We just returned from a week on Anna Maria Island in Florida, thanks to my amazingly generous parents who gifted the trip to us as a family Christmas present. Wow! I always tell everyone that vacationing with children doesn't really count as a vacation, but I just discovered the exception to that rule. Vacationing on the beach in Florida with my parents definitely counted as a vacation. They got up with the kids every day, they took them for walks down the beach, they gave me and Paul a date night... it was heavenly.
|The kids on the beach, with the Crow's Nest in the background|
Lucian was able to celebrate his fifth birthday on our first full day at the cabin. He was super excited! We opened presents in the morning, went out for ice cream and mini golf in the afternoon, played at the beach in our sweatshirts (it was coooold!) and celebrated with cake after a nice warm bath and jammies. I think he was pretty pleased to ring in his fifth year that way. He even won a free game of mini golf, and got to play solo with Grandpa a few days later. Lucian's other favorite activity was to stand in the water, holding his grandma or daddy's hand, and let the waves crash on him. He loved the thrill and excitement, knowing he was totally safe at all times.
|For his birthday, Lucian got this sweater, made by Grandma!|
|Happy birthday to Louie!|
|After a dunk in the waves on a not-super-warm day|
Audrey tried dipping her toes in the water a few times, but she quickly decided that she preferred to keep her distance from the waves. She spent the majority of her beach time lounging in a chair or digging in the sand. When in the cabin, her favorite activity was swinging with Grandpa on the front porch, cuddled under a blanket with monkeys on it. She also loved riding in the stroller when we went on walks, which was a bit of a bummer for her since she has a little sister who generally occupied her seat. Poor girl, I don't think she was quite ready to give up being the youngest. But she had a grand time on various adults' backs and shoulders, so she couldn't complain too much.
It was an amazing trip, and I decided I can't fit it all into one post. There will be more to come!