This was our bedroom for 5 nights and 5 glorious mornings!!! I like to sleep with the blinds open so I can see the sunrise or sunshine in , it's a lovely thing to wake up too!!!! I do not know why I only do this on vacation!!!!I would sit out on our balcony and stare at the gulf of Mexico below!!!!
Miss C wasn't so keen of the gulf, she liked it WAY more then the Pacific ocean though, maybe because the gulf temperature was 84-86 everyday!!!!!By the last day though she loved it!!!!!
We went to the BEACH often, as she would scream--BEEEEE every time she saw it out the window or out on the balcony!!!!We collected more seashells then I'll ever know what to do with!!!
She knew exactly which sea shell she wanted, I would point out a medium size one and she almost always picked up the smallest ones!!!!
back from the beach, look at that sandy little bum!!!!!
Aunt Stacie and Grand dude came along too!!!!
We met Dad and Diane(my in-laws) for dinner in downtown St. Petersburg, first we went to the Pier but settled here at this British Tavern/restaurant!!! Guess what!!!! I ate Shepherds Pie!!!! It was made with Beef so I decided to give it a try and it was soooo GOOD!!!!!!!
The restaurants at the Pier didn't look so inviting!!! The fine dining place was completely empty so we took that as it must not be all that good or terrible expensive, anyways we decided to try somewhere else!!!!
An awesome sunset pic!!!!!That's me, my daughter Corie and Camdyn, my daughter Stacie and my Mother-in-law Diane.
My Mother-in-law gave me a wonderful Disney charm bracelet!!! She knows how much we love anything Disney!!!!Thank you so much for that!!!! I love it!!!!!
Great Grandpa and Grandma with Camdyn
The next day we decided to head over to the Don Cesar Hotel, isn't this a lovely pink Hotel????
The back view!!!!
Miss Camdyn in her darling pink ice-cream bathing suit!!!!!
After going to Sloppy Joe's in Key West to get a drink and visit the famous bathroom(I'll tell you about that another story)we decided to go to Sloppy Joe's here on Treasure Island!!!!It was right on the gulf and the food was so good!!!
Camdyn in her new sunglasses
back at the pool!!! Our place had an adult pool and a kid friendly pool, seperated from each other, so Miss C could walk right into the beach entry pool and we were more at ease knowing she could come and go as she wanted to!!!! And she played in that pool for hours and hours everyday!!!! We would love to get her -her own little kiddie pool now!!!!! Hmmmmm......the next project maybe????
just chillin in the baby pool!!!!
back to the beach again!!!!!
Friday afternoon, Stacie's friend Sheri came out to visit us and the girls had tickets to go to the New York Yankee versus the Tampa Bay Rays game, so I decided to go along and just get any ticket I could!!!!!It was alot of fun, although the Yankee's lost!!!!
Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter!!!!! I will tell you my Derek Jeter brush with fame story another time!!!!!
The New York Yankee Dugout!!!!! Can you see Derek Jeter????
After the game!!!!
We decided to drive down to Sarasota and eat at one of the places the Man Versus food guy ate at when in town!!!!The Old Salty Dog!!!! Famous for their fried hot dogs!!!! Chuck had one, he said it was good!!!
Then we went over to the Ca' d Zan, it was the winter home of John and Mabel Ringling. Their 2 museums and Art Museum and their mansion is here!!!! It is amazing!!!! Only Stacie and I took the tour, and we did it in about 2-3 hours, really you could spend all day here. It is so fun and so much to see. The museum had their private railroad car they traveled in during their circus days, as well as costumes and alot of the stuff they used in the circus days, like the truck mounted with a cannon used to shoot men out of it!!!!!
The beautiful pond and some of the moss draped oak trees!!!!
The house, the Ca' d Zan which in Italian means "house of John" was constructed in 1924 at a cost of $1.5 million. It is 36,000 square feet, they wanted a home that reminded them of their favorite destinations in Venice.
The back view and it's expansive marble terrace that sits on Sarasota Bay. Those 5 arch doors are the living room of the home.
Stacie and Miss C!!!! The rest of the family walked around the massive grounds and then headed out to a local gelatto shop!!!!
Alot of the statues on the property were of lions, angels and ladies. Miss C sitting in one of the many lion chairs!!!!
The ceiling in the ball room.
The living room
family beach photos!!!
I need to photo shop C.J. in there!!!!! He is busy with Law school and could not join us!!!
Running for her Auntie Stacie!!!!!
Miss C and I got up early on our last day here to head to the beach one last time!!! Mimi had her coffee at the beach and Miss C used it for her sand pail!!!!!
look at all those sea shells!!!!
I'm not afraid of the surf anymore!!!!!!
We finished our last day at Rain Forest cafe, as the day we were suppose to go there , we got soaking WET from the rain and we had to go home to change. More on that to come!!!!
hmmm... what do I want to eat???? We are tired of restaurant food!!!!!
Mommy and Camdyn looking at the Gorillas at the cafe!!!!
and the awesome aquarium!!!!!
One more HOO-HOO ride!!!!!
Saying good-bye. I cried, Corie cried and Stacie cried!!!! I always cry!!!! She will be home in December, but it still is hard saying good bye to her.
I will post about our first 4 days later, I caught the bug that Chuck caught on vacation.