Weekend WrapUp {Spring Break Edition}

We had SO MUCH FUN over Spring Break! In the beginning of the week the Littles stayed with their grandparents, and the Teens hung out with friends. Then we went to Busch Gardens, and then Clearwater Beach. Tim's friend Brendon came with us. We had a blast, and I have tons of pics!


Elayna and Zoe (from Busch Gardens' new Sesame Street Safari!)

We went to Timbuktu!

This gorilla was amazing.
He was so expressive and human-like.
He was posing for the cameras!

My kids are clowns....
Andrew was pretending to eat bugs off of the monkey in front of him.

Elayna fit right in with the chimps!

This chimp was amazing too.
He would sit and stare at the waterfall, seeming to be deep in thought.

Monkeying around again....

While we were eating lunch,
this mama duck led her babies right by our table!

Elephants are so darned cute!

I can't remember what kind of bird this was.
But he was very neat-looking!

sleeping bird

that may or may not be me on the carousel with the Littles...

Shelbie, Andrew and Elayna acting goofy by the giant butterfly

Elayna and Andrew, "flying"

And now we move on to Clearwater Beach!

They had a huge fun area set up for the kids to play on....
which cost us an arm and 2 or 3 legs....

Andrew running along the shore
{with Elayna playing in the sand in the foreground}

the Pier

Tim, helping Andrew build a sand castle

Elayna, sunburningbathing

All four of my kiddos....and I didn't even have to pay them to pose for me!

....and this is how the trip ended. Exhausted, happy kids. WIN!

**Between vacation and moving, I'm so behind on my blog reading & commenting. As much as I want to catch up, it's just not possible! But I promise I'll be back around ASAP!**


Astaryth said...

Just declare 'Blog Bankruptcy' and to on from that point. If you go back and try to 'catch up' and they keep posting and you keep trying to catch up.... It's just too much stress. Get moved, get settled and then click the 'mark all read' button on your RSS reader. Your stress level will thank you ;)

Natalie | The Bobby Pin said...

Looks like an amazing vacation!

Yeah, that is what the "mark all as read" button is for on Google Reader! I'm always worried I might miss something though!

Tammie said...

so glad you had a nice vacation.

and yes, happy exhausted kids are wonderful!

blueviolet said...

It really truly looks like a wonderful vacation! I love the little family of ducks.

The photo of the kids from the back is frameworthy!

Manic Mother said...

Wow I wish our spring break was that exciting! They really had all that set up on the beach???

diane rene said...

what a great vacation! looks like lots of fun, wanna adopt me?

Megan said...

Aww I love all those pics. Especially those last two. They just sum up a whole vacation!

Happy Monday!

Unknown Mami said...

It looks like you guys had a blast.

I say you don't worry about catching up. Just clear your reader out and start over. Remember it's supposed to be fun, not a chore.

Tara R. said...

Take a vacation from the Reader too.. MAAR is your friend. There's no law that says you have to actually read every post!

Love the turtle and monkey shots. Looks like you all had a fabulous time!

Anonymous said...

Looks like a fabulous spring break. Are you exhausted now???

Danielle said...

Oh gosh! What a wonderful Spring Break you all had.

We've been to Clearwater several times. I love it there. They never had a cool set up like that though!

Heather said...

OMG, it looks like you guys had SO MUCH fun! It sounds like you had a wonderful spring break, and even moving wasn't too bad!


♥ Kathy said...

I'm behind on my reading too but I'm trying to catch up :) I loved all your pictures but the duck family was my favorite lol It looks like y'all had lots of fun!

Myya said...

What a fun time!!! That beach looked beautiful! Ahhh how I can't wait for some consistant nice weather here!

Mrs4444 said...

These pics are AWESOME! I love the photo catch-up post. Hope the moving stuff is going well. I'm glad you had some downtime to gear up for the stress :)

Your kids are adorable.

4 Lettre Words said...

What fun! Love that set-up on the beach.

Kelly said...

So glad you had a great time!! I can't pick out my favorite pic.. they are all so good!

Jenners said...

We've done this exact same vacation and have some of the exact same photos! (The gorilla grooming one! )

The new Sesame Street area wasn't open when we were there in January ... bummer.

And it wasn't warm enough to go in the water at Clearwater Beach.

Looks like you all had a great time!

debi9kids said...

It looks like you had a wonderful spring break! GREAT photos!
I esp LOVE the 4 kids holding hands. so sweet :)

Alexis AKA MOM said...

Wow that looks like so much fun!! I love the spring break in the sand. And oh my gosh that is my favorite of them holding hands! Ok a toss between that and him eating bugs out of the monkey's hairs ... lol

What a fun post!!

cat said...

That is the most beautiful carousel. I also have way too many pics from the holiday.

April said...

Sure looks like y'all made some great memories! Glad you had a fun time! Love your pictures!

Tiaras said...

looks like you had one fantastic vacation! lucky you! I hope you relaxed!

shortmama said...

Looks like lots of fun! I will have to go to both places next time Im in St Pete visiting my family!

Just Breathe said...

I love all the pictures. Bush Gardens is so much fun, haven't been in several years. I love Clearwater Beach I always go there when I visit my family in Palm Harbor. Looks like a great time.

Honey Mommy said...

Holy Cow that looks like fun!

I love that you wrote Spring Break 2010 in the sand! Now that's planning for posting!

Liz (Loving Mom 2 Boys) said...

That looks like an amazing vacation!! Bush Gardens looks like so much fun!!! What a great trip!!

And I totally understand the falling behind while moving thing!!

Twisted Fencepost said...

Looks like ya'll had a great time.
I haven't been to the beach for several years and I am yearning to go this year