Friday, August 21, 2009

Naples, Florida Vacation

Because I my husband SO much, and because you only turn 30 once, I decided to plan a big vacation, and better yet, it was a complete SURPRISE. :)
He didn't know where we were going until we got there. "there" was Naples, Florida...and let me tell you, Naples, Florida is where it's at! I had SO much was by and large my most favorite vacation (in the states).

We had so much fun just relaxing and enjoying the beautiful creation where land meets water...very unlike our landlocked state of Oklahoma.

This is Parker being silly. He was so sweet to allow us to stay at his home that he grew up in, and he also spent one of the days Lobstering. He caught 15 big horned lobsters...and we ate them (no, not all of them) that night! We also had some steak kabobs and mashed potatoes...a true Surf 'n' Turf that didn't cost much :)
My husband gets burned easily. To say he was in pain was a true understatement and at one point I thought I was going to have to take him to the ER for sun poisoning or something. So that kinda hindered our plans the next day, but it's okay. We had a very very lazy Sunday mostly inside. :)
We swam with (or nearby) dolphins, spotted eagle rays, and tons of other sea life almost EVERY day we were there. It was just absolutely beautiful!
Jeff's big catch. He actually caught a lot of fish but they kept breaking the line or the hooks...which means, yes, they were HUGE fish! He also caught some other fish and had it up but Parker let it slip out of hands and into the water before I got a picture...
I never caught a big one, but I wasn't concerned too much with that. Once I caught these three bait fish I was quite happy and decided sunbathing was more my thing. We were so far out on the water that I couldn't see land in any direction for MILES. It was awesome.
This is Parker and Jeff fishing from shore...
I mean really...I miss this.

Oh yes, this is me trying really hard to cast a net that was way too big and way to heavy for me, especially since I have no experience in net casting. I wasn't at all successful my first or second time, and only partially on my third. I didn't catch any fish. Jeff and Parker caught some each time they threw it. But oh well.
That is what it's suppose to look like apparently.
I pretty much LOVE foot prints in the's my favorite.
next to writing in the sand and picking up shells. I wrote all kinds of things in the sand. And I found all kinds of beautiful shells. We also found millions of live sand dollars and starfish and we played with them and held them for hours one day. It was crazy. They were absolutely everywhere.
This was like less than a quarter-mile from Parker's house (actually his parents). Isn't it beautiful. We were so blessed to be there and so refreshed. It was so good to be on vacation! I loved every minute of it.


Dalene said...


jeff said...

I do love my wife... Thanks again for an awesome vacation!! We're totally doing it again!! ;)

khowze said...

Sounds like a blast and looks so beautiful. Glad you had a good trip!

April said...

What a wonderful wife you are! I am glad you guys had such a great time!