First of all, let me acknowledge the fact that having 2 weeks to go on a trip is pretty amazing. This was a trip to visit family as well as a much-needed vacation. My in-laws invited us to join them in Florida while Marcus's brother, his wife and their boys were visiting the Czech Republic, my sister in law's home. Her parents have not seen the boys in over a year and her sister had not yet met their youngest son. We missed them, but it was fun to have my in-laws to ourselves, allowing them some one-on-one time with Dean.
We started our trip in the Ft. Lauderdale area, where lots of Marcus's mom's side of the family lives. We had a rental house that backed up to a canal off the ocean and had a phenomenal pool.
Having the pool at the house was great. Marcus's Uncle Billy is in the hospital right now, so his mom and dad spent a lot of time visiting him. Hospitals are not the greatest place for toddlers, so Dean and I usually stayed home when they visited. The pool proved to be a ton of fun. Dean, I think, is part fish. One day we spent six hours in the pool. SIX HOURS. Do you have any idea how pruney you get after SIX HOURS in a pool? PROOOOOONEEEEEY! The smile on his face, however, when he learned to jump off the side and put his face in the water? Was worth every wrinkle.
We spent a great day at Zoo Miami. If you are ever in south Florida, go to this zoo!
Oh, HEY, y'all!
There were a couple of nights when we had extended family over to eat with us, which was fun. I got to meet the cousins I've heard about for years but never met and we got to show off Mr. Dean.
The nicest thing about having 2 weeks for vacation was the "permission" to have a buffer day if we needed it. Dean sprouted an ear infection 2 days before we left, which sent us running to the pediatrician for antibiotics. She threw in a steroid for good measure. His ears had started feeling better by the time we left, but a couple of days into the trip, the antibiotics started to upset his stomach. That same morning, I sprouted what may have been bronchitis. In a nutshell, we both felt pretty crummy. Instead of hitting the zoo that day, we stayed in, watched a movie, played with a treasure chest full of toy soldiers, ate yogurt, took medicine and snuggled.
Once we started to feel like ourselves again, we were back in business, hitting Ft. Lauderdale beach, a cute outdoor cafe and swimming swimming swimming until our first week was over.
Up next--Week 2 in Stuart!