Marco Island & The Everglades / Family vacation 2012

In early December we had the opportunity to take our family to Marco Island. I had booked a wedding in Sarasota earlier in the year, and since my brother lives so close to that area, we decided to take the kids along for a visit. We seldom get to see Uncle Josh, so it wasn't hard to twist my parents arms to tag along with us. We had a great time searching for alligators in an airboat, site seeing with the kids, collecting seashells, building castles out of sand, eating at Buca di Beppos for the first time, lounging in the pool, [ok, who am I kidding, anyone with three kids doesn't know the meaning of lounging haha] We had a few nice visits with my brother and his boyfriend Robbert. Over all it was a great time. Honestly speaking, we put the camera down for most of it. There are bits and pieces from a few of our excursions, but mostly we just enjoyed time with the kids and my mom and dad. Will and I have had many discussions over the past few years about really soaking up each moment, and sometimes that is a hard thing to do when you are holding a camera. You witness it through the lens, and it's not possible to be fully there when you are constantly trying to get that one amazing shot.

It was a new experience for my little family of five. One of glowing lights on palm trees, walking around on the pier in 75 degree weather searching for manatee, and enjoying the festive songs and colorful lights while watching the boat parade pass by as we ate fish sandwiches. One we will never forget.

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