Friday, March 12, 2010

One of the Best Weeks of my life!

So we did so many fun things and had such a great time its hard to summarize it all. No major catastrophes or meltdowns so that was good. I was worried about flying 3 kids across the country but they did great! I have so many great pictures so I made a slide show.

Day 1
It was a cool only about 68 degrees so we stayed inland and went to the Everglades safari park and got to go on an air boat ride. We saw a ton of alligators because it was cold and they were out of the water lying on the grass. The kids got to hold an alligator. Then we drove to Fort Myers and checked into our hotel. It had a kitchen so we made a few good dinners.

Day 2
We woke up early and dropped Kaden and Trevor off for their 1/2 day fishing excursion through Captain Tony's. They had a great time and caught 13 fish! Snapper and Grouper. The boat captains fillet the fish and put them on ice and for dinner we took them to a local restaurant and had them cooked. They tasted great!

While they were gone me, Azzie, and Carli drove up to Sanibel Island to hang out on the beach and collect seashells. We also saw a dolphin swimming around just a few feet off the beach!

Day 3
The third day we went to Captiva Island and hung out on the beach. Such a pretty place. Very low key and laid back. I loved it there. We played some football and threw frisbees around. We also stopped at the Sanibel Sea shell show and learned all about all the types of shells found on the beach. Later we walked on the beach and watched the sun set at Fort Myers Beach.

Day 4
We woke up and drove from the gulf side of Florida to the Atlantic side and stopped at Lion Country safari. What an awesome place. You get to drive your car through a safari full of animals. Lions, Giraffes, Rhinos, Turtles, Monkeys, Elephants, and a whole lot of animals that I have never seen. Then after the drive through they have a few kid rides including a camel ride and giraffe feeding. Then we checked into the Embassy Suites in Deerfield Beach, my new favorite hotel ever! Free full cooked breakfast and happy hour every night with pina coladas and strawberry daiquiris.

Day 5
Stayed at the hotel and hung out. Lots of swimming at the pool. The waves were big so we went to get boogie boards and when we got to the beach the lifeguards had it closed due to sharks in the water. You could see them jumping around so we just built sand castles and walked to the pier. Later me and Carli went to dinner at the Mai Kai which is a Polynesian restaurant with a live show. Fire dancers and hula girls. We had a great night out.

Day 6
Went to Gumbo Limbo nature center in Boca Raton. They have a great boardwalk through the trees and then live animal exhibits with sharks, sea turtles, and sting rays. Then more swimming at the pool and the beach was open today (no sharks) I was still nervous and did not dare to go more than knee deep though. Then as the sun set I took great pictures of the kids with my new toy Nikon 3000.

Overall a great trip and I can't wait to go back again!