It's a cloudy morning here in Tucson, AZ. Reminds me of those cloudy afternoons in Florida as the storms rolled in.... Putting together this last post has me wishing I was back in Naples. Tomorrow I'm headed to the craft store to pick up a scrapbook for the boys. It will be their "Florida Book". Peter and James love to look at pictures and scrapbooks keep them occupied for at least 30 minutes. That is a LONG time for toddlers.
So before I lose myself to my mediocre scrapbooking skills, I give you Part 3 of our Florida trip....
After we said our goodbyes to the gorgeous Ave Maria campus, we set off for Naples. After checking into the hotel we went to celebrate the graduate at this lovely Italian restaurant called Campiello. The food was just amazing and the patio was gorgeous.
We got a few looks from people as they walked onto the patio and saw such a large group with a handful of kids. I swear sometimes people act like they've never seen kids before. Someone even asked my cousin if there was a kid's birthday party going on. We got a good laugh from that one. Several people actually asked to not be seated outside once they saw us. At first I was upset but then I saw how the owner kept smiling at us every time she walked out and I realized those people were just dumb (very mature I know).
After dinner we went back to the hotel to "try" and get a good night's sleep before the beach! I say "try" because the boy's schedule was so completely off. It was usually midnight before they crashed. I mean it made sense since. By Tucson time that was actually when they go to bed (9).
The next day was Sunday (and Mother's Day). Everyone got dressed up for Mass and brunch. I finally got the chance to sport my one Lily for Target score!
After Mass we went to the Mother's day brunch at our hotel. Our entire table decided it would be best to just camp out for the entire day. I mean look at these adorable desserts!
Though we were completely stuffed (bad time to put a bathing suit on) we rallied for the beach. At first Peter and James were super trepidation, which is developmentally appropriate of course. They spent a lot of time on the sand those first couple hours.
Uncle Thomas was very helpful.
Eventually the boys were coaxed out into the water with daddy's help.
Aria and I had a good time hanging out in the shade and getting our feet wet thanks to Aunt Marisa.
After spending the rest of the day on the beach and at the pool, everyone was exhausted. The boys passed out at 6:00 and were out for the night.
While they were passed out I went with my siblings to watch the sunset.
The next day we were back at the beach as fast as we could.
Like the previous day, after we spent several hours on the beach, we made our way over to the pool.
Around 3:00 a wonderful storm rolled in. The boys were napping and my Dad went out for coffee. Then as a family we watched the rain come down outside the hotel room.
Once the rain slowed down we ventured out for dinner.
This pretty much sums up the family.
The next morning we enjoyed breakfast on the deck and said goodbye to the beach...
And that's that. We boarded the plane home and walked out of that perfectly lovely Florida dream. I am so incredibly thankful to my parents for helping us to make these wonderful memories. We enjoyed the beach and the food but more importantly we enjoyed the time together as a family.
I hope your summer is filled amazing adventures and safe travels!