We Drove To Florida...

One week ago:

This guy:

This girl:

This 3 year old:


And this {almost} one year old...

Headed off on a two day road trip to Ft. Myers, Florida

It was hard to decide what we wanted to do, as a family of four, for our first family vacation. In the end, due to finances and the ages of our boys, the idea of driving to Florida (from Toronto) and renting a condo right by the beach was the best idea. It allowed us to still live our "normal" life (normal= semi regular naps for the baby, pretty "normal" meals, a bathroom nearby for the 3 year old, etc.) but provided us a way to escape the distractions that a stay-cation would have bombarded us with. 

Truthfully, there is no such thing as "relaxing" when you have two kids this young. I was still cooking and cleaning and dealing with meltdowns and fights and 'accidents' and demands. I was still changing diapers and glued to the couch at the end of the day because *apparently* it's frowned upon to go out to a bar and party it up while your children sleep at home. Heh. But being far away from our home and our family and our jobs and our friends gave us the opportunity to just be together with our kids. And that, my friends, was the real highlight of our trip (that, and the discovery of Whale Wars, which we cannot get enough of!).

I'll be posting a lot more of our trip but for now, know that this happened a lot...
 Beach- every morning from 9 am until noon. 

Swimming in the salty water. Will LOVED the water until he got a massive mouthful of the warm, salty water. He barely went near it after that.

More sandcastles than you can imagine. And MOATS. THE MOATS!

Hundreds of trips to the waterline to grab another bucket or watering can full of water to fill up these MOATS!


Swimming in the pool every afternoon. The best!

AND LOTS AND LOTS AND LOTS of sitting in the car. {with their 'brother' Marvin the Martian. Don't ask.}

stay tuned...more to follow...


  1. Ruth aka GrandmaJune 11, 2012 at 6:06 PM

    Ok....the cutest little boys ever! One exception would be their "brother Marvin"...Ha
    Love your post...looking forward to the next!

    1. they fought over Marvin the entire trip!

  2. I love this post! Makes me want to hop in the car and drive to Florida now with my little guys. Glad the drive wasn't too bad!

    1. DO IT! Really, the trip was less than $1000, including food and gas!

  3. remind me to tell you the story about my client taking her baby monitor to the bar.

    1. Oh my goodness- that's smart thinking...hahah. Just kidding. My monitor wouldn't reach that far:)

    2. ya the outcome wasn't good for her...

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  5. Your boys are adorable! They really enjoyed playing on the beach and building those sand castles and moats. I think it’s great that you were able to plan a family vacation that was convenient for you and your kids. At least you weren’t stressed during the long drive because you were able to manage things “normally.” I do hope that you are able to repeat this through the years. Nothing compares to making fun memories with your family.

    Danny Riddell


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