Wednesday, May 16, 2012


Ryan recently had some time off, and we were blessed with the incredible opportunity to visit Florida.  We had a fabulous time!!!  I wasn't sure what to expect because you never know how a vacation is going to turn out when you have a toddler, but the trip far exceeded our expectations.

We spent a lot of time at the pool which was super close to our condo.  It was so great to be able to run back and forth to get what we needed or take a break.  Within the first 5 minutes JT learned the word "splash" and he definitely splashed a lot! 

Ryan's idea of a relaxing vacation

Taking a break to call Pappy 

Hello Pappy, are you there? 

This just makes me laugh.  He looks like he is posing in a speedo! 

Cute stuff 
Of course we had to go to the beach as well.  The first day we went to a private beach via boat.  James thought the bus and boat ride were pretty cool. 

Bus bus bus bus... that is what we heard from little man all day.

Took him a few minutes to warm up to the beach concept but he got real excited when we got the shovels out. 

We also spent some time at another local beach.  So pretty and fun!  The waves were calm which was a nice change from the Atlantic ocean that we are used to being at. 

Nice mosquito bite on your cheek James! 

Time for a beverage break 

And a little conversation with Nene.  We were so glad she got to come for the first couple of nights. 

Golf on the beach anyone? 

 We also got to do all sorts of other fun activities while on our trip. 

Hanging out at the condo 

Checking things out

Walking around Naples 

Outlet mall playground 

Park near the condo 

Of course no vacation would be complete without a little eating. :) 

This is not a good picture but can you believe how big the kid's chicken and rice plate is?!?!

Tommy Bahamas (not sure what JT is doing with his train on his face) 

We took advantage of having Nene with us the first half of the trip by going out to dinner, going to a movie, and a date to Target. Lol. 

Lunch on the water 

One night after dinner we were able to make it to the beach for sunset.  Beautiful place to watch the sun go down! 

Someone decided to get up a few mornings too early.  Probably so he had an excuse to go wave hello to the moon! 

Of course it wouldn't be right to not try some ice cream while we were in Florida 

One of the neighbors at the condo let us borrow bikes.  We had a blast riding around the neighborhood. I don't think I have ridden a bike in probably a decade. 

Final day at the beach (we have got to work on our these self-taken pictures)

Ryan and I both agreed that this was one of our best vacations ever! It was such a blessing to get out of town for a few days and get some rest and relaxation as a family. 


  1. Emily, looks like so much fun! You guys look great!

  2. Those pictures of you guys on the beach at sunset are gorgeous! What a wonderful family you have!