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Florida Vacation Part 2 {2017}

It’s part 2 of our epic Florida Vacation. If you missed part 1 click here.

Day 5:

We started the day with a visit to the Frost museum in Miami. It was super hot and we were starting to melt down (I might have been the first one). We were super thankful when we spotted a water area. My kids love animals so anytime there is touch tank we find ourselves spending a lot time by the tanks. This time we got to touch sting rays. Our favorite room has to be the INDOOR room where the kids got to dance in the lit floor. So fun! After this fun and air conditioned room we walked out to 98 degrees and 67% humidity. Jacob was way ready for a nap and I was ready to sit in an air condition room. A few minutes later J fell asleep and I got some much needed cool down time.Later that night we met up for cousin night in Ft Luaderdale. Day 6

We headed to Castaway Island with my mom, Osh and the kids.     We had so much fun!

For dinner I met up with some of my childhood friends at a local Mexican restaurant.Day 7

We laid low and just spent the day at my cousins house playing with her 3 kids. The kids played so nicely that it made me sad to think about leaving in a few days. Growing up with my cousins are some of my favorite memories! The kids played dress up, puzzles, ate lunch and ended the aternoon with water play. For dinner we went out to celebrate my sister, Germaine’s birthday at a karaoke bar.  What a busy week!

See you next week for part 3!

To see past trips click below.

Florida Vacation Part 1 {2017}

Florida Vacation {2016}

Florida Vacation {2015}

Florida Vacation {2014}

Florida Vacation {2013}

Florida Vacation {2012}

 

Florida Vacation Part 1 {2017}

Every year I take the kiddos to visit my parents, sisters, grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins, friends and more. This year however was epic! Epic because it was long. Epic because I survived 2 weeks of airplanes, suitcases, room sharing and multiple car seat transfers. Epic because we went to the hottest, muggiest and sweatiest state in the middle of summer.

Per usual it was super busy. We celebrated my sisters, Germaine‘s birthday, attended my childhood friends birthday party, we there for my safta‘s memorial, and lot’s more.

 With over 800 pictures I thought it would be too much for one post so I’ll break it down to a few posts.

Week 1:

The only direct flight that didn’t cost an arm and a leg was really early in the morning. Hubby and I decided to leave the kids in their jammies and drive straight to the airport.

The kids were really good on the flight! Jacob even napped for 2 hours.

See my Traveling With Kids tips here.

Day 1:

My dad got Sarah a scooter. The kids were super excited to try it out first thing in the morning!Nono, the kids great grandfather, came by for a visit. It was already starting to heat up so we deiced to go to walk over to the pool and cool off. Sarah spotted an iguana and was super surprised to learn they just roam the grass in South Florida.

She thought she could touch one until the iguana started running after her. A few minutes later she found a much smaller animal to catch.

Later that afternoon we went out to run a few errands. The kiddos experienced their first summer storm. Jacob was confused by the rain so he made sure to cover saba’s (grandpa in Hebrew) head. My dad thought it was so funny so he decided to do the same.My sister, Osh took Sarah out for ice cream and then to her place for a sleepover. Day 2:

My parents got the kids a few new toys to add to the toys my parents keep for our visits. Jacob was mesmerized by the train set and spent most of his mornings working on his railroad. I needed a haircut and some color so Osh picked us up for a day at my moms salon.

While Etti tried to tame my mane, the kids helped my mom in the front desk.Sarah even got her nails done!You know you are in Florida when the hair salon passes out cuban coffee during your visit. Before and after! The kids were done after a few hours so my dad took them back home for lunch and nap. I walked into my parents room and saw this. My heart melted and I took about a dozen pictures.These are the moments and reasons I take my kids on these trips.

Day 3

On this day we made plans to meet up with my cousin and her kids at the local library for story time.After lunch, naps and some relaxing we met up again at my friend Alexis’ house for a swim play date. I didn’t take any pictures, except I did get the Sarah’s swimming together. I had plans with Germaine this evening, so my parents watched the kiddos. My dad took these cute pictures of my mom loving on Jacob.Germaine works for a magazine where she gets press passes to different events. Thanks to my sis we got to sit at a Beach Bunny swimwear fashion show. After the show we hung out in the tent and visited some of the booths. These cotton candies tasted like roses and pink lemonade. Yum! Day 4:

We started the day with brunch at my aunt and uncles house. I think Jacob looks a lot like my cousin, Morris when he was young.  After a super full belly we made our way to the pool.For dinner I met up with my friends to celebrate my childhood friend, Corrie’s birthday. She asked us to come dressed in 80’s clothes. What a fun night!

