an all in one {vacation} post.

hang in there for one long post...just figured I would get it all out there. :)

we are blessed that Doug's grandparents own a condo in Boca Raton that they live in during the winter.  even more blessed that our in-laws could be there so that Doug and I could experience vacation and not just childcare in another state. :) 

we got to the airport with TONS of time to spare.  
good thing because Aaron kicked off our trip by throwing up in the back of the car. 
and for some reason moms are cursed with the instinct of throwing their hands out to CATCH it...so we had a lot of cleaning up to do.  and praying.

with that past us the worst was over.  the boys loved the airport. 
aaron slept for 1 1/2 hours of a 2 and 1/2hour flight.  
sweet.  three of my limbs slept too.

upon arriving in florida aaron commenced eating every fifteen minutes.  that is not an exaggeration, just ask doug or my mother in law.  no sooner did we feed him did we hear "nom?" which is his word for eat. :)  Moses was the same way the last time we went. 
we swam every single day.  it was wonderful.  Moses is a champ...completely fearless.
one of my favorite parts of Florida is the grass...this grass was just mowed...and Aaron is knee deep.
Moses, of course, was in love with the palm trees.  He hugged more of them than I can count.  Everywhere we went we heard "There's a palm tree!".   
Hoho wasn't much of a swimmer.  He didn't mind to get in the pool...it just interfered with his eating schedule.  I could get him to stay in longer if I fed him blueberries while floating in his ring. :)
This is the view from the condo...that is the ocean out there.  On ONE walk and within 30 minutes Doug and I saw two 5-6ft nurse sharks, one moray eel and two barracuda.  Pretty much ensured that I will never swim in the ocean again.
LOVE these little boys.
Both boys loved getting some good grandparent time.  Doug's parents are the best and the boys just eat them up.  Doug and I got to spend time alone EVERY day thanks to his parents. :)

 We went to this awesome park one day.  Aaron decided this was the best time to poop.  And I failed to bring a diaper bag.  The park was close...but far enough away that I couldn't just run back to the condo to get a diaper...so I scoured the park for another baby...hoping to beg a diaper and some wipes from some mom who might take pity on me.  I was just about to give up when I spotted a little girl who looked just young enough to be in diapers...and spotted her mom...who offered me a princess pull-up and some handi wipes (which I rinsed out thoroughly).  Lucky for me Aaron does not discriminate and the day was saved by Ariel, Cinderella and Belle. :)
We went on dates.  And celebrated his birthday.  He is the best.  I love him.
  Moses took to his grandparents right away and had no problem going off on adventures with them.  Doug's grandparents are all from Norway...in the condo is a photo of a large group of their friends who get together every year...picture a photo of 50-60 Norwegians sitting together.  One day Moses looks at the photo and asks "Are these all the people that love Moses?". :)  
 
Which is made even more precious by the fact that every night when we pray with him we end with "Thank you for all the people that Moses loves, and all the people that love Moses".  
At least now he has a visual. :)
After nearly recovering from our previous shark sighting...we decided to be brave and try to snorkel.  I worked up every ounce of courage I could...and convinced myself that it was no big deal.  We were knee deep with our masks and whatnot...ready to jump in and go for it...and what do we see? ANOTHER shark...close enough to step on.  I ran screaming from the water exited calmly and decided to take that as a sign from God that I was not to snorkel that day.
Did I mention that I loved the grass?
Florida agreed with Aaron's hair...ensuring that it will be even longer before I am willing to cut it.
Moses was in boy heaven...he rode a plane, train and a bus.  Saw tons of animals...played in sand, ran, played and had a blast.
We went to the West Palm Zoo...which may be one of my favorite zoo's ever.  Moses, again, loved it.
The boys were boys...eating up all the attention and fun.
I walked by the ocean every single day...never. ever. get tired of that.
love.
Along the inlet was a favorite place to walk...most days it was like looking into a huge aquarium...you could see all sorts of bright fish...yellow, red, turquoise, etc.  Of course...Moses loved it. :)
We had a great time...we relaxed.  We spent time together.  We caught up with ourselves. 
I read a real book in five days...that didn't rhyme or have pictures.  I caught up in my One Year Bible.  

Then we came home...plane ride was OK...bus to the lot was OK...then it started to pour rain...buckets and buckets...so the boys and I huddled in a leaky bus stop while Doug went to get the car.  Which didn't start.  Because during the crazy of cleaning up the vomit from the beginning of the trip...someone with little fingers turned on the interior light...draining the battery.  Thankfully, Dulles has a free jump service...and the car started right up.  Then a trip that took us two hours to...took us 4 1/2 hours from...but other than that....

The best part of this wonderful vacation ending...was knowing that I had a pretty lovely life to come home to. :) ...and there is always next year. :)  


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10 comments:

SarahRachel said...

That looks HEAVENLY!! I'm so glad ya'll had a good time! Beautiful pics! And I had the same experience with a shark being far too close to me in the ocean. I still love the ocean but am always a little on edge when I'm in past my knees!

Leah S. said...

Glad you guys had so much fun! And...so glad you said something. I love Francine Rivers and had no idea she had a new book out!

Mary Elizabeth said...

what book did you read???

love the oean pictures .. you should put them in your shop?!?!?!

wish i could have gone too! looks amazing there!

missed you this week! :)

MCH PHOTOGRAPHY said...

Looks/sounds like you guys had a great trip minus the sharks. Your boys are adoreable! I love the pictures of you and the boys!

Molly said...

Looks like you all had a blast!!! I am doing my beach count down as we speak :) Glad your back safe and sound! Hope you have a great weekend!!
~Molly P

jayayceeblog said...

What a wonderful vacation. Great pictures ... definitely scrapbook material! Love that you got to read a real book without pictures or rhymes!

Petra said...

Sounds amazing!! Glad you had a good time...

Tiffany said...

Wow! Looks and sounds amazing! Vacations are priceless! Great memories and so wonderful that you got so much time with your husband! Perfect.

Parrotts said...

This sounds like a dream vacation (except the pukey part)...and your pics are gorgeous! So glad you had a nice time :)

Smilie girl said...

Sounds like an awesome holiday! Good stuff.

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