Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Key West... part 1

Florida... we miss you!!
We got back from our vacation in Key West on Saturday.
Shane's mom rented a house for the week and the whole family was able to come!
Carson and Avery did great on the trip down there. They slept for part of the two and a half hour flight and were happy and playful for the remainder of the flight. We then had a 4 hour drive from Ft. Lauderdale to the Keys. It was a long day, but they did so good!

We started off the week with a trip to the beach. While the boys were off fishing, all the girls and the babies went to the Bahia Honda State Park/beach. It's a natural beach so there are lots of trees and grass and way too much seaweed. Wasn't a fan of the seaweed.
It was so fun to watch the babies explore the sand. They mostly just wanted to eat it. They probably ate 2 pounds of sand each. Ok, I'm exaggerating a little, but they did eat a lot of sand. And let me just say that sand does not digest well, so we definately saw that sand again!!
Anyway, Carson and Avery enjoyed crawling around and feeling the sand.
And of course, they loved the water. We took them out into the ocean and let them splash, then we sat and let the waves come up over our legs. It was very exciting.
Aunt JJ and Avery waiting for a wave to come.
Avery crawling in the sand.
Carson after a big mouthful of sand
Just playing
Carson with his Great Grandma
The beach was fun, and the boys had fun catching some sharks!!
Our week was very fun, but busy. We had several activities planned and pretty much did something everyday.
I was able to go with Diane, Ted, JJ, Travis and Catherine on a sail boat one day to snorkle and snuba dive. It was so fun and relaxing to just sail around the islands and take in all the beautiful scenery. Shane stayed home with the babies so I could go out and relax for a while, so sweet of him!! The couple that took us sailing live on their boat and so does their cat. I thought it was a little strange that they had a cat living on a boat, but that cat couldn't be more at home.
Here's a picture of Captain Ron
We also went on a glass bottom boat trip out to a coral reef one day while the boys were playing golf. It was a beautiful boat ride out to the reef and it was cool seeing all fish swimming on the bottom of the ocean.

Me, Carson, Aunt JJ, Avery, and Catherine (Shane's cousin).
Doesn't Carson kinda look like Gilligan?

Aunt JJ and Avery hanging out on the boat.
We were so thankful to be able to spend so much time with Shane's family.
Carson and Avery got a LOT of attention.

Carson with his Great Grandpa

Uncle Travis and Carson

Avery loves her Grand-D
We made a second trip to the beach later on in the week so that Shane could see the babies play in the sand and water. We went to the Fort Zachary Taylor beach in Key West and it was beautiful!
Swimming in the ocean
Pretty girl!! She loved the beach!!

They loved crawling in the water.
So much more to share, but I have run out of time (and space). So I will finish up our vacation post later, but here is one last picture of my cute little beach bums!!


  1. So fun! I can't believe how much they loved it! So cute:). Can't wait to see the rest...glad you had a safe trip, too.

  2. So adorable! I love the sand eating!! Crystal use to eat rocks! :o) So glad you all had a great visit with family and relaxing time! Know you wish you could be back...it makes me wish I were there! Thanks for sharing!