|Hunter, Ronin, and Drayken seeing our home away from home for the first time.|
|"Look at the flat screen!"|
|"This cool bed, Mom!"|
|Patiently waiting for her hair wrap.|
|It says "Ronin" and ends in a high heel charm. Perfection :)|
|He wasn't actually that miserable while waiting for his.|
|Little Jackie Sparrow had to have a hair wrap just like his dad's.|
3. The beach. It's no secret that I am in love with the beach. I didn't know this about myself until about 12 years ago. I treated myself to a special trip to California to visit a dear friend who had (gasp) dropped out of college to do his dream job working for a video game company on the West coast and left me behind here in Middle Tennessee. While I was there, we visited the ocean. I believe that I might like the ocean out there better than the one over here near me but who can be choosy? I had been to the ocean once when I was three and another time when I was 15. But it was not until the year 2001 that I learned how much I loved it. And I still do. I crave it. I don't like the sun. But I love the sea, the sand, the waves, the breeze. It's heavenly to me and I am thrilled to be able to visit the beach more frequently. The kids aren't as crazy for the beach as I am but that's okay... they'll come around.
|They rented a metal detector so that they could look for treasure.|
|How did I end up with three blondies who look so natural on the beach?|
|Chasing some kind of bird.|
|A "bunny" that just sat on the sidewalk while another lady and I photographed it.|
|Our first encounter with a crab.|
5. The Pool. The kids loved the pool. LOVED the pool. And they stayed in it as long as they could. Twice while we were there they participated in water slide contests. Hunter won both times!
|At the top of the enormous water slide.|
|The pirate ship play area next to the water slide.|
|Checking out his prizes after he won in the water slide contest the second time.|
|Big Bad miniature golf players.|
|Playing Bingo in Community Hall.|
|Sister trying out the bow and arrows at archery class.|
|I love this one!|
|Preschool Pirate Treasure Hunt in the lobby.|
7. Cool gift shop. Hunter and Drayken both bought Jack Sparrow pistols in the gift shop at the resort and Ronin got herself her first teen magazine. Which she proceeded to read from cover to cover.
|"Hey, let's randomly stop and shoot... and keep reading this magazine while walking."|
9. A Sufficient Farewell. My sweet girl had such a great time that she didn't want to leave the resort. The night before we were to leave, she cried and cried and cried. To help her deal with these emotions, I suggested a ceremonious goodbye. First we prayed together. Then we gathered pennies. We headed to the ocean where we quietly tossed our pennies into the waves while wishing to one day return. Then we did this:
|It says, "Ronin will be back."|
Stay tuned for highlights from Legoland and our short but sweet stay on the island of Captiva!
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