Monday, February 13, 2012

Florida trip part 1: Jan 31-Feb 3

Since I have so much to share and so many pictures to go through, I thought I'd do a few posts about our vacation, otherwise it'll take me forever to get a post done (and it would be very, very long).  So here's the first few days of our vacation.  Since we stayed with my parents in Florida, there are actually pictures of me on vacation!  If it was just our family, I'm pretty sure I wouldn't be in any pictures, since I'm always the one behind the camera.  So these are some of my pictures, as well as pictures taken by my parents.

Tuesday, January 31
We were supposed to leave Winnipeg around noon and get to Fort Myers, FL by 7:30pm (with one stop in Minneapolis), but due to an unexpected change in plans, we ended up leaving around 2:30pm and then went to Minneapolis, Atlanta, and then finally got into Fort Myers around 11:30pm.  It was a long day, especially since we then had to drive an hour and 15 minutes to get to the house my parents had rented in Rotonda, FL.  However, like I said in my previous post, I think the kids actually did better with the 3 flights, since none of them were too long.  And by the last flight, they both fell asleep before take off!  I think Annika stayed awake on the drive to the house, but I'm not sure because I fell asleep then.

Winnipeg airport

Fort Myers airport
Wednesday, February 1
Nothing planned for this day - just being lazy and getting settled in.  We went shopping at Walmart in the morning and swimming in the afternoon.

Thursday, February 2
We went to Denny's for breakfast (Emmett flirted with all the old ladies), and then did a little shopping.  Swimming in the afternoon, and by 3:00pm Carey, my dad and I left for Tampa, to go see the Winnipeg Jets play the Tampa Bay Lightning (my mom stayed home with the kids).  It was a fun game to be at, because even though we were the away team, there were so many people there cheering for the Jets (all the snowbirds!).  This was my first Jets game, and they even won.  We got back home around midnight.


Pool time

I bought this shirt just for going to the game

Lots of Jets fans with signs during the warm up skate

Friday, February 3
Another lazy day.  Since our vacation was a week and a half, we had the luxury of alternating between lazy, "at-home" days and busier, "outing" days.  I like to have a balance of the two, and I think it's also good for the kids (so they don't get overwhelmed with too much activity, or bored with too little activity).  We went to the local park in the morning, and swimming in the afternoon.  For supper we went to the Cracker Barrel restaurant (a tradition of ours).  However, Annika wasn't feeling great after supper, so we didn't take too much time afterwards to look around in the gift shop.

Being brave and trying something new :)

The Cracker Barrel brain-teaser game - always lots of fun! 


Pamela said...

How is it that Emmett looks so big in these photos?? He has really lost his "baby" look! Great pictures...makes me want to go to Florida again.

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