Of course Summer is ZOOMING by and I'm soaking up every.single.second.
We just got back from an incredible 8 days in sunny South Florida and it was so wonderful. We really enjoyed ourselves. Despite being busy, this was the first trip that we didn't schedule the week away. Instead, we made plans as the days passed and it made it incredibly more relaxed. Also, the kids slept fabulous -- including 2-3 hour afternoon naps and (mostly) sleeping through the night!!
The trip started out fabulous. Our flight was overbooked - Josh worked his magic and we switched flights, earning us an astounding $1700 worth of Southwest credit. INSANE, right?? Additionally, we were booked on a flight into West Palm - FIRST CLASS! IT WAS AMAZING!! The kids both stayed awake the entire flight but we had enough room that it didn't matter!! Very cool. Upon arrival into Florida, Sydney picked us up - Josh's parents grabbed our luggage from the Ft Lauderdale airport - and we make it home in time for the kiddies bed time. Pretty amazing!!! I still can't believe it.
The next day, I was happily surprised to find that Benny had slept the entire night in the Pack & Play without issue - Layla also slept great (but woke up early, the trend of the week) -- it was so nice. Josh & I decided we should immediately take advantage of our babysitters (grandparents!) and head to the movies. We saw "This is the End" - we laughed out loud. That night, we had a date - our favorite local Mexican spot. Sometimes it's SO nice to head to dinner, just the two us.
Monday, Josh & Clay left early morning to go fishing in Key Largo. Later that afternoon, Laura and myself along with the two baby boys, Benny & Owen, met them in the Keys. Layla stayed back with Josh's parents. We had a great mini-getaway despite the rainy weather. Laura & I were able to sneak away for an hour and swim in the pool while the boys watched the babies. We later all met up for a yummy dinner overlooking the gulf. The next morning, we woke up early and went to breakfast - with the weather being frustratingly awful, we decided it was best to head back. We had a great time and I can't wait for our next vacation away with Laura, Clay & Owen. It's SO nice having best friends with a baby - we can all relate and understand the fun/insanity of traveling with babies.
The rest of the week included lots of naps, lots of playing, lots of swimming, taking Layla to the movies, a yummy brunch on the beach with Ross & Jaime, 4th of July BBQ with family, 4th of July Fireworks sans kiddies at Laura's mom's amazing beach condo, family pictures taken by the fabulous Oona (Isla Charm Photography), a mini-reunion with college friends and more. All in all, I was VERY sad to leave. It's so nice to have Josh home with us 24/7 (instead of working). It's so nice to relax with the kids without a schedule. It's so nice to be around family, outside, enjoying the weather and enjoying each other.
I've already booked our next two trips.
The first one is in September for Nicole & Chris' wedding. (Just Benny & Myself.. Josh & Layla will stay home).
The second is a 10 day visit in December for Ross & Jaime's wedding/holiday fun.
We are so lucky to be able to travel as much as we do. This was Benny's 3rd trip down and he's not yet 6 months old. I think it was Layla's 15th trip.. insane, right??
...in other news, Layla's doing great at camp. Benny is eating up a storm. His sleep is all screwed up since our return home but I'm hoping it goes back to normal soon. He got his first tooth while we were in Florida!! Also Layla had her first dentist appt when we got home - no cavities.
A million things to say, a million things to write...hopefully I'll find more time to blog. I really do love it!! And more importantly, I love looking back on all the fun things we did. <3
|Looking at the planes in the airport.|
|1st class baby!!|
|Love my benny snoozes!|
|Owen & Benny ready for our little road trip!|
|My boy & I at dinner!|
|Dada and his babies!!|
|Layla & Owen!|
|Oh this face...|
|Benny on the beach in Hollywood, FL|
|Finally loves to swim!|
|4th of July!|
|Layla at Barbies Dream House - so cool!|
|My new hair.|
|Layla & Isla playing on the beach!|
|Benny's first dip in the pool - he fell asleep, hahaha|
|swimming with my lady!|