~Abby hides under the covers each night so we won't see that she still sucks her thumb to go to sleep, but she will be the first one to pipe up and say what a big girl she is since she "stopped" sucking her thumb. You know, because "thumb-sucking is for babies like Emma and Nate". ~Since bear-bear made a surprise debut at the beach one day, he was engulfed in such a funky odor for rest of the trip that we couldn't stand within 10 feet of Emma. For the future, hotel-provided shampoo and a hotel-provided sink make for a great make-shift washing machine for funky stuffed animals.
~Nathan may just be the sweetest and most laid back baby EVER!
~The exact moment that you get "settled" at the beach or pool, someone is going to need to go to the bathroom. Note Exhibit A.
~If Emma falls asleep for 2 minutes at 6:00pm, she will still be bounching off the walls at 9:00pm. At least it gave me someone to watch the sunset with while Jay was off receiving some really cool award at this meeting's banquet. Go baby! You're a BEAST! ~Speaking of sunsets...one of my favorite parts of each day this week, and it was just right outside our balcony. This year's trip to Marco Island was such a relaxing and wonderful trip. It is seriously one of my favorite places to go, and I look forward to heading down there for a few days each summer. The girls enjoyed the sugar-soft sands and the clear water at the beach, and Abby especially enjoyed the water slide at the pool this year...she counted every single time she slid down it. Emma also slid down it once and I caught her at the end as she had the look of terror written all over her face. And she will tell anyone about it... "I chied, chied, chied. I no likey the slide." Ah yes, something else I learned on this trip was that when Mama gets to "sleep in a few minutes longer", daddy is out on the patio feeding the girls oreo cookies and peanuts for breakfast. All I could was laugh when he said that Emma ate A LOT for breakfast that morning. To put me in that camp too, I realized that upon arrival at our home tonight, the girls had consumed probably about 4 ounces of liquid all day. Nice. Go mom! I also learned that no matter how cute a picture may be, jumping for the camera is not...I repeat, IS NOT worth breaking a toe over. Seriously! This cute, and yet not all that technically savvy picture, broke my stinkin' toe. It's the little piggy that had no roast beef on my left foot...although I really wished I would have packed it some of that left-over post-baby percocet to use over the past few days. As I was rushing to pick up the camera, that piggy that had no roast beef got caught on the leg of the beach chair Abby and Nate are sitting in...and I instantly knew that it was broken. It took a good couple of hours for the black line to form all the way around my toe, and half of my foot was swollen and bruised by the time I woke up the next morning. All for a stinkin' mediocre shot. The things we'll do to freeze memories. Nathan was so great all week. He can still sleep anywhere as long as his left thumb is attached and suckable, and he is just so easy-going. I know that he was really glad to be home and in his own bed tonight, but this trip was really easy with him. The girls loved the trip. We played at the beach and pool every morning, came inside and took naps during the daily Florida thunderstorms we love so much in the summertime, went to dinner or ordered-in, and then went back swimming before bedtime. After a shelly year at the beach last year, it was soft as ever this year, and the coquinas and shells that the girls love gathering were gorgeous and plentiful. The water was so clear that you could see the fish nibbling at your legs, and we even saw a few dolphins as we were leaving the island today. We made our yearly Marco-excursion to Cold Stone where the girls enjoyed ice cream no matter if they finished their dinner or not. We went to breakfast this morning at the same spot we have gone the past 3 years, and I realized that I loved that this meeting was held at the same location year after year...we know what to expect and look forward to when we go down there. And we love it!!
The trip was what we needed. We may be a little exhausted from the trip and vacation, but we are rested. I was able to read one of the books I took and start the other one...something that I seldom do at home, and I enjoyed not having to worry about if the clothes were folded or the dishasher was unloaded. All of our kiddos seemed to enjoy themselves, and it was nice to not have to worry about Nathan's health all that much while we were there. All in all, it was a wonderful time we had as a family...a trip that has created many memories that will be not easily be forgotten. I have tons more pictures from this trip that will more than likely show up at random times over the past week or so.