Sunday, May 6, 2018

Florida Vacation Day 9 ~travel day~

Thursday morning was our last day, we woke up and got the house around. Stripped the beds, packed our bags, and made our way to the restaurant right by the beach for breakfast. 

I love this picture, such a goof. He got the amazing french toast. This was similar to a french toast I used to always order at Uptown Cafeteria in Minneapolis. SOOO good, there some creamy goodness in the middle. Yes I did have a bite :-)

Thomas in a make-shift napkin bib.

After breakfast we were all checked out of our house so we drove a mile or two down the road to this park we didn't realize was so close, haha.

It was right off the beach!

There was a jetty we walked out on. We're dressed for returning to Minnesota, so it was rather warm out in the sun.

Love these guys. Mary's hair is great! Blowing in the wind.

And wind the other way, blowing their hair back.

Back to the park before it was time to head to the airport.

We returned the rental van and called an uber to take us to the airport. The kids were pretty excited to be sitting all together. AND the uber driver had a whole basket of snacks/treats they were able to choose from.

We had more time this go at the airport than we did when we left Minneapolis. Which was good, we wanted more time than the opposite. We found a place to get lunch, we were all pretty hungry and getting cranky at this point. We were tired. Thomas spiked a fever a couple nights before and we hadn't gotten good sleep the past few nights. The kids were getting tired too but wouldn't admit it. They were too excited to be there so they were going to bed late and still waking up early. We were just ready to be home. We weren't sure about Thomas's fever until we got home to actually take it but he ended up having one for about a week. Then his ears were bugging him and were oozing a few days before his well visit check up for his 9 month appointment. At the check up the doc said his ears looked fine now but one had appeared to have probably burst with an infection but was on it's way to healing now. That was a few weeks ago, he is fine and dandy now :)

Sitting at the gate, Isaac was reading his book and holding Thomas's foot, so sweet. I had to sneak a photo.

Of all my children, this girl keeps us on our toes. Only once did she wonder off and we thought we lost her again, but she came back.

Thomas enjoyed getting some movement in while we waited.

Mary, Emma, and Kyle spent most of the waiting time looking out the window watching the planes. The girls were pretty excited and jabbered away.

On the plane (caught Isaac mid blink in this photo, lol)

They were all so good on the plane. We got many compliments at the end of each flight about how good they all were. They loved riding in the plane.

Home again, home again. I talked Kyle into letting me get this cart for him. Four car seats (well 2 seats and 2 boosters) plus a huge checked back and three carry on bags deserves some help! Emma is pushing her own, and Isaac pulled his own so that was helpful. Each time we do this it's just going to get easier and easier. Hopefully next family flight we will only have one car seat, surly both girls can be in boosters on the next trip.

Overall it was a lot of work, but a lot of fun. It's always worth the effort and exhaustion to create (hopefully) lasting memories that the kids can look back on and remember. We had a good time and were all thankful to be sleeping in our beds. Even if it was 12 degrees the next day and the following week we were in for a record breaking blizzard... that's home for ya right. Makes the beach trips that much more special :-)

Florida Vacation Day 6, 7, & 8

Monday morning (April 2nd) was day six. It was another amazing morning run, but this time I did less running and more of my video workout. I ran up to the beach, by this great sign. 

And did 9 rounds of my cardio flow workout from 80 day obsession. It was amazing. Man I wish how this could be my workout space EVERYDAY!

Had some fun capturing moves after my workout.

Then did a cool down run back to the house. Once I got back Kyle left and went for a beach run as well. He didn't pack running shoes so he ran on the sand barefoot, doing sprint between the sand volley ball court poles. We stayed around the house that morning and had our own little egg hunt in the backyard. 

Each kid had a specific egg color and they were instructed to only collect their color egg. I actually hid them verses the zoo hunt where they were just thrown out into the hay. It was fun.

During naps, Thomas and I made a trip to the grocery store.

We went to the beach that evening

We were finding shells. Thomas loved being down by the water and listening to the waves.

Thomas mainly slept on either Kyle or I while we were at the beach (this made it easy), when he was awake he was very into putting everything in his mouth, there was some sand ingested.

Dinner that night was just at the bar place a block from our house. We had thought they had better food than they actually did, but it worked out fine. The kids shared a pizza, Kyle had fish tacos and I had a plain salad with fish on it. 

Tuesday morning (April 3rd) we went back to the beach. We had a short walk, maybe 3 blocks.

Love Miss Mary here, showing off her sassy attitude. (oh and the place we ate at the night before is right behind them: Brus Room)

We actually got a family photo!!

Isaac loved the water. He was in the ocean pretty much the entire time we were on the beach.

We had lunch at the beach but came home for naps. Thomas and I got to relax in the hammock.

That evening we were going to go to a park but there were some scattered showers. We ended up going to eat and thought about going to the park after dinner. We went to this Mexican restaurant pretty close to where we were staying but across the bay. It happened to be Taco Tuesday night and it was PACKED. It took forever to get seated and another eternity to get our food, so by the time dinner was through it was pretty late and we were ready to get back and go to bed; so no park visit that evening. 

Wednesday morning we returned to the lighthouse park we'd passed the night before. This was across from Hillsboro Lighthouse

Isaac got to play some catch, which he loves.

Felt SO good to be outside playing again. The Minnesota winter was long, and little did we know it was going to be even longer once we returned home.

After the park we had lunch at a place we thought was a local fresh food place, but turned out to be a chain with fried chicken, haha. Luckily they had grilled chicken too. It was pretty much a souther Chick-fil-a. :-D Then that afternoon we went back to the beach for one last water play.

Wednesday night dinner was leftovers to try to clear out the fridge before our travel day the next day.
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