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Spring break

I just wanted to share some fun things we did on the girls’ spring break. They arrived on the 18th with their mom and left today Sunday, March 25th. It has been a rather quiet day. No nana, nana, nana….earily quiet! I actually miss them. We packed a lot in! Swimming always seems to be the biggest hit…before breakfast, after breakfast, they would swim during breakfast if they could!!

Every morning Savannah woke me up to play Go Fish…by the end of the trip papa had taught her to play Crazy 8’s.

We had a great adventure one night on the golf carts. Steve had Savvy, Max and I had Lilah. Our cart was going particularly slow…that’s because it was running out of juice…and then it died. Papa took Lilah while Max and I waited for a quick cart exchange. Towards the end of our adventure papa’s cart started slowing down and it died too. We were pretty close to the clubhouse so we left his at the water station and he hopped on the back of ours. He was giving me a lot of orders from the back of the cart…I slowed down and told him this one was dying too…he jumped off and said he would walk. We took off full throttle…lol..there was nothing wrong with my cart…I was just tired of listening to him…is that bad? LOL

I planed a little one on one with each of the girls. Savannah chose the bookstore where she picked out her first chapter book; Anne of Green Gables. We got it on Tuesday and she was done by Saturday. She wanted to read anytime she wasn’t swimming. We now have a rather big goal…when she gets through the entire series of books, I promised her a trip (just the 2 of us) to PEI to visit the home of Anne of Green Gables. Savvy and I had a lot of fun speaking like Anne throughout the week. We determined we were ‘kindred spirits’ things were ‘perfectly horrifying’ and we started nic-naming trees and parks just like Anne does in her book.

My date with Lilah was a morning at the Naples Zoo. She fed the giraffe and we rode a camel too. It was a perfect morning to go..not too hot and not too cold. The animals all seemed to be up and about so we saw them in action. Often times we have gone to the zoo to watch them all nap. LOL

Her visit to the zoo ended with a trip through the gift store where she picked out something for herself and her sister. I love this zoo for any age group. It is small enough for Lilah (4)  to comfortably walk around without having to worry about a stroller. They offer daily shows where they feature different zoo animals…they really makelearningg a lot of fun!

We all did a trip to Build a Bear. The girls love picking out their bears and dressing them. We have done this a few times. It isn’t cheap let me tell ya! 2 animals came to $130 plus the shipping home as they wouldn’t fit in their carry on….not to mention the tears when they found out there was no room! EESH!

Friday night was dinner and dancing at our club. The girls were looking forward to it all week. Every time they come for a visit they love the Friday night dances.  Lilah, of course, made friends with every little child there and was the life of the party. She just itches to get up on that stage! I wonder who she gets that from? LOL  Savvy is a bit more reserved. She danced a bit but then didn’t know ‘which of her moves she should do’ so she sat out for a while with papa. Melt my heart.

Sea-dooing is an absolute must ‘doo’ with the kids…young and old! Steve and I go out every chance we get. Sweetwater Lifestyles and Adventures on Bonita Beach Rd is a great place to rent skis. The tour guides always take us on fantastic tours of the backwater and if the Gulf is calm enough we can have some fun jumping each others wakes. It is always a thrill to see the dolphins….I never get tired of seeing them. They always make me smile….this week was no exception. We had a couple of dolphins put on a fantastic show for us on the Gulf. They were jumping high out of the water right in front of our skis!

Boating is another family favourite. We love touring the backwaters and finding a beach to park on. We were lucky enough to get the 2 story pontoon boat with a slide from the second story of the boat that catapults you into the water. As soon as we got to the beach we must have had 8 other children on our boat playing on the slide with the girls. It was a lot of fun for everyone. A few weeks ago we were out on the same boat with some of our friends…age, slides and fun…doesn’t matter. We had such a good time.

The girls even got to see a Manatee up close for the first time. There were a few cool days and the Manatees love the warmer water. This photo was taken right out front of Sweetwater HO at Back Water Jacks and marina. They really are gentle giants.

Like I said…. I miss them already. I am already counting the days till I see them again. This season is winding down for us…we will be home towards the end of April….unless the Cdn weather really sucks…lol…then I might stick around a bit longer….sorry girls.

What do you do with your grandchildren when they come down? I would love to hear about it and hopefully try some new adventures on their next visit.

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    Betty King
    March 27, 2018 at 6:32 pm

    Check out the following: Sun N Fun Lagoon on Livingston in Naples. Golisano Children’s Meuseum also on Livingston in Naples and the Manatee Park in Fort Myers. xx BS

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      Marion
      March 28, 2018 at 4:09 pm

      Betty…thanks so much for the suggestions!! I will for sure look into these. I will add to that blog as I get more fun places to visit with the little ones! I just heard about the Sun N Fun Lagoon the day before the girls left. Too bad, I would have loved to take them. We like to take the girls over to the Hyatt on Coconut Point Rd. They built an amazing lazy river and water slide park. You DO have to be a guest to use the pool…but we just rent the cheapest room we can for the night/without staying there. It is still cheaper than a family day at a Disney water park…and it’s right around the corner:)
      Thank you for always supporting my blogging adventure. Your kind words are always very motivating for me to keep plugging away at this. Still, lots to learn!

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    Maria
    March 27, 2018 at 8:29 pm

    Aw. What fun adventures! My mom loves being with her Grandchildren, it always brightens her day. She could be with them all day, and it’s perfect because it give us parents some “down time” 😂.

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      Marion
      March 28, 2018 at 4:02 pm

      Hello Maria. I am seriously crazy for my girlies!!! They make my heart grow every time I am with them. Just as nothing can prepare you for the unconditional love you feel when you have your own children…nothing can prepare you for being a grandparent. It is the most wonderful feeling in the world. The girls love having a bath when we are at the Corner House. It is a tub from the 70’s or 80’s…you know the step up corner tub that takes up half the floor space in your bathroom? Anyways…the girls are in the tub and nana is having a glass of wine..lol..when Savannah asks me “how come nana, when we are at your house you let us stay in the tub for as long as we want but mommy always rushes us”? “well Savannah” I said….”mommy has a life, a very busy life filled with work, homework, making lunches and doing your laundry..Nana’s world stops when you get here, you can stay in the tub 5 minutes or 5 hours…makes zero difference to me”. I’ll just watch you and drink my wine! LOL

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    Mary Lynn
    March 31, 2018 at 2:38 pm

    Wow looks like you had a busy week with the girls….how special.
    I just got back from taking my little granddaughter to San Francisco, so much fun.
    We did the Ice Cream Museum and of course American Girl plus swimming and hot tub…..agree nothing like grandchildren…all the patience we never had with our own kids.

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      Marion
      April 1, 2018 at 1:08 pm

      Sounds amazing ML! I find that it isn’t so much the patients as much as the time we have for them. I am sure you agree with me, when the kids come over they can take 5 minutes in the tub or 5 hours. Thier visits are all about them. We don’t have to worry about getting the laundry done, homework done, making lunches, etc. All the stuff the parents have to worry about!! It’s the best part about being a nana!!! xo. Having a lovely day ML and as always thank you for supporting my blog and making your comments. I always love to read them!

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    Donna Lauber
    March 31, 2018 at 3:25 pm

    These are very precious memories, especially whe those little darlings are old enough to appreciate a very YOUNG Nana. xo Donna Dynamite

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      Marion
      April 1, 2018 at 1:09 pm

      hahah….Oh Donna!! You are the best. It is pretty nice being a fairly young nana. It makes being hands-on and keeping up with them so much easier. Thanks for checking out my blog. You are the best!!! oxoxooxxox

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