We Took a Vacation!
I'm sure Collin will love me for this picture one day :) This past week we packed up and drove down to Fort Lauderdale for a few days. It was our first family vacation in almost three years and we had a lot of fun.
At first I wanted to cancel the trip due to all the expenses my root canal and car had cost us. But, Michael had already paid for the hotel and he had gone through priceline so we couldn't get our money back anyways. So we kinda HAD to go, oh darn ;)
So Monday, after shelling out another $900 at my third dentist appointment in two weeks, we were finally able to begin our trip.
Collin did great! It was about a 3 hr. car ride and he never got fussy or anything! Of course we kept him awake for his nap so he would crash in the car, but even when he was awake he was happy. We were very surprised.
And let me tell you, when we got to the hotel this little boy was in Collin heaven!
This is the view we got every time we stepped out of our room. It's all inside! There was a glass roof up above so during the bad storm that came through we could even watch the lightning.
Collin begged and begged his daddy to take him down to the lobby. His favorite place was the pond where they had huge fish and turtles!
This is the view at night.
Our hotel was actually two rooms. A little living room at the front and then the bedroom towards the back. One night Collin was begging Michael to take him to the pond but Michael had already taken him twice that day so he told him no. Collin disappeared into the living room and when we called out to him a few min. later there was no reply. Michael got up to check on him and found him out in the hall heading for the elevators! We bolted the door after that.
Collin's favorite things by far about the trip were getting to stay up late, sleeping with mom and dad, and having his dad around 24/7. He definitely took full advantage of Michael's attention. As soon as Michael was out of his site he would drop his toys and call out Dada? as he went looking for him. It was pretty cute.
Michael's original purpose for going to Fort Lauderdale was to look at the new Temple site and the area around it to determine whether or not to open another store in the future. So we spent Tuesday checking out the area. It's funny how the Temple hasn't even been dedicated yet, but as soon as I saw it I could feel the spirit. It's going to be one of the smaller temples but it's going to be beautiful.
I started the trip with what I thought was just sinus problems but by the second day both Michael and Collin were having issues. Guess I passed something on to them...oops. Since we were all a little under the weather and kinda tired we spent the rest of the time hanging out and relaxing at the hotel.
Arm floats not only act as a floatation device but can also double as instant muscles :)
This was Collin's favorite place to play, under the bed. I sure hope it was clean under there......
And this is how we got Collin to take naps. He just went until he passed out.
The last night we were there we decided to take Collin to the beach so he could burn off some energy before bedtime. We waited until the sun started to go down because none of us wanted to bother with sunscreen and we really weren't planning on swimming anyways. It was relaxing to just listen to the waves and watch the sun set. Although I almost died walking in the sand. Collin kept looking back at me like "what on earth is taking you so long?" I'm pretty sure this is not what my dr. had in mind when she said partial bedrest, so we just won't mention it :)
It was so nice to be able to get away for a few days and be together. I'm thinking we should do it again soon. How about next month!?