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Destin, Florida … March 2014

March 18, 2014
Owen Charlie in the Ocean

Well … we’ve safely arrived back in MN.  To welcome us home,  we’re being ‘blessed’ with a winter storm today complete with ice, sleet, and more snow.  Oh well … we all got the break from the cold that we needed, and we can see the ‘Spring’ and the end of this ‘Winter’.

 

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I mentioned before that we decided to DRIVE … 2700 miles round trip … From Minneapolis to Destin, FL … with an almost 2 year old, an almost 4 year old, a 30+ weeks pregnant lady (me), and a large dog for part of the way … in a Honda Accord.

Sound like a recipe for disaster?!?  I was definitely a little concerned prior to our departure. I’m happy to report, however, that I’d do it again.  In a heartbeat!  Well, maybe in a couple weeks or so.  Don’t get me wrong … there were times along the way that I wanted to join in on the crying from the backseat, but those were few and pretty far between.  The boys actually did a lot better than I thought!

Here’s a little recap of the whole process …

 

>>  CHALLENGE ONE  <<

 Fit all of this in the car (plus two car seats, 4 people, and space of the floor in the backseat for Molly (our Vizsla) to lie down).  Also not pictured … our BOB stroller and Owen’s ‘motorcycle’. (a.k.a balance bike).  These were two key things I really wanted to fit (but was prepared to leave behind if it just wasn’t going to happen).

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WILL IT FIT?!?!

 

Well, challenge 1 … was a success!!  It was a bit tight, especially until Iowa where we dropped off Molly, but it all fit and we were all relatively comfortable (as comfortable as a pregnant lady in her third trimester in a car for many, many hours can be).  Matt tells me that he’d like to highlight his supurb trunk packing skills.  I tell him it is my superb packing skills.  :)

 

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ALL READY TO GO!

 

>>  CHALLENGE TWO <<

Keep the boys entertained!

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OUR VERSION OF A BUILT IN DVD PLAYER

The ultimate goal here was minimize whininess and crying (by all parties).  For this … we tried a couple things:

  1. Snacks.  Food always seems to keep them happy for a bit.  We tried hard to find ‘healthier’ snacks so this strategy wouldn’t backfire a couple hours down the road when we had two boys crying because of tummy aches.  Cashews, Epic and Lara Bars, Apples (yes, I brought along a knife to cut them up in the car), bananas (though I don’t necessarily recommend them for car trips … think brown mushiness by the end of the day) made up the ‘healthier’ options.  Some fruit snacks, gummy bears, and cheese puffs also were thrown in every once in awhile if I really needed something to cheer them up.
  2. Movies on the iPad.  Yes … it’s true, we don’t have a minivan or SUV or station wagon that might have a built in DVD player to entertain kids on the go.  We have a Honda Accord.  One advantage of this car?  The front seats are close enough together to wedge the iPad in between just perfectly!
  3. Coloring … with markers (we usually only use crayons at home, so it was a bit of a treat):

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    USING MARKERS (WHICH RARELY GET USED AT HOME!!)

  4. And, of course … napping.  Here’s the excitement from the back seat when we crossed into FL finally!!

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    CAN HARDLY RESTRAIN THEMSELVES THEY’RE SO EXCITED!

>>  ‘CHALLENGE’  THREE  <<

Have nice weather!
While I realize this one was completely out of our control … we totally lucked out!!  When we finally arrived … the weather was just perfect!  We pulled into our condo, quickly changed into shorts, and headed to the beach to show the boys the beach and the ocean FOR THE FIRST TIME!
Loving the beautiful, white sandy beach …
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First steps into the white sand!!

 

And the ocean …

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TESTING OUT THE WATER

 

More playing in the sand …

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So excited to be on the beach (and out of the car)!!

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Charlie had something really, really important that he was telling me (though, I have no idea what):

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Thank you, Mom for bringing us here (I think is what he was saying) :)

 

The next day, we broke out the stroller and ‘motorcycle’ and went for a long walk.  You have no idea how nice it felt to be walking OUTSIDE for a change.  Without coats, hats, mittens, scarves, boots, etc …

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ENJOYING THE WARM WEATHER AND A WALK …. OUTSIDE!!

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I THINK IT’S TIME FOR SOME NEW SUN HATS … HMMMM

 

Then, back to the beach for more fun:

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Charlie LOVED the water!!

It proved to be very difficult to get Charlie out of the ocean.  His whole body was shaking he was so cold, but would.  not.  leave!!

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SOME FRISBEE ON THE BEACH

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LET’S GO!

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I’LL JUMP IN IF YOU DO, CHARLIE!

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A LITTLE DEEPER ….

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(Oh, and a word of advice to pregnant ladies going to the beach … don’t buy a neon horizontal striped suit.  All black would have been a much better choice)

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I did manage to prop the camera up on a garbage can and get one full ‘family’ shot …

 

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ALL {almost} FIVE OF US!

 

And before we knew it, it was time to head back home.  I’ll miss our breakfasts on the patio, long walks in shorts, and most of all … the beautiful beach and ocean!  At least it’s mid-March already, so soon enough we’ll be enjoying all of that here in MN (with the exception of white sandy beaches and ocean …).

Now we’re refreshed and motivated to finish up some projects around the house before family member #5 makes an appearance in two months!! Hope you’re all having a great week!  Stop back tomorrow for more of our home tour! signoff

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11 Comments

  • Reply Ida March 18, 2014 at 10:15 am

    Looks like you had a wonderful time! I can’t believe you took such a long road trip. I can’t even make it to Disney (about 250 miles) without losing it in the car!
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    • Reply Katie March 18, 2014 at 11:54 pm

      Ha! I had no idea what to expect when we set off. I guess they are at good ages to cooperate in the car (mostly). When baby 3 comes, all bets are off!! Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great rest of your week!!

  • Reply Brittany March 18, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    You have a beautiful family Katie! Looks like you all had wonderful time at the beach! The water looks amazing, I’m so jealous!! :)
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    • Reply Katie March 18, 2014 at 11:50 pm

      Thanks, Brittany! We had a great time … hate to return to this cold and snow in MN!!

  • Reply Sonnet @ SohoSonnet Creative Living March 18, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    Awwwww looks like you guys had such an amazing time. You look GREAT katie! Love your prego belly, you are just all belly… that is awesome. So glad to have you back in blog land :)
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    • Reply Katie March 18, 2014 at 11:49 pm

      Ha! Not exactly ALL belly, Sonnet, but thanks! I kind of felt like a huge whale next to all the college kids partying on Spring Break. Oh, how things change in 10-15 years :)

  • Reply Courtney @ Crafts by Courtney March 18, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    You guys look good at the beach!! Forget the snow move to Florida and make sand castles not snowman. I love all the pictures, you guy really look happy and relaxed! I hope it was good weather while you were here, it was cold in my area a couple days and rainy.
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    • Reply Katie March 18, 2014 at 11:48 pm

      Thanks, Courtney! I was nice. A little windy on the last day, but overall … pretty nice! We had a great time! I’d love to move!! :)

  • Reply Melissa @ A Prudent Life March 18, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    Thanks for sharing all your great photos! They make my toes yearn for the sand :) You guys all look so relaxed & happy!
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    • Reply Katie March 18, 2014 at 11:47 pm

      Thanks for stopping by, Melissa!! It was a great trip … and such a nice break from the cold and snow up here!!

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