Siesta Key 2014

by Jessica on April 30, 2014

in Annabelle,Days of You and Me,Family,Kids and Art,Levi,Parenting,Photography

 

We’re home from Siesta Key.  Darn.  It was fun, relaxing and I didn’t want to come home.  So many good memories made on this trip.

We started the week out at Disney but I’m still waiting on those photos–thanks to my mom’s point and shoot, we captured so many great moments.

Anyway, once we left Disney I took over taking photos as I had more flexibility with lugging my camera around.   Our first night in Siesta Key we went across the street for homemade ice cream.   It’s something of a ritual.  We eat ice cream and then make our way over to the ocean to watch the sunset.

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Our first night though, there was no sunset to see.  The sky was all clouds.  Which didn’t make much difference to the kids since they were happy enough to lick ice cream and run around the beach.

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This year we were lucky to have both of our moms with us and our nephew Charles too.  He was so great with the kids.  It was a lot of fun watching them all play together.  And I picked up some new lingo from him too, like “mint” which apparently means “cool” or “awesome.”

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The next morning was Easter Sunday, so when the kids woke up they got a basket full of candy and then a chance to hunt for Easter eggs on the beach.

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Eggs were hidden everywhere.  In the tall dry grass, tucked into palm trees, and in the beach shed inside light bulb protectors.

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After the egg hunt, the kids headed for the rock garden to search for Beanie Boos that the Easter bunny (or their grandma) had brought along to make the hunt even more fun.

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That night we stopped at the public beach to see the Sunday evening drum circle.  The beach was packed and there were all sorts of people to see: families, retired folks, artists, free spirits, musicians and dancers, and even a man walking a tight rope which he made available to the public to try.  We all gave it our best.  The kids seemed to do better than the adults.  I made it about 2 steps.

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We wandered down to the shore to watch the sun set and spotted a beautiful sand castle sculpted by a local Sarasota artist.
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The next day we headed to Myakka to take an alligator and birds of prey tour.  It turned out that it’s mating season for the alligators so we saw at least 50 or more alligators out on the beach of the Myakka river.

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We also completed a canopy walk that went a few hundred feet.  At the end of the canopy was a tower where we could go up 75 feet for a better view of the wetland.

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At the bottom of the canopy, Annabelle and Charles wanted to do a little modeling for the camera.DSC_1385-64

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We also visited the aquarium on Longbeach where we learned about rehabilitating sea life and got to pet sting rays.  Petting the sting rays is probably one of my favorite things to do every year when we go to the Sarasota area.  They are super affectionate and gentle too.

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On one of our last nights of vacation, Matt and I took turns taking photos of our family.
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Until next year Siesta Key.  I’ll miss you so much.  So very happy to have these trips every year.  Wish we could stay longer . . .

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gramma April 30, 2014 at 5:24 pm

Beautiful memories the most peaceful vacation place thank you all again, love you guys,mom

Jessica May 1, 2014 at 5:24 pm

Love you too Ma, :-)

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