Indiana bedroom is done in beach.
But they both had fun in the very cold water.
Luckily we had heated pools in all our stays.
We enjoyed a boat ride to see the dolphins and houses.
I loved all the small boats in the bay.
We had a good show from the dolphins.
The girls got it on their phones to show to their friends.
I actually did not take that many pics this time.
 Just a few at the resort.
   Mostly I just soaked up the sun....
 And enjoyed some family time.
We visited my parents in Sebring where they stay in the winter.
And made plans on where to stay for next year.
 This time we stayed at Barefoot Beach Resort and it was charming...
but the rooms were a tad small for a family of four.

But it was right on the strip and on the ocean near the private rental homes.
So it was quiet and well kept.
 I loved all the decorations and lit palm trees.
I think it should be a new tradition to go to the beach for the holidays!

Thanks so much for stopping by and God Bless!
Brooke Berry Kroeger writes at the Creative Country Mom blog. There she shares her photography and country lifestyle. She enjoys incorporating vintage finds and repurposed treasures in her Southern Indiana farmhouse and garden. She loves to talk about gardening and decorating and often lectures at local gardening education events and area organizations and clubs.  Brooke has started doing freelance photography work, contact her for your business or family photography needs.  She also provides social media training and services including graphic design work for other websites and area businesses.
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  1. Looks like yall had a great time. I am sure that is a nice break from the cold weather in Indiana. Your daughters are so cute and sure looked like they were having a blast. Loved all your pretty pics too.
    We live in Florida and we love staying at the beach in a condo. It is really the most relaxing vacation there is........we used to go to the mountains to cool off in the summer until our children got to be teenagers and were working, that was when we started our beach vacays, cause we were only 40 mins. from home so if they couldn't get the whole time off they could still go to work and they loved being able to have their friends come over some. Now we are back to the mountains because our daughter is married and living in N.C., so all of our trips in the last 15 mos. have been to Asheville, and we are loving that too.

    That was a fun way to spend Christmas I'm sure..........good for yall, and fun to come home planning the
    next time.........
    Blessings for a Happy 2015, just a few days away, wow............another year behind us. Amazing!


  2. Brooke,
    So happy you had a wonderful time in Florida. We have stayed in Clearwater many times and the beaches there are fabulous. Glad your vacation was good. Happy New Yeare.

  3. Eggnog + rice pudding = brilliant! You and Lucy feel free to bring that right over here and we'll sit around in our pj's and enjoy. ;)

    Many blessings for a Happy New Year dear Gal!! xo

  4. Brooke,
    Amazing Christmas memories, dear friend!!!
    I loved seeing the smiles on your daughters faces!!!

  5. Oh we love the beaches around Clearwater. Looks like a perfect holiday! We live in Florida but in the central part of the state. It's fun to see your beautiful beach photos and family pics! Happy holidays!

  6. Looks like you had a wonderful time. I bet the warm weather felt great!

  7. Clearwater beach is SO familiar to us, Joe's parents lived "next door" in Largo for almost 40 years!!! I am going to look up where you stayed, we are looking f0r someplace in that area to go to in the winter for a month or so next year. LOVED your pictures. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Hi Brooke, Picked you at Kris' today. So funny, seeing your girls enjoy their vacation . They are so cute. I live In Tipton, In. and I have a brother-in-law in Sebring, Fl. Blessings to you and your family, xoxo,Susie

  9. WOW! The dolphins really did perform! I am on the opposite coast (Oregon) and one day want to go see the whales! We are in a cold snap right now and envy your beach scenes!!

  10. Brooke, I just saw your feature over at Kris's and your home is lovely. I have long admired your garden. Your Gypsy cat looks just like a little stray we named Lucy. Such a beautifully marked and sweet kitty. It was fun to see more of your home. Happy New Year..Judy

  11. Aren't your girls adorable! Looks like a great time. Glad the weather cooperated. We are only a couple of hours from there and we've had dreary skies for a couple of weeks now. More like Seattle than Florida!

  12. I think going away for the holidays is a great idea! eliminate the stress! We had too much family drama this year :)


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