We've been back from our vacation for a week, and I just now have enough energy to write about it. It was both relaxing and exhausting at the same time. One thing is for sure, we had a great time and made some fantastic memories. Matt and Hayden fished every single day. They caught sting rays, sharks, catfish, sheepshead, and a black drum. Hayden had a fish identification card that he carried around with him the entire week. Some nights he even slept with it. Every other word out of his mouth was about fish, which was cute the first three days but by day five, well, let's just say a nod of my head was about all he could get out of me. Josie liked the beach, but she still would much prefer to play dress up and play teacher in the house. She was a little disappointed because we did not bring any of her dress up clothes, so on Wednesday we went into town and bought her a Cinderella costume because she had been so agreeable all week. Every morning was spent drinking coffee and each evening was spent sitting on our deck tossing bread to sea gulls. During the day we floated in the warm waters of the gulf and searched for shells to bring home as momentos. I've never seen so many crabs, sand dollars, sand fleas, and periwinkles. The beach was gorgeous, but so different than the East coast. It looked like the beach was plopped down in the middle of a forest. We not only had palm trees in our back yard but pine trees as well. It was unlike anything I could have imagined. I think next year we will head South, maybe the Keys. Hayden and Josie would love to go snorkling, Matt would love the fishing, and I would love the scenery.