we are back from our annual florida family trip. with this year's brutal, never ending winter, it was more appreciated than ever! for any newbies, my parents have a condo on the gulf coast side of florida, which makes it an pretty inexpensive place for us to travel. they have been down there for most of the winter, so they were pretty excited for some grandkid time. who are we to deprive them of that? :) thankfully they have friends down there with young kids/grandkids, so we have access to all the baby gear we could ever need and therefore don't have to bring much down, which is so nice! as i mentioned before, my parents bought a ticket for my brother to fly down with the kids and i because of my mom's broken ankle and the fact that thatcher wasn't coming down for another 3 days. while it was nice to get away, it was also pretty exhausting traveling with 2 little ones. gone are the days of spending endless hours sitting by the pool, or thatcher taking off for as many bike rides as he wants. but being able to travel and create memories with my little loves is the best!
the flight down on 2/27 was an absolute breeze, i couldn't believe it. security at the airport went super fast thanks to the family lane and both kids were angels on the plane. azalea has flown 4-5 times before and she usually does alright, but not without a few tantrums and the need for constant entertainment. this time she was happy to just eat some snacks, look at a couple books, and stare off into space while twirling her hair. haha. she even fell asleep for 30 minutes and never once asked for the ipod. i was shocked! ashford was easy too. i used an ergo carrier to get him through the airport and he alternated between nursing and sleeping on the plane, with a little happy alert time thrown in. i did appreciate having my brother's extra set of hands, though!
we arrived in florida around 2pm and my parents picked us up for the hour-long drive back to their condo. i had been hearing "i go in the pool!" no fewer than 50 times a day from azalea for the last few weeks, so of course that's the first thing we did when we got there. she hasn't been in a pool since summer, so i wasn't sure how she would do, but she loved it!
i even dipped ashford's feet in, but he was mostly happy just sitting in his car seat in the shade with my mom.
of course azalea did not want to get out, so we had to entice her with pizza. we hung out at the condo the rest of the night, ate pizza and just relaxed. we were so happy to be out of the cold!
tuesday was a gorgeous day! in the morning, my dad, ashford, and i took a walk to the grocery store near their house. a walk outside without feeling like your face is going to freeze off? heaven! later that morning, we headed to the beach. my mom was able to use an awesome sand wheelchair. i was curious what azalea would think of the sand and the ocean this year. she liked the sand, but the ocean...not so much! she was scared of the little waves and didn't want anything to do with the water. oh well!
we hung out for about a hour and a half and then headed home for lunch. after lunch everyone laid down for a nap, then it was pool time again. in the evening, we went to our friends dan and julie's for dinner. they have 2 little girls, shannon and maggie and we look forward to seeing them each winter. they grilled burgers and we all ate dinner outside. azalea had fun playing with the girls and dan insisted on holding a fussy ashford most of the night so I could relax. so nice! they are expecting baby #3 in a few months, so I think he wanted his fix :)