Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Marco Island Round Two

Kevin and I are back from a vacation in Marco Island, Florida which is on the gulf side just south of Naples.  We went two years ago while I was pregnant with Molly Anne for Kevin's birthday.  That time we stayed at the Hilton which is currently under renovation.  This time we stayed at the JW Marriott.  It was very nice!

This was a work trip that Kevin received for a good year last year.  We were so excited because a lot of our friends were also there!  We love this group of friends.  I do believe when you travel with people, you get really close with them.  We have been all over the world with this crowd (China, Japan, Paris and Monte Carlo).  This was our reunion this year!

Originally we were going to take Molly Anne with us but ultimately we decided to make this an "us only/adult" trip and we are so glad we did.  It was necessary, especially since we hadn't been away by ourselves since last June when we went to Denver.  We talked about Molly Anne constantly and wished she was with us while we were there!

On the bus heading to the hotel.  

We had an awesome room with the best view!

We headed down to the beach right away and met up with everyone!

Saturday night we went to Marco Prime for dinner.  It was good but not as good as when Kevin and I went two years ago.  They're redoing their outdoor patio and we missed having that.  It was such a cool atmosphere.  Plus, our server wasn't very fun which I really think that can make or break a fun dinner!  But it was nice to go to an 8pm dinner instead of 5pm with children haha!

The next day we were on the beach all day long!

I wore this bathing suit which is on big time sale and these shades!

We all went up, took showers and got ready for dinner at a place in Goodland, Florida.  We hadn't been to this area last time we were in town so this was going to be fun.  It ended up being the cutest little spot!  I wore this shirt, J.Crew Matchstick white jeans which they don't carry anymore and these shoes!

This is how you saw what was on the menu....they brought out this big board and put it at the head of the table.  They were closing after Sunday night for 3 months during their slow season so this was the last night and they were out of a lot of things.  

We toasted to a job well done by the guys last year and to great friends!

Kevin got grouper and I got soft shell crabs of course!  They were wonderful!

They had live music in the other room and after dinner we went in there and had a big time!

Brooke and TMark.  They live in Alabama.

Miller Lite crowd!  Mills was excited when we told him about this, his namesake! ;)

We had THE BEST time.  It was probably one of our favorite nights ever.  We went back to the hotel after the place closed and hung in one of our hotel rooms and played Cards Against Humanity.  You know how that is after some beverages.  Hilarious.  

The next morning, Kevin and I rented a car and drove around.  We ended up going back to Goodland to see it in the daylight.  This is where we had been the night before.  It's called The Little Bar!

We also drove back to the marina where we had chartered the boat to go fishing last time.  We wanted to get Molly Anne a shirt because she was on the boat that day too!  We got her one but the smallest they had was a Small so she has awhile before she can wear it.  Oh well, it was more for the sentimental reason anyway!  We watched the boats come in and checked out what they had caught.

We had a late lunch at The Snook Inn.  This was the view.  

Grouper was delicious.  We got the same thing!

Then we headed to the other marina and checked out the boats there too.  

There is Kevin checking things out.  We sat on the bench for awhile and enjoyed the nice breeze and just hung out!

We made our way back to the hotel and got ready for the big gala event.  Ya know, the one where the dress code was elegantly casual?!  Ha!  There were about 250 agents and their guests there so about 500 total people.

We were asked to sit at the head table which was super special!   The salad was was burrata cheese over a pea puree with nuts around the outside.  I'd never had anything like it but it was really good. 

Filet for dinner encrusted in something green which I cannot remember what it was.  

As they brought out dessert, they set this vase on the table and it overflowed with the white steam or whatever all over the table.  Presentation is everything!

I wore this dress!  It was comfy and perfect for the evening!

Good times with great friends!  The next morning we had breakfast at the hotel, packed up and got on the bus back to the Fort Myers airport.  We got to the gate and John Fox was there - he used to be the Panthers coach!  

First we picked up Mills and then we grabbed Molly Anne from Ms. Becky's.  Mills did end up going back to camp and thankfully he didn't get bitten this time.  I think he got the royal treatment!

All of this was possible thanks to Kevin's parents who kept Molly Anne!  I know Molly Anne had fun with her Nana and PapaG!  We are so thankful to them for keeping her!

We were SOOOO excited to see our girl!  We missed her so much!  But it was good to get away just the two of us too!  We really had the best time!  Now, back to reality and playing catch up at work, home and on the new house!


G said...

Beth, I am a longtime reader and have always been glad you kept a diary-style blog. I don't always agree with your opinions but that would be boring if I did! However, I notice you've started using Amazon and Rstyle affiliate links. You should really disclose to your readers how those work (for example, I believe Rstyle gives you a commission not only if a reader clicks and purchases something you're wearing, but also if a reader re-visits the retailer up to weeks later and buys something else). Failure to explain this is deceptive and off-putting. I don't blame you for seeking to earn some income from your hobby, but please stay transparent rather than trying to sneak commissions into every post like some other overly-monetized mommy bloggers.

Suz said...

If you're going to use Rstyle links you need to disclose them. Its about more than being transparent, its the actual law:

MCW said...

Looks like an amazing time for just the two of you! I'm sure Kevin's parents loved having MA. Oh, and I don't give a shit if you disclose Rstyle links or not.

Leslie said...

What a fun trip! It looks like such a great time, and yay for a trip with just the two of you! I love your outfits too; they look perfect for the occasion!z

Unknown said...

Fun trip! We've been to the Little Bar and the Snook Inn as well when we went to Marco Island in 2015. Yummy seafood and the beach at Marco is wonderful.

Rita said...

Always enjoy your blog and I also don't care about disclosing any links!!!!

Shauna said...

What a fun trip! I actually have the same bathing suit in a cranberry color ;)

rox said...

Such a fun trip, and WELL deserved couples-only time!