lazy. {or a post about my vacation with 30 photos}

between vacation and house stuff...i am still not in reality.
i am getting very little done besides keeping my house clean between visits.
so i'm going to document my vacation, okay?
can you hang in there for a lot of photos?
just some thoughts and moments i don't want to forget.
above is hoho's first look at the ocean.
he loved it.  and it's sand.
no fear of it whatsoever. 
totally the opposite of moses last year.
but this year, moses totally kicked that fear to the curb.
he loved the ocean and waves.  
going in as far as his chest.

 his first day there he found the worlds smallest hermit crab.
we kept it for the day and then released him to find his mommy.

 hoho played shuffle board.
a short drive from where we stay in florida is the worlds best playground.
enormous. fun.  family friendly.  and FREE.
there are all the normal playground stuff...plus tunnels and activites and loads of fun things.
it's one of our favorite places in boca.
 more playground.
more playground.
see doug?
across the street from where we stay is an inlet to the inter-coastal water way.
we would go there every day to see the tropical fish.
it's like this huge aquarium right there for you.

the best part of our vacation this year was the boys LOVE of the water.
both boys were fearless and loved jumping in and swimming around.
without us.
they didn't seem to care if we were in or out of the water.
they had their floaties on and did their thing.
some days we spent more the four hours at the pool.
it was wonderful.
i love vacation with older kids.


this was taken with the boys IN the pool.
this is how relaxing it was.
seriously laid back and wonderful.


 like my enormous $1 sunglasses?
 imagine this 1oo's of times. :)


many afternoons were spent at the beach.
then we would shower off the sand and go back to the pool.

 lots of digging in the sand.

 lots of jumping in the waves.


on our last day we went to our most favorite zoo ever.
moses got to pet a two year old alligator.
the zoo was our big outing.
we really didn't want or need more than the pool and the beach.
and our condo was stationed right between the two.
perfect.
some asked where we went.
every year we go to boca raton in florida.
doug's grandparents own a condo down there that they are gracious enough to bless us with the use of.
and doug's mom goes with us.
and i love my mother in law so it is a wonderful, good, blessing.
we are a block (maybe) from the beach and even closer to the pool.

it is wonderful and heavenly.
we got to go on dates alone (thanks to the wonderful mother in law).
we went for walks everyday.

i learned that i LOVE vacation with older children.
next year we won't have to bring DIAPERS OR A STROLLER.
imagine it?!
convinced me even more that i am perfectly content with two OLDER kids and that i am more than ok being done with babies.
the boys were old enough to make vacation enjoyable and relaxing again.
i loved it.

we had a great vacation and we plan to go back every single year for as many years as we can.

we are thankful for grandparents who are generous.
we are super thankful for my fabulous mom (in law) in NJ who goes with us and lets us enjoy some time together.
and we like being with her too.

we are blessed and spoiled.

and i can't wait to go back next year with my three and five year old.

:)
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7 comments:

cbryan said...

I can't wait for vacations with older kids! Our daughter is 2 years and our son is 3 months... going ANYWHERE is a battle. A fun battle at that. :)

Jeanette said...

How beautiful! I lost my sweet mother-in-law last September. We lived just 8 houses apart so she was a super help when the children were young. They even took the children to Disney World and my husband and I stand at a different lodge on the grounds. We would visit with them and the children for a few hours, it was great. It was like a second honeymoon for us. Enjoy your boys they grow way to fast.

Artsy Matilda said...

Those boys are so stinkin' cute! What a wonderful blessing to have a family vacation tradition! I am so glad y'all can enjoy a little time without all the "life stuff". Happy Summer! xoxo

Holly said...

This is the first year I can go to the pool with all the kids and sit bcak and relax! I love it! So glad yall had a great trip!

Crystal @ Ordinary Days said...

Looks like fun!! Girl, you have some serious muscles in those thighs!! LOL

I am starting a "Make a List Mondays" linky party on Mondays (starting today). Would love it if you could join! :)

Crystal

Andrea said...

Yes, I agree that vacationing with older kids is so much more relaxed and enjoyable! My kids are 11 and 9. Even though I miss their little toddler selves, I love the benefits of them being older!

Sewing-Chick said...

Must have been a wonderful trip! Not traveling with a diaper bag and stroller will certianly be nice :)

I love all the appliqued state t-shirts! Did you make them?

I actually made one for my son not too long ago: http://sewing-chick.blogspot.com/2011/07/upcycled-baby-shirt-goodness.html

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