A bit from Florida

Monday, November 21, 2011

We arrived in Florida on Saturday evening after a LONG, and I mean LONG car ride with 6 people plus Caroline... so like 6.5 people. Despite how long we were in the car, Caroline actually impressed me without how well she behaved! I must have told her a million times that we were going to the beach, and for someone who had no idea what the beach was, she sure waited patiently to see it! The downside? I don't think she will ever believe me again when I say, "We are almost there," as I told her that the entire last three hours.

Needless to say, we arrived to our Condo around dinner time. Starving, we all ventured up to the PH (Penthouse)- and oohhhed and ahhhhed at the 4,000 + sq. ft. condo we were staying in. I will post some cool pics of that later. We were all a little worn out so we grabbed a bite to eat and then settled in for the night.

Laura and I have been getting up each morning and running. Our first morning run was filled with complaining and doubt, as we attempted to run on the beach. Finally about 1 mile into our run, we had conjured some beach runners knowledge by loosing the shoes, running closer to the water, and leaving all care behind for getting our clothes wet as we frequently get attacked by waves, completing our first day with a 3.55 mile run. Day two we added another half mile, and completed it in less than four minutes longer than the day before. Clearly we got a clue after that first day.

Besides our morning runs: we have all spent the days being lazy on the beach, reading, taking pictures, and eating good sea food. I have even managed to get an essay out of the way. This may be one of the most productive vacations I have had yet.

Caroline is crazy about the beach. She LOVES it!! Now the ocean on the other hand, not so much! She looks at me with bewilderment when I get remotely close to the water, and all but jumps out of her skin when I put her down by the tide. At least she is staying fairly clean while we are out there? I'm definitely not worried that she's going to run in without supervision. That's a plus!

Today we spent the entire morning at the beach, and I really started thinking about how different things are this year. I'm so excited to have Caroline here participating in this yearly family tradition, but it's a totally different game than when I did what I wanted all day every day for the week. For instance: Right now, I could be on the beach getting my tan on, but instead I'm blogging inside while Caroline takes a nap. When we are laying on the beach reading I get through one page every 5 minutes because I keep checking on her making sure she is not eating sand, running away, being carried away by seagulls, or any other typical beach tragedy.

Having said that, I wouldn't change it for the world!! I love watching her discover all of these new and exciting things in her world! The weather here as been fabulous: Sunny and in the 70's with a slight breeze. I am in love with the fact that Caroline can play outside all her little heart desires, and that I can actively participate without thinking of all of the 10 million things I SHOULD be doing. That's what my vacation was all about for me this year anyhow.

Tonight I think my cousin and I are going to see Twilight, just like we have the past couple of years during our Thanksgiving vacation. It's a tradition that will sadly end after next Thanksgiving when the last of the series comes out. **SNIFF SNIFF**

That's about all that is going on in our world. HAVE A GREAT WEEK!!

...and that my Dear, was all she wrote...


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