Florida Trip – the BEST pictures, pt 2

We had a blast at the Splash Park on Marco Island!  The boys went back and forth between the splash park and the Kids’ Cove playground for a couple hours of fun!

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One of the days that Daddio was there we reserved for the beach.  Going to the beach is one of his favorite activities, so we wanted to share that time with him!  We all had a great time, as you can tell. =)

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And here are a few remaining pictures from our awesome time in Florida.  Ethan took lots of pictures when he was out looking at wildlife – he must look up to his grandpa or something. =)  We also had a lovely breakfast with my great uncle Dave (my grandpa’s brother) and great aunt Ev.

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Thanks, again, for the awesome trip!

Florida Trip – the BEST pictures, pt 1

Thank you, Dad and Mom, for taking so many beautiful pictures of our wonderful vacation!!  You captured our smiles – sheer joy!  We had such a blast!  Thank you for this trip!

The first part of the trip was just the boys and me with my grandpa and my parents.  Then we kept adding people to our group – wonderful additions.  My cousin, Anne, came first, followed by her parents and my hubby.  Mike was there from Thursday night until Sunday – when we all left together.

Pictures from my Grandpa’s condo:

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Pool time:

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Shark Valley probably deserves a post of its own because my Dad captured so many cool shots of birds, alligators, and turtles.  I will try to limit it to just a few.

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More to come…the beach and splash park!

Florida Trip

So, I’ve decided to break up my Florida trip posts between pictures I took and pictures my dad/mom took.  Let’s face it – there is no comparison in the quality and to put them next to each other just makes no sense. =)  I didn’t take many pictures for this very reason.  But here are some of the highlights I captured (posts to follow will include more detail).

The boys were great on the plane and in the airport.  I traveled solo with them and we got our workout running through the airport trying to find our plane.  We were relieved just to have made it and to be able to sit together!

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We went for lots of walks, looking for salamanders and snail shells.  The boys would tell you that one of their highlights was going for walks in the dark.  Great Grandpa took each of them out on separate evenings – a big treat!  I also spent time with each boy separately on walks at night.  And on our final night there, I believe a rather large group went out for a walk in their pajamas (maybe just the boys were in pajamas, but I was out on a date with Mikey, so I can’t be sure!).

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We went to the library – such a fun one! – and spent lots of time reading books with various people:

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We also enjoyed LOTS of games:

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We skyped/facetimed with various members of the family (Aunt Sal, Jen & Jason, Ger, Lauren and Ivan, Cousin Sarah):

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We enjoyed lots of great food:

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Other things I captured throughout the week:

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As I said, more details to follow in future posts.  Suffice it to say, we had a blast!!!

Grandma Cleve’s Visit: Pt 2

On Wednesday morning, we packed up the 4Runner and headed to Hinesville, GA.  We ate lunch there and saw Mike’s old house and elementary school.  We also spent a little bit of time on the army base, Fort Stewart.

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We spent the rest of that afternoon and the following morning on St. Simons Island.  We got an awesome hotel right on the beach and really enjoyed those 24 hours there.  We will definitely visit again!  At the beach we saw lots of crabs, including a big horseshoe crab, and a sting ray.

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Then we drove to Orlando, Florida, where we spent two days.  We met up with our friends, Brandon, Kelsey and Piper, there and enjoyed a delicious meal at the House of Blues.  We spent one day at Blizzard Beach.  We had a blast there!!  Unfortunately our time there was cut short by a big storm (including lots of lightning), so we spent the last bit of our time there huddled under a shelter with a bunch of other people.  Everyone was in good spirits there (for the most part), but especially Micah.  He was shouting, “I love ALL my new people.  I am so happy to be here with all my new people.”

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Mike, Brandon and Ethan went golfing the morning before our trip home.  E was super excited because he had never been golfing with Brandon before.  I think it lived up to his expectations. =) The rest of us spent some time at the hotel and at the pool.

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Before we left for the trip home, we stopped by the Art of Animation Disney hotel and walked through some of the themed areas outside.  AMAZING.  They had a wing devoted to all things “Cars” and another wing devoted to “Finding Nemo”…two of our absolute favorites.  As you can see, Ethan really loved posing for pictures with each of the characters.  Hilarious.

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Thankfully a few of the hours home consisted of boys sleeping.  Their teeny tiny blankets sure came in handy on this trip!

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What a blast!  We loved spending time with Grandma Cleve and the Gossetts.  We are blessed with great friends and great family!

Florida, Part Two

Late Thursday night Mike flew down to enjoy a long weekend with us.  Thankfully the snow did not stop him!!  We had a great time with him.  He was able to spend time in the pool, at the beach, riding bikes, playing golf and going on a date with me!  He squeezed a lot of fun into his short trip – so thankful!

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Time with family is priceless.  We’ve made memories that will last…for that we are thankful.

Florida, Part One

Last week we had the pleasure of vacationing in Naples, Florida.  My grandpa lives there 6 months out of the year and my parents have now been living there for 3 of those.  The boys and I flew down on Sunday night and Mike joined us on Thursday evening.  Then we all flew back home on Sunday night.  We stayed with my grandpa (as did my parents) and had an absolutely wonderful time.  As always, pictures tell the story much better than my words.  I’m doing this in two parts – part one being before Mike arrived and part two being when Mike was with us.

*Photo cred – any picture that looks amazing was taken by my dad. =D

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At Grandpa and Grandma’s mobile home: Ethan, chaise lounge snack time-2

Going to the pool:
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Hanging out at Great Grandpa’s condo:

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Working on a 500-piece puzzle:

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Reading lots and lots of books:

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Going for walks to find salamanders:

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Riding Ethan’s NEW bike:

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Going out for breakfast:

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Bocce ball:

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A little hike to find alligators and birds (only saw one alligator this time):  Jess, Micah, Ethan-3 Jess, Micah, Ethan-2 Jess, Micah, Ethan 10,000 Islands-2

An afternoon at Mackle Park on Marco Island: 

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Fun on the beach!

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Fun at some parks in Naples:

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Lots of fun!!!