Terrible TWOSday - Our First Family Vacation

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Well, we finally did it.  We bit the bullet and took a vacation, just the three of us.
We decided in February we were going somewhere so I got online, booked it and decided there was no going back.

Trust me.  I got super anxious, especially as a foot of snow decided to fall Sunday night before we left.  I kept thinking of what I would do if  I had to cancel the condo or just take the airline credit.  A tiny part of me wanted to just stay home snuggled in bed all week and not feel guilty that I had to cancel it all.  But we made it and I'm so glad we did!

We flew out to Tampa Monday and stayed through Friday.  Honestly it was the perfect amount of time.  I may have stayed one night longer however I would have convinced my mom and dad to come along for the extra hands. :)  Our condo was right on the bay - a gorgeous view and perfect for our family.  Even though we ended up all sleeping in the same bed, it was a much better choice than a hotel.  Plus I ended up going to bed around 8:30 every night with Cohen.  Basically I played sleep catch up on break and I wasn't complaining.

 view from our condo

Florida decided to get the cold front from our awesome winter weather.  The temps for the majority of the week were around 65.  However, the sun was out in full force which made it feel a bit warmer. It was perfect weather to visit the zoo, the aquarium and even see Winter the dolphin from a Dolphin's Tale.  One day Cohen fell asleep in the car so I had my husband pull the car up next to the big deck that overlooked the bay at our condo.  He slept and I relaxed in the sun in jeans and a sweater.  And I got burned in jeans and sweater.  Trust me folks, you can still burn in Florida when it is 60 and you are wearing jeans and a sweater.  We spent our last day at Clearwater playing on the beach.  Cohen wanted to swim in the ocean so badly, however it was just a bit too cold.  I got him to settle for a football instead.  Even trade I would say.

 lovin' the beach even in a sweatshirt

 Winter the Dolphin

 our cute dinner date at the beach

Cohen did really well on the flight.  On the way home it was nonstop, so it was a bit longer than on the way.  He passed out and my husband annoyingly woke him up.  Therefore the last 20 minutes of the plane ride our friendly planemates were exposed to a nonstop grouchy cry fest.

Once again, thanks hubster.

Our first family vacation was such a great time.  I think we are going to make it a yearly occurrence during spring break.  However, this time I will start planning like next month.  This last minute planning was a little stressful for me.  But I'm so happy that I finally sucked it up and did it.  

And I survived  a vacation with a two year old.

Can I get an AMEN?

Happy Family! :)


  1. Woohoo for making it through as well as you did and for having fun (minus the cryfest part). I hope your hubs learned his lesson there!

  2. Oh, AMEN! Any time we've done a family vacation without adult backup, I wish we got to go on an adult only vacation after! I decided it's not a vacation when they are this little, it's just a trip:)

  3. I want a vacation. I want a vacation some where warm. I want it to not cost $5,000. Oh, well. I guess we are going to go do some camping in our back yard. Alaska does have some beautiful camping spots.

  4. Congrats on surviving!! We've always had little ones. It might be nice this summer now that my youngest is 5.

  5. Awww, looks like fun! Sometimes traveling with little ones is so much work I feel like I need a vacation from my vacation.

  6. looks like a great holiday!!

  7. I wish I would have known. I live in the Tampa area. We love Winter. Sorry the weather was so cold. It looks like you had fun though.

  8. By Winter I mean the dolphin! lol

  9. It sounds like it was good overall. I want to go visit Winter someday too.

  10. Traveling with little ones can be rough, but a lot of fun too!

  11. Glad to see you made it through your vacation with the little one. Looked like fun.

  12. I need a vacation to somewhere warm!