The FL coast was also beautiful. The Gulf's water was really pretty and thankfully, the oil has not moved that far down. Thomas really liked playing in the sand, but wasn't crazy about the waves. He liked being in the ocean, but not on the shore. We didn't put Josiah in the ocean, but he did get in the pool and loved it. He instinctively knew to kick his legs and looked like a little tadpole in the water!
Josh and I had heard a few months ago that Busch Gardens had just opened a Sesame Street mini-park within the park and we thought it would be fun for Thomas. In hindsight, we should have taken into account that the heat index would be over 100 and having two small children who both still need naps. We were also very worried about Josiah because he was so red and hot. We were constantly blowing a fan on him and spraying him down with water. Thomas did have a good time, but we spent a few hours riding a train around the park and trying to see an Elmo movie in 3D (it was canceled several times). We should have spent the day in Elmo land, because that is what Thomas enjoyed the most. He rode the rides and played in the water.
We had a great time learning to play poker at the house where we stayed. They had a poker table complete with cards and chips. Josh's dad knew how to play, so Josh joked that "the Baptist deacon taught the Baptist preacher and his wife, as well as two underage girls how to play poker!" We played poker almost every night after the boys were in bed and while I didn't win very many games, I still enjoyed it!
I'll admit this vacation was hard to leave. The only time we truly ever get away is when we are on vacation. Because we do live right by the church, Josh never truly gets away from work. He heard a pastor say a few months ago that when he and his family moved out of the parsonage into their own house, that their family's stress level decreased remarkably. We aren't moving anytime soon, and I'm very thankful for our home, and will continue to strive for relaxing vacations!
Mr. & Mrs. Culbertson at the wedding.
Josh and his dad kayaking in the inlet. We all had a lot of fun in the kayak with our experienced guide, Josh's dad!
Thomas riding a hippo at Busch Gardens...he loved it!
Our sweet baby at Busch Gardens.
Josh's wonderful parents!
The girls and Thomas. He had a great time "playing" with them all week.
My wonderful friend, Elizabeth, came to visit! She lives only an hour and a half away from where we stayed and it was wonderful to have a day to catch up with her. We have been friends since our freshman year of college. A true and sweeter friend you will not find!