The weekend that Kaelen turned 6 weeks old Grandpa (or as the great-grandchildren call him “Grandpa Magic”) turned 90. So all of the Charlotte clan headed south to Palm Harbor, Florida to celebrate with him. The Charlotte crew rented a large vacation home that had a pool out back and was a fantastic setup for all four couples and the 3 grandchildren.
The first day we went to see Grandpa Magic at his house where he held Kaelen for the first time.
We decided to take Kaelen swimming since it was warm even though it was the beginning of February! The pool was a little cool for Kaelen so he didn’t stay in long, even after he adjusted to the temperature. The rest of the clan joined in the fun either poolside or swimming/horsing around in the pool.
Daddy, Mama, & Kaelen
Getting in the Water with Mama
“Daddy I’m COLD!”
Warm again with Grandma!
Caleb playing on the whale
Mark & Doug throwing the whale… Boys will be boys…
I’m laughing at the boys playing
Josh glaring at the camera. (Thank you Sarah for taking these pictures for me!)
Connor practicing with the snorkel
Sunday was the big celebration with Grandpa Magic and everyone in his community. There was of course a magic show, singing, and alot of yummy cake! We got a few family pictures that turned out great!
The whole family surrounding Grandpa Magic
From Left-Back Row: Nancy, John, Jay, Susan, Doug, Sarah, JoshFront Row: Sara, Scott, Michelle, Grandpa Magic, Me (Erica), Kaelen, Caleb, Connor, Nicole, & Mark
Four Generations: Doug, Kaelen, Dad(Jay), & Grandpa Magic
There were a few other highlights of the trip that I don’t have pictures of. We had a few big breakfasts with the whole family (Sourdough Waffles- YUM!). Fabulous dinners at The Lucky Dill and Spoto’s Steak Joint. A few of us went shopping in Tarpon Springs and we ordered an entire flat of Baklava that we demolished throughout the rest of the trip. Thanks for the idea Mark! A special closing note (no pun intended) of the trip was coffee on Monday morning before we got on the road to come home. Grandpa Magic plays violin in a band with several other members of his community and they played several valentines classics for everyone in the community! It was a wonderful trip and we especially enjoyed Kaelen getting to meet Grandpa Magic and our extended family for the first time.