See you next week for part 2!

To see past trips click below.

Florida Vacation {2016}

Florida Vacation {2015}

Florida Vacation {2014}

Florida Vacation {2013}

Florida Vacation {2012}

Disneyland with friends {2017}

When we bought our 3 day pass for Sarah’s birthday at Disneyland we purposely didn’t use them all at one time. That way we could do two days as a family and one day with friends. These guys are season pass holders so they had a few shortcuts. For example, they don’t normally ride the tram, but since my kids enjoyed it last time, we did. Yay!! Excited to go in!

 

Jacob and Flora, such cuties!First ride of the day, It’s a Small World (Jacob and I missed this ride last time so we were eager to try it)

  Next up was the carousel.

 

Throughout the day, all the big kids wanted to hold Jacob’s hand. We have such sweet friends!  Jacob napped while the big kids rode some big kid rides.

During lunch time, Sarah lost her 4th tooth!!

Next up was I think everyone’s favorite, Astro Blasters.

We tried taking a picture of the kids, but J didn’t want anything to do with it. Luckily those that wanted to smile came out cute!Another favorite ride was Autotopia. Flynn was an awesome driver! Love these kiddos!

Another thing my season pass friends do or not do is watch the parade. We were in line for a ride when the parade passed by.  And just like that we ended our trip to Disneyland with friends with this blurry picture.

7 kids, 12 hours and 10 miles later I was pooped. Bravo to all you pass holders, but this mama wont be back for another couple years.

PS Thank you to mama friends for showing us newbies the ropes. Fun times!

Oshrat’s Visit {2017}

 My husband recently had emergency spine surgery.

My sister, Oshrat, immediately booked a flight so that she can help out. I didn’t ask her. I didn’t know I needed her. She just showed up!

And I am so so thankful she did.

While she was here, hubby needed a second emergency surgery. I was beyond exhausted and (truthfully) falling apart.

Osh however held down the fort. She took the kids out on outings, cooked, bathed them and put them to bed while I was in and out of the hospital.

It wasn’t our usual fun visit, but thanks to Osh I have some great pictures of their adventures to remember of.

 

 

Osh was even able to attend Sarah’s tap recital

 

   

Towards the end of her trip when things finally got calmer, the kids and I took her to the beach.

Thank you, thank you and thank you from the bottom of my heart for being here! You were the perfect rescue during our hard time. We couldn’t have survived those crazy two weeks if it wasn’t for your generous heart. Love you and appreciate you oh so much!

And just like our rings say, Always Sisters Forever Friends.

To see previous visits click below.

Oshrat’s visit 2015

Oshrat’s visit 2014

Oshrat’s visit 2013

Museum of Ice Cream

A few months ago my sister, Germaine, forwarded me an email about a new pop up museum in LA. I skimmed the email, but decided to buy tickets at a later time. A couple days later I started seeing a bunch of Instagram pictures from my friends and celebrities. I quickly went back to my email, clicked on the link to find out it’s been sold out. Hmm what the heck is up with this museum?

Well after a waiting list, a dash to my computer to buy our tickets, a random date on the calendar and ta da we where on our way to the Museum of Ice Cream.

Waiting for our group to enter.

When you buy tickets you have to pick a time slot. This way, only a small amount of people go at a time. Ready, set, go!Room #1 – welcome room and a few rules. Tasting #1 – Dove chocolate.Room #2 – a room full of pink telephones. Tasting – none.

Sometimes there was someone on the other line and sometimes there wasn’t. Room #3 – La La Land Tasting #2 – Salted ice cream with a hard shellNeither kid liked it. I thought it was good, but a bit to salty.  Room #4 – Bananas Tasting – none

This room had 3 sections. Scratch and sniff, swings, and a place to go “bananas”. Room #5 – Mint  Tasting #3 – Mint flavored mochiThe kids got to water the mint garden. Jacob was a big fan of the tasting.  Room #6 – Claw  Tasting – none

This room had some fun pieces. Like huge plastic rainbows, a pink mirror, cute sayings and a claw machine. We were to busy trying to win a prize that I didn’t get a chance to take a picture of the fun machine. After a few tries I got a key chain, but I let it go after the guy behind me yelled something out and scared me. He saw us later in another room and gave my kiddos the same key chain we won.Jacob had fun dancing to the music and light show.  Room #7 – Popsicle’s  Tasting – none

This room looked like lot’s of fun! Except is was mostly roped off and we were asked to be gentle with the pieces. Room #8 – Gummy bears  Tasting #4 – A handful of gummy bears Room #9 – Cones  Tasting #5 – Cookie dough in a cone This looked horrible, but it was basically a cake ball in a cone. Yum!Room #10 – Sprinkles  Tasting – none

This is what sold me. I thought the kids swimming in a pool of sprinkles would be so much fun. I was right, the kids had a blast!

