I wanted to share a few (ok, a lot) of pictures from our time in Florida a few weeks ago. My parents inherited my grandmother's condo in Naples, and they were encouraging visitors this year (now that we've been there, they might not be so eager next year!)

Our time down there was very nice. We had mostly good weather and we really enjoyed the sunshine.

I considered writing, "Our time down there was very relaxing," but that would be a lie. Vacation with children is about wearing them out and surviving it, not about relaxing. It was nice to have some different scenery and warmer weather though!

Here are our pictures:


The day we left, I realized I had gotten rid of my tennis shoes and never replaced them (like, months ago. Winter brings out the inactive side of me, apparently...) The morning we flew out, I ran to Sherman and got this number at the used clothing store, The Clothing Rack. I love them.


We left around 5:00 in the evening. Nasko and Edward understood that we were going to be flying. Both boys were very excited.


Louis, on the other hand, was not so interested in sitting still while flying. Gone are the days of flying 26 hours with a super compliant baby.

We arrived in Naples around midnight, so we had some sleeeeeepy boys on our hands. Overall though, they did well. I fell in love with our rental car that first night. (It was a 2015 Toyota Sienna. It was the size of a small house. Quite the change from our gas-efficient Mazda 5.)

My parents had rented a crib and had two other beds already set up, so we got the boys to sleep very quickly after we arrived.


Some people slept kind of hard. This is his unaltered, honest-to-goodness bedhead.


What then followed was six days of fun!


We spent some time on the beach...

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We swam in the pool...

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(This kid kept giving the owl poolside hugs and kisses.)

We relaxed...


And enjoyed the view...



(This is the condo building.)


We kept busy by going to the zoo...

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And the park...

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(I think my dad had the most fun at the park!)

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And we ate well!


(That is the biggest piece of tilapia I have ever prepared.)

We had a great time in Florida. The warm weather gave us hope that the sun would eventually shine again in central IL! (And it did. One ice storm later, but we are finally enjoying nicer weather!)

A letter to Nasko, THAT child

A letter to Nasko, THAT child

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