The Isle of Capri March 21, 2013
I’ve been reading about the Isle of Capri for years on Kelle Hampton‘s beautiful blog. When I was in Florida and I saw a sign for “Isle of Capri”, I knew I just HAD to visit! So the whole family decided to check it out and have dinner there. It was amazing.
And now. Adele eats a lemon:
This one time in Florida… March 19, 2013
Because of the good reviews, we chose Corey Billie’s Airboat Rides and it did not disappoint. It was prompt, organized and fun.
Spoiler Alert, we didnt see any gators on the ride, but we did see one camping out on the banks near the boat launch area. I doubt the meat being tossed over the fence had anything to do with that. heh heh.
Look how big that girl is!
I have to admit, the Everglades were beautiful. The boat sped through the water quickly at times. I actually giggled out loud because it was so fun.
And it also slowed down to let us take in the wildlife.
What a great morning in the Florida Everglades. Thanks, Mom and Dad!
*Note: No gators were actually hunted (or even seen for that matter) on this adventure.
Baby’s First Swim March 16, 2013
My mom was a swim teacher for years and years. She started in her teens and continued to teach classes even after I was born. In fact, she taught me, my sisters and most of my childhood friends to swim too.
Here’s a video of Adele’s First Swim!
Flying to Florida March 10, 2013
My grandparents live in Florida in the winter, so last week, my parents flew down from Massachusetts, my sister flew down from Chicago and Adele and I flew down from Los Angeles! It was such a great opportunity to spend some time with family without having to brave the cold weather (and snow!) in New England.
And I had a surprise for her (which she LOVED). I took a ribbon and tied an old key, a plastic card a necklace and some rubber bracelets to it. That kept her busy for over an hour. Mom for the win! I was pretty proud of my self for that one.
Since my flight was LAX to Ft. Lauderdale, it was half empty and filled with older retired people heading out for cruises. Major score for a mom traveling solo with a cute baby. People kept coming by and sitting down to talk and play with Adele (and tell me out their grandkids, etc etc).
I even got her to take a 1.5 hour nap in the carrier while I watched HGTV. The perfect flight if i don’t say so myself.
Once we landed, everyone (even the skeptical business man in the row next to us) complimented her on her great airplane behavior (she never made a peep!) That’s my girl. My little traveler.
Instead of making the 2-hour drive from Ft. Lauderdale to Ft. Myers at night, I opted to get a hotel room for the night and start the drive fresh in the morning. I got my rental car and found my hotel with no problems.
Adele, of course, was loving the big hotel bed… but I was able to talk my way into getting a free pack-n-play for her for the night.
She slept great through the night and when we woke up, we had a quick breakfast and headed out across Alligator Alley. Adele slept in the car and before long, we arrived! There were some very excited great-grandparents waiting to kiss Adele!
Out of all the fun places to go in Florida…. we decided to check out the local library (I’m obsessed lately!) They had an awesome Children’s Room with lots of books and puzzles. And I found my favorite one for her to play with! YAY!
What a life, right? Grammie, Grandpa and Aunty Laurie arrived that night too! More pictures to come!