Monday, May 28, 2012

Florida and back!

 We ventured off to Florida for a week.  So nice to get away and relax.  These pictures are in no certain order...just how blogger decided to arrange them.

 This is the sunrise I watched in the morning...coffee in hand while everyone else was still sleeping.  Like I said in my last post...I can think of fewer things more peaceful than the constant roar of the ocean.
 On our last day (told you there was no certain order!), we visited a citrus grove and picked our own grapefruit.

 Back to day one...riding on the monorail at the airport.

 And just being "Goofy!"  We had to convince the older two that it was OK to be silly.  The little ones needed no convincing.  It comes quite naturally to them.

 We got to our destination in time for a late lunch...and someone just couldn't wait to get into Florida mode.

 We hit the beach every morning.  There was a gentle breeze, the tide was going out, and the waves weren't crazy huge.  Many castles were built last week.

 And it was a good time to look for shells.

 Only one mishap.  While in the pool area, a kid fell on Amarin and the kid's tooth went into his head.  Poor Amarin thought the kid's tooth was stuck in his head!  Luckily, no stitches needed...but a very cool bandage by Dad for bedtime.

 Miss Jenna got her hair braided.

 One night, the complex had an animal show.  We held alligators, 

 tarantulas,

 and snakes.  Note how much fun Laura seemed to be having. 

 One morning, we saw a replica of a space shuttle being taken out to sea.  It was on its way to Texas.
We also got up at 4AM one morning to watch a rocket launch.  

 Jacob and Laura playing in the ocean.  Laura LOVES the water.  She would not sit still unless she was in the water.  And if we sat her down too far away, she would just crawl her way into the waves.

 She's in her element, no doubt.

We stayed near a pier where cruise ships enter and exit.  This pilot boat was leading out a cruise ship.  Jacob's thinking he may want to be a maritime pilot instead of an ambassador now.












 At the end of the trip, we visited an animal sanctuary.  How many times do we have to tell the kids not to play so close to the gators?!


One worker got very, very close to feed the gators.  


We decided to play it safe and feed the baby alligators a hot dog through the fence.

 
 At our last hotel, we had little visitors.  The gentleman on the left fed these baby ducks a muffin every afternoon.

 We had such a relaxing trip, but it's always good to get back home.

3 comments:

Jean said...

I so miss our trips to Florida!

Thank you for sharing your pics! It looks like so much fun! I have truly enjoyed looking at them!

What part of FL did you go too? Someday... we will get our crew there!

Sandy Fritz said...

Oh my, it seems amazing! The water has such calming affects on me. I'm so glad you had a good time. I thought they weren't launching anything from Cape Canaveral anymore? Don't know where I heard that but so glad you blogged about it. Just checked the schedule and will have to get down there for a launch!!! Blessings to you my Friends!!

Kristin said...

I'm glad you got to enjoy some R&R with your family! I can't wait to travel north this summer.