S: Indian Shores 2011
FC: Indian Shores Beach, Florida May 21-28 2011
1: May 20th- We left the house at 7 in the evening, right on time! By Lexington, Evan was saying "go ome", "go bed", "dat way", pointing behind him. Needless to say, it was a long night. We would stop to get out of the car and walk around at gas station parking lots in the middle of the night! Evan slept some from 11pm-1am and after that only about two more 45 minute naps. Despite his misery and confusion, he was such a good little sport. We just felt so badly for him and did the best we could to make it bearable. We even stopped at a Georgia gas station around 6:00 am to buy him a truck! Luckily they had a little red Georgia Bulldogs truck! A magna-doodle, a lollipop...one treat at a time to get us there! | One of our last stops was at a Cracker Barrel in southern Georgia for breakfast at 7:15 am There, we sat on the floor of the store, playing with cars and trucks! We were probably quite a sight sitting on the floor with our little guy who was going on very little sleep! Despite this, he had fun! At 9:00 we were on the road again and arrived at our final destination of Indian Shores, Florida at 1:00 pm on Saturday, May 21st! Whew! After a total of 6 stops, 3 and a half hours sleep for Evan, about an hour for Dad, and about 45 minutes for Mom, we were so happy to see The Chateaux condo! Ready for our first family vacation!
2: As soon as we arrived, we stepped out of the car and walked straight onto the beach! | Rubbing his sleepy eyes with his first experience of blinding white sand, Evan walked with us toward the rolling waves!
3: Evan's First Beach Experience!
4: Upon arriving, we ate lunch at Jotos Pizza. We then settled in at the condo, changed into our swimsuits, and headed out to the beach that evening. As exhausted as we were, the beach was calling our name!
5: Evan loved the ocean! | He would squeal with delight each time a wave rolled in! The water felt great and we felt such relief to finally have sand between our toes!
6: Beach Boy!
7: Sand Play! | The "big sand box" was even more exciting than Evan had imagined! | May 21, 2011
8: First full day at the beach! May 22, 2011
9: After dinner, we found a "paygound"! | Waterfront dinner at The Pub!
10: May 23, 2011
11: Another beautiful day at Indian Shores! We enjoyed the beach and pool again! With his arms swinging, Evan's favorite thing was walking up and down the beach (in front of Mom and Dad of course) checking out the sights! That evening, we went back to the beach! Evan found a huge sand hole to sit in!
12: We had such a fun evening on the beach! Evan could not get enough of the sand and loved having his toes buried in it! At one point, he pretended to eat the sand. Seconds later, he grabbed a handful, looked at it, and...
13: Wonder what this tastes like?
17: May 23, 2011
20: 1. get water from the ocean 2. pour water in the sand 3. scoop the sand 4. dump the sand 5. repeat | May 24, 2011
21: A fun dinner at PJ's and then we walked the pier!
22: May 25, 201 1
23: Icecream and Sunset...life is good!
24: Shoulder ride! | Beach Baby! | Burying Toes! | Pool snack! | May 26, 201 1
25: Frenchys Restaurant, Pier 60, Clearwater Marina
26: Our first family vacation...a full week of perfect weather! Our last day...the beach, the pool, a good afternoon snooze, preparing to say goodbye to this paradise. | May 27, 2011
27: Evan and the alligator at Crabby Bills! | Icecream, you scream... | One last roll in the sand! | What a fun time its been!
28: o n e | l a s t | s u n | s e t
29: Until next time... | “Our memories of the ocean will linger on, long after our footprints in the sand are gone.” --Anonymous