Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. - Ferris Bueller
Monday, June 1, 2015
Vacation, All We Ever Wanted
I remember the first time Tim and I ventured down to Sarasota by
ourselves for a family vacation. Clare was three, Danny was four months,
and overall it took a long time for it to feel like a vacation. My
first thoughts upon arrival were, "What are we doing?" and "How are we
going to manage to enjoy ourselves?" We ultimately did, of course, and
after years of practice I would go so far as to say that we have gotten
it down to a science.
Since we were fortunate enough to spend time in FL together over
Easter, we decided that this year we would break it up and spend the
middle part of our week at Disney. (See separate post.) So, we drove
down and spent the first two days just relaxing at the beach and the
pool. That first full day of vacation we spent several hours on Siesta
Beach, and it was probably the best family visit to the beach we have
The kids were always up for going to the pool, no matter how long we'd been at the beach. To liven up our pool visits, I grabbed an
inflatable alligator at Publix, which won the points with Danny that I
knew it would. Let's just say it led to some very lively games with Tim!
Any visit to Stoneybrook isn't complete without plenty of gator watches. One night, driving back from dinner, we had an epic viewing of this guy, who was camped out quite close to one of the parking lots:
We ate at all of our favorite spots, beached, swam, read, napped...everything a family should do on vacation (when not trekking around amusement parks, that is). Most importantly, we spent lots of time together as a fivesome, which rates this a five-star vacation!