Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Life's a beach!!

Hi all...it's Tuesday night and this is my first time to get online since being down in Fort Myers. We arrived on Saturday around 4:00 p.m. as was the plan. Perfect timing considering check-in time to our house was 4, too! The drive was long and tiring, but our main concern -- being Emma -- turned out to be the least of our concerns as she did a great job for a toddler confined to a car seat for 21 hours! Of course, a good amount of that time she slept since we left at 6:30 p.m. and traveled through the night, but even through awake hours she did good.

Our house is big. Although it's a duplex, our "neighbors" are a really nice couple from Pennsylvania and we hardly see them. The husband spends all day fishing in the ocean and his wife just comes and goes as she pleases. We were worried about having wild, loud neighbors, but that's not the case at all. We don't even have to share the pool with them! Actually, speaking of the pool, we've only been in it twice and it's been in the cooler evening hours. We've spent a lot of time on the beach since it's only feet away from our house and BEAUTIFUL. I, wanting to get sun, didn't apply sunscreen at first and got burnt right away, but not TOO bad. I mean, it's not the most comfortable, but I'm not in agony. Time flies so quickly while on vacation and on the beach -- you know, not a care in the world -- but the sun caught up with me quicker than I thought. NOW I put the sunscreen on!!

We're all having a great time so far. Especially Emma. She is a total beach baby...she takes after her daddy. We can't keep them out of the ocean! She loves the "wawer" and even to bring her out of it to wipe her face or reapply sunscreen is a chore...she runs back towards it yelling "wawer! wawer!" She likes to sit and let the waves crash into her back...the bigger, the better. The harder they hit her, the louder she laughs. It's so cute!

Here are some pictures we've got so far. We took a trip Monday to Sanibel Island to do some shelling. We got quite a few nice shells, and it's a beautiful beach, but it was a bit too rough for Emma and the beach is more shells than sand, so it's not the best environment for a playful toddler.

I will, of course, post again upon our return. Wish us luck for an equally successful drive home!