Sunday, April 17, 2016

Florida - Day 6

Our last day. We made it full of beach.
It was a good last day.

This was the day that kids saw the dolphins right up close. 
Every single day we saw plenty of dolphins, and it never got old. 
It was amazing.
But, one day during the busy time on the beach, Gracie, Austin and Bryanna were out about up to their chests in the water. 
We see dolphins jumping a little ways back, and so the kids started clapping their hands, as if cheering for their tricks they were doing.
Turns out, the clapping totally attracted these little dolphins to swim right over to the kids! 
They were about 10 feet away, flipping and slapping their tails on the water. The more the kids clapped, the more they did. Everyone at the beach was getting a show, and encouraging the kids to "keep clapping!". It was incredible. 
They will never forget that experience!   
 The above is a very bad zoomed up photo of the dolphin on it's way over. It got even closer than that. I was using a super wide lens, and had to put it down while they were so close, Honestly they made me just a little bit nervous so close to the kids!

 We left shortly after dinner - since it worked so well on our way down. 
The kids slept a good portion of the drive again, and we made it home for dinner the following day. 
I couldn't have imagined the trip any better than it was. It was perfect, and just so awesome that everyone could make it down together - even if for just a couple days. 
This one will definitely be one of the most memorable vacations ever. 
Thank you mom and dad, for everything. It was absolutely perfect.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Florida - Day 5

Of course we had to get some souvenirs, so we spent some of the day at John's Pass. We could've walked to it along the beach, but we decided to drive to make sure the kids made it home. It's a little bit of a longer walk. :) 

 Successful, and tear-free souvenir shopping experience! Decisions are hard to make when there's many choices! They all did great, and it was painless. Thank goodness.
 When we got back to the condo we had to collect everyone for a "feet photo"! This was the last day that everyone would be there together, so we had to make sure we got this photo.

 Hard to get everyone's single foot in there, but we managed the best we could! It's fun looking at back now trying to figure out which feet belong to who.
 And, while we were out there, why not try to get a nice family photo too! We took advantage of the empty beach, and gorgeous skies. Here's the process of getting everyone in one shot.

 And success!
 The only family that didn't get a family photo was Kristyn's. She said she didn't want her kids in their pajamas. As you can tell in ours, I didn't care so much. Half of mine were in their jammies too. :)

We played BINGO when we got back up to the condo. 
We played it backwards - Mom's genius idea.
Since we had so many m&ms, we filled all the cards with the candies, then as the number was called, we got to eat the candy in it's place. This way it kept the kids engaged (and awake!) and everyone got to eat their candy. It was so much fun. 
 I think some of us had a little too much fun. Ahem, Matt the number caller.