2013 Florida Vacation Highlights

Going on vacation with a toddler takes a bit more prepping than going on vacation with an infant, but it was well worth it to get away with my two loves. Also, I can’t thank my in-laws enough for hosting us and helping to make the week so amazing. I have to share some highlights (both in pictures and videos) from our week in Florida.

Easter egg hunt at MarVista{Easter Egg Hunting} How many kids get to say that they went to their first Easter egg hunt on the beach? Abbey gets to say that because she got to do it TWICE! The first hunt was hosted by one of our favorite restaurants, MarVista, on Longboat Key. We were welcomed by a buffet of food and coffee and surrounded by 150 other kids. Abbey really had a great time and had some good egg-loot by the time we left. She did upset a few other kiddos when she “stole” eggs out of their bucket but was happy when we re-planted her eggs so she could find them again. We played with the eggs the whole rest of the week, they were especially fun when Ab played on the beach.

{Visiting Great-Greats} Abbey is so lucky to be surrounded by family ALL the TIME and vacation was no different. Not only did we spend the week with Grandma and Pappa Herron but we also visiting my great aunt and uncle (Sue and Jack Martin) in Leesburg, Florida. We hung out, checked out visiting Great GreatsPappa Wenstrup’s new boat, shopped at Bealls and went to Takis for dinner. Takis is Pappa Herron’s favorite place  because the calzone he orders is literally the size of Abbey when she was born. Of course when we visited Abbey was spoiled! Couldn’t leave Great-Great’s house without a few fun Easter presents including a Mickey book that sings, “Hot dog, Hot dog, Hot diggity dog” when you press his nose.

{Chef Mickey + Disney World} WOW, just WOW! Abbey had such an amazing time meeting all of her favorite Disney characters at Chef Mickey for breakfast. But before we were able to dine, we did some shopping at the gift shop outside the restaurant. Abbey found a Minnie purse that she immediately put on the crook of her arm and then continued to browse around the store and literally said, “CUTE” when she was checking out princess shoes. Yes, she is totally my daughter! I wouldn’t be a good mom unless I showed off the videos that my mother-in-law took of Abbey meeting the characters. If you don’t want to watch them all (like Abbey still does EVERYDAY) then you’ll need to at least watch “Party time” because it’s my favorite.


Donald Duck

Mickey Mouse

Party Time

Minnie Mouse


{Loving the Beach} I truly feel like God created the most perfect daughter for me, I could not have picked one out better if I tried…this little girl LOVES the beach! George and I took turns one day chasing Abbey up and down the gulf shore while she ran, giggled, played, collected shells, made friends and enjoyed chasing the waves. Abbey truly loved spending lots of time on the beach and we truly enjoyed watching her take it all in.


7 months young

As a quick update, Abbey is already 7 months and is pretty much the happiest baby ever. She is a constant joy and entertainment to George and I with her squealing and screaming and beaming smile. Abbey loves playing with her toys and is pretty good at keeping herself entertained on the floor with her big brother Housch keeping a close watch. We have discovered that she really doesn’t like carrots and paper plates (lol) but she devours sweet potatoes, her oatmeal and pretty much any fruit that we put in front of her. At this point there are no teeth visible and really no signs of them popping out anytime soon. Lots of drool but that’s been going on for a while now. We want Abbey to get used to a “sippy” cup so I introduced one last week that has a straw. Occasionally she’ll get some and she is quite proud of herself when she does however she doesn’t have this mastered quite yet and I think it will be a while before she does. I might try another type of cup without the straw as she does pretty good with taking little sips from my water bottle.

My summer baby has been sporting every bathing suit she owns (including her bikini <—–) and loved playing on the beach in North Carolina as well as playing at our local pool. Abbey attracts attention from all the little kids at the Sharonville pool including her buddy Sean this weekend. Sean and Abbey played for about an hour as Abbey watched Sean fill up and dump her pool bucket with water. George and I have to keep an extra close on our baby girl since she’s already flirting with the older boys! Of course Abbey loves her #1 man, her daddy! The only real “word” she knows and repeats over and over is “da” although she hasn’t associated the word with George quite yet. Whenever George says “da-da-da-da” to Abbey she just grins or flat out laughs at him. Something he should get used to! I’m still trying to get Abbey to say “mama” but the closest sound I get to this is “nommmmmm-a-nommmmmm” which is the sound she makes the entire time she’s eating (except when she eats carrots) her food.

We think Abbey is close to crawling and has been positioning herself on her hands and knees quite a few times in the last few weeks. She started this while we were on vacation and I think it was because she was constantly on carpet. We added a comfy rug to our living room floor this weekend to help encourage her to crawl so crossing fingers we’ll be at this stage very soon (I’m going to regret this statement, aren’t I?). This means that George and I will now be crawling all over the house to see what shenanigans Abbey will be getting into very soon. Also a warning to the dog….look out Housh, if her squealing is any indication of her personality I’m sure she will be attacking the four-legged brother!

Abbey had her first experience with Rouster’s Blueberry picking this past Saturday. Actually, both George AND Abbey were there for the first time. I had so much fun introducing Abbey (and George) to the many customers that I see year after year and have gotten to know just through storytelling while they pick. One customer in particular actually purchased Abbey an outfit and sent it to the hospital with my Uncle when Abbey was born. When I saw her this past Saturday she was elated to finally meet Abbey and was just so excited for George and I “to finally have a baby” after our loss with Hope. Others were just happy to play and coo at her and Abbey was just as happy to people watch and play on her blanket under the shade of a blueberry bush. George was on pond duty and took his job seriously, I think the Rouster’s want him back next week! There was even a celebrity siting this time, Anthony Munoz and his family were out picking at the farm.

I’ll leave you with one quick video of Abbey going down the slide (with help from mommy) at the Sharonville pool this past weekend. The best is in the beginning of the video, George introduces Abbey going down the slide and Abbey on cue screams super loud as if responding to her daddy. Have a great week!