Saturday, July 14, 2012

Florida Vacation

We just returned from our Florida vacation and had the best time.  We stayed in St. Petersburg for five nights.  We went to beach most days and then drove to Orlando on Sunday to visit the house of the Mouse.  Here are some pictures from our trip: 

The nice pilot invited the boys into the cockpit.  He had to remind that I should probably take a picture if I had my camera on me.  Duh.

Hudson buried in the sand

Family shot in a parking lot.  We should have staged this better, but when you're grabbing a stranger to take your picture, you really don't care what's in the background.

This sums up part of our trip.

The boys and their sand creation.

We ate at the most fantastic place one night.  Steve and I think it was one of the best meals from start to finish that we have ever had.  It was locally caught seafood, amazing wine, a banana milkshake flight with cookies for dessert.  The restaurant was called Mad Fish ... if you're ever in St. Pete's.

Every night after dinner we went back to the beach to watch the sun set. 

This was the absolute highlight of our trip.  The boys are OBSESSED with sharks right now.  We took a two hour fishing excursion with a local fisherman and both boys caught fish.  This was Hudson's Bonnethead shark.  

Landon found a seahorse off the side of the boat.

This is Landon's Atlantic Sharpnose shark.  I think Steve and I were more excited about this than the boys were.  

I caught two speckled trout that we ended up eating for lunch.  We took them to a place called Willy's that will cook your catch for $5.  They call it hook & cook.

We spent a day at the Magic Kingdom and we all had a great time.  Thanks to Kelly W. for all of the tips!  

Can you tell that we are going through a superhero phase?

Friday, July 13, 2012


Summer is almost over and it feels like it just began.  The boys have been so busy with camps and activities that June and most of July have just flown by.  Here's what we've been up to since my last post:

Steve had a press event at his office and Governor Brownback was there.  Hudson is discussing his thoughts on the economy with him.

We have been playing tennis with the boys on days when it is under 100 degrees.  They're getting better at it.  They can return a serve ... and then the game pretty much stops there.  

I saw this car parked in downtown Lawrence outside of a wedding reception.  It's covered in chalkboard paint and people wrote their messages to the bride and groom on it.  I thought it was such a cute idea. 

Last month I took the boys to Science City in Kansas City.  They had the best time.  Landon is digging for fossils.  

We just got back from Florida earlier this week.  I'll post pictures from our trip tomorrow.