Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Beach Bombshell


Cruisin'


We took an easy route today and rented a golf cart to cruise the island. It was a BEAUTIFUL day!

All week long, everywhere we've been, people have looked at us like we have two heads for having so many kids. We've heard the range of "how many kids of you have in there?!", "woah, you've got your hands full", "you're taking the Bible's be fruitful and multiply seriously!", "are you done?", "going for one more?" and several "what a blessing!" and "what a lovely family!". (those are the ones that make my heart smile) because thats exactly what my "large" family is --- a huge blessing!

Our vacations aren't quite as relaxing as they used to be. We spend more money on food, treats, and fun activities. We break up more arguments and hear more bickering that we care to. And spend less time napping on the couch and more time keeping our kids in their rooms during nap time. BUT every single minute is worth it with these babes. I'll take all those things (and a 7 hour flight delay!) to spend a week doing nothing - and everything - with my precious family! Over and over again.



Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Our To-Do List.


Decorate your own donuts - then devour. Check. 


Provide comedy for the local islanders while pedaling down the street. Check. 


Watch local fisherman bring in their catch of the day. Check. 


Snooze in the shade. Check. 


Swim. A lot. (Lillianne was swimming the length of the pool!) Check. 


Have a good time with your siblings (for the most part.) Check. 


Laugh. Smile. Giggle. And Grin. Check. 

Looks like a successful day to me! 

Monday, October 6, 2014

Livin' on Island Time.










We're getting used to this island livin'. I could literally sit in the sun all day long =) 

This morning we hit a local dive for breakfast then did a little exploring on the island. We stopped at Bean Point for some shell searching and wading in the water. The beach was practically empty and very wide - plenty of room to play. We spent the rest of the morning poolside while Georgia enjoyed resting in the shade on our back patio. 

After lunch and naps (and 2 hours of uninterupted time by the pool for Momma), we hit another local joint for dinner (Jose's Cuban Food - featured on Diners, Drive-In's and Dives), then finished the night with a round of putt-putt. 

Tomorrow looks to be more of the same...I'll take it! 

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Our Day On The Island























We're exhausted after a busy day on the Island!

With cooler temps this morning we decided that today would be a good one to visit the Ringling Brothers Circus Museum in Sarasota. It was so neat! The Ringling's had a beautiful vacation home on the Bay and over the years additions have been made to their property - including several museums that house the history, restorations and replications of their "Big Top" circus! One large portion of the museum housed a miniature reproduction of a circus scene --- it was massive! One man started hand making these small figurines at the age of 14 and continues to add to this masterpiece on a weekly basis. He is now 78 years old and there are over 47,000 items on display! It was impressive!! We ran into someone visiting the museum who remembered as a small child going to a Ringling Circus under the Big Top. He said the whole town shut down for everyone to attend.

Another part of the museum housed restored train cars, ticket stations and clothing/act items. And another section was more interactive - a replica high wire that kids could walk on, a clown car, a clown makeup demonstration.

After walking around the property, the kids played at the park on their property near these really cool trees that had ariel roots - they were so cool!

After lunch and naps we headed to the beach! The day was beautiful - bright sun, clear blue skies and perfect sunset! The kids enjoyed playing in the water and collecting seashells. And I enjoyed watching them smile and laugh =)