We were able to rent our condo for one more night, and so we decided to actually leave tomorrow instead of today. Yay!!!!! Warm weather for another day! Anyway, we left for the Edison and Ford Winter Estates. They were beautiful! Apparently, Edison and Ford were best friends. So much so that Ford moved his family’s winter abode to the place right next to Edison’s. After touring the estate, we went to The Island Cow for lunch/dinner (we left our condo really late….), then we went on an alligator hunt at the J.N. Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge. There was a trail that you could follow and see alligators, no barriers or anything in between you and them. We saw one as we were walking over a bridge. He was sleeping, but kept opening his eye to look at us. We left and went to the beach that was by the Sanibel Light House. We didn’t go swimming, but we walked along the beach as the sun was setting. The sun looked so cool! I did a photoshoot with Tenney, and we left right before it got really dark. We then went and ate at Love Boat Ice Cream – can you tell we really enjoyed the ice cream from there? Then we came home, cleaned up all the shells we collected (there were a lot), did some packing, because we actually are leaving tomorrow, read our Bibles, and went to bed.
We had a slow start to our morning, eating breakfast late. The kids ate inside due to the fact that we kept getting bit by No-see-ums. We played Uno while we ate. It is an American themed Uno game with the pictures on the cards being jukeboxes, the Liberty Bell, the American flag, and an eagle (which I said looked like Cato from Jenny L. Cote’s new book).
We left Sanibel Harbor at around 12:00 noon, and drove down a road that is close to our condo to see what was there (when we turn into our street, there is another road right next to it, and mom always wondered what was down there). It was another hotel and more condos right on the beach. Then we drove to Shell Point Retirement Communities, because the friends we met up with last night told us we could see manatees there. It is a beautiful retirement community. It is also a Christian one, and they have a ministry elderly people can be a part of that helps send money to a publishing company that produces Christian curriculums and Sunday school tracts. We did get to see the manatees, and it was fun watching them poke their snouts up to breath. They were so cool!
Then we left, and drove back to Sanibel Island – we drove right through Sanibel, and up to Captiva Island. Well, on the bridge connecting Sanibel to the mainland, we saw a dolphin jump. It was the coolest thing! Before we went to Captiva’s beach, we drove around exploring the island. It was a small island, and didn’t take us that long to go through. There were a lot of big houses. Captiva seems like a place where a lot of wealthy people live.
After driving around, we went to the beach. It was beautiful! And there were more shells than there were on Sanibel or at Lovers Key. Mom, Ricky, and Dad found a lot of conch shells. While we were swimming, three (or more) dolphins came playing around us. They were not more than 20 feet from us. It was amazing! We played on the beach and in the water for two to three hours, then cleaned up and went to dinner.
We ate at Doc Fords. It was DELICIOUS! Before the main course came, Dad ordered calamari and all of us ate it and really enjoyed it. Then he told us it was squid (it still tasted good after I learned what it was, though😂). I ordered shrimp tacos. They were yummy! All of us ate till we were stuffed. I would definitely go there again.
After dinner, we drove to the shopping center Love Boat Ice Cream is in on Sanibel, because mom saw a sweatshirt she liked, and wanted to buy it. The drive was long enough that we were able to listen to the Pineapple Guy (for an explanation look at day five), and pray on the way home. Then, we came back to our condo (which I keep accidentally referring to as home), and packed, because this is sadly our last day (unless we extend our trip). Then, I read my Bible and went to bed.
This morning we slept in till about 8:40, got up, I read my Bible, we ate a nice breakfast that mom cooked of eggs and bacon, looked at the time, then scrambled to get ready. We wanted to go to Lovers Key, and since it has a really nice beach and is great for shelling, it takes a good long while to get down there due to traffic. We did eventually make it there, though. The view from the bridge was incredible, and it was filled with boats. You actually have to go across two bridges to get there, because you go across Fort Meyers Beach (side note: We decided that Fort Meyers was more of a party area, and though there are a lot of shops, there were plenty of ones that sold not so great things) to get there. While we were there, we checked out a local library. I wish that we could go to that library again! It was beautiful, peaceful, had nice lighting, and was quiet. The library I have back home isn’t like that as much. I enjoyed that stop quite a bit and would have stayed there for longer, but we needed to finish our commute to the beach. Since the drive was so long, we decided to listen to something. Mom and Dad put the Pineapple guy on, and we listened to his sermons till we got to the beach. The Pineapple guy’s real name is Otto Koning. He was a missionary to Irian Jaya, and the things he learned, saw, and did were INCREDIBLE. God really gifted him with being able to speak so that everyone is able to understand and enjoy it. We listen to him a lot and still learn something new each time. He’s called the Pineapple guy because of the first message he gives, The Pineapple Story. To hear some of his sermons click here. It will take you to youtube and a bunch of videos of his messages. We sunscreened up in the car, then again when we got out. We rode a tram to the beach, then ate lunch from a concessions stand called Hurricane Charlies. It was just ok. I would recommend bringing your own lunch if you go. Then, we headed to the water. Well, first we traveled along the beach picking shells up and going away from people. We got to a nice stretch of sand, set our stuff down, then ran to the water. It was actually