We had a very long day at Animal Kingdom. It was so much fun. JD loved all the animals and fun things to do. We watched a Lion King and Nemo show which both were excellent. JD danced to the music to the Lion King and then when we left the Nemo show he was crying MINE! Because he didn't want to leave. It was his nap time and we were so glad that he went to sleep finally!
This is actually a very nice picture of all of us.
JD loves looking into water because often there are lots of fishes there!
Saturday we decided that we would go to Tarpon Springs Aquarium. I had a coupon for it so it was really cheap to go see alligators, sharks, snakes, fish and little octopuses. There was a big fish that looked like a rock but was called a jewfish (which later got renamed Goliath Grouper). It is the top right piture if you can see it. JD was so cute. We could pet the crabs, turtles and puffer fish but he was a little hesitant since he thought the crabs were mean! We didn't realize the HUGE Greek influence in Tarpon Springs. It was some food fest when we visited so there was live music great food and tons of people. Tarpon Springs is the Sponge Capital of the World. So there were lots of sponges for sale as well as Greek food. I guess in the early 1900's experienced Greek divers (500+) came over to harvest the sponges so there were Greek restaurants everywhere. Very fun and relaxing. We love exploring Florida!
We really enjoyed the De Soto National Memorial yesterday. I do think that it was a little odd that it was glorifying the Spaniards coming over and killing thousands of Native Americans. This picture has the Native Americans in chains carrying things.
JD loves to wear Daddy's hat. Everywhere we heard animals. We saw crabs, a rabbit, lizards, fish and birds.
JD was excited to be on this bridge. We could look over and see hundreds of tiny fish swimming.
It is still weird to be in this climate. It was humid but the breeze made it tolerable. The path we are walking on was shells that were crushed.
JD kept saying the flowers were purple. He loves being outdoors and just wanted to jump into the bay. He now is repeating everything we say. He loves to hide and say "Are you?". The other day we were at Megan's and I was still inside talking so Daddy sent him to get me. JD knocked on the door and when I went outside he said, "Um on Mama, go byebye!". He is just so smart and growing up so fast.
Our 6 year anniversary was March 20th. We celebrated it by going to the Air Force Airfest at MacDill AFB. When we first got there we had to wait in a long line to get in. JD was so excited that there were airplanes in the air. Anytime they would fly by with smoke or do a crazy manuvere he would say, "Noh no!" (uh no). Once we got inside Marco (Megan's boyfriend) meet us since Megan (Betsie's cousin) had to work the Gyros and Pitas booth. JD only wanted Marco to hold him and he lead him around to see all the planes. It was really cute and funny since Megan wants him to play with her and JD simply ignores her. We all got a little sunburned too.
Finally after months of waiting and waiting, we all three have made our way to Tampa, Florida. Here are some pictures in our apartment complex. There are 2 lakes or ponds or whatever you call it. There are fish in the water too so we can fish but no swimming. Jeremy was teasing me that there were alligators so I wouldn't let JD go near but then he said there wouldn't be any near people but then we found a sign that said not to feed them so I don't doubt that perhaps there could be a gator from time to time. JD loves all the animals and things here. He is making lots of friends. The nursey has about 10 kids so that's a change from 2.