Our Top 10 Moments of Our Florida Vacation

Our Top 10 Moments of our Florida Vacation {in no particular order}:

1.  Beach Days!

2.  A fun night out on the town with my family, complete with sushi, drinks, & dancing

3.  Game Night with old friends

4.  Watching Kylie and her cousin Chloe build a friendship bound to last a lifetime

5.  Learning how to make my Dad’s infamous BBQ ribs

6.  Kylie beating everyone except Grandpa on Family Bowling Day, no joke!

7.  Birthdays!  {Kyle’s, my sister’s, my future brother in law’s, and a belated one for my mother in law}

8.  Attending our old church again… we sure have missed everyone.

9.  Catching up with old friends

10.  Napping in the hammock


Day 131 – A Picture A Day While My Soldier’s Away

Out of all of the exciting things that we did on our vacation, Kylie will tell you that meeting the princesses was her very favorite. While staying at Shades of Green, we took advantage of a character breakfast this morning. We got to meet Belle, Cinderella & Snow White, along with Mickey & Minnie, Pluto, and “Bugs Lightleer” as Kylie would say.

Day 130 – A Picture A Day While My Soldier’s Away

Today was Magic Kingdom time! We toured Disney World with Kyle’s mom, Nathan, Jenny, & us. We rode a few rides, met some characters, had lunch, and watched the parade. It was fun to spend the day with them. Kylie barely made it out of the park though, and ended up falling asleep on Nana’s lap while we were riding the ferry. All in all, an eventful and exhausting day 🙂

Day 129 – A Picture A Day While My Soldier’s Away

We spent today at Sea World with my mom, Mandy, & Chloe. We were able to see “Shamu” and the new baby killer whale, we rode rides, and saw so many beautiful animals. Kylie’s favorite part of the day was getting to touch and feed the dolphins though. The trip to Sea World came to us free compliments of Anheuser-Busch. I am so grateful for such a wonderful company willing to offer free admission to military families. We had so much fun, thank you!

Day 128 – A Picture A Day While My Soldier’s Away

We spent the day with Kyle’s family today. We all headed over to his brother Bryan’s house for some fun in the sun with family. Bryan’s wife Patty made some delicious food for all of us and his mom brought some amazing steaks that we cooked on the grill. Kylie just adores this side of her family, especially Aunt Jenny! Here they were pool side, giggling and telling secrets. We had a wonderful time relaxing with all of them – even Nathan was in town! Hopefully it won’t be years down the road before we’re all able to be together again.

Day 127 – A Picture A Day While My Soldier’s Away

So, most people know that Kyle (and most of my family) are hardcore University of Miami fans. I, however, am a little smarter and run with the Florida State Seminoles! (haha jk, kinda). Today, Kyle’s dad gave Kyle and his brothers tickets to the FSU/Miami game in Miami. They drove down along with Kyle’s nephew Kevin all decked out in their Miami gear with their Miami flags on the car and all kinds of other Miami paraphernalia.
Miami car flags – $20
Miami jerseys – $50
Tickets to the game – too much money
Watching FSU SPANK Miami… oh so priceless!!!

Day 126 – A Picture A Day While My Soldier’s Away

Today was boat day! My mom and stepdad took out their boat and my sister and brother-in-law took out their boat and 2 jetskis on the river. We had so much fun! First we rode down to Sebastian and hit up Captain Hirams from the docks for some lunch. Kyle and Crystal rode the jetskis the whole way! Then we rode over to a little island for some fun in the sun. The kids made sandcastles and played in the water. The jetskis were a big hit too. My sisters and I all went out together, laughing so hard that we nearly pee’d. Crystal is a little ninja on those things! Mandy and I were more like little old grannies. At one point, Kyle, Kylie and I all 3 rode one jetski together. Kylie was hysterical yelling FASTER DADDY FASTER!! She must get that from Crystal… lol

Day 125 – A Picture A Day While My Soldier’s Away

One of Kylie’s favorite things to do when we visit Florida is head to the barn to ride the horses. She has no fear when it comes to them, which amazes me. She rides solo, sometimes even bareback! My sister Sarah was leading Dancer and Kylie around the lake near the barn and I snapped this picture. I love how tiny she looks, although she’s just as brave as can be… riding tall!