We got to Florida on Saturday and had such a wonderful week with my family. Everybody was able to come. Debbie, Carsten and Maxx flew in from Stockholm; LeeAnn, Nolan and Tory flew in from Milwaukee; so did Gary, Renata, Lukas and Luisa.
I took a run on Sunday down to Fort Myers Beach. I ran across the San Carlos bridge and the view was beautiful. I guess it was about 6-7 miles.
pier down on Fort Myers Beach
We had a great time swimming!
Daddy and Sammie - all smiles after a dip in Grandma and Grandpa's pool
basking in the sun
One day we went out to visit Santa. Nolan and Tory were good sports to come along!
We had to do our "Christmas Eve" early because LeeAnn, Nolan and Tory had to go back home early. We took some family photos first...
yummy new gift
Maxx loves Samantha's xylophone!
playing with the toys the morning after - they rock!
I went for another long run the next day. I decided that I would try running over the bridge to Sanibel. It was beautiful. I was wondering though why I wasn't seeing more runners along the way! It wasn't until the way back that I saw the no pedestrians sign! Whoops! I'm glad I got to do it once though.
top of the big bridge on the way over to Sanibel
On Christmas Eve we had such wonderful weather so we took Samantha over to Sanibel to play in the sand a little bit. She loved it. It was funny...she tried and tried to get the sand in her mouth. It was so fine that at first it was just flowing through her fingers. Then as her hands got a little wet she was successful in getting it into her mouth...and a LOT of it!
We drove home the whole way on Christmas Day. Samantha was such a trooper in the car. She ate and slept so well. Thank goodness!
My first Christmas...in a car