Hello from Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, Florida! We are having a great time . . . wish you were here (really!). Doug and Leanne are the wonderful hosts that they always are, opening their home to us and making us feel very welcomed and comfortable. They are as close as family to us, and Daniel even calls them PUD and PAL (Pseudo Uncle Doug and Pseudo Aunt Leanne, which goes back to when he was six years old.)
On Sunday, we hung around the condo and went to the pool. Daniel kind of had a stomach bug. It wasn't too bad, but enough to keep him indoors most of the day--or maybe it was the access to ESPN that he doesn't normally have at home! ;-) Daniel was celebrating his Louisville Cardinals winning the Big East Conference title and securing a number one seed in the NCAA tournament. Unfortunately, Doug's team, UT-Knoxville, didn't pull out a win in the SEC tourney, but did get a spot in the NCAA brackets.
Today, we drove up to Jupiter, Florida (about an hour north), to go to a Spring Training baseball game. We saw the Washington Nationals vs. the Florida Marlins. It was a beautiful day, with a slight breeze, and we sat out in the bleacher seats right behind the Marlins' bull pen. We had great access to the players, although Daniel didn't ask for any autographs. One of the pitching coaches tossed Daniel a baseball that had been used to warm up pitchers, so Daniel got a souvenir from the game. After the game was over, we drove to a nearby mall to visit Leanne's niece, Laura, who works there, and then drove back to Ft. Lauderdale via Highway A1A, which goes along the coast. We got to see the sunset, sort of, and stopped at the Hillsboro Lighthouse for some photo ops (I'll have to post them later).
Tonight, Daniel got to have the pool to himself and had fun swimming the length of the pool and diving for diving sticks that Leanne and I took turns throwing into the pool. It was a nice, relaxing evening and a great ending to a fun day.
I'll try to post some more again soon, and definitely will share pics when I get a chance. Well, now I'm off to go shower and wash off the sunscreen so I can start again tomorrow!