Friday, December 30, 2011

Loggerhead Marinelife Center of Juno Beach

Started the day at Oracle Lab for 2nd blood test. That took about a minute and a half. Then we went to Winn Dixie to pick up some things. Laurie never goes there - she prefers Publix. I thought Winn Dixie was just as good - but that's just based on one visit.

 Laurie drove us to Juno Beach to see the rescued sea turtles at the Marinelife Center of Juno Beach. I never thought of sea turtles as cute beings - but these were quite cute in their own way! Each turtle had a name, and a plaque with a description of the type of injury and the treatment that it is receiving. The Center was crowded with families and kids of all ages. The Center does a great job, and admission is donation only.

Back in Palm City, Chip got home from work, and we ordered Chinese take away - very yummy. After dinner, we all watched the end of Abduction and it was time for bed.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Bye Bye Jana

Our farewell to Jana breakfast was at Mulligan's in Stuart.  I think that it's the best breakfast place we've been to yet in Florida.  The food was yummy and the service was splendid.

Laurie drove Jana to the airport, and we stayed with Dylan for an hour or so, and then we delivered him to Peyton's house for the rest of the afternoon.  When Laurie got back, they shifted to Saint Creek Drive, and Peyton came along to spend the night.

 The rest of us watched the first half of the movie "Abduction" - I'd never heard of it, but it was a really fun movie with at least one spectacular explosion!

Dick and I got tired half way through the movie, so we left and planned to watch the rest of it tomorrow.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Lion Country Safari

Jana has to leave tomorrow, so today she wanted to do something special that she's never done before!  We chose Lion Country Safari, which is always a treat even if you have been there before.

It was the perfect day for an outing - cool, clear, sunny- perfect, as I said.
Great for picture taking, too.  We drove through at a very slow pace and had terrific views of most of the big animals. Afterwards, we stopped to eat at Bru's Room Bar and Grill in Royal West Palm Beach - they do a wicked salad!

This is one of a pair of lions guarding the front gate.  He reminded me of Aslan in the Chronicles of Narnia.

Lions are very sleepy in the daytime.  The CD guide we were listening to said they sometimes sleep for 20 hours per day.

A wildebeest, or gnu.  We thought he looked like a grumpy old man.

Mom and baby white rhino

Horses in striped pajamas

Zoo buddies

Yard ornament

Giraffe - sweet close-up


One lion did get up and walk around - she flopped right back down in the shade.



Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Bye Bye Tom. Hello Cirque

Since Tom is leaving today, it's the perfect time to have a farewell breakfast at the Galaxy Diner. It's almost a tradition.

Laurie drove Tom to the airport to fly the first leg of his trip to Melbourne, Australia. He flies first to Houston, waits 3.5 hours, then flies to LA, waits another 3.5 hours, then off to Australia - a sixteen hour flight. We will all miss him - he's such an integral part of the family.

The remaining six of us went off to Ft. Lauderdale to the Broward Center for the Performing Arts to see the Cirque Holidaze Dreams show. It was such a colorful, spectacular performance, filled with impossible physical prowess and flexibility. By the end of the show, the splits were just ho-hum! It seemed as though everyone on stage could do the splits. The two child performers were very impressive - I especially enjoyed the little girl in pink who must be double jointed in every possible joint.

 Dylan and Laynie with the Cirque Toy Soldier in front the the Performing Arts Center:

Dylan and Laynie seated and ready to watch:

Grandma and Grandpa can't wait!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Steiger/Gillespie Christmas Day

Dick found this water at Publix - perfect for you know who!
Laurie Jane - hostess and chef extraordinaire :)

Dylan had a stocking to explore.

His first gift was - ta da! - an iPhone!!

We were so happy that he had an iPhone that we all called him.

I'm sure that Tom is recommending some really good apps.

Host and Hostess with the Mostess !!

Brave Tom brought this all the way from China!

Chip's first moments with his new grill - Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Traditional Christmas Day

Chip has to work on Christmas Day, so our family is celebrating Christmas tomorrow. Chip should get here around noon tomorrow. This is the first time that we've ever not celebrated on the Very Day - but it's really not so hard. Since Dylan is now such a grown-up, it didn't bother him either.

 Laurie made us a terrific turkey dinner, with such a beautiful table setting - I'm so sorry I didn't get a picture of it. The dinner was scrumptious, and we appreciated all of her hard work and hospitality!

 While the turkey was cooking, we took the opportunity to do some Christmas caching near her neighborhood. Laurie wanted to show us a tricky one, but Dick walked right to it - it was a kind with which we are very familiar. She took us to three all together - it was a beautiful day, lots of fun, and the turkey bird was roasting peacefully in the oven while we were gone.

After dinner and clean-up, Dylan, Tom and Jana tried their skill at Jenga - it's as much fun to watch as to play.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

As Dick Strolls Through Town

This morning, Dick went walking around downtown Stuart. It's fun to see Kilwin's and Harbor Wear right next to each other - makes you feel like you're back in Traverse City.
Later on at Laurie's, Tom and Dylan had a bunch of fun playing Halo on the xBox -
I watched for almost an hour - no, really - but then my eyes felt bloodshot, so I left the playroom!
Christmas present to our family from the Hardy family :)
Cookies from Kathee:
Terrific looking U of M ornaments - Go Blue!