Here is Thijs napping in the car on while still in Minnesota. We opted to go through southern Minnesota and St. Louis, MO instead of going through Wisconsin and all of Illinois. We spend enough time driving that direction and for the few extra minutes we got a change of scenery. John and I managed to sleep a few hours of sleep in the car during the overnight. I got to avoid driving through the construction around Nashville, TN. The kids woke up around 6:30 am.
After sleeping in the car, we were ready for some breakfast. If you are going to be in the South for breakfast, you have to stop at Waffle House. We had the quintessential Southern waitress. She called us "honey" and "baby" all through the meal. Lizzy loves sweet breakfast and so gobbled up her food. Thijs opted for the chocolate chip waffles like any good kid would. When we got back on the road, the sun was up and we could see how green everything was. SPRING!
Of course we had to stop at the Florida Welcome Center to get our free glass of orange juice. The day before Thijs had drawn this wonderful picture at preschool of the house in the Florida with sand and water in the background. He had also written the word FLORIDA across the top. Here he is in Florida with his Florida picture.
We made it to St. George Island around 3pm. The house wasn't quite ready so we stopped for ice cream.
In short order, we were on the beach playing in the sand. Both Thijs and Lizzy seemed to really enjoy this outside time to explore. Lizzy is more of an on the go girl and so she mostly just walked around in the sand. Thijs was ready to excavate and build.
Sunrise on Tuesday morning…again what a wonderful view.
Our guide, Captain Rudy, graciously cleaned all of our catch! While we were waiting Thijs and his aunties pretended they were fish.
Lizzy and her Aunt Leeny playing on the couch together.