Friday, May 27, 2016

Parasailing and a cancelled flight…….

On what we thought was going to be our last day in Florida Scott and I went parasailing.  It was our 9th wedding anniversary and we thought that would be more memorable than going out to dinner.

So, we paid $25 extra to have somebody take pictures of us parasailing and I just tried to open the pictures on the memory card they gave us and its empty…..bummer!  Now I need to add to my list to call that place and get my $25 back……we will see how that goes.
So this is the only picture we have of our adventure.
.We enjoyed ice cream one more time that afternoon.
We went with a lighter color ice cream that day to avoid the chocolatey mess.
That evening we drove to Clearwater beach for the sunset celebration.  It didn't turn out quite as planned, because it was so busy and it took a very long time to find parking.  Then we didn't really have enough time for dinner before sunset, but we didn't want to wait until after sunset to eat with the kids.  So, we had a great dinner, but missed the sunset.  

We had to get up very early the next morning to catch our flight home, but we got an early morning surprise that our flight was cancelled and moved to the next morning.  I can't say I was upset about an extra day on the beach.  Luckily the condo was available for another night and we were able to just stay there.
So, on our extra day Hannah went parasailing with grandma Jeannie.  I was surprised that she wanted to do it.  She had a blast.  



Dipping her feet in the water during the ride was her favorite part
Then we enjoyed some more beach time and caught the sunset on the beach on our last night.  Perfect ending to a wonderful week on the beach.
Hannah kept sending Evan back to get more water and he must have gone back and forth a hundred times with a bucket full of water.
Our last dinner on the beach


We were strolling on the beach and saw this very creative girl building a mermaid tail.  She dug a hole in front of it, so you can kneel in it and it looks like you have a mermaid tail.  I was very impressed with her creativity.  Nora was the perfect size for it.





Friday, May 20, 2016

Suns out, guns out!

Suns out, guns out! is one of Evan's favorite sayings.  A few weeks ago we went to Florida during Hannah's May break to hit the beach and enjoy the sun.  Scott's parents came with us and we had such a wonderful week.  A beach trip with three little kids is not exactly relaxing, but having Scott's parents there made it so much nicer and easier.  We enjoyed a lot of sand time, pool time and ice cream time.  The kids are still talking about all of the fun we had.  We took a morning flight out of Springfield right into Clearwater and were able to still enjoy some afternoon beach time.
All three loved the sand and got busy right away.
This little girl loved the sand.  I think she still has sand in her hair even three weeks later.  She rolled around in the sand and had it on her face and in her eyelashes and she did not care.
More of the same thing the next day
Evan was playing on the beach and said he had to go potty, so we told him to just go in the water.  So, he walked up to the water and started to pull his pants down.  We told him that is not what we meant and to just pee in the water.  A few hours later we were at the pool and Scott and I were sitting on the edge watching the kids.  Evan then loudly and proudly proclaimed "Mama I just peed in the water".  Thankfully the people in the pool couldn't help but laugh.  
This is the face of a happy girl
She was chasing the seagulls and just laughing away.  Then a seagull started to fly towards her and she got scared and started running
We took Hannah and Evan on the pirate cruise while Nora stayed back with grandma and grandpa.
Evan sat front and center and kept asking questions that started with "Mr Pirate"
The kids loved it.  It is actually quite nice for the adults too.  They have a program for the kids and there is beer and wine on the ship, so it is essentially like having a babysitter/date on the pirate ship.
Evan was getting really tired and we thought for a minute that he was going to take a nap, but he never did
It was a fun afternoon for all
I made it my personal goal to eat seafood for every meal (except breakfast).  
Here is almost the entire crew before dinner
Happy girls in matching outfits
This view never gets old.  This was from our balcony.
We enjoyed some very good ice cream as well.  Not sure if Evan actually ate any of it.
This girl has no fear and would just jump into the pool.
Why is it that kids always want to go to the pool even with a beautiful beach and ocean right in from of them?  Scott told Hannah we have a pool at home, but we don't have the beach.  Her answer was "but we have a sandbox too"
Hannah wanted to get changed down by the pool and asked grandpa who was in the condo to throw down a bathing suit.  The wind caught the suit and it landed on the palm tree.  
Well, in our minds that was a case for "emergency only".
Grandpa saved the bathing suit
After dinner beach and sunset time
The kids got to pet this giant lizard (to whatever it was)
I will finish up with our last day next time.
I am so sad that this was our last year of May break.  We have loved the "non traditional/year round" school calendar so much.  At least we made the best of it this year one last time.