Archive | February, 2014

Trip to Sanibel!

16 Feb

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To celebrate Mom’s birthday, we headed south for some sunshine and beach time! It was a great way to celebrate her birthday and we all appreciated the warm weather (and missing the big snowstorm here).

From the moment we arrived, the weather was great so we took every opportunity to be outside. Miss H wasted no time jumping into the Gulf of Mexico.

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Of course, lots of swimming led to sunbathing.

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Sanibel is known for some of the best shelling so we spent a fair amount of time searching for shells.

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Walking along the beach no matter the time of day was fantastic.

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Of course, no birthday would be complete without dessert.

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Miss H decided we should have ice cream every day we were there. No one argued.

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We ate a lot of ice cream.

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On Wednesday, we decided to take a dolphin cruise out of the Sanibel Marina.

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I thought we would see dolphins but did not realize how close-up we would see them.

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The Captain let Miss H drive the boat.

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And, more importantly honk the horn.

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She was so happy about driving and going fast.

Thursday’s weather was still nice but the wind picked up so we decided to head over to Fort Myers to check out the Edison & Ford Winter Estates. These guys had the right idea about wintering in a warm climate.

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The two estates were really cool and we enjoyed walking around.

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Watch out for the falling figs.

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We had a great time at the beach and are looking forward to our next vacation. Miss H decided the next vacation should start ‘on Sunday.’

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Good thing we went to the car show

2 Feb

Last weekend, we headed to the Washington Auto Show to check out cars because I had planned to get a new one at some point this year. It is fun to be able to see all the options in one place but I definitely did not walk out of there with a favorite.

Miss H clearly had a favorite.

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Then, on Tuesday I got not so good news about my ever-reliable car. Long story short, it needed to be replaced.

So long Volvo.

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After driving a few different models, I ended up with a Subaru Crosstek Hybrid. I have to say, it is pretty cool.

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