Right after Gauge's Birthday party we packed our bags and headed south to Cape Coral Florida with Grandma and Grandpa. The kids we so excited. It was their first time flying on an airplane. They did an amazing job. Not scared at all! Gauge was even able to fall asleep for a portion of the trip. Man, it sure beats driving in the car with two kids for 16 hours!
Upon landing in Tampa, we hoped in our rental cars and drove over to Cape Coral to our resort. Words can not even describe how amazing this place was! Gorgeous to say the least. Our room was on like the 11th floor with a screened in patio looking out over the bay.
The weather was crazy hot and humid but for an Ohio family that pretty much means perfect vacation weather!! We did some hiking....
ton and I mean TONS of swimming in the pool. The kiddos were both swimming on their own above and below water by the end of the week....as well as jumping off the sides and doing cannonballs!
The most eventful thing of the vacation was when Gracie hurt her foot in the ocean. Shawn surprised me and rented a jet ski at Fort Myers Beach. The kids played on the beach and swam in the ocean with Grandma and Grandpa while they waited on us. As we rode the jet ski back into shore we could see Grandpa holding her and something wrapped around her foot. My heart sank. As it turned out she has stepped on what they believe was a broken bottle in the ocean and sliced open her foot. Lots of bandages, liquid band aids and gauze were in use the rest of the week. But, we didn't let it damper her spirit or ours.
Our resort had a ferry service that would take you over to Fort Myers. We took advantage of that and had a great time.
Did I say how much we love Fort Myer's Beach!! Gorgeous!
On one of our last nights there we all went out to dinner and enjoyed a great sunset meal.
Since Gauge had just celebrated his 5th Birthday with a Pirate theme....Grandma and Grandpa surprised us and bought us all tickets to ride the Sunset Pirate Cruise.
We had so much fun....
The evening was perfect!
We capped off our trip with some outlet and school supply shopping and one last visit to the beach. Earlier in the week the kids buried some gold coins they got from the Pirate Ship. They wanted to see if they could find them. They did!
Our vacation was filled with TONS of fun, laughs, beach, sun, swimming pools, ice cream and olympic watching. Can't wait for the next vacation!