Friday, March 4, 2011

Our Florida Vaycay

Hello, friends!  It's been a while, but I'm back to share our recent vacation with you!  We recently spent a wonderful week (with WONDERFUL weather) down in Florida with my parents, who have been renting a condo near Clearwater for the past few years.
The flight down went great.  Dan and I were extremely nervous about our very active 18 month old boys remaining still for almost three hours.  Getting through TSA and waiting to board were the most difficult parts.  Oh, and dressing the boys in slippery outfits was a bad idea, but you live and learn.  I think I'll do a post about flying with toddlers, soon.
Yeah, I will. Definitely.
The close quarters on the airplane kept the kids contained.  Luckily, we scored three seats in the very back row (instead of just the two we actually paid for) because the flight wasn't full.  All was well until we were about 5 minutes from touching down in Tampa and Andrew went and had a blowout.  ...and when I say blowout, I mean BLOWOUT.
Code Brown.
Brown 100.
I begged our very understanding flight attendant to let me get up to change him and he just wanted to be sure that if asked who gave me permission, I wouldn't blow him in.   After all, the Fasten Seatbelts/ Final Descent announcement had already come over the loud speaker.
As my luck would have it, the bathroom with the changing table wasn't right behind us, it was all the way at the front of the plane, so with stiff elbows and arms extended, I carried Andrew up to the world's tiniest changing table, sharing his stink with every passenger on the plane.   So sorry!
Andrew and I came back to our seats, me without shame, him, without a turtleneck, missing a sock and wearing new pants.  We touched down and our sighs of relief could probably be heard back home in Buffalo.

Now, onto the vacation itself:
What good is a warm, sunny day without ice cream?  I swear this kid got more of my cone than I did.  He's lucky I don't mind sharing.

Nana and Andrew sunbathing.  The pool was empty this particular day, but most of the days we were there, it was swarming with senior citizens ;)  As you can imagine, they all got a kick out of the redheaded twins.

Pool time!  Nothing like a heated pool!  After the boys went to bed, my parents stayed up in the condo with them while Dan and I got to enjoy the hot tub! Ahhh.

We all spent a lot of time on the beach.  The fresh air did wonders for the boys.  They took great naps and slept solid from the second we put them down for the night until the sun came up the next morning.  These are the few photos I have of their faces (or parts of their faces).  Most of the pictures I took on the beach were of them running away from us, having fun in the sun.

How much do I love this picture of Wesley?  He finally noticed his shadow and was delighted to meet him!

Here are my wonderfu parents, the boys' Nana and Pop Pop.  Can you believe they had the entire condo baby-proofed before we even got there?  They are that awesome!

I love this family photo with my parents.  Hard to believe that it was two years ago, here in FL, that Dan and I told my parents we were expecting. We did a toast to "the 5 of us" even though there were only 4 of us sitting at the table.   My mom's eyes welled up with tears and she just kept saying, "Really?!!  Really?!!" and my dad, confused, just said, "but there's only 4 of us??"  We didn't realize that there were actually 6 of us there until a month after our trip ;)

The hubs and I got all dressed up to go out for a fancy dinner and drinks in St. Petersburg, sans kids.  Our big night out ended around 11pm, proof that we are parents, or just that we are getting old.

We tried to mix up our activities to keep the boys busy.  We were told that a child's museum nearby was a bit "too old" for the boys, so instead we found a great playground to occupy a few hours.  This dino reminds me of one of my fav movies,  Pee Wee's Big Adventure (and I've even been to the actual dinosaurs that were in the movie, in Cabazan, California!)  Have any dreams, Pee Wee?

Someone wore himself out climbing up all the slides!  I shouldn't have been, but I was amazed at how brave the boys were on all the playground rides.  We definitely have two little daredevils on our hands.  I can smell the Bactine already.

With the exception of a quick trip to the ER and some heavy duty prescribed antibiotics (Dan had a little MRSA issue on his elbow), we had a wonderful, warm, relaxing week.  Many thanks to my parents for putting up with hosting us for the week!  We all had a blast!  Can't wait until next year (if you'll have us back)!


  1. This sounds like a wonderful trip for you guys!! The boys look so happy at the beach! I would so, so, so appreciate if you did a "flying with toddlers" post as we are going to be doing quite a bit of flying with our girls starting in July and through the next year. ANY tips would be great. I so admire you for getting up and walking through that plane to change him!! Way to go mama!! Thx for sharing! :)

  2. Wow! Wonderful pictures to document what looks like a fabulous trip. Your little guys are just too cute. I'm sure you didn't have to answer the "Are they twins" question 500 times right? ;)I'm heading to Flordia with my parents for a few days in less than a month without the kiddos. My first real mommy break. Your picts made me excited to get my share of fun in the sun. Glad you had such a great trip (except for the er part.) :)

  3. Lucky duck! Looks like you had a wonderful time!

  4. What an awesome trip, I look forward to hearing tips on how to travel with toddlers!

    Thanks for the comment on MoM!


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