and now I know why people go to Florida in the winter

Because it’s freaking beautiful. 

Andrew, Maelle and I joined our best friends from Ohio in Captiva for a week earlier this month.  We stayed my friend’s client’s rental property ON THE WATER and it was (in the words of her four-year-old daughter) “ah–pause–mazing.”

I’d never been to Florida in the winter, so I wasn’t sure what to expect in terms of temperature.  While it wasn’t swimming weather (at least not in the ocean–brrr!), it was a good 50 degrees warmer than Buffalo.  I’ll take it.

Because the house had beach access, we could easily pack up the babies and hang out for as little or as long as we wanted.  We had no agenda, and it was glorious.

We were able to use the property owner’s pool next door, which was heated.  We hit the beach and the pool most days, and did some beach and town walking as well.  We were largely on the babies’ napping schedules (which weren’t the same!), but the downtime was so relaxing.  We took turns cooking dinners, ate a few family-style breakfasts and tried a couple of the local restaurants.

We’ve decided a winter vacation to Florida is a must-do, and Emily and I have already made our packing and shopping lists for next year…

When our week in Captiva was up, our friends flew back to Ohio and Andrew, Maelle and I drove to Orlando.  Andrew had business there the following Monday, so we were able to spend a couple days exploring.  We visiting the Morse Museum, which showcases Tiffany glass.  Andrew knows how much I like the lamps, so it was a treat to see them and other pieces, including the giant mirror (below).

The museum is located in Winter Park, outside of Orlando, and super quaint.  There are boutiques on boutiques on boutiques, and we enjoyed walking up and down the main street browsing.  We ate Turkish food outside at one of the restaurants and Maelle even tried ice cream for the first time.

The highlight for me was Rifle Paper Co., which is the whole reason Andrew brought us to Winter Park.  He spoiled me with some new stationery and their 2020 wall calendar.

As we were leaving, Maelle fell asleep on my shoulder, so we laid a blanket out in the park there and let her nap.

When we got back to the hotel, we hit the rooftop pool for a quick dip.  Maelle LOVED going up and down!

We finished our night with a walk to grab tacos, before an early bedtime.  Maelle and I flew home the following day, and Andrew followed a few days later.

It certainly was hectic returning home to a post-Christmas house after two big trips and no one to help with the baby for four days…but it’s always nice to sleep in your own bed.

What was your first big trip after having a baby?

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