Just gonna rub it in a little bit more

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Yup a bunch of you guessed right, we’re in Florida! Mr Rae’s parents rented a house in Clearwater Beach for the whole family (parents, siblings/spouses and kids) and it’s been really fun and warm. But it’s almost over, and then next week it’s off to Seattle for Thanksgiving to spend time with MY family. I tell you we are just a bunch of jetsetters this year. I did a little mental tally: this year I have been to San Francisco, Boston, Chicago, New York, Florida, and (next week) Seattle. That’s waaay more travel than normal for me, plus the first four were long weekends without kids (woot!) But Mr Rae wins hands down with so many trips out to New York and San Francisco in the past year I’ve lost count (he’s got a tech startup). Anyway. What was I talking about again? Oh yes. Florida! We spent a lot of our time here in the sand:

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And we took a side trip to Busch Gardens on what ended up being the hottest, most humid day we had all week.

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While we did enjoy the park a bunch, I have to be honest here: with a 2- and a 4-year old, I didn’t feel it was really worth the $$$ to get in. Elliot was a little disappointed that he couldn’t go on most of the rides he picked out on the map.

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But there’s a cute little area for preschoolers called the “Sesame Street Safari of Fun” so that’s where we spent most of our time:

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And they definitely had fun. But we joked that the four times Elliot rode on the Air Grover mini-coaster costed us roughly $50 each. And then there’s the issue of Ms C’s nap-time, which happens every day, whether we like it or not:

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So that was the end of our visit. Maybe we’ll wait until they’re each old enough to ride the big coasters before we go back. It’s a really great park…I just don’t have kids who can really appreciate it yet. They’re just as happy to play in the sand.

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Hope you’ve enjoyed the pictures of our trip! Glad I have a visual reminder for next week when I’m shivering again.

17 thoughts on “Just gonna rub it in a little bit more

  1. That looks like so much fun! It’s snowing in Utah right now. Kinda wish I was at the beach instead. Lucky girl!

  2. soooo jealous. it’s just cold enough here for snow to be mixed with the rain, but not cold enough to truly snow and get all pretty. that means it’s just awful. enjoy the heat!

  3. Yep, Busch Gardens not great for the preschoolers–maybe next time y’all can drive a little further east to visit Mickey. Sorry about the humidity–we Floridians will be jealous of your trip to Seattle. πŸ™‚

  4. Lovely pics – and that bonnet makes so much sense in the sun, as well as being super-cute! You’ve inspired me again to try making rashies (swim tops) for my boys.

  5. Ugh. You are correct. Two days this week were miserable!! It wasn’t even that hot out just yucky feeling. I hope that you all still had fun at BG, it is one of our favorite places.

  6. your kids are beautiful! so are your pictures. I really need to make that bonnet now…..
    Do you know how jealous I am that you can get your two year old to take a nap in a stroller? On a regular schedule? I can’t even get mine to take a nap in her BED.

  7. Aw, and I live so close! I do wish you had posted about your plans to go to Busch Gardens. With a 2 year old and a 4 year old, too, I could have told you to save your money and stick to the beach. πŸ™‚ And of course you came when we were having unbelievably gross November days! I hope you had fun anyway. And I’m jealous of your Seattle trip! Happy Thanksgiving!

  8. That beach is really beautiful, wish I was there. We often go to Disney this time of year, but I just had a baby, so no trip this year. I keep wishing I was on an airplane headed South (from Vermont). I am enjoying seeing your kids in their handmade clothes on their vacation ;o)

  9. Ok….yeah, I’m jealous!! :). Safe travels!! Let us know if you guys want to meet up- there’s a great children’s museum in Factoria πŸ™‚

  10. I love that you have the exact same stroller as us and as a New Zealander living in Australia it was lovely to see a NZ made stroller on the other side of the world. The twins (and our first) all loved to sleep in this stroller too. It looks like you’re having a great holiday and it’s nice that you get to spend so much time with both sides of the family. I hope you continue to have safe travels, God bless

  11. By rubbing it in I bet you didn’t mean that your two year old only a month younger than mine actually will wear a hat. Argh. I’m seriously running out of things that he will wear that are made by momma. Hats are the top of the hit list.

  12. Had a friend from church call me this a.m. She and her family stayed in Clearwater Beach 2 years ago. We discovered we had rented the same house! She often reads your blog and thought the pics of the beach looked familiar! Gosh is it a small world or what!

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