About a month ago Henry turned one! We had a big family party. It was fun, but a little sad to realize that this would be our last first birthday party.
He loved his cake! I ordered it, poor kid, but it was delicious. This was the lamest first party yet. You can tell he’s the fourth child.
A week or so later we headed to Florida for our first family vacation. We’ve made a few quick trips down there, but we only had the two littles with us. This time we took a whole week to spend together before dropping the bigs off with their dad.
We spent some time with my aunt on the first day, recuperating from the very long drive. Henry does not travel well, even when driving overnight hoping he would sleep. He did not! He cried or yelled every few minutes after a three hour “nap” until we got to ihop for breakfast, 7 hours later (10 hours total).
Our hotel room was awesome. There was enough room for all of us to sleep and room for the kids to play and roam around. We stayed at the hotel in Lakeside Village. We loved it!
Our next stop was Legoland. Even in the dead of Summer it was amazing.
The next morning we headed to Anna Maria Island where we would stay for 3 nights. We got there kindof late, so we just settled in after getting some groceries for our rental house. We did go put our feet in the water after dinner (a mere 60 steps away), but we didn’t “go to the beach” until the following morning.
That first day at the beach we went out in the morning for a couple of hours and then back out after lunch. My friend Nicole came with her kids late that afternoon and my kids really enjoyed their visit. (I, of course, loved catching up with my friend.) The second day at the beach (our last night) we went out in the morning with my aunt and uncle who were visiting, but Henry was pretty tuckered out and I was sick of the beach by lunch.
I had a hard time at the rental house and I’m not sure I would do it again. It was rough for me because it isn’t home which made me very homesick. The rental that we had chosen was not a good one for Henry and we spent much of the time keeping him out of places or kissing his boo-boos. He wasn’t sleeping well at night either. I was up 4-5 times with him Friday night, so I got up (frustrated) Saturday morning, grabbed my camera and went out in the early morning light while Henry hung out with Daddy. I got some great shots and a nice break from being mommy.
We had a great vacation. We enjoyed spending some laid back, quality time together and I look forward to the next one.