So the last full day of our trip, we rented a boat to explore the many islands around Marco Island. Lacy and I lasted the morning with the kids and the boys enjoyed the boat for the rest of the day... but all together, we were able to see some gorgeous houses on the water, some dolphins, closer than I ever have, and stop at a really beautiful, much less frequented beach to swim and search for sea shells. This is Sophia on her way to swim in the gorgeous, clear, WARM water. Did I mention this is the gulf? So the water must have been like high 90's at least. It was warmer than bath water one of the nights. Nuts.
Sophia helping Ross drive the boat; and Ross just lookin'... well, like I said, I guess I have a thing for a handsome man driving a boat.
My beautiful sister, Joe, and Joseph. Millie stayed home that day, and Joseph wasn't feeling so great after catching Sophia's cold (sorry Lace!), but was the sweetest little trooper.
Demolishing a peach after a hunger-inducing day in the sun.
Ross and Sophia enjoying the water...Joe, searching for sea-shells as always :), thanks for giving me the good ones Joe. There really are amazing shells over there, a different exerience than our SD beaches I'm used to.
And HERE are the dolphins. Nuts right?! We saw them a ways away from the boat and drove near them. All of a sudden we realize they're swimming in our wake and keeping right up with the boat, I don't know how they didn't hit us, or get run over, or land on the deck, it was almost a little scary, but SO cool. Sophia and Joseph loved it!.... more than me for sure, it was all for them, I was really cool and calm and not at all catching flies with my mouth agape for ten minutes straight. Pretty neat.
Joseph liked to take the lead, and hung out at the front of the boat with the wind in his face. Super cute.
Our little family. Crazy to think next summer will include one more smile.
This may have been the perfect family vacation (minus the travel time.) A great condo, beach, pool, good weather, tropics, and Lacy, Joe, and their family; I couldn't have asked for more. I only wish my sweet sister lived closer... I'm missing sharing a room in high-school and the roomate days in college. And now we have kids the same age...and would have so much fun living closer...It's times like this our country seems too big. We miss you guys already Lacy and Joe. Thanks for being such great hosts!