family vacations, Kate, Lexi, William

2018 Florida Vacation

Dear Kiddos,

This week was full of a lot of firsts for everyone. We took our first family vacation, you took your first airplane ride, saw the ocean (or the Gulf) for the first time, Kate went swimming for the first time and we had so much fun!

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Day 1 (Sunday):

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We woke up pretty early because of the bright sun shining through the blinds and the forecast looked promising; 70s, no wind, calm waters and sunshine all day. Grammy and I went to Walmart to get some diapers, clothes and necessities for the week. When we came back Lexi, William, Daddy and Papa were done on the beach setting up some Survivor challenges. Lexi’s competitive side came out and William loved pushing his trucks in the sand.  In the afternoon, we swam in pool and it felt amazing (80+ degrees) We rounded off the day by watching the sunset from balcony, eating William snacks (pickles rolled in cream cheese and salami), drinking Yingling beer and kiddie cocktails for the kiddos.

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Day 2 (Monday):

Dad, Bill and I started the day off on the golf course. I played 9, they played 18. floriday vaca 2018 4

When I came back, Grammy had just taken all 3 of you kids to the beach and were playing in the sand. We had a little picnic lunch on the beach of cheese and crackers before migrating to the pool. Mom’s cousin Kelly was down here with her family visiting her parents. Lexi and Ruby started to become fast friends and spent a lot of time playing mermaids.

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We walked down to Schooners for a sunset dinner and to hear/watch the cannon get shot off.

Day 3 (Tuesday)

It was pretty overcast today and rained from 11-3ish. Mom, Dad, Lexi and William went over to visit the big Alvin’s Island. What a disappointment this was. There was barely and merchandise and they didn’t have the shark tank or the alligators that they did when I was growing up. The kids ate lunch and played. William and Bill napped. Lexi, Grandma and I went to find mermaids and by the time we got back it had stopped raining. We went down to the pool to swim with Kelly’s family. Lexi shared the mermaids with the girls and they had so much fun with them in the pool.

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That evening, they planned a movie night, which is absolutely hilarious considering that is what Kelly and I used to do growing up.  While the girls watched Little Mermaid, Daddy and I went out for beers with Kelly and Josh. Although overcast, temps were in the high 60s and pretty windy/wavy.

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Day 4 (Wednesday)

We woke up early from sun again, but it was deceiving as it was pretty cold! We had a high of 63 and it was very very windy. All 7 of us headed inland a little bit to a conservatory to see if there was a good spot to take pictures. We didn’t find anything but had a nice little walk. We came back, ate some lunch and Papa took Lexi and William swimming.

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Bill and I went to St. Andrew’s park to scope out picture locations and found a few good spots. We came back got the kids ready for pictures and took them down by the Pier in St. Andrews park and watched the sunset.

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After dinner, we did a ‘midnight’ swim and Lexi went over to Ruby and Pearl’s for an ice cream treat.

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Day 5 (Thursday)

Similar to Wednesday, the sun was shinning but it was cold (high of 62) and windy. Daddy and Papa went golfing in the morning so Grammy, Mama and the kids checked out Pier Park, but didn’t get out as it was just shopping and then headed to Bayou Joes for lunch over the water. Afterwards, I took Lexi and William swimming while Kate napped and then had a low key night with any early bedtime.

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Day 6 (Friday)

Papa, Daddy and I golfed at 7:30 and it was chilly (45 degrees). I headed home after 9 holes and Papa and Daddy continued for another 9. When I came back, we headed down to the beach to dig for some shells.

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It was a beautiful day. Sunny and no winds (finally!) We had a picnic lunch and walked to regency for ice cream/beer/visit with mommy’s Uncle Joe, Aunt Micki and cousin Brian. Walking back on the beach, the waves had created these sand walls and William LOVED to walk along the edge of them as they would crumble before his feet. After more swimming at the Summer House, we ate some Pizza for dinner and the kids both feel asleep very early (William at the counter). I packed to get ready to head back home tomorrow.

Then Saturday morning we headed back home which concludes our first (of many) family vacations.

Love,

Mama

 

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