Friday, February 24, 2012

Fun in Florida

My boys and I had lots of fun in Florida at the beginning of the month.  We spent our time around the Stuart area with my mom's side of the family.  Jim and Linda rented a condo and let us all crash there, it was great!

Gabe enjoying a "Pepsi Diet" (as he calls it) on the airplane.

CHEESE!  Andrew was pretty good on the airplanes.... we had our moments but I don't think he made anyone regret their flight!  :-)

This beach was about a 2 minute walk from our condo.  The surf was crazy so we didn't actually go in the water but had a lot of fun playing in the sand and collecting seashells.

One of the highlights of our trip was a visit to the Loggerhead Marine Life Center.  It rained the whole time but we were able to see the turtles that are being "healed" and learn a lot about sea turtles.  They also had a fun gift shop.  This turtle pictured here had severe injuries from a boat propeller.  She was so sick that they were feeding her with a feeding tube (red thing by her neck). 

Gabe was blessed with a "Florida birthday party" complete with cake and presents!  It was fun... thanks to my family for making Gabe feel so special!

Another highlight of the trip was visiting the Florida Oceanographic Center right by our condo.  The best part was feeding and petting the stingrays.  SO COOL!!!  The boys both tried to feed them but ended up just petting them.  They are very soft and smooth, kinda squishy feeling.

At "Treasure Coast Harley Davidson" we spent most of our time outside.... after Andrew broke a salt shaker in the store!  The ladies were very nice and didn't make me pay for it.... so I then took my children outside so as not to cause any more trouble!

Gabe built a nice sand castle cave complete with a moat!

Gabe and his buddy Uncle Jim.  They had a good time together bonding over crocodile killing TV shows and walks to the beach!

Us with our Florida family....  Missing were the kids and the husbands of all us girls!  Well dad was missing too!

Pretty girls... our cousins Nicole and Andrea.

Mom, Alfred and Linda.... the "older" cousins!  Their moms were sisters.

A nice pic of us at Karen and Al's.

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