Ahh, vacation! The Keller Kids and I have recently returned from our Florida vacation. Can you believe that little MK had never been on a vacation! When I realized that, I knew it was time to take a trip!
BK, MK, and I headed down to Florida at the end of April. Poor Mr. Keller had to work, but the kids and I were still excited to take a vacation!
We were able to snag a deal on our airfare, and, even better, it was a direct flight to Punta Gorda, FL. We even lucked out and obtained first row seats. The Keller Kids were thrilled. Heck, they were thrilled to ride the shuttle from the airport parking lot to the airport before we even arrived in Florida! BK very excitedly announced as we stepped onto the shuttle, “I’ve never been on a bus before!”
It only got better from there! As we took off down the airstrip, both kids were convinced that we were preparing to go into outer space. They were enthralled. Neither take off nor landing bothered them a bit, and, frankly, the landing was rough! They spent the entire flight happily coloring (BK) and talking away (MK). The only trouble I had with them was when MK was absolutely convinced that she wanted to go yell at the pilot for not coming out to meet her.
The cutest moment we had during the flight was after we landed. MK turned around (remember, we’re in the very first row) and very magnanimously says “Welcome to Grandma Pat’s Florida!” (we were arriving in Florida to visit my grandparents, Bob and Pat).
My grandparents and mom were waiting for us upon arrival. We grabbed our suitcase after it FINALLY appeared (sidenote: why does it take so long to claim checked baggage??),
and we headed to my grandparents’ home in Punta Gorda. From there, we jumped into their pool! BK and MK still both need to take swimming lessons, but they still absolutely love the pool!
Ever cautious, BK swam around the pool with water wings on and pool noodle clutched in his arms. MK, on the other hand, is on the other side of the spectrum when it comes to risk tolerance. She was happily splashing around and swimming with only water wings, and, I suspect, would have relished the opportunity to try swimming without them. Hopefully we can get the kids enrolled in swimming lessons this summer.
Our vacation also included a couple of trips to the beach, of course! I think the beach is what both kids were looking forward to the most. BK had been to the beach before, but it was when he was very little. He really had no memory of it.
I was surprised this time, because BK absolutely threw caution to the wind as he played in the waves! MK was actually more concerned than he was, but that was probably because she caught a mouthful of the water early on and did not like it! Both kids enjoyed playing in the sand and building little sand castles.
We took the kids to the Mote Aquarium, too! I’m not a huge fan of fish so I can’t say that this was my favorite part of the trip, but my kids aren’t hampered by the same phobias. They really enjoyed it–BK probably more so. He had me take a lot of pictures to send to back to Mr. Keller, but we really focused on the jelly fish. BK is, apparently, a big fan!
My sister joined us on the last part of our Florida vacation. We hadn’t seen her since Christmas time so we were pretty excited! Both BK and MK could hardly contain themselves when we picked her up from the airport. They were even more excited when they learned that she had brought her hula hoop!
Our Florida vacation was a great opportunity to catch up with family! Our once very close knit family is now spread between Texas, Illinois, South Carolina, and Florida, and it really makes me sad. I’m thrilled that modern technology allows us to bridge the distance regularly between travel and FaceTime conversations, but it’s just not the same. I stayed near home… they should all come back to me!