Florida Christmas {2017}

We headed down to Sarasota this year to celebrate Christmas in Florida with Greg’s family. We had an amazing five days filled with family, fun, and sun.

The kids spent a lot of time in and on the water. It was way too cold for me to even think about getting in. The boys caught several fish from the dock and I paddle boarded with the manatees!

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We had dinner out on the circle on Saturday night and spent some time at the beach on Christmas Eve.

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We opened presents on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The kids spent the rest of our time playing with their presents.

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We had such a great visit and a wonderful Christmas with Greg’s family. We loved seeing the Gilbos in Florida and the kids especially loved seeing their older cousins!

my {long} weekend in photos

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saturday morning started early with 16 miles.

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we headed straight to the pool to celebrate sagan’s birthday!

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crosby loved seeing his friends who we haven’t seen in a while.

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after the party, we loaded up to head to grammy’s house.

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gorgeous sunset.

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sandcastles.

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i ran the bridge on my five mile recovery run on sunday.

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greg and i snuck out during nap time for a beer.

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beach day, part two.

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loving life.

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kenley’s pet for a couple of hours before she released it back to its natural habitat.

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labor day boat ride.

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styling.

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back to reality and preparing for a potential hurricane.

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we had a crazy busy day on saturday, followed by a relaxing sunday and a great long weekend.

how was yours?

my weekend in photos

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we headed to grammy’s house on friday afternoon. the kids didn’t waste any time, they jumped right into the pool for a swim.

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six manatees that came up to the dock to drink the water from the hose, including a little baby!

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friday night sunset.

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saturday morning sunrise.

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i got in ten miles on saturday. solo miles are not as fun but i did listen to a new podcast!

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we headed down to the beach on saturday morning. the water felt amazing!

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making the coolest sand castle.

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after naps for all, we headed out on the boat.

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our little navigators.

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the kids loved the sandbar!

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dinner and ice cream!

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after dinner family photo.

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i stopped for a quick picture during my run this morning. can’t beat that view.

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we had such a fun weekend at grammy’s house. how was your weekend?

my [long] weekend in photos

we headed down to sarasota for the long weekend for some family fun and beach time. we celebrated bobby’s 12th birthday and visited with cousins who we haven’t seen in a while.

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sunday was a beach day. we had such a good time! afterwards, we walked to dinner and got ice cream for dessert.

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we went to the ringling today to check out a new park. the art museum was free today so we checked that out too on the way out. the entire place was really cool and we’ll definitely be back when it’s a little cooler out.

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we finished the long weekend with a little swimming once we got home. the kids love diving for rings and crosby decided to do it in the deep end!

we had such a great trip, it was a much needed weekend away.

how was your long weekend?

my weekend in photos

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thursday night, we had greg’s holiday party at enzo’s on the lake. our dinner was amazing and it was a really fun night.

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we woke up on friday to a cool and crisp day. too bad it didn’t stay long.

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after work on friday, we headed down to sarasota!

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after staying up late on friday and getting up early on saturday, these two were a barrel of fun on our run. kenley didn’t feel well which meant they both took a much needed, very long nap.

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everyone was much happier after nap time!

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crazy hair on our boat ride.

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the girls.

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it was a perfect day for a boat ride.

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afterwards, we headed down to the beach to make our sandman! we should have brought a hat with us.

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while i miss the cold sometimes, this isn’t so bad.

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we got fancied up for dinner to celebrate grammy’s birthday!

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gorgeous lights on st. armands circle.

we headed home on sunday for a day of errands and getting stuff done around the house. we got so much done but we were exhausted by the time our heads hit the pillows.

how was your weekend?!

Mote Aquarium // September 2016

On Saturday, we headed to the Mote Aquarium while we were in Sarasota. I am not sure why we haven’t been before since it’s super close to Grammy’s house, but this was our first time! We were even more excited because Florida residents get in for $6 on Saturdays in September, a total steal!

There were several indoor and outdoor exhibits (cue the sweating) and two different buildings. We saw all sorts of fish, jellyfish, and lobsters inside before making our way outside.  Kenley especially liked the puffer fish and kept waiting for it to puff up, but it never did.

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Crosby and I watched this little crab go back and forth next to the glass for a couple of minutes. I couldn’t believe how quick he was. I was getting such a kick out of him.

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We also saw adorable seahorses and starfish outside.

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The shark tank was another one of Crosby’s favorites. He loves sharks! There was also a huge sting ray in there and another tank with hammerhead sharks.

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The other building had giant turtles, manatees, and the cutest sea otters ever. They were so active climbing, jumping, and sliding all around. There was also another exhibit with baby fish and baby sharks, which were adorable. I’m not sure why we didn’t get any pictures at the other building, but it was also super cool.

We had such a fun afternoon. Both kids really enjoyed it, but Crosby was very interested in each tank and exhibit and we had to encourage him to move on to the next thing. I think he could have stayed even longer taking it all in.

my [long] weekend in photos

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we headed down to sarasota for the long weekend to spend some time at grammy’s house! we got up on saturday morning and went down to the dock for some fishing.

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crosby didn’t quite have the necessary attention span for fishing, but kenley enjoyed it!

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we hit up the mote marine lab & aquarium on saturday, which was super fun. this guy was by far my favorite. more photos to come!

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we fished again before dinner and greg caught one with the mickey mouse fishing pole!

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we went out for a family run on sunday morning and ended up doing four miles. it was brutal between pushing the kids and the heat and humidity. i ran the bridge and greg took the kids to the top, where kenley accidentally dropped her rubber fish into the ocean…hence the saddest face ever.

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we headed to the beach after our run fully expecting to cool off in the water…until we saw this sign. needless to say our beach trip was short-lived.

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ready for the party to get started!

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the kids had such a great time playing with their second cousins. we all had a great time catching up with family.

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sunday sunset over the water.

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our last walk to starbucks of the weekend before it was time to head home. it was back to the grind once we got home, running errands and packing lunches.

we had such a fun long weekend away. it was much needed!
how was your long weekend?

happy labor day!