Florida in February

Florida in February is awesome. 😄

I woke up early last Friday morning and ran 7 easy miles on the treadmill followed by the 8 minute abs video….followed by a stop for the good stuff.

After a quick workday, Annabelle and I headed to the airport. A few hours later, we were in the Sunshine State!

Saturday morning, I went to a boot camp class with my mom, brother, and sister in law. I always go when I’m in town and I LOVE it. We enjoyed breakfast outside afterwards and it was great to soak up some sunshine.


The rest of the day was spent getting manis and pedis and driving with the top down. 😉

Sunday was a gorgeous day, so we headed to Cocoa Beach. Sunny and 75 in February…yes please.

Annabelle absolutely loves the water and insisted on staying by the water and collecting sea shells. 😍


I LOVE this picture of Annabelle, Poppy, and Uncle Disney.

We left the beach, had dinner (Annabelle loves to take chips from the basket and take a bite and put it back), and headed home to shower and eat dessert. My mom tested out her new blow dryer…

Dessert was Blue Bell ice cream. We don’t have this in PA and I must eat large quantities when I visit Florida.


Monday was a relaxing day…first breakfast at First Watch and then we spent some time at the playground. My dad has tons of pictures from the playground but I don’t have them yet. 😒

The weather turned rainy in the afternoon, so my mom and I headed to the gym. She ellipticalled and I treadmilled. Yup, neither of those are words but I’m using them anyway. I think my treadmill may have been broken because I did the following workout and it felt really good.

2 miles at 8:35 pace
5 miles at 7:30 pace
1/2 mile at 8:35 pace

We finished our workouts with the 8 minute abs video.

John and Emmy were nice enough to make us dinner that night (taco salads) and it was great to just hang out and talk.

Tuesday was another relaxing day, but it carried a dark cloud since we were heading home that evening. 😔 After breakfast, my mom and I walked to her condo gym and completed this workout from Julie.

It was a great workout and I was sore the next day.

After showering and packing up, we went to a local BBQ joint by my parent’s house. The food is amazing and everything comes with huge pieces of garlic bread. I wish I had taken pictures but I was busy keeping a toddler in her seat. 😜 We arrived at the airport early enough for my parents to come in and for Annabelle to run around a bit. We said goodbye and it keeps getting harder and harder. I always get sympathetic looks from the TSA agents who check my boarding pass and ID while I’m sucking back tears.

It was a great trip and I can’t wait to plan my next visit. The plane trip was pretty uneventful except for having to change AB’s diaper in the bathroom. Those things are not made for 2 year olds.

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Merry Belated Christmas!

I know I’m super late to the party, but I wanted to share some of our Christmas fun with you all. I LOVE Christmas and I get very sad when it’s over. I may just leave up our tree forever. 🙂

Speaking of our tree…here it is.

Festival of Lights in Ocean City, MD




A visit with Aunt Lauren and Uncle Rob in NC…Lauren is super pregnant in this picture but you can’t tell. 🙂



A “happy” visit with Santa 🙂

Christmas in Florida with Grandses and Poppy!










Christmas at home 🙂




A super big thank you to my new blog friend Amanda! We participated in a card exchange and she sent me a lovely card with a great treat inside. Thanks Amanda!

PS what’s better than Christmas Eve pajamas? (Thanks mom!) Christmas Eve pajamas that match your daughters! 🙂

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Family time, sunshine, and lots of food.

Late last night, we arrived home after a fun-filled weekend visiting my brother, SIL, and nieces in Florida. Here is a recap of our trip in pictures. 🙂

Coffee and pedicures! My runner’s feet needed some TLC.


Food and ice cream!








A walk to the park and mini photo shoot. My SIL is a very talented photographer. 🙂 I love this little girl so much.







Sunset before we flew home yesterday. Such beautiful weather.


Such a wonderful weekend. 🙂

I’m on a plane.

Yesterday was a very long, but fun day…

– wake up at 4:20 for an early morning run…8 recovery miles at an 8:34 pace and a 3:00 minute plank

– egg, ham, and cheese bagel for breakfast

– 3 hours of work

– flight to Florida to visit my brother and his family!!!


Annabelle fell asleep while we were landing…look at that face. 🙂

– grilled chicken salads for dinner

– Koda and I decided it was bed time around 11.


BTW…it’s 66 degrees here right now. Home temperature is 23 degrees. Florida for the win. 🙂

When is the last time you were on a plane?

What’s the temperature where you live?

Florida Part 2: Softball and Seaworld!

We started Saturday morning off with some softball. Morgan had an 11 am game, so we all went to cheer her on :).


Hamming it up in the outfield.


Annabelle was excited to be there and she loooved her sun hat. Can’t you tell?


After the game, we headed to Seaworld! I had been there once before, but it rained and we didn’t get to see a whole lot. We lucked out and had perfect weather on this visit.




AB was having such a good time, but she just had to take a little snooze.


Luckily, she woke up in time to see the sea otter show. This show was really good because it was great for kids, but it also had some humor for the adults…still kid friendly of course ;-).


Annabelle was sporting her new wrist rattle while we waited for the Shamu show to start…and look at those fists!


Annabelle befriended a sea creature and Emmy caught a picture of Merlin saying hi to her. Love it.






Here are some of my favorite pictures from the trip. 🙂

Uncle Disney and Annabelle


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Morgan rocking AB to sleep :-).


Me, Koda, Emmy, and AB hanging out on the couch.


It was an awesome trip and I can’t wait to visit again. Miss you all!

Florida Part 1: Annabelle’s first plane ride!

Last Friday, my mom, Annabelle, and I flew to Florida to visit my brother (AKA Uncle Disney) and his family.  Annabelle was beyond excited for her first plane ride :).


I fed her as soon as we got on the plane and she passed out for almost the entire flight.  Phew…I was a bit nervous about how she would do, but she was great!  The hardest part was getting her out of her car seat and putting the car seat and stroller through the x-ray machines!


Once we landed, Emmy picked us up from the airport and we headed straight to the mall…pedicures were desperately needed.  While we got our toes done, John, Morgan, and Kenzie took Annabelle shopping.  We are in trouble…she picked out her first thong!  ;-P



After visiting for a while, we headed to bed and Annabelle slept in her travel bassinet for the first time.  This thing is really convenient and worked great…I hope to get some more use out of it before she is able to crawl out of it.

She is a side sleeper and loves to have her arm over her face.


Stay tuned for Florida Part 2:  Morgan’s softball game and our trip to Sea World!

What do you think?

Have you ever traveled with an infant before?

Disney World or Sea World?