Thursday, April 16, 2009

vacation days 6, 7, and 8

Day 6.....Was cold!~ So we headed off to the Aquarium. What a bonus...we googled coupons for the Mote Aquarium and found $3 off per person. Which was the deciding factor for going. COOL!

SO GROSS..But the boys were fascinated! I thought things that looked like this were only in the movies.

My favorite part of the aquarium was watching the jelly fish. They are so transparent, beautiful, and so deadly. It was so cool to learn more about them. Some of my learning came from my daughter, who has read so much about marine life and esp. jelly fish. Am I smarter than my 3rd grader? Probably not. I loved watching my kids learn hands on!

If you look close you can see Nemo.

Touching tank.

Pretty cool sharks.

Sting rays, that have been snipped so they can not sting.

Lovin' it!
Day 7-
still a little this morning we colored Easter eggs.

After the Easter eggs....we headed off with a picnic lunch to the
The John Ringling Bridge. Such a beautiful morning for a walk.

Half way on the bridge, watching the boats.

Made it across!

I love how my girls love each other. Not always do that skip around and hold hands..they have moments. But this morning they were very endearing.

After the walk across the bridge, my monkeys asked to climb this great climbing tree. Then we sat on the park bench for a picnic.

Just before this picture was taken we were watching the ocean and saw just beyond the shore...a dolphin. He was swimming so close to the shore. When we looked closer it looked like his fin was clipped...maybe by a boat? We're not sure. And as fast as I was with my camera I could not get a good picture of him. Bummer! But it sure was cool to see him!

Later that day....My cousin Jenn & Randy offered to babysit so we could go on a date. How very very generous! We were due for a break after a 20 hour ride in the van with 4 kids...don't you think??? We went out to St. Armands Circle for dinner at an outdoor cafe and then later went to the beach for a walk.

No, we didn't take a photographer with us on our date. If you are wondering we had a tripod.

Some of my favorite shots from that night.

I'd like to get some of these enlarged and hang them in our room. I'll add that to my to do list for next week.
Day 8
Yes!!! Warm enough to go to the beach!
I don't know what William is saying to Suzy but I love the looks on both of their faces. I love Suzy yanking up her shorts...that are just a little too big. What do you think the big brother is telling her??

Working hard...because my husband has a hard time sitting still. Fine by me. :)

This little girl was due for a nap. I wasn't sure how nap time would work for her. I just know that when she misses it, we are all miserable. While on vacation I wanted to be flexible...but really who wants a fussy 2 year old to contend with? So after lunch, I told her it was time to lay down. She did! It was amazing.

We put her under the umbrella and after about 15 minutes off she went to sleepy land. I was beyond excited. It just made the magazine I was reading that more enjoyable.

Later that night we had a picnic at the park with Donovan's extended family that lives there. I adopt them as my own. I love them so much.

I was in awe of all of the beautiful green. All the beautiful landscape there is in Sarasota. One of our children are missing from the above picture. He is busy finding something.

And then he came running to me to show me.

This sweetie so endearing. Thank you William for thinking of your mama.

Jenn, Me, Danielle, and Wynette
My fun cousins. You girls are so sweet. Thank you for hosting us with yummy food and loving me.

All our you can see the girls are outnumbered.
More to come. Hope your not getting tired of vacation pictures. Because there's 4 more days to talk about.
Quote of the day:
William: How did he get alive when He died on the cross?
Donovan: It was a miracle-God is all powerful.
William: Jesus looked weird with all that blood everywhere after he got off of the cross.


Holly said...

I love all of your pictures! I wish Makayla & I would have went along! I can't wait to see the rest of the pictures you have to put on here!!!

Anonymous said...

sounds like loads of fun!!! Love lots veronica

sherri said...

Great pictures!! I really love the beach date ones...very romantic!! Doesn't it feel like a dream that you were just there? What a place! I love it there! I'm so thankful for pictures and blogs to record the details to remember forever. :)

Looking forward to seeing the next batch.

Crazy Daze said...

Heather, thank you so much for blogging and now officially making me jealous of (not only your warm sunny vacation) but also your tan! Maybe you shouldn't have blogged cause jealousy is never a good thing!

RosyRose said...

oh heather I love your vacation pics! I love the ones with you and donavon on the beach and I LoOoOOve the three of william not in the pic then running to you and holding up his fresh picked flowers for you! I miss my boys picking me flowers:(sniff!
I am so glad you could go! It's good to have you back too:)!

Jenn said...

Love seeing the pics. It was so great having you down here.

By the way, William was telling Suz to pull her shorts up and be modest. He's a great big brother. :)