Tuesday, March 8, 2011

A Trip South Part 2: Niceville is, well Niceville is Nice, Really Nice!

Our final stop was up in the western panhandle of Florida in Niceville, Florida. Will was transferred from Las Vegas, Nevada to Niceville, Florida so Brandy and Mikayla tagged along.  This was our first trip to see them.

Now first- location, location, location!  Niceville is just north across the Choctawhatchee Bay from Destin, Florida- and of course the Gulf of Mexico and it sits on the southern edge of  Eglin Air Force Base.   And well- Niceville is just really, really nice.  It's filled with great schools, charming neighborhoods, and plenty of OLD TREES!  That said- it is NOT south where it is WARM in the winter.  So though it certainly isn't COLD like Cincinnati, it is not that BEACH experience one might imagine for Florida in February.  Why it gets down in the 30s at night!  And I consider that pretty close to COLD.

But we didn't go to Niceville for the weather- or a walk on the beach- though I'm sure we'll have opportunities for those beach strolls on later visits.  But this visit was all about Brandy, Will and MIKAYLA!  That said this blog is going to be mostly pictures of MIKAYLA- though occasionally she is accompanied by her mother- or her father- or her grandmother.  WE HAD SO MUCH FUN! 

Now we spent much time playing with the kitchen set that was stowed in the back of the "traveling minivan" with the bicycles.  Things were just a wee bit cramped! At least we only hauled the hugh kitchen set box about 2000 miles before extracting it and assembling the new kitchen.  But Mikayla loved the kitchen set and I got served amazing meals- and of course tea- multiple times every day!

And then there was the trip to the library!  And let me tell you- this was not her first trip!  She did know her way around and quickly found plenty of books to read with and without me!

And as is obvious below, she knew some of these books by heart including all of the actions that go with them.

Including even the yawnnnnn

And of course there was a trip to the park.  Might I mention that Mikayla LOVES the slide!  And her Mommy even took a trip down once!

And if you're with Mikayla you always have to pause for a snack!

And then one evening we all went out to eat across the Bay to a restaurant right on the BEACH!
And a highlight for me is one long afternoon (2 and 1/2 hours) when Mikayla took her nap while I rocked her!  Now that is one beautiful way to spend an afternoon!

But most of the time we just "hung out" and enjoyed this beautiful granddaughter and her wonderful Mommy and Daddy!


Brandy said...

I love the pictures! We had so much fun with you both and are looking forward to seeing you today!

Lucas said...

ALL the pictures are wonderful but that last one is PRECIOUS. I also really liked the ones of you two in the library! Sweet! :) And now you are back for ANOTHER visit! Enjoy the family time. Love you!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful pictures and it sounds as though a great time was had by everyone!! So pleased L'il M loves books...she has great parents and grandparents. She is a lucky little girl!!!

The other Grammy :)

Anonymous said...

Max, I love all the pictures of little M she is so adorable. It looks like you guys had a great time.