Spring Break. No plans. Antsy kids. I checked the weather for our current location (Overcast, rainy & 40-50’s). I checked the weather for Florida where we used to live (Sunny & 80’s). Light bulb idea!!! A few text messages and phone calls for arrangements back home. One day before Spring Break began, we finally decided we should go for it!!!!!! (Insert high-pitched girlie screams here). The girlies and I set out for a little road trip to Florida. I committed to an Internet-free, iphone-free vacation (mostly) and it was SO great to be away from the ball and chain (I’m referring to my iphone, not my hubby….just clearing that up for all you negative thinkers…haha). The girls have put up with a whole lot lately so I made sure this vacation was all about whatever the girls wanted to do. They must’ve thanked me a thousand times for taking them to Florida and we all wondered, “Why in the world did we ever move away from all of this paradise????”
We spent a lot of time at the beach. We found some great seashells (which stunk up our Pilot). We did some shopping (the girls spent all their birthday money, allowance and dog-sitting money in less than 4 days). We ate some great food at the restaurants we miss. We had some ice cream (and 2 of us may or may not have lactose intolerance…resulting in gas..which we couldn’t blame Daddy for this time!). We swam in the ice-cold pool. We drove around with the windows down listening to music and singing to the top of our lungs. We went to a zip line and obstacle course activity. We went to see a movie called Croods (The girls liked it…I thought the movie was “ehh.” This trip was all about the girls.) We got to see our old house and even walk through it.
I asked the girls what their favorite part about our vacation was. Katie enjoyed me taking them shopping to the souvenir shops and craft stores. Kylie enjoyed our 2-mile walk on the beach. Haley enjoyed EVERYTHING especially the beach and sunshine. I enjoyed quality time with the girls...and of course getting a tan.
We had a lot of great moments and there was a whole lot of laughter and giggling (only one of us laughed so hard we peed our pants and only one of us had soda come out of our nose). It was really neat to see the girls relax and let loose, just being themselves. It was so nice for me to not have to cook, clean or badger anyone to do anything. All of us were in great moods for 5 days in a row!!!! It was SO wonderful and it was a VERY much needed break from normal day-to-day living and stress.
Anyway, we are thankful to have had a safe trip and for the opportunity to take a very much needed R&R!