Beach Babes

At the beginning of Winter break, we were able to take a trip to Siesta Key, Florida with my family. Our family owns a condo in the area, so we used to go all the time when I was in high school and college. However, with the busy-ness of life with kids, and a med student husband whose time is not his own, we have only been there once since Kinsie was born, and she was a baby so she didn’t remember.

My parents and my sister’s family flew in a few days before we did, because I had to finish my last few days of school before Winter Break started, and Ryan had another residency interview trip to return from. In those days, we had a major ice storm in Indiana, which delayed and cancelled many flights…ours being one of them. We ended up flying the next day straight to Orlando – which really worked out better for us because we were planning on spending that afternoon and evening at the Magic Kindom for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party anyway before spending the rest of our vacation in Siesta Key. We were all THRILLED to get away from the freezing cold weather!

This was our first time traveling with 2 kids. While the kids were absolute champs, traveling with two is quite different than just one! Our time at the airport was complete chaos with all of our luggage including 2 car seats, wrangling the two kids, trying to prevent Brax from spitting up all over the airport seats while trying not to spill our coffee on ourselves, the kids, or even the floor (can’t waste that gold!) Kinsie was excited to roll her own suitcase through the airport. She spent the flight singing Christmas songs to everyone and watching episodes of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, and Brax slept the majority of the flight. During the time he was awake, he was happy but crazy (per usual!) He made loud happy squeals, smiled at everyone around him, and squirmed so much that we were sweating by the end of the flight. Like I said…the trip wasn’t bad, just chaotic!

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Once we flew into Orlando, my parents picked us up and we headed straight to Disney World. We didn’t buy regular admission tickets, just for the Christmas Party…so we were able to enter the park at 4pm. As soon as we got there, the first thing we did was meet Mickey. Brax was beyond tired at this point, so he really needed to nap, but I really wanted him to get to meet Mickey. He LOVED him! Kinsie and the other kids of course loved him too! During our time at Magic Kingdom, we rode a few rides, watched the parade and the fireworks (our favorite parts), ate Christmas cookies, and had a dance party with the reindeer! We were there until after midnight, and Brax slept on and off in the stroller, and Kinsie not only stayed awake the entire time we were there, but walked the entire time! Even when we held Brax and offered the stroller to Kinsie, she wanted to walk. Finally as we were leaving the park after midnight, Kinsie passed out in Ryan’s arms. We drove back to Siesta Key that night and arrived at 3am. It was a long, exhaustic, but wonderful evening!

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Kinsie was only 9 months old when we went to Siesta Key last, and while she loved the pool and the sunshine, she was not the biggest fan of the beach – mainly because she was too little to run around and enjoy it. The closest we have come to the beach since then was last summer when we went to the Dunes for a family reunion. Kinsie loved that beach, so I figured she would be in heaven on Siesta Key Beach…one of the world’s best and most beautiful beaches. Boy, was I right! She spent all-day every day at the beach. Ryan and I took turns in the condo with Brax for his naps, but Kinsie always stayed on the beach either with one of us, or with my parents. Brax obviously couldn’t enjoy it as much as Kinsie, but that kid has fun doing just about anything. He enjoyed it the best he could!

Kinsie loved spending time with her cousins. They spent a ton of time playing in the ocean, finding sea shells and seaweed, chasing seagulls, and making sand castles (and sand hippos too). We were there on my mom’s birthday, so we had a cookout on the beach on that day. Brax ended up coming down with an upper respiratory infection while we were there, so he was a bit needier than usual, but he still did very well considering. Ryan and I really wanted to get the chance to go fishing on the dock, but it was difficult to find the time. We tried to go during Brax’s naps, but he didn’t sleep more than 45 minutes at a time since he didn’t feel good. On the last night of our trip, we were able to make it happen once the kids were in bed. We didn’t get many bites that night, so we went back with the kids the next day before going to the airport. Ryan finally caught a snapper, so we were excited that we at least got something during the trip!

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We all had such a great time. The weather was perfect while we were there, making it hard to come back to Indiana. We can’t wait to go back again!

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Beach Babe

Over Memorial weekend, we took a trip to one of my favorite places, Siesta Key, Florida. We got to spend about 4 days there with my parents, my sister and her family, and our good friends, the Davis family and Nate Phipps. This was Kinsie’s first real trip and her first time on a plane. Ryan has always had ear trouble on planes, so I was a little worried that Kinsie would struggle too, but she was an absolute champ. She slept most of the plane ride, which was good because otherwise she probably would have been stir crazy since she is constantly on the move! She could not have been a better little traveler on the way there and on the way home!

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Kinsie had so much fun staying up late and playing with her cousins. She is a party girl, so she was loving being around a lot of people and doing lots of different things each day. The first day that we went to the beach, she wasn’t too sure how she felt about getting sand all over her, but after that, she loved it and had a blast! She loved watching the sea gulls and would laugh each time she’d see one fly over her, and she was intrigued by the waves in the ocean and when the water touched her toes. She turned out to be quite the little beach babe!

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One thing that we’ve recently learned about our girl is that she LOVES to swim. She could have spent the whole day in the pool if we let her. She loves to kick, splash and even stick her face in the water and blow bubbles. She would constantly try to dive out of our arms and drink the pool water, so we had to keep a pretty tight grip on her!

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We also got to take a ride on a pontoon boat while we were there. Kinsie was not a fan of wearing her life jacket, but in general, she doesn’t like being constrained in any way, so this came to no surprise to us. She and Kerigan both took a little snooze, but then woke up and loved the rest of the ride. While we were stopped to go fishing for a while, Kinsie got to take her life jacket off and got a kick out of “driving” the boat with her daddy.

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This trip was truly a blessing for us. With Ryan being in med school, vacations are not going to be a common thing for a while. It was really important to us that Ryan get to be a part of Kinsie’s first Florida experience. We are grateful for every moment together as a family, especially in such a beautiful place. My family has been going to Siesta Key since Krista and I were babies, and it has become such a special place for us. I’ve been through many seasons of life and have had some of my best memories take place there. To name a few, Siesta Key is where Ryan and I got engaged, and where I found out my sister was pregnant with my nephew Briggs (Both of these events happened on the same day I might add!) I am so glad that I got to bring my husband and daughter to this beautiful place and continue to make memories that I will always carry with me.

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The whole crew

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Our engagement – May 2011

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