Saturday, May 23, 2009

I HEART Vacation

I never would have thought that I would blog on vacation, but you know me...if I don't do it now, it probably won't happen at all. Sjnce everyone else is asleep and I am WIDE AWAKE, I thought I would do a not so quick recap of our first day!

We made it! For a little while this morning, I didn't think that was going to happen, but it did! We had a 7:45 flight out of XNA this morning, that didn't leave the gate until around 10! On that flight, we had a flight attendant that mentioned crashing no less than 10 times. Luckily, since Neely had been up since 5, she took a long nap & then I gave her a bag of M&Ms as a total bribe to be good the rest of the flight. We RAN through the Chicago airport to board immediately. This was a 2 3/4 hour flight, so I knew it might get rough. THEN, the plane stopped. We sat out on the runway for 20 minutes waiting for something to be fixed. THEN, we went back to the gate, to get it worked on some more. FINALLY, an hour later we were on our way! A long 3 hours later we were in the Fort Myers airport! (Neely did take another short nap, but I was too exhausted to enjoy it!)

We are in Captiva for the week and I am SOOOO excited to be here. For those that don't know, Sanibel and Captiva are 2 small islands off southwest Florida and they are WONDERFUL. So quaint. No chain restaurants. No chain hotels. Bike paths all in Sanibel and in Captiva, we can just take our resort trolley. The beaches are known for shelling. I'll let you know later what I think about the Captiva beaches, I have been told that they are white sand, blue water.
Most of the island has homes and cottages that can be rented for the week. That is what we did last time and enjoyed it, but since we have Neely with us, we decided to stay at a resort with kids pools and activities. We are staying here. So far it seems really nice.

Here we are leaving the resort for dinner. Please ignore how I look. I was so hungry, I just unpacked, changed clothes and was out the door. There's another good thing about Captiva--you NEVER feel underdressed. Last time I brought a whole bunch of really cute dresses & it was totally unnecessary. This time, I brought casual skirts and dressy shorts (if there's such a thing).

We went to Doc Ford's to eat. This was one place that Brad specifically requested. He reads (and I guess I do too) a series of books by Randy Wayne White. And this place was opened up by the author and it's name is based on the main character in his book. Here are Neely and Brad in front of the restaurant.Neely was so happy to be here. She was either starving or just happy to be out of the airport!Had Calamari for an appetizer and then we both got grilled fish sandwiches & they were WONDERFUL. I wish I could remember what type of fish or the seasonings & it would make it sound so much better.

This is how Neely ate the entire time. One hand in the french fry basket and the other shoveling the rest of her food! We were so stuffed when we left!

After dinner, we decided it wouldn't be our first night on vacation if we didn't have ice cream. So we went to Scoops and Slices, the resort's ice cream, candy, and pizza store. It is literally 20 steps from our room. As we walked over, Brad said, "This will not be good it being so close!" Neely was SOOO excited. She kept repeating "ice cream" over and over once we got in the car after dinner!

Oh, Dad, it's just a few steps away...Us after Scoops and Slices. Neely is covered in ice cream. Me, I skipped on ice cream, but still feel REALLY FAT from dinner.Mommy, please let me go to bed!

Hopefully, I'll post a couple more times while we're gone.

Tomorrow, we are hitting the pool and beach. We have NO PLANS! Isn't that the best?


amywelborn said...

So glad you posted! Cannot believe your flights...that is your worst nightmare with kids.

Love the pic of Neely eating! I already told David I want to go there!!!! Hope you guys have a great trip!

The Speight Family said...

I was so glad to see you had posted! What a day! I am glad yall made it there!

I love Neely's dress! :) and your tan looks GREAT!!

Have enough fun for us!

Laurie said...

I SOOOOO wish we were there!!!!!!!!

cking said...

Looks like you are having a good time now that you're there. "No plans" is the best! I hope your flight home is very uneventful.

Mary Avery said...

This looks so fun! I can't wait to see the pictures of the beach. That picture of Neely eating fries with one hand and shoveling with the other is SO John Michael in a few months!! I can see it now! Have fun doing nothing.

Mike, Kacy & Wells said...

When we were driving today, I was looking at the atlas (nerdy, I know) for Florida towns that would be fun to visit & saw these two! I hope y'all have a fabulous vacation!

The Speight Family said...

Hey, I have tried to leave a comment twice!! Will try again!

I was so glad to see you had posted! Your tan looks great and I love Neely's dress! Hope you had a great day at the beach and had enough fun for us!! Hope you get to post again soon!