Monday, May 18, 2009

Coralville (where there's no coral) and Florida (where there's lots!)

We made it! We are now officially residents of Coralville, Iowa. After driving the Mormon pioneer trek in reverse, we arrived at our new home on Friday, May 1st and got all of our stuff unloaded in just a couple of hours, thanks to the help of Alan's dad. We had a week to settle in and unpack and then it was off to St. Augustine, Florida for a much needed relaxing week on the beach.
It was a perfect dream vacation. We pretty much did nothing but sit & relax on the beach, eat lots of delicious food, and watch NBA playoffs. A whole week of NO WORRIES! Alan starts PA school (and I start being a single wife) on Wednesday so we're enjoying as much time together as we can before then. We really miss Utah and are slowly adjusting to the huge change of moving to a new place where we know no one. I'm sure Iowa will start to feel like home with time. Here are some pictures from our fabulous vacation in Florida.
This is pretty much what we did all week. We went through about 5 bottles of sun screen and completely lost track of the time and date. That is, in my opinion, a perfect vacation.

All you can eat crab legs on the beach. Yum!!
We took a walk/hike in the Anastasia Island National Reserve. The trail went along the marsh and into the jungle! We saw TONS of wildlife including 2 turtles, 2 snakes (I think Alan was more scared than I was), lots of cool lizards & birds, and about a million crabs. So cool.
Looks like the Jungle Room at the zoo, right? Nope, it's for real.

We love St. Augustine Beach!


Anonymous said...

Yeah, it's so good to see your smiling faces!! Glad you had a great time on your vacation, and that you're getting all settled into being in Iowa!! If you need or want another beach vacation, come on out to Santa Barbara, it's beautiful all year long, and you're welcome any time!!

Mari said...

Looks like you had a way fun vacation! I hope that the adjustment of moving goes well for you! We still miss Utah, I wonder if that will EVER go away. It's a fun new adventure, moving to a new place though.

Laura said...

We wish you well, although we still wish it had worked out at Duke so you'd be close to us!

emily said...

As one of your most dedicated cyber-stalkers (who never posts), I'm glad you got the vacation you deserve and hope you're enjoying Coralville and your new digs.
We love you

brandandbrit said...

Hey! I found your blog on Tawnya's. I hope you guys feel more at hope here now :-) I have loved getting to know you. I noticed on an earlier post that you work for symantec. My dad works there too! His name is Bill Bodine. My neighbors work there too. Markus Lunt and Missy Liston. Small world!

Trent and Kimberly Ewing said...

your guys look like you are having so much fun! We will have to plan on a time to come visit!