This year the entire Jerry Gutwein family headed to Florida to spend our Christmas at Mark and Tricia's place rather then coming this way to Indiana like they usually do. Our plans were to leave Friday around 2pm and drive as far as we could and arrive in Sarasota on Saturday. Thursday night we packed up the van so it was ready for when Nick got off work on Friday. However, while Nick was putting air in the tires, I told the boys that I bet if we pleaded with Dad that he would leave tonight yet:). When Nick came in from the garage, Elijah got down on his hands and knees in front of Nick and pleaded and pleaded to leave tonight. Then Caden and Liam did the same. Before long, they were begging. Nick hadn't said "no" yet so the boys kept pursing. Within 30 minutes, I was on the phone to Tricia making sure if we left now it was ok to arrive on Friday in Florida?? With the OK from Tricia the boys were excited and ready to go. We left our driveway Thursday night at 9:30pm!!! Arrived in Sarasota, FL at 3:30pm!! A whole day sooner!! On saturday we hit up the beach because we weren't sure if we would have the chance to get back there. Kids sure enjoyed it!
On Friday it was a whopping 53 degrees!! Granted the sun was partially shinning(once every hour or so) but it was COLD!! We drove to another park where it was more walking and less playing, but none the less the kids climbed tree's and made the most of the day. Pretty cool Banyan Tree's at this park.
Finding a few shells along the beach at this park.
Then after the park we decided to take the kids back to Sun n Fun for some more play time. NO swimming allowed:).
Our original plans were to leave on Sunday morning for home. After hearing we were going to be getting a major snow storm on Sunday in Indiana we decided to make Friday night our last night and head out Saturday morning at 6am to beat the storm.
Our last night in Florida we went to Olive Garden for dinner. Kind of a way to celebrate Joy's birthday which was January 3rd. I have to laugh at this picture because me and my dad are wide mouth and working on our soup while Ellie is wide mouth with a smile and happy to eat her pasta!!