we had such a great (most of the) week in FL visiting my 2 sisters and their families. we actually drove down there last year at the end of june to surprise Barbara for her birthday (and what a FUN surprise that was!) and that trip went really well.
this year we knew we wanted to get jovie on a plane for her first time; and south florida is a great way to start. it was less than 2 hours to fly, and jovie is so good with traveling now (still in amazement, by the way). she was so excited about this trip and we booked it (and have been talking about it) since late January!
the pilot actually came on and gave both Jovie & Flopsy wings. i’ve never seen that before. (of course, the novelty wore off about 35 seconds later; and they are now clipped on her suitcase).
we got there last sunday and Aunt Barb was kind enough and thoughtful enough to make us all dinner so we could just get settled in our (awesome) rental house. we had a house full of kids and adults and enjoyed it greatly.
jovie, tyler & hogan (as taken from the top deck)
camryn & jovie
delaney’s not pictured because she wasn’t in the water. jovie was enamored with the big girls. and hogan was enamored with jovie. everyone got along and had a good time to start!
monday morning, we woke up and i made breakfast for us to eat while looking at this from the kitchen:
i think that’s Estero Bay
after breakfast, we went on the deck (scooted to the right of this picture about 2 feet) and had our coffee:
look over the roof and through the trees… there’s the bay again
after lunch, all the gang came over again so we could hang out and grill out for memorial day. more swimming was to be had
behind jovie is the canal. seriously such a great house
just as we were thinking of going to the beach before dinner, a nice storm rolled through which was perfect to view on the lanai (and then in the spacious living room when the rain beat down). so we grilled and headed to the beach that evening for sunset fun. we got on the beach and hogan and camryn promptly discovered “creatures” which were alive and well and moving. the kids made a creature pile. (i was concerned some of these poor guys were now lost from whatever their mission in life is since they were picked up and moved to the sand for our enjoyment).
jovie was less of a fan of the creatures. i was a big fan of the sunset (even though the west coast setting was blocked by the cloudy sky)
jovie was thrilled to have tyler and camryn spend the night. nevermind that she was also awake until 9pm (unheard of around these parts!) it was absolutely the quietest spend the night anything in the world. granted the 2 girls had a different room than jovie, but even the next day, jovie just sat enamored and slack-jawed at them; and the girls were just awfully quiet. we all played games together, and still no words were uttered except for the ones that had to be said (like “uno”)… still, jovie loved it.
then we headed to LJ’s house and played at their big pool again. this place was a hit last year! i wanted to be sure to have some time there again. too bad it rained us out; but there was still time for some fun.
and then aunt LJ & uncle Phil made us delicious snacks & supper. afterwards, i was fortunate enough to hear Delaney sing. (incredible, y’all! amazing!!)
Wednesday we had a day to ourselves and went to Sanibel Island. we took a boat/nature tour because i was hoping to see dolphins; and jovie’s never been on a boat. it was good. Sanibel’s cute and all, but hardly worth the same toll as it costs to come to San Fran over the Golden Gate bridge. jovie enjoyed being on the boat; and she did GREAT at helping out at the touch tank. she was very brave to go around to everyone and shake an egg-sac-thing for everyone to hear the jingle. and THEN the captain had her stick her hand in the tank and let a horseshoe crab crawl up her arm. WOW.
that guy; right in the corner!
and whaddya know? we DID get to see one dolphin:
couldn’t get a pic of him flipping; looks like a shark from here
after lunch on Sanibel, we drove to the lighthouse and got rained out before we could explore anything at all. so we headed back “home” to see if the rain was holding off. it was enough that we could enjoy some time at the beach for playtime this time. jovie loved every second of it!
after we got cleaned up, we headed to dinner and then to Kilwin‘s for dessert where jovie uttered the best quote of her life… after i had tried to order a small (so sad- only one yummy size), jovie saw my large waffle cone and immediately said “wooooahhhhhhhh. do you need someone to share that??”
this was of course after we bought her her own fudge! the guys behind the counter cracked up and so did we.
thursday we spent the day alone again and took advantage of a beach day. again, she was thrilled.
afterwards we headed to dinner with LJ, Barb & the crew to say our goodbyes. and then friday we left and got home just in time for us to rest and then do this:
she had her recital and we missed rehearsal. but it was all fine. she had fun up there on stage and did decently. what a busy busy week we had last week!
this week has not slowed down either… swim lessons and play time with friends.
what a great summer it’s been so far!