Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Vacation Pics....Part II

This is the bridge that takes you over to Sanibel Island, where I went to gather sea shells early Wed. morning. Chris had read that the beaches of Sanibel are covered in sea shells every morning. I got up rather early and got there shortly after 8. I was not disappointed in the least.

A beach at Sanibel Island bathed in the morning sun. It was so quiet and tranquil....just a few people gathering sea shells.

I managed to strike up a conversation with an elderly gentleman....of course I needed a photographer most of all. The worst part of going on vacation alone is....there's no one to take the pictures! I managed to bother people once in a while so that I had something to email back home every day! (No. I'm not in shorts....It was VERY windy!)

If you click on this picture, you can see the sea shells as thick as gravel.

I grabbed handfuls for the kids. Consequently, my suitcase weighed in at EXACTLY 70 lbs.

I chose a Greek restaurant on the beach for lunch. (Yes....after a hard morning of gathering sea shells.) Their interesting menu lured me in.....however, I settled for more appetizing food.

I got some fried was SO yummy. They served them with a dip that tasted like a cross between sour cream and tarter sauce. SO YUMMY!!!

My last picture before heading to the airport. (Not sure what's on my face....I think it's the reflection of the fountain somehow)
I have a hard time imagining the tan/burn now! LOL! By the way, when you go sit on the beach, it's a good idea to take some sort of sunscreen. Without Chris there to remind me, I, well, burnt a little! First day there, I trudged down to the beach, spread out my beach towel, turned on my IPOD, grabbed my book and sat for the next five hours. Only later that night when I began to itch just a little, did I realize, I hadn't gotten any sunscreen. Oh well. I was a little itchy for the next day, but recovered fairly decent given the circumstances! LOL!

The best part of my trip??? Definitely arriving back home and finding everyone healthy and happy! It was very rough being away from the kids. However, Chris kept up the kids and house quite nicely. When I arrived home, the kids had just had their baths, the house was cleaned, the laundry was washed, dried,and folded, supper was started and he had home schooled all 4 days in my absence. I was quite impressed!! Thanks a million, Chris!

This smile (plus others like it!) is what makes it so hard for me to be away. This is why I hope I NEVER have to work and leave any of my kiddos. This is my life and I feel so blessed and happy with every bit of it!


Tamra said...

Beautiful photos. Glad you had a good time. What I wouldn't do to be on a beach somewhere right now...:)

Charity said...

Wow! Thanks for sharing the pictures! Looks like you had a great time! That seashell beach is awesome! :)

Dixie said...

It looks like you had a great time. I can't imagine looking for seashells through that many shells. I am sure grabbing handfuls was the way to go.

I was wondering if you plan to attend the homeschool convention there in the Cincinnati area? I am planning on heading over for it. I went last year and really enjoyed it.

Dixie said...


Here is the link to the convention there in the Cincinnati area. It is off of I-75N Glendale-Milford Exit at the Landmark Cincinnati campus.

Last year was the first year for the convention and quite a few GBS students manned the registration area. I am looking forward to going back again this year. It would be nice to meet up if you decide to go.


cincymarge said...

looks so nice and relaxing to get away like that.

Beautiful pics!!!

Kendall & Leanna said...

Liked the rest of your pictures from your trip. I couldn't believe how many seashells were on that beach. I'm ready for spring now. :)

Martha C said...

Is the blizzardy weather making you miss FL? (Been talking to my family there.)

Stephanie said...

Boy, you are one brave chic! Although I consider myself fairly independent, I would have been too chicken to do all of that alone! Guess listening to FOX news on a daily basis is making me scared of a lot of things. Glad you had fun!

David and Sarah Fry said...

Now THAT is an amazing story. Looks heavenly.