Dear Colby and Brayden,
I have been thinking of you a lot these past few days. I heard you have a big change coming up. You are moving cross country! To a new state, a new home, a new school, and new friends. I can imagine this must be a little scary. Even for the bravest of boys. So I thought I would let you know how COOL your new life is going to be. I think you are going to love it!
First, did you know your new state, Florida, is called the Sunshine State? It's nice and sunny there most of the year. And there are lots of sandy beaches and warm waves for you to swim in. You are going to have so much fun!
Also, Florida's state animal is the Panther. Panthers are one of the fastest animals on the planet. They are very smart and brave. Just like you two! I think Panthers are very cool.
Florida is known for it's Orange Juice. Do you like OJ? I do. I'll bet the orange juice you're going to get at your new house will be the best you've ever tasted!
Florida is also home to Cape Canaveral. This is the largest launch center in America and is where all manned Space Shuttles take off from. Maybe one day you'll visit and get to watch a launch. Wouldn't that be cool? Not a lot of kids get to do that!
Florida's state reptile is the Alligator. Did you know alligators can live to be over 50 years old? The biggest alligator ever found was in Florida. It was 17 feet 5 inches long!
A Gator is University of Florida's mascot. Almost 50 years ago, some University scientists invented a drink to help the football players stay strong and hydrated during their game. Can you guess what they named their special drink? GATOR-ADE! Have you ever had Gatorade? It's yummy!
I bet you know this one already...The biggest Disneyland ever is in Florida. It's so big, they call it Disney WORLD! I've heard you'd have to go 5 days in a row if you wanted to see everything it's so big. I've never been there, but I really want to go.
And finally, but maybe most importantly, I have always had a special place in my heart for Florida because I was born there! Yep - in Ft. Lauderdale.
For all these reasons AND because now the Miculkas will be there too, I think Florida is just about the coolest state in all the USA! What lucky boys you are to get to move to such a great place!
I hope your trip to your new home is a safe, fast, fun and easy one. Be good helpers to your Mom and Dad during the move. I know you are going to make so many new friends and you are going to love your new home!
(Your Fellow Floridian Blogging Buddy!)