After canoe/kayak trip in the Loxahatchee, it was time to cool off in the Atlantic Ocean.
Sunday, March 23, 2014
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
The girls spent the today at a water park with Fowler, it was a Daddy Date! When I asked how it was, Janele spent twenty minutes describing all the rides, listing her favorites and why, comparing it to other parks we've visited. When I turned to Thia for her input, she said, "I didn't like any of it. You should only send me there when I am bad."
I see what you are getting at there, Thia. Nice try...
Their flight arrived Sunday evening. At 8 AM on Monday, Ceci was knocking on our door so they could all take a quick dip in the hotel pool before heading out. Thia does not normally agree to getting up any earlier than she absolutely has to, but for Ceci, she even had a smile.
After they swam, we were ready to get a quick breakfast, and go see a space shuttle. I had the priveledge of driving all 4 girls in my car, which meant I got to hear rousing renditions of all the latest hits popular with the 'tween set.
We finally arrived at the Kennedy Space Center, and off we went, wandering through the Rocket Garden, then in to see the Space Shuttle Atlantis. The girls crawled into the nose cone of one of the first manned rockets to go into space, went on the launch simulator, and played a live action version of Angry Birds with large slingshots (to learn about trajectory?). Some things were more exciting than others, but it was a great day, spent with great friends!
|Not everyone gets an early morning smile from Thia!|
|In front of the nosecone from one of the manned rockets in the Rocket Garden.|
|Thia, in front of the cargo bay of Space Shuttle Atlantis.|
|Under the back end of the Space Shuttle Atlantis. What a vehicle!|
|Ceci, Mark and Liv propelling the Angry Birds, important to every future astronaut's education!|
Saturday, March 15, 2014
Of course, we did more than visit the beach while in Tampa. Our visit included some dear friends whom we haven't seen in way too long. We stayed with Kristen, from my high school days, and her wife, Natalie. I hadn't actually seen them in probably more than two years, and they hadn't seen the girls in so many more! It was probably shortly after we moved to NY, so the girls were much younger. Sure, we send notes, call, email and text, but I was reminded how that lacks so much in comparison to visiting. That face to face time, I don't think it can be replicated. So we had a grand time, catching up, and making new memories.
|Janele and Akira are ready for the pool!|
|Thia preferred to start with Giant Jenga.|
|Eventually, all the girls got in...|
|...and had some fun!|
|Any festival worth its salt has kettle corn!|
|Thia, Akira and Janele, on our way to the Strawberry Festival|
|Toward the end of our day there, the rides were fun, but it was getting hot, and crowded. Ready for more pool time!|
Monday, March 10, 2014
|Cold water wasn't going to stop Janele playing in the surf!|
|Brave souls, this is the beginning of March. Brrr!|
|Thia decided to spend her time out of the water.|
|Sorting the shells to add to Thia's collection.|
|Capogna's Dugout hit the spot after a few hours running around in the sand and slatwater!|