This is the official post of our first vacation together. We've been dreaming of this for months now and planning for almost as long. Last year our vacation was a week moving/settling into our new house. This was our first real vacation, traveling out of the state, all together.
We left last Saturday morning, and headed for the airport.
Arrived at the airport, two hours prior to departure. Made it through security like a breeze which I was worried about with 2 kiddos, but it went very well. Once we got to the gate they could not sit still looking out the window waiting for the plane. When it was time to board they looked into the cockpit and said hello to the pilots. Prior to this day, I checked out a few books about planes and airports at the library so they would know a little bit about the basics of a plane.
We found our seats and the kids had the biggest smiles on their faces, sitting by the window waiting and waiting for take off.
The plane ride was a breeze.
They each got new backpacks (we told them they were their carry ons) for the plane. The night before our flight, I filled their bags full of goodies. Suckers, swedish fish, gum, mentos, all things that require chewing to prevent their ears from hurting. Growing up, my ears would always bother me so I wanted to be prepared. My ritual for a plane ride is mentos and gum and to chew chew chew as we take off and land, it helps the ears tremendously. I also put a new book, and a new toy in their bag. They couldn't open it until we got in the air. Both of them were so distracted by just simply taking off, they didn't open their goodies until mid-flight.
To be honest, I was worried the kids were going to flip out and be scared on the plane. They were the complete opposite of scared. They LOVED it!
This was our cab driver from the airport to the condo. She was writing, and texting while driving on the highway!!! Kev and I were like, good lord I hope we make it alive. Crazy!
We went to Fort Myers Beach just about every single day. To be exact, 7 out of 8 days we did. It was the best. We found massive sea shells, sand dollars, and made some pretty sweet sand castles. We bought the kids their own sand bucket bags for $10 a piece at Walmart. Best purchase ever, they used them pretty much everyday at the beach.