Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Spring Break in Naples

image (5)e After our stop in Clearwater to visit with Winter we headed south to Naples. 

image (14)eThe first three days in Naples Maisie & Brooke went to a local gym for a few hours each morning where they had fun practicing gymnastics with the team girls and Cole attended the gym’s camp. 

image (12)eWhile the children had fun at the gym Sophie and I did a bit of shopping and enjoyed some nice lunches together. 

photo (23)eAfter lunch we all made our way to the beach where we relaxed, played in the sand and surf and walked the beach. 

image (8)e After spending all afternoon on the beach the children especially, loved going from the beach to the pool and hot tub before heading up to the condo for dinner. 

image (2)e It was a really nice and relaxing week with friends.

photo (17)e Sophie took lots of wonderful beach pictures on Sunday, our last day at the beach so this post is heavy with those pictures, mostly of my girl.

image (10)eMaisie, though timid at first with the waves and water, by the end of the week couldn’t get enough of being in the ocean.

image Ephoto (9)eMaisie and Cole had lots of fun together.

image (6)ePure delight on the beach.

photo (22)eMaisie and Brooke on the boogie boards.

photo (10)eYou can take Maisie out of the gym but you can’t take the gymnast out of Maisie.

image (11)eMaisie attracted a bit of attention with her gymnastics.

photo (20)e One day Maisie and I walked down the beach and she walked on her hands for a good 40 to 50 feet.  She was surprised and delighted when a whole group of people who had been pointing and watching her, cheered and clapped when she came down from her hands.

photo (19)eimage (9)ephoto (18)ephoto (13)e image (7)e photo (16)eIf you can’t tell by the pictures, Maisie had a blast on the beach

photo (15)e and fun times with her friends.

photo (14)eThree little beach bunnies DONE with having pictures taken.

While away my Secret Recipe Club recipe posted.  This month I made the most delicious Fruit, Nut & Poppy Seed Chicken Salad.  I’ve never been a chicken salad lover but this recipe has made me a convert…well at least for this recipe as it was beyond wonderful.  Check out the recipe by clicking on the picture.

IMG_3721e2 Other recipes posted on Cook Lisa Cook include: Mango Lassi, Stir-Fried Asparagus with Water Chestnuts, Ginger & Cashews, Curried Roast Chicken Pieces with Spicy Sweet Potato & Carrots, Grilled Corn & Bacon Pudding, Oriental Chicken Salad, Potato Salad with Bacon, Coffee Crusted Steak, Home Style Chicken Curry, Watermelon FrostyMango Gazpacho, Toll House Double Stuff Oreo Brownies, Long Beans with Walnuts, Blacksmith Pizza, Rhubarb Crisp, Laksa, Math Book No Bake Cookies, Aloo Gobi, Mint Lassi, Red Curry Chicken, Lamb Curry, Grilled Corn, Avocado & Tomato Salad with Honey Lime Dressing, Baked Egg Cups Two Ways, Thai Peanut Salad, Holy Guacamole, Cantaloupe Agua Fresca, Wallaby Darned, Piggy-Out Cookies, Wicked Good New England Lobster Roll, Long Beans with Garlic, Super Simple Summer Shrimp Salsa Salad, Grandma’s Teriyaki Steak, Watermelon Tomato Gazpacho, Red Chinese Long Beans with Peppers & Red Curry, 24-Layer Crêpe Cake, Fig & Watermelon Salad, Grilled Chèvre & Fig Panini, Spicy Asian Cucumber Salad, Grilled Prawns, Spicy Brown Sugar Bacon, Kicked Up Piggy-Out Cookies, Pesto Pita Pizza, Cilantro Lime Chicken, Nutella Crêpes, Mango, Lime & Chile Spiced Ice Box Pie, Roast Beef & Garlic Herb Cheese Sandwich, Layered Crespelle with Bolognese, Fresh Mozzarella & Basil, Jamaican Jerk Meat Pies, Nutella No Bake Cookies, Velvety Mac & Cheese, Welsh Cakes, Tom Yam Ghoong (Spicy Shrimp Soup), Lime Jewels, Southwest Pasta Salad, Walnut Roca Squares, Uncle Bubba’s Shrimp & Grits, Chocolate Chip Gingersnaps, Levain Bakery Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies, Copycat “KFC” Coleslaw, Happy 6th Birthday Maisie Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting, Caramel Stuffed Apple Cider Cookies, Thin Mint Irish Coffee, Caramel Apples, “Rotisserie” Chicken, Pulled BBQ Chicken Sandwich, Mummy Hotdogs, Mango Upside Down Cake, Pork Belly Soup with Collard Greens, Aloo Tikki, Pink Strawberry Cake Balls, Praline Pumpkin Cheesecake, Apple Dumplings, Rum Cured Salmon, Apple, Cranberry & Rhubarb Crisp, Hasselback Potatoes with Garlic Sour Cream, Crunchy Oat, Almond, Cashew & Pebbles Granola Bars, Texas Chicken with Lime Butter, Biscoff Fudge, Eggnog Popovers with Cranberry Butter, Creamed Corn with Cheese and Cilantro, Potato Crusted Pork Chops, Oatmeal, Cashew & Chocolate Granola Bars, Texas Chicken Sandwich, Seared Scallops with Creamy Pesto & Lemon Pepper Pasta, Thai Chicken Noodle Soup, Glazed Lemon Squares, Chang-Style Brussels Sprouts, Maisie “safe” No Bake Cookies, Ponderosa Lemon & Sour Cream Tart, Pork Dumplings with Rice Wrappers, Sweet & Spicy Apple Pork, Dark Chocolate Dipped Candied Lemon Peel, Crunchy Fudgy Heart Bites, Double Chocolate Meyer Lemon Mousse Cake, Malted Pretzel Crunch, Shrimp & Avocado Salad with Carrot Ginger Dressing, Apple Pancakes, Baked Egg & Avocado, Health(ier) Peanut Brittle, Crab Cake Stuffed Mushrooms, Broiled Sushi, Tomato Sauce with Onion & Butter, Loaded Potato & Buffalo Chicken Casserole, Slow Cooker Chicken Curry, Slimmed Down Loaded Potato & Buffalo Chicken Casserole, Baked Meatballs and Skinny Blueberry Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins.



  1. Naples ... Florida? We were just at Marco Island last weekend. :)

  2. Errr, last week.

  3. Fantastic pictures. Looks like Maisie is having a great spring break!

  4. Where does Maisie get all that energy? If only you bottle some of it up and send it to me! She looks stunning on the beach.


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