40 is the new 20.

My big sis (Janice/Quick Question) turned 40 last weekend!

To celebrate, we ventured to sunny and hot Florida--Captiva Island to be exact--with 4 of her girlfriends.

The agenda included a whole lot of nothing. Five out of six of us have kids, a job and a very busy lifestyle. I don't have nearly as many excuses as these guys to relax, but it felt very good and needed nonetheless!

The pictures will show evidence of beach time, pool time, biking, kayaking (complete with manatee sightings - not pictured - and a first-timer!), dancing, going down kid-like slides, jet skiing, cake, and ring bling (to light our path to and from dinner). What you may not see in a physical picture is old friendships and new friendships. Quick Question has a great group of friends and I felt right at home with them and their tri-state area accents.

As requested, they each afforded a blog nickname:
Kelly/Twin Sister
Shari/Wish Wash
Mary/Oompa Loompa
Melinda/Queen of Useless Knowledge 14

Maybe they'll show up the blog some other time!!

We stayed at the South Seas Island Resort in a 3-bedroom villa. The resort is on the tip of Captiva (near Sanibel Island). We had just enough within walking distance to keep us content. We ate on property, but also ventured off to 2 very cute restaurants. The Bubble Room was an eclectic restaurant with bubble scouts as the servers, if that is telling at all. An interesting experience to say the least. We went to Key Lime Bistro for Quick Question's birthday and that was a good choice. The service was so awesome as they set us up with a round of desserts to honor the birthday girl. We had to shake our booties a little bit, but it was worth it.

Some of you may have realized that this past weekend was also Deal's birthday. Yes, I was that wife who abandoned her husband on his birthday. Admittedly, this was not the first time (hey! he's done the same to me). In any case, he wallowed in his sorrows at The Feisty Experience, a music festival in central VA at a brewery. Music, beer, fellow hippies ... I'd say he was in the right place. Though he will not let me live down his missed birthday and I have already given him 2 foot rubs this week. I will never leave you again, my master.