pretty cold, and took me a while to get used to, but when I did, it was awesome. We rode the waves to the beach, swam around, and generally had a lot of fun. After a good long while of this, Mom, Ricky, and I went waaaaaaaay down to the end of the beach to find more unique shells. We found a lot of unique ones that were complete. Mom found a fighting conch (Strombus alatus) that was completely full (at least thats what I think it was). When we came back, we had a full bucket of shells that were beautiful, colorful, and unique. Ricky really wanted to make a sand castle, so we started making a fortress. Pretty much everyone left me before it was over (mom did come back), but we ended up with a really cool fortress-type thing. The funny part about building it was that the tide kept coming up and washing out the underneath of the gate, so we had to keep refilling the sand in that area. Brynn and Elie decided to play with the snorkeling gear instead of building the castle with us. We left around 4:15, then came back to our condo, watched the sunset, ate pizza and veggies for dinner, read our Bibles and went to bed. 🙂
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Today we slept in. I did wake up around 8:00, because Elie got up to see the sun and knocked a lamp over 😂, but most of us didn’t get out of bed till later. After getting up we ate parmesan cheese crackers, cinnamon rice cakes and fruit, outside as we read our Bibles. We read Ephesians. Chapter four really spoke to me. Then, we walked down on the beach and explored. We got to pick up some shells, which were really cool. There weren’t that many, but the ones that were there were pretty much intact and really cool. God’s creation is incredible! After the beach, we explored the hotels that were next to our condos. Then we went shopping, because we were unable to bring a lot of food along, and were all hungry. By the time we were done shopping, it was four-something, so we ate and discussed what we were going to do tomorrow, and the rest of this day. Upon finishing the discussion, we went out to eat ice-cream at a place called Lover’s Boat.They had the best ice cream ever (and they gave us a lot of it!) When we got back to the hotel, we took a walk down a nice little path, then we came back to our condo, showered, read our Bibles, and went to bed. 🙂
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In the morning we drove to my uncle’s place near Troy, Alabama, stopping along the way for bathroom trips and lunch. He owns fifty-three acres there, and it is fun to explore with my siblings. Our cousin, Michael, lives there too, and he let us drive their lawn mower. We also got to shoot my uncle’s BB gun from the deck of his house. Our target was a piece of wood we put on the grass with a soda can and water bottle on it. I managed to hit the water bottle and soda can. We had a barbecue for dinner and then a bonfire. It is so much fun! The place we stopped to get lunch at was called Heaton Pecans. It was a quaint little place, very pretty, and I think it was owned by a Christian, because there were signs hanging all over the place with Bible verses on them. Most of the things that they sold had pecans in it; there were even pecans in the ice cream!
This post took me longer to put up than I was hoping, but here goes…We just got back from a week-long vacation where we went to Dearborn, Michigan and Baltimore, Maryland. We visited a lot of fun places like the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan and the National Aquarium, Historic Ships, and Fort McHenry in Baltimore, Maryland. We drove there, so in between places there was lots of school, Ipad time and reading. We started by driving to Dearborn, Michigan where we visited the Henry Ford Museum. We got there Sunday afternoon, and it was the last day of Greenfield Village to be open for the season – the village where they have Henry Ford’s house, Tomas Edison’s house and work shop, the Wright brother’s house and workshop, and so much more. We were only able to be there an hour, because like I said earlier, it was closing that day. Here are some pictures from the village:
The day after, we went to the museum part of the Henry Ford, and took a bus to the Rouge Factory and watched how they made pick-up trucks. Sorry that I didn’t get pictures of the trucks being made, we weren’t allowed to take photos in the factory part, but I got some of the main area:
Then we came back and went to the museum part where we saw things like old airplanes, trains and cars, old inventions, old doll houses, a dymaxion house, and so much more! Here are some pictures:
Then we left and went to Baltimore Maryland. We started by visiting the National Aquarium. We saw some very interesting fish, sharks, jellyfish, and a lot more:
This is kind of creepy. The sting ray looks like it doesn’t have any eyes.
The day after we visited some very cool old historical ships. We saw a Coast Guard boat that was at the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and an old submarine. They were cool, but I would most definitely not want to live on one!
Then the day after that we saw Fort McHenry. It was a-maze-ing! It looked so peaceful, but on the night the Star Spangled Banner was written it was anything but that. There we got to participate in the changing of the flag ceremony, where we took one flag down, helped fold it, and put a new one up.
Sorry for a lengthy post, I hope you enjoyed these photos of my vacation and what I did. Thank you for reading, and please leave questions and comments below.
This is just a fun and silly story that I made up. Enjoy!
This is the story of how Sam came to love art.
One day, Samantha (Sam for short ) was bored. Sam was sitting on the window sill and staring out the window. She noticed the beautiful landscape and thought, “I wish I could draw that.”
So, Sam got out her mother’s paint supplies, and with permission from her Grandmary, she started painting. She was surprised at how natural it felt; and how good she was at it. Now, every time she can, she paints. And that is how Sam came to love art.
Now it’s your turn to be an artist! Send me your favorite art picture you have drawn, and I will put them on my blog.