Saturday, April 4, 2009

Spring Break (no pun intended) Recap

Though Nathanael breaking his arm was the defining moment of our Spring Break, it was far from the only thing we did. I posted about our Sunday trip to Cocoa Beach to watch the shuttle launch, but I didn't manage to post about our second beach trip to Sanibel and Captiva Island.

Sanibel is the number one shelling beach in the world. We left extra early for the five hour drive and made our way to powder white beaches and gentle surf of the Western Coast of Florida on Tuesday. The kids spent much of the day crouched in this position studying remarkable shells.

I settled into my favorite beach chair with a book while the kids brought their favorite picks and made small piles at my feet. Hannah took a break from shell hunting to delve into her current read. Kristina tempted seagulls to inch closer and closer with small bits of left over Sun Chips from lunch. The boys wandered the strip of sand tossing the football.

We didn't manage to make it to the biking trail, but we did ride to the State park near our house and walk the park trails. My college girls came over for movie night and we went to Kobe for dinner. I had coffee with dear friends and attended class with Robert at RTS. Robert is taking class with Steve Brown this semester and he insisted I tag along. The class is titled Radical Grace and it was absolutely amazing. I have always enjoyed Steve Brown's preaching, but sitting in class was a whole other experience. The rest of the week was spent hanging out with neighborhood friends and church activities. Robert and Josh managed to squeeze in a visit to a favorite fishing spot near the end of week.

Thank you for the concerned emails about Nathanael. He is on the mend. The surgeon put a permanent screw and three temporary metal pins in his arm. He had his post op follow up about a week ago and had his arm cast. He'll go back in two weeks to have the pins remove and possibly have the cast taken off for good. Because of the recovery time and follow up visits, we had to leave him in Florida with Robert. He has enjoyed having Robert all to himself and we have missed having him around. He and Samuel have never been apart for this long, and as a result they've been calling back and forth almost daily. Sam has been a bit underfoot lately, so I know he is missing his brother's companionship. Robert is coming in tomorrow with Nathanael. We're excited to have him back and love that we get a little extra time with Daddy too!


Tami said...

So glad to hear Nathaneal is on the mend! Sounds like it was a pretty bad break.
I envy you. We have spent the last couple of days up to our eyeballs in snow...although today it do a little bit of melting. Maybe spring is on its way afterall.

St├ęphanie said...

Awesome pics and looks like a ton of fun!

Random: does that bird have a hook attached to it or stuck in its feathers?

Leslie said...

You are so sharp! Yes, this poor bird had a fishing hook with a bit of line caught in his wing. Kristina felt so sorry for him, but he seemed to get along just fine. He was the most adventurous of the birds and walked right up to her to get the chips (which is probably how he got into the mess he's in!).

Matthew Nasekos said...

We will definitely give you all a call. We will be down there at the latest on Friday...maybe just after lunch. We hope we can hook up with you.
In Christ Alone-

Ashley said...

I am happy Nathanael is getting better. I am sure it has meant a lot to Robert having this time with him.

Love all the pictures and it looks like all of you have had a wonderful time. :)

Christine said...

Nice to hear Nathaneal is healing.

St├ęphanie said...

Haha the bird got too confident :D

Annie said...

Happy Easter!