Friday, February 29, 2008

Back to the Beach

This morning we headed over to Sanibel Island. The weather was perfect, the water was cool and the boys were thrilled to be back at the beach. They loved picking up sea shells. We decided we are going to head back there tomorrow. The beach seems to be less crowded and much prettier then Ft. Myers Beach. Here are some pictures.

The view!

Checking out the view themselves.

Looking for seashells.

Found one.

Having fun on the beach.

Brotherly love OR choking.

And a picture for my husband. Mmmm, a big basket of Calamari. It was delicious!

Thursday, February 28, 2008

I'm Famous

Maybe I could make millions on selling the copyright to my picture!!

(Click on the picture to get a bigger view)

Here is a link to the story.

Where's the Manatees?

Last night on the news all they wanted to talk about was how cold it was going to get. One of their stories was how to avoid hypothermia. Hypothermia? Can you even get that at 40 degrees? And they kept warning people "if" they had to go out to make sure they bundled up. It's so crazy to watch the news like that and see how different people react to weather.

So it's still too cold for the beach. This morning we headed out to try and see some Manatees. They have a few different places you can go to try and see some. Unfortunately, we missed them today but the boys still had fun watching the fish and playing on the playground. Here are some pictures from our day.

No Manatees....

but some pretty scenery.

The boys could see little fsh in the water so they were pretty excited about that, at least Declan was.

They refused to cooperate when I wanted a picture with them.

But they loved the playground.

And this has to be the best picture EVER!

On our way home we saw this accident. It must have just happened before we got there because there was only a couple of police cars there. No ambulance or firetruck yet. And later on the news they had the whole Interstate shutdown. According to them a dump truck hit the semi and it slammed into the guard rail. It looks like the driver of the semi got out ok. And its so dry down here that the other side of the Interstate had a grass fire from it.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Old Man Winter...yeah right

According to the weathermen down here Old Man Winter has returned. Which in this part of the world means the temperature has dropped to a bone chilling 55 degrees. You'd think Florida was freezing over at this point. These people have no idea what Old Man Winter is. A week ago at home, with the wind chill, it was 30 below. That's a 90 degree difference from there to here. Last night on the news they were talking "wind chills" of 30 to 40 degrees. Seriously, that is not a wind chill. It's chilly, but not a wind chill.

So we weren't able to hit the beach today but we hope to be back by the end of the week. Today we went to visit the Ford and Edison Summer Estates. We didn't get to do the tour though since it was over an hour wait but we did see the Banyan tree.

Carson was pouting so looking at the camera was the last thing on his mind.

Here is part of the tree. This is all one tree. It was pretty neat. Normally you can walk through it but today it was blocked off.

Here is a shot with my new wide angle lens. All one tree.

With all the sun we got yesterday Carson's freckles popped on his nose. You can click on the picture to get a better view. Aren't they cute!

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

We got ourselves some bad sunscreen.....

We soaked ourselves in sunscreen today and headed to the beach. Well apparently the sunscreen didn't work, at least mine. So I'm fried. Well at least I got some color and now some Aloe so I can have some relief.

The boys had a blast at the beach. Carson didn't want to get out of the water and Declan loved the sand. Here are some pictures of our fun day.


A Gecko. Carson isn't impressed with them.

A crab.....a dead crab.

First we need glasses and yes, they still work upside down.

Careful...the water is going to get you.

Oh no!

It didn't take him to long to figure out he liked it.

Declan preferred the birds flying overhead.

Back away from me, I'm eating raisins.

Ack, but I can't eat them with sand on my fingers.

Attempting the water with some help. feels good.

Washing off at home.

Monday, February 25, 2008

It'a too hot....

Have you seen that Disney commercial where the family is getting ready to go to the Magic Kingdom? They are trying to get their children to sleep and the boy tells his parents he is, "too excited to sleep." At the end of the commercial the wife asks her husband if he is sleeping and he responds, "no, too excited." Well, that scenario played out in our house last night. Carson has been up since 2am, yes you read that right, 2am. And he was a pretty much a jumping excited mess the whole morning. Shouting at every plane and pretty much non-stop plane talk, since 2amM! However, on our 2nd flight he barely made it through take off before he, and Declan, were out cold. This picture doesn't do it justice but he was half on the seat and half on the floor asleep. Guess that is what happens when you are "too excited."

Its about 60 degrees warmer here than it was at home yesterday. So, I'm off to go outside with the boys.