We decided to start at the pool for Neely's first real day of vacation. Our room is so convenient to all the fun stuff! After lathering Neely up in SFP 50, we went out and the pool was PACKED. But there were still chairs in the shade, so I was happy. Neely absolutely LOVED the swimming pool. 2 of the 3 pools have beach entry, so Neely can walk in on her own and only go as deep as she wants. She also loved to jump into our arms in the deep end. I think we did this for HOURS on Sunday. Before lunch, we did a test run at the beach. She loved the sand but hated the ocean. She kept getting salt water in her eyes, and when she would go to rub them...more saltwater. We stayed on the resort and ate at Holy Smokes BBQ for lunch. It was pretty good, and the prices were not outrageous. After naptime (Brad watched Neely so I could go to the pool alone), we all went back to the pool for a little bit, but Neely had enough. We went to the Blue Giraffe for Dinner. We do not recommend it. The food was just okay and the service was HORRIBLE. I think it is our first bad experience in both times that we've been here. Of course, ice cream followed dinner. This night, Neely would not go to bed in her crib, so she slept with me. She actually did great in the bed, but I just don't sleep as well.
MondayWe decided that we would just go to the pool on Monday. She had so much fun, but by the end of the day, I think she was tired of it. The pool was great today because a lot of people had to leave to go back to school. Neely had her first popsicle. In between two of the pools they have a little area with sand and a bunch of sand toys and she LOVED that. We had lunch on property at Scoops and Slices...we were pleasantly surprised that it was pretty good. Same afternoon routine--nap, then back to the pool. For dinner on Monday night, we took a trolley into Captiva and ate at The Bubble Room. This is one of Brad's favorites from last time & it did not disappoint. Neely loved the dessert. No ice cream tonight, because I thought it was what prevented Neely from sleeping. Well, it wasn't. She slept with me again on Monday.
I decided that we needed to take a day away from the sun. Neely is just so fair. And even though I am putting sunscreen on her every 30-45 minutes, she is still a little pink. We had our family pictures taken this morning & then we decided to go to Sanibel to rent bikes. First, we had lunch at The Over Easy Cafe. Yummy. We had been there before & it is so good.
Obviously, Brad and my ideas of riding bikes are TOTALLY different. I imagine riding for 15-20 minutes and stopping to get a coke, then riding 15-20 minutes and then stopping for ice cream (get the picture). Brad's idea is to ride non-stop for hours. Brad was leading & we rode 12 miles today!!! INSANE. Neely got to ride in a bike trailer, so she could be protected from the sun. It really was a lot of fun, but I am exhausted.Here we are FINALLY getting our snack at Schnapper Hotts after riding FOREVER.We rode the trolley back to Captiva tonight and ate at RC Otters. It was pretty good. We walked to the beach afterward and watched the sun set! Neely actually really liked the beach and ocean this time & had such a good time!
The beach has a little play area and Neely went down by herself for the first time--What a big girl!!!