Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Florida vacation!

No we haven't fallen off the face of the earth, despite what it may seem!  life has been crazy busy lately, and unfortunately blogging fell to the waaaay back burner.  I'll try to do a few posts that catch you up on our most recent life events.
We took a trip to Florida in the middle of July, and it was an amazing much needed time away from crazy life.  We went with another couple who has a daughter a little younger than Emerson and it was an absolute blast!  My second cousins have a beautiful condo right on the ocean that they graciously let us use while we were there, and it was such a blessing (both location and financially!) to be able to use it.  We were literally across the street from the ocean, and being able to walk out on the patio each morning and see the ocean was pretty great.
My new way of packing for the trip: everything went into a ziplock bag!  looks/sounds crazy, but it helped save space, and I could just grab a bag and have her full change of clothes at a moment's notice. We will pack this way from now on!

This was the face she made when I told her we were headed to the airport to go to Florida!

the amount of stuff we traveled with =/
I had heard a bunch of stories on how to keep a baby entertained on the airplane, so we came equipped with lots of toys and books, a full thing of milk and juice, and Emerson's weight in yogurt bites.  She did so awesome on the flights down there, she slept 75% of each flight!  The way back was a little tougher though, but overall, she was amazing!
our first night there, Steph and the boys came up to spend the night.  we had dinner and played on the beach, and it was so fun to watch the kids interact (it was the first time they had seen each other since Emerson had been born!)

the water was amazing!  it was so warm the first day we went, and E had no issues sitting and splashing in the waves
 The next few days weren't as warm, so she enjoyed a lot of time in the sand

There was a fisherman's wharf not too far from our resort, so we spent one of our days there, touring around and having some delicious sushi!


If you know us at all, you know we thrive on a nap schedule.  It took a lot, but the day we were at the wharf, we actually powered through one of Emerson's scheduled nap times, and she took a power nap in her stroller.  It worked out great!

There was also an aquarium there, so we spent a day there as well.  Emerson loved seeing the dolphins, seals and the other fish.  Needless to say, we will be getting an aquarium (or a small fishbowl!) in the future so she can look at them.  She learned how to say 'fish' while there, it was so cute!

 Our friends, Jordan, Bree and their daughter Maddy.

 We had a much needed date night while there, and got to see some crazy huge boats while waiting for our table.  It was a beautiful area, and we enjoyed the time out.



This photo took us about 12 tries to get.  One nephew wouldn't smile, then the other would, but the first wasn't paying attention. Took a bunch of tries, but it was worth it for the giggles

how 99% of the photos look :)
LOVED seeing my sister!
She wasn't too impressed that we had to leave

Until next time, Florida!

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