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Black Friday

by on Dec.04, 2013, under Family

The day after Thanksgiving we split into two contingents, female for shopping, lunch and a movie, male fly to the Kennedy Space Center to tour.

Mike, Michael and Gil were in the air by 9:30 AM as planned for the one and a half hour flight to Tittusville, Florida. Pick up a rental car and arrive by 11:00 AM at the visitors center. A quick lunch and we started touring, which included a tour of the facility and launch pad area a then a tour of the Apollo Command center that is a huge exhibit. The exhibit is very well done and we enjoyed it but ran through it because of our limited time. We could have spent several hours there. Included in the building is a Saturn rocket, which is absolutely huge along with many interesting displays.

Kennedy Space CenterVehicle Assembly BuildingRocket getting ready for launchSpace Shuttle Launch PadSaturn Rocket EnginesSaturn RocketAppolo Mission Exhibit

We then went to the Atlantis building and rushed through that tour. Again, it was done very well with the space shuttle Atlantis and may exhibits to see. We ran out of time and had to head back to beat darkness and arrive for dinner.

Atlantis ShuttleAtlantis Cargo Bay

We were in the air by 4:30 PM but it gets dark early in December so we landed at night, but arrived in time for another great family dinner of shrimp and grits. The men got a full report on the shopping and movie, but think they made the right choice.

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Thanksgiving week Saturday and Sunday

by on Dec.04, 2013, under Family

Saturday we headed out to Spring Island for the after Thanksgiving owners market and to show Patty that part of the low country. Sun shining but still cool. We arrived and there were golden retriever puppies for sale at the gate and Alexandra was smitten. The result, the Montgomery adopted a 8 week old bundle of fur, that they named Autumn. Patty purchased a Gullah sweet grass basket and a few other items where purchased before a tour of the island and lunch at Chechessee Creek Club.

Alexaandr's puppyPatty and Joyce basket shopping


That evening Heidi, Gary, Kinsey and Caitlin Prado arrived and we had a chance for the entire family to visit, between football games. Kinsey and Caitlin stayed over and joined in Thanksgiving dinner II. Heidi, Gary and Brenn went on to Savannah to watch the Missouri game.

Brenn's Moose HatPatty, Gary and MikeAlexandra and CaitlinMike, Kinsey and Patty


Sunday morning Jen, Mike, Alexandra and the two Prado girls were on the road early. They dropped off Kinsey and Caitlin in Savannah and endured some rain and heavy post Thanksgiving traffic back to Fort Lauderdale.

2013 will go down as one of the best Thanksgivings ever, and we certainly have much to be thankful for including being part of a great family.

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Alexandra Montgomery State Gymnastic Champion

by on Nov.26, 2013, under Family

state pic


TAG USA Gymnastic Team won first place and are the 2013 Florida State Champions.

Alexamdra finished second all around and was first in Vault and Bars and third in Floor.

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Easter 2013 at Spring Island

by on Mar.31, 2013, under Family

The Prado family joined Joyce and I on Spring Island for Easter. The festivities started with an Easter egg hunt, Brenn with the big guys and Caitlin and Kinsey with the medium sized kids. Everyone did well as the Easter bunny made his visit then on to the the play ground. It was then time to visit the nature center before brunch. The brunch was the usual Spring Island super spread with lots of good things to choose from. The finale was the dessert display that filled the Post Office, with a couple of trips allowed. It was a great Easter get together and everyone had a good time including the grand parents.

Prado family Easter at Spring IslandBrenn at the starting lineKinsey after some eggsCaitlin did great!Kinsey and Caitlin with the Easter Bunny

Caitlin working on a puzzleLook what was in the Easter EggJoyce at Bruch

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Brenn is nine years old

by on Feb.17, 2013, under Family

On Saturday Febuary 2, Joyce and I flew to Savannah to attend Brenn Prado’s ninth birthday party. It was a great day to fly and to attend a party. Brenn has a great time and the whole family joined in the festivities. Brenn received lots of gifts and had time to shoot a few hoops with his dad and play with his new toys. Caitlin and Kinsey showed off their new gymnastic outfits and had fun helping Brenn open his presents. Our intention was to then fly to Saint Simmons and join flying friends for lunch, however when we returned to the Savannah airport it was closed due to a disabled aircraft on the runway. So after waiting for an hour we flew back to Hilton Head instead and had lunch. It was a great day anyway.

