One minute he was this small…. (cue Jaws music~nevermind that it’s not a shark…)
And the next thing we knew…..Cool, right?! Of course, Note to the Man dangling food for the alligator: “Did you see the sign that says ‘Do Not Feed the Alligators?’ “
Before we melted away in the hot sun, we decided to get some delicious ice-cream cones (the first of many:) at Haagen-Dazs!
” I’m hot, too, Mommy! Ice Cream for me??”
“I know you’re up there somewhere in the bright sun, mommy…”
And we followed up our busy day with some more pool-time!! This time Eliana loved the water:)
See look, I was in Florida, too!:)
Beautiful boy enjoying the sun!
Samuel making one of his notorious goofy faces at me instead of smiling:) This kid has a great sense of humor!
But no matter how much I pleaded for a nice smile…this was the best I could get;)
More smiles to come!!
We got ready and headed out by 7:30am for what was supposed to be another 7 hour trip into Georgia to stop and stay with some good friends of ours…..
Right. TEN hours later……after Samuel threw up all over due to carsickness and we had to stop and take care of that and getting stuck in horrible dead-stop traffic for a solid 2 hours….we rolled into GA.
We had a really great night with our friends! Here are our kiddos with their buddies Luca and Winnie:) They have a beautiful home in a gorgeous neighborhood and it was so relaxing to spend some time with them, albeit too short.
My friend Sarah is a very gracious, wonderful hostess! She fed us delicious food and it was so good to spend time catching up. Sunday morning we packed up the Thomas Train and departed around 8:15 for hopefully the last 7 hour stretch of our journey.
After a few wrong turns (including one where we got off at an exit to have bathroom-breaks and get Ben some coffee, realized 15 min later we had passed our exit, only to turn around and realize the exit we’d passed was the one where we had just gone to the bathroom! Go figure..), and more traffic, a hysterical baby (again…great til the last 30-40 min), 8 1/2 hours later we arrived in wonderful, beautiful, sunny Florida!!
All in all, it took 27 1/2 hours to make it there. We were exhausted!!
The cure for travel-exhaustion? Swimming! Sun! Relaxation! Did I mention that Ben actually left his computer at home? Gasp!
Grandma-Great (my grandma) got the boys some goggles for the pool which they loved!
Ben took the boys over to the pool the first day in the golf cart and I followed a bit later with Miss E for her first introduction to the pool.
I think she was still tired from the trip and overwhelmed by the experience because she started crying and didn’t want to be in the pool. So she and daddy hung out in some chairs while the boys and I played in the pool:)
She looked awfully cute in a bathing suit!!
And we spend a lot of time hanging out on my grandparent’s lanai, which is the greatest thing ever created! We would just sit out there and chat, read books, doze off, watch birds…it was wonderful!
My grandparents absolutely fell in love with Eliana and she soaked up every bit of attention that they gave her! She would smile so big at them anytime they talk to her:) Girl knows a good thing when she sees it!!
We finally started feeling the effects of driving wearing off until the warm sun and sweet love of Grandma-Great and Grandpa-Great:)
Stay tuned for more pics….
Did you think we were ever coming back??? We considered not coming back but…..:)
We traveled 19 hours in the past 2 days to get back to Chicago on a trip that went much smoother than the one down (stories to come) and arrived home safely about 4 hours ago.
In that time we:
*Unloaded the van so thoroughly that all that is left inside is a few carseats, a stroller and probably a lot of crumbs underneath the carseats:)
*Unpacked food bags/cooler and a few other things
*Sorted through mail
*Ran to the store for a few necessities. And came back home only to discover that we are out of toilet paper…oops!
*Ate a homecooked dinner that was far better than the nasty slop served to us at the Cracker Barrel last night (for which we didn’t have to pay, thanks to our complaints to the manager) but not as good as the fantastic food we feasted on in Florida, thanks to my wonderful grandparents and their culinary skills!!
*Bathed 3 travel-weary kiddos and tucked them in their respective beds
*Searched the house/van high and low looking for supposed missing library books…only to realize I hadn’t left them in Florida after all…..(a.k.a. Travel-Brain)
*Packed a school lunch
*Checked our very happily neglected emails/FB:)
*Paid a bill.
*Took a shower and got all ready for bed in our sweet/wonderful/awesome couch-bed! Yea!
*Am now preparing to catch up on an Office episode and go to Dreamland.
Great Florida Pics to come!!!
Woohoo! I just got on to post and saw that my blog counter is at 11,000 hits!!! So thank you so much friends, family (and lurkers!) for faithfully reading my silly blog!
I’d like to thank 3 special people for making this all possible…haha, just kidding! But really, there are 3 special people…..
I am going to recap my day today more for my own amusement than yours. It will help me appreciate our vacation even more when I look back someday:)
*7:45am~ *Dropped off boys at school
*8-9:45am ~ *Dropped off stuff at Salvation Army
*Went to the produce market
*Got bagels at Panera and had strange encounter with two workers…
*Bought sunscreen at Target (probably the cheapest purchase I have ever made
9:45-10:15am~ *Rushed home and got E fed and settled in for a nap.
*Began gathering boys clothes for packing
10:15-10:45am~ *Returned movie at store and barely escaped being accosted by crazy person in
parking lot. Consider myself lucky…
*Picked up Z from school
10:45-11:45am~ *Fed E and Z lunch and settled both down for naps.
*Managed to feed myself, too:)
11:45-12:45pm~ *Went to library to get books/book on tape for trip
12:45-1:30pm~ *Rushed home to feed Miss E again and start packing for her..
1:35-1:55~ *Went to pick up Samuel from school
2pm-4pm~ *Baked cookies for potluck at school
*Performed Mommy duties
*Gave boys a bath
*Washed and cut up produce for trip
*Organized snacks for trip
*Attempted brief sporatic bursts of packing
4pm-6pm~ *Family attended Spring Potluck at school
6:15pm~ *Rushed home to get many small offspring to bed as quickly as possible
7pm-10pm~ *Much packing ensued.
10-10:30pm~ *Quick computer catch-up and blogging!
Anyone else tired???
I won’t be blogging very much in the next week because I will be soaking up as much family time as possible (and a little sun, too:) but be sure to catch up with me in a week!!!
The eldest of the crew, holding what appears to be “Mr Stick.” He is very excited for Picture Day tomorrow, mostly because he doesn’t have to wear his uniform:)
Oh and good news: Zakkai is barely limping today so that is one less worry! And Eliana’s rash hasn’t flared up worse again today so I am thankful!
Especially now that I can eat that cheese and milk that I have been craving. Mmmm.. Although the coconut milk wasn’t too bad with cereal.