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Saturday, April 08, 2006

Home Sweet Home, Although Missing the 80 Degree Weather!

We have made it home safe and sound from Alabama. We had a wonderful time in the warm, 80 degree weather for sure. The ride down was one for the books. And the ride home...Made National News!! We know how to make a trip worth while!!

Maddie got the Rota Virus and was very ill for the car ride down. After 6 outfits that were...lets just say not in good shape and a stay at the hotel that didn't consist of sleep. We were ready for a nice vacation. Maddie was still very sick for the first few days, wanting to sleep and not eat. She finally starting feeling better about Monday and we got our old Madilyn back. With a new found attitude. :) There were others that got ill, thanks to our little maddie-poo, grandpas and Aunt KK. Both were under the weather for a couple of days. ( Maddie says she's sorry)

Madilyn and I spent most of the time at the beach or laying out at Grandma and Grandpas deck with Melissa, Jackson, Grandma, Aunt KK and Uncle Austin. Tom got a few games of golf in with Grandpa and Adam and spent time with us too. Tom and Maddie spent lots of time in the pool and even touched her toes on the ocean. Melissa, Adam and Jackson enjoyed the sun and fun as well. Jackson was a trooper on the way down getting a little sick towards the end of the trip. Again, thanks to his girlfriend. :)

All in all we had a wonderful time in Orange Beach and couldn't have asked for better weather. Of course we ate well, as we always do down there. If you have never tried Royal Red Shrimp you haven't had shrimp. Lots of grill outs and good drinks. There there was the ride home...

We left Friday morning and were making great time. The kids were doing fantastic and we were on a role. I opened my fat mouth and said "Well, we know the ride home can't possibly be any worse that the trip down..." What in the world was I thinking...

Then we entered northern Alabama. We hit weather that we have never seen before that day and night. We stopped numerous times due to either not being able to see, poopy diapers or the fact the a tornado was near by. We didn't know just how horrible the devastation was or just how lucky we were until we got out of Nashville. We saw a church (that was also on that was torn in half by a tornado. Katie and Austin were so close to all of this and we are SO thankful that they didn't get hit. Grandpa and Grandma were also ahead of us, but were lucky to make it through ok too. God was truly watching out for the Hosford family. It is good to be home thats for sure.
I am only going to put a couple of photos on here now. Melissa ( if you can believe it) took MUCH better pictures and I am going to wait to get those to really go to town. :)