This year the winter has been extra cold and long. So when the opportunity comes along to visit somewhere warm, you take it. We had to take the girls out of school for a bit but it was worth it. They learned other things that are important, like how to swim underwater like a mermaid . . .
how not to be afraid to jump in . . .
that sea turtles shoot saltwater out their nose when they eat . . .
what it feels like to feed and touch a stingray . . .
how to steer a pontoon boat . . .
that cypress swamps are cool and creepy . . .
that raccoons should be named Ruffus . . .
how it feels to walk barefoot on the beach . . .
and that in some places the simple act of the setting sun receives applause.
It was an awesome time away with family.