Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Florida vacation 2009

We just got back from Ft. Walton/Destin, FL it was a blast. We went with my mom and dad and brother and his girlfriend, Amity. We got to do para sailing, which I could have done without, it freaked me out being that high. We got up to 450 ft above the water, yikes!

We also went deep sea fishing which would have been awesome if Jesse, Amity and I hadn't gotten sick, Jesse even had to throw up, he never throws up! but we did all get to reel in a big fish (or in my case and Amity's case, mostly reeled in, we needed lots of help). Jesse, Amity, Jared and I all reeled in Amber Jack fish but they have to be a certain size to keep so all of them that we caught weren't big enough even though they were still huge! It seems like a lot of work to get them in just to throw them right back. But my dad caught a cobia that we kept and they are supposed to be really good for eating and it was. He also caught a king mackerel that we kept and between those 2, we had way more fish than we could eat.

We rented jet skiis and saw dolphins in the bay. We saw one jump completely out of the water, it was so awesome. They swam right under our jet ski. There was a baby with them too and they were playing and swimming upside down and stuff. We found a great snorkeling spot and that's what we did on our last day in Florida, we found lots of shells. My dad and I went on a huge swing called the "sky flyer" where they strap you in and pull you with a huge arm and take you 80 ft. in the air and when you pull the rip cord you fall and it swings you back and forth until you stop, it was awesome but I was ready to get off right away, I don't know if I'll do it again or not, but Jared and Amity did it twice!!

Reese did great in Florida, she is the best baby ever, but she is happy to be home. we made it through the week in Florida with a baby and no sunburns, whew!

On our way home we stopped in Birmingham, AL to see a cave, it was sooo cool, I want to go back, Reese loved it too, she said "ba ba ba ba ba" and laughed and squealed almost the whole time we were in the cave. Daddy held her in the carrier through the cave and she loved every minute of it.

Here Reese is hangin out at the hotel and she was so cute sitting there lookin up at us.

here is our happy family in front of beautiful Ft. Walton beach at sunset, our first day in Florida and at the beach for our first day of swimming

Here Reese is "helping" us unpack when we got to our condo

Reese sure had fun in her exersaucer and playing with papa

Reese really enjoyed her little floaty we found for her, for the pool

Here we are in front of this little shack called "Dewey Destin" which is a restaurant right on the water and you eat on the dock, a lot of the locals say is the best fresh seafood you can get. We had them fry up our catch from our fishing trip so while we waited for them to cook it, we walked out on the dock and got to see a military air show that was right over our heads, we were at the right place at the right time, it was awesome. My mom was babysitting while Jesse and I went to have the fish fried, it was a nice little time to ourselves.

Here is the view of the bay from our condo and a view of the pool and lazy river from our condo, we had a top floor room with roof access, it was really nice