Save the Sea Cow
Our recap of our beach vacation way back in March continues! For those of you just joining us – here’s what you need to know…staying with long time friends, three toddler boys, one newly pregnant gal, lots of beach time and even more goldfish crackers. Here’s part 1 if you are interested in more details.
But goldfish weren’t our aquatic animal of choice on this day – we hit up Fort Pierce and the famous Manatee center. Bring on the sea cows!
Under some great recommendations from you guys, we decided to take the tots to the Manatee Center. It is a really tiny facility. Super small. And it only cost a dollar. So it was perfect for us. The kids couldn’t run far
They didn’t have a whole lot to see. Apparently most of the hype is about the manatees…which didn’t actually make an appearance that day. We did see this weird sea creature though…
Shortly after discovering that the sea cows weren’t to be seen, we decided to see the boats that were just down the street.
We were just wandering around…which is kinda one of my favorite ways to vacation.
Fun fact - Jeremy hates when I take random photos of him like this…he doesn’t get it. Why I would want to capture him not smiling or even looking at the camera. Wearing a baseball cap and a bathing suit and doing absolutely nothing of noteworthiness. He doesn’t get that he is note-worthy. just him being himself is noteworthy.
Oh wait – we did see one manatee
Here’s one of my favorite photos from the trip…it is just so different than what I normally have. A little creative cropping and an older faded editing changes things completely for me. It never hurts to have a great backdrop and your baby kissing you either
I’d like to interject here (do I have to ask to interupt myself?) and tell you about how much I appreciate Will after this trip. I never thought about it before. Never thought that spending time on a vacation would change my view of what kinda little boy I have in my life. Never thought that I would be the kind of mom that sees the flaws before the virtues. But after this trip, after being with different boys (not bad ones, just different ones)…I viewed him with a little more love…I grew to cherish him. I appreciated him SOOO much.
Is he willfull? Oh yeah…lives up to his name. Is he terrible and disobedient? Frequently and consistently. Is he happy and independent and adventurous and loving? More than I can handle at times. And that is good enough for me.
After not seeing the manatees, we hit the South Causeway beach…it actually was perfect because there were very few small waves…not much current and shallow waters for the kids. Not until a few feet deep was some seaweed so we had a natural barrier to keep the kids in check.
Will was so into this beach and besides some nearby smokers, (I get sinus trouble from it) it was really really pleasant.
Will just liked to splash and scoop and throw…totally normal stuff.
Silas was a little more independent that day while Noah was curled up in Austin’s arms most of the time. Poor kid wasn’t feelin it.
It’s funny how different Will looks to me just a few months later. His teeth straightened out (probably because we retired the paci that month) and his haircut makes him look so much older. And he’s longer now too…everything about him went through a growth spurt.
That night we went to Conchy Joe’s. We had a really late start…so yeah…the kids weren’t happy. And I am so stinking stubborn that once we actually get ready, get in the car, make it to the restaurant and put our name on the list…I don’t care if the wait is two hours…we are eating there. I’m sure Austin and Luke wanted to kill me.
The kids hung out in the parking lot with the portable DVD player.
And we watched the fish that swam nearby…very cool during the day I bet!
It wasn’t the best dining experience just due to the three cranky toddlers…but overall – good food and a good server. We all liked the diverse bread basket that they served before the meal (especially the banana bread)…and let’s just say that my virgin pina colada was inhaled by a certain little boy. It was good. I also think it would be great for little ones – mostly because of the live music…live music covers a plethora of toddler sins
Overall – totally fun day. Definitely worth repeating (hint hint Austin & Luke!). And we have more to share – so stay tuned…