Brenn Shooting hoopsThe cat that adopted Caitlin Brenn gets help opening gifts Birthday boy opening giftsDad helps with the assemblyKinsey and Caitlin show off their gymnastics outfits Brenn the guitar man Brenn drives his new RC truckBrenns special cakeMom cuts the birthday cakeYummy cake for everyone

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Alexandra and her pony

by on Jan.22, 2013, under Family


Alexandra wins with her new pony


Alexandra was one happy girl, first time out with her new pony she won 2 classes and was reserve champion.

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Alexandra and Peter Pan

by on Jan.20, 2013, under Family

Joyce and I made a quick trip to Fort Lauderdale to fly Mike back to Hilton Head to pick up his new car. We arrived in time on Friday to pick Alexandra up from school and accompany her to the stables to see her new pony. Peter Pan is a pretty horse and Alexandra had a ball showing off her considerable riding skills.

Alexandra on her new pony Alexandra with Peter PanAlexandra JumpingPeter PanJen, Joyce and the barn cat

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Christmas 2012

by on Jan.16, 2013, under Family

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas 2012

The Williamson family Christmas celebration started the Saturday before, when Jennifer, Mike and Alexandra arrived from Florida. We had several days of enjoying being together and preparing for the big day. This included last minute shopping lots of cooking of Christmas goodies and gift wrapping. The pre-Christmas activities culminated with a Christmas eve dinner at a local restaurant that created a very festive holiday atmosphere for our evening. Alexandra put out cookies and milk for Santa and reindeer food to cap off the evening.

Christmas day begin with the gift exchange and then brunch. The cooking for Christmas dinner started again, and in the early afternoon our friends Gordon and Marilyn joined us for Christmas cocktails and dinner. Gordon owns the local Mercedes dealership and delivered Joyce’s big Christmas present.

Christmas dinner included a roast prime rib that Joyce cooked to perfection and everyone enjoyed a great day together, celebrating the birth of Jesus.

Gifts for everyoneChristmas PonyAlexandra's has new shoesBig Christmas SurpriseChristmas Goodies Christmas dinnerMaryilyn, Gordon, Jen nd Mike

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Day after Christmas

by on Jan.16, 2013, under Family

Heidi, Gary, Brenn, Kinsey and Caitlin arrived on the day after Christmas after spending Christmas with Gary’s family. Of course another gift exchange was on the mind of the children so that was first on the agenda

. The Prado's open giftsBrenn likes his gift cardKinsey and Caitlin pose

After opening gifts there was lots of playing with new toy, cousins having fun together and the family enjoying each others company. Pizza for dinner seemed to make everyone happy before the Prado family left for Savannah with their car packed full of new toys. It was a double family Christmas celebration which everyone enjoyed. Thursday Jen, Mike and Alexandra left to drive back to Fort Lauderdale, bringing the 2012 Christmas holiday to a close for the Williamson family.

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Thanksgiving 2012

by on Nov.26, 2012, under Family

The Thanksgiving festivities started on Tuesday when Ray (Joyce’s brother) from California and his companion Sue arrived. Wednesday Jennifer, Mike and Alexandra drove up from Florida and we all went to one of our favorite restaurants for dinner. Thursday Heidi, Gary, Brenn, Caitlin and Kinsey Prado joined us from Savannah. There were crafts for the girls, Brenn played catch with his dad, later movies for the kids in the play room, while the adults started the football viewing and of course lots of food and drink. This year we had a separate children’s table so the children and the adults would have decibel separation. Jennifer and Heidi assisted Joyce in the preparation of the feast, which featured the traditional turkey with all the fixins. After dinner the football continued with the Prado’s returning to Savannah in the evening. It was a great family Thanksgiving.


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