Thursday, March 30, 2017

Spring Break, {Part 2: The Everglades, Manatee and Friends}

Tuesday morning we headed down to the Everglades.  From Anna Maria Island, its about 2 hours away but we figured since we were so close, we might as well make the trip.

We had planned an Airboat ride at Corey Billie's.  As soon as we arrived look what greeted us....

Time for ride...

We saw gators, birds, and even raccoons!

 

Are these little guys cute.


Some of these alligators were 12 feet!!  It was a really cool experience!


Once we docked, we learned more about the baby alligators and how they are raised.  We even got to hold an alligator!


After seeing the gators, we planned another tour to see the manatee.  The water was not as clear as we had hoped but we were able to see lots of manatee.  The pictures do not do them justice, they were huge!


Our guide was so sweet and he let all three boys drive the boat.  I honestly think that was the highlight of the day.  I told Kevin that we need a boat..hint, hint.


After a full morning of adventures we headed over to Ft. Myers to see on of my best friends from college and her family.  This was the first time all the kids met but they had so much fun together.  We ate pizza and visited and as you can guess, they kids did not want to leave.


But Eliza and her family were headed to Orlando to celebrate Clark's birthday and had a 2 hour drive back to Anna Maria.  We both promised we will have to get together again soon.


It was such a fun filled day of adventures and friends.  More spring break fun to come....

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Spring Break {Part 1}

One thing that we have learned by living in Wisconsin is that when the kids have spring break, we need to escape!  Seriously, winter is never ending.  With that said, after my foot surgery in December,  we started thinking of places to go.  Somehow we landed on Anna Maria Island.  Kevin had been before but the kids and I had not.  From the pictures on line it looked nice but I was a little on the fence at first.  But Kevin found a great rental and booked it before I could change my mind.  We flew out last Saturday night and knew we would not get in until late which worked out perfectly, all of the kids were sleeping!


However Sunday morning, they were up and ready to swim!


We spent most of the morning swimming before heading to the beach. The water was a little chilly for my liking but the boys soon warmed up to it.


Leyton was having the BEST time!


We bought a skimboard for the kids to play with in the water and little did we know that it would provide lots of laughs and fun.

 

One of my favorite things to do while we are at the beach is to watch the sunset.  It was such a beauty the night.

 

Monday we did much of the same...pool, beach and repeat.


Our dinner views were pretty spectacular.


We called it a night pretty early because we had a big day planned for Tuesday. More to come on our spring break adventures....