March 16, 2012

Hello, Vacation!

I'm baaaaack!  We just got home to KY after a fantastic week in Marco Island, Florida.  Have I ever mentioned how much I love that my husband's company allows him to earn two totally fabulous vacations a year so that we can travel like crazy people?  I do.  I love it.  I love that my hubby works so hard to make sure that he qualifies for these trips.  I love that my kids are perfect little travelers.  I love that they thrive on a mixed up routine of staying up late and drinking Shirley Temples and dancing on the beach until the wee hours.  I love that they are water dogs and sand castle building machines and up for pretty much any adventure we can throw at them.

I had every intention of blogging while we were away.  But, well, somehow it seemed more important to spend that time soaking up my family.  I went one whole week where I only checked my email and Facebook once a day and didn't even lay eyes on another website.  Not only am I shocked that that alone didn't kill me, but I was also shocked at how liberating it felt to not answer the phone or emails or keep up with the latest drama on the interwebs.  Plus, it was a great reminder that documenting stuff is great- but living it is even better.  We packed a WHOLE lot in on our 6 days at the beach!

We played in the pool a TON!




We lounged around on the beach, wading in the water and building sandcastles:





We went on a fan boat tour of the Everglades (which was SO cool AND I got to cross something off of my life list!)






We had a little impromptu photo shoot outside of our gorgeous hotel on our way to dinner one night:




So- I had this little article published in the April issue of the Ladies Home Journal.  I kind of freaked when I saw it on the newstands in Florida.  You should go pick up the edition.  I'm just sayin'.


We took a catamaran to a remote shelling island.  There was an abandoned "hippy community" that had all eroded away with the exception of this cool hut house.  Noah went nuts collecting shells.  That boy spent most of the vacation hunched over combing the beach for shells to add to bucket.








And here are a few more of my faves:
















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