Well hello! How are you doing today? I am doing great! I have had time to process the last few weeks and really I’ve come to realize that maybe I want to move to Florida. Yep. Why Florida, you ask. Because it’s my happy place!
Two Fridays ago, we packed up our car, strapped in the kids, loaded up on snacks, and hit the road for a three day drive to our favorite vacation spot. The last time we did this, we went to Disney World. That was in January 2020, so literally right before the Pandemic hit the USA and the shut down happened. It was a bit cold, but I am so thankful that we were able to do that.
This time we made a few stops on the way to Florida. First we stopped at the INFINITY Science Center in Pearlington, Mississippi. The kids’s favorite attraction was easily the Hurricane exhibit. Isbe kept returning to the Flood Simulator over and over, while Ade convinced us to let him go in the wind tunnel.
After that we stopped at the Mississippi Aquarium in Gulfport, MS. As a family, we love zoos and aquariums. The Mississippi Aquarium did not disappoint. The hubby’s favorite thing was the underwater tunnel. Apparently he’d never been in one before! I loved the dolphin show. They even have little cards that the kids can get stamped at each attraction. Unfortunately we missed two of them, but we were able to stamp all the rest.
Of course we hit the gift shop before leaving. Ade bought a baby sea turtle plushie and Isbe bought a purple dolphin. Hubby was able to add to his shot glass collection, as well, and I’ve decided to collect shirts. I bought a tank-top that ended up being perfect for the beach.
One for the List.
This trip we were able to mark something off my bucket list, something I have been wanting to do for years. Years, people! We spent two days exploring The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Yes, I am one of those people. For all of you who are interested, I will be bringing you a real review of our time there.
We were there for a few days before we headed to Melbourne Beach, Florida not Australia, and stayed in an AirBnB for the rest of the week. I’ve never stayed in an AirBnB before so I have nothing to compare it to, but I can say we had a really great time there. Our hosts were amazing and so nice.
The Trip of Firsts?
There were a few more firsts during this trip, too. Hmm…maybe I should label this the Trip of Firsts. Anyway. The kids have been begging for a few years to go to the beach and this time, we were finally able to take them! They had a blast. So did the hubby and I. I believe I’ve mentioned before that the beach is my happy place? I stood there listening to the waves, feeling the sunshine, and decided that I needed to call my mom up and tell her to just pack up our house and mail our stuff to us because we were never leaving. Obviously that didn’t happen, but I refuse to give up hope of living a beach life.
Another first is that the kids learned to take showers. When picking out our AirBnB, we somehow missed the fact that there was no bathtub. Shower only. Technically their first shower happened at the beach, but when we got back to the house we gave them a real shower. Isbe was kicking and crying all the way into the bathroom, and if she had flat out refused then I would’ve figured something else out, but when the hubby showed her that she could hold and control the shower-head, she was all for it. I almost couldn’t get her out!
So yeah, both kids learned how to take showers and loved it. Ade even asked to take a shower the other night instead of a bath. I’m a little surprised Isbe hasn’t asked for one, too.
The drive home wasn’t as leisurely as the drive to Florida. We decided to drive as much as we could each day so we could get home sooner, mostly so the hubby could have a day of complete rest before having to go back to work. Thankfully the kids have become expert travelers and did amazingly well for being strapped into car seats literally all day.
The rest of last week was spent getting back in the groove of being home and I finally began working on some decluttering projects that I’ve been meaning to get to. This week we’ll resume our school year and settle into ordinary life a bit more.
The biggest shock of coming home was undoubtedly the weather. In Florida, it was nice and warm, even hot. Our first few days home, though? It was cloudy and in the 50s! Like what? I was really begging to go back to Florida then. Thankfully it has warmed up and should stay warm. We even went swimming yesterday! It’s no beach, but swimming is always fun. Unless it’s cold.
Will you be taking a vacation this year?
I’d love to hear where you’re going or what’s on your own ‘bucket list’! Where is your happy place?
Let me know in the comments!