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Greek Festival - downtime!



This weekend I have had some work to do, however, the majority of it has been downtime, and how I  have needed it after working 16 hour days for the launch.  This is my first bit of time off in a while so it's been full of fun this weekend so far and there's more to come!  (Wait til you see what I'm doing tomorrow!!!)
  Thursday night after work we went to see the movie "To Save a Life."  It was amazing.  Can't wait to see it again and take a bunch more people with us!  I can't recommend it enough.  PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE go see it!

Tonight (Friday night) we went to the Greek Festival in St. Pete.  We went with the Rivera's and Torres's.  Everything was amazing.  I love Greek culture - everything about it.  I'm 50% Greek in case you would like to know that tidbit of info...

So, we ate dinner there and Candy ended up dancing with some ladies and I took a ton of pictures.  We took our own little tour of the church where the festival was held and had fun shopping at the little stands, and carrying on conversations. 

The food was divine...oh my, moussaka, pastitsio, tiropeta, leg of lamb, spanakopita, and more.  Mmm... mmm.  

   After we left the kids wanted some ice cream, as if we didn't already eat enough/.  We did stop and guess who was there?  The Ruiz's.  Epi said, "Oh my word, I was just sitting here thinking about you guys and you drove up."  It was a night of terrific fun, food, conversation and much laughter.  Always a Celebration with the folks at Celebration Church

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