Today started out cloudy and remained that way all day. The temperature only got down to 65 last night and reached 74 today. Rain seemed to be threatening, but we only ran into a few sprinkles when we were on our way to the Southwest Florida International Airport to pick up the youngest grand daughter, Brooke, who was coming in at 3 PM, to stay for a week on her Spring Break. My two daughters and another grand daughter, Amanda, had taken her to the airport for her departure. They sent a text to say that she had gotten on the plane and was on her way. The other grand daughter kept making comments on facebook every once in a while, talking about getting her turn to come visit the following week. That family is driving down. Just as the plane landed, Amanda sent a text asking if Brooke's plane had landed yet. We told her that it was just coming up to the terminal. She said ok and to tell Brooke to call her on the way out to the island. When I saw Brooke, I held my phone up to take a picture and just as I did, I noticed a taller blonde girl walking near her, I thought she looked a lot like Amanda and then in a couple seconds they got closer and I realized it was her. They were laughing so hard because I was just standing there with my mouth hanging open. Wow, that was a great surprise. This hadn't been planned at all. While they were waiting at the airport, Brooke started teasing her Aunt about letting Amanda come with her today. This banter went on for a while and Amanda's Mommy left for a while and came back with Amanda's ticket. She handed it to her and said, "Happy 16th birthday a week early". Amanda said she just sat there with a surprised look and said, "REALLY"? So, she got on the plane and they were off! Amanda with no bag. Her Mom is sending her things overnight tomorrow and we stopped to grab a few things she would need on the way from the airport. What an adventure! :) They had a great time on the plane with their Ipods and free WiFi today. That's how Amanda was able to keep posting on facebook, like she was still at home. They sure had us fooled. :) I think this birthday will be one that none of us will ever forget.
We stopped at Big Al's on the way back to the island. All of our food was great!
We made a beach visit at the Donax Street access. It was getting cooler and there were threatening clouds with some thunder. When we saw lightning in the distance, we had to leave.
We made a stop at Mango Bay to get a couple bathing suits for Amanda and that was the end of our night out. They have some very pretty bird of paradise plants there.