Sarah’s first reaction was to make a sprinkles angel. Which was totally cute, until I noticed her undies showing in all of the pics.   Jumping off the dive board was not allowed, but I turned around and saw this.Jacob was mostly interested in taking out the sprinkles. I also found a few in his diaper. :0Our last minute in the pool consisted of covering Sarah with sprinkles. So fun! Room #11 – Breakfast, ice cream swing, games and store.  Tasting #6 – Ice cream sandwich made with two pink pancakes and that’s a wrap!

We had lots of fun, got some great pictures and made a memorable experience. Until next time LA!

PS thanks for the recommendation G.

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. However I wrote this post for mamas from a mama’s point of view.

Show & Tell Tuesday – Travelogues

I’m linking up with Andrea for Show and Tell Tuesday.

The theme this week is…Travelogues.

Which fits perfectly as I just got back from my sister’s baclorette trip in Mexico.

Day 1

I arrived late Thursday evening. I had a few gifts waiting in my room. The theme for the weekend was #NachoAverageBach.Day 2

We started our day with a visit to Starbucks. I tried their little cheese breads which remind me of Brazilian cheese bread. It was delicious!

While we waited for a few more people to arrive we walked around town. We spotted a market with some kosher food!

Ready for the day with out gear. Our event for the day was a boat trip out to sea.  After this picture is when things started to go bad. It was so windy my hat flew in the water! Luckily the guy had a super long pole and got it for me. It was so so windy. The waves were huge and the boat was rocky. I tried my best, but I just could not hold it together. My cousin and I remained on the side of the boat for the remainder of the trip.

We finally made it to a calm area where we can get out of the boat and snorkel. I wasn’t completely ready to go in, but was trying to make my way down when I slipped and fell into the water.

Now I have a huge black and blue bruise on my chest.

We ate lunch and hung out for a bit.

G even got to drive the boat. I hung out on the boat some more while my sisters got in the water. G had fun playing around on the ring float I got her! The way back wasn’t any better. I threw up my lunch and more. I really don’t think I can do small boats anymore. Ugh I was so sick!

For dinner, I made reservations at Diablito Cha Cha Cha.After dinner we went out to a club where I didn’t take a single picture :(

We ended the night with a little night swim back at the hotel. G found another fun float! Day 2

We started our day with some cheesy cousin pictures. Our plan for this day was to go to Tulum to see the ruins, swim in a fresh water cave and go to the beach. We stopped for an early lunch at an authentic taco cart with the yummiest salsa bar.  The Ruins were beautiful and so is my sisters squad. We got super lost after this picture, but thanks to Vanessa’s entry ticket we were able to go back to our tour guide.Next part of the trip was my favorite adventure, the Cenotes. We cooled off in the water and swam around looking at coral. We ended the trip with a visit to the beach and some more tacos.  Back at our hotel we back to the pool to watch the sun set.  We got all dressed up for dinner at Catch.Both dinner and dessert was amazing!!We ended the day with some traditional bachlorette fun in the room.

Day 3

Noting says vacation like breakfast in bed. After breakfast we walked over to the beach.   Soaking up my last few minutes before it’s time to go home.

Adios Mexico!

Cheers to you sis! Hope you had fun!!Special thanks to my hubby for holding down the fort. xo

To see other places I’ve been click below.

Florida

Disneyland

Vegas with the girls

Vegas with my mom and aunt

Traveling with kids

Traveling With Kids

With most of my family in the east coast, I travel with the kids often.

We even taken my oldest on an international flight!

After multiple flights, I’ve come up with a list of things to pack while traveling with kids.

Car seats/Strollers/Pack n’ Play: You are entitled to bring all three as a carry on for free. Just make sure to check them at the gate so they can tag them for you.

Coloring Books and Triangular Crayons: This tip comes from my friend Erin Y. She uses triangle crayons on the flights so there is less of a chance they roll away. Genius!Gel Clings: Kids love playing with this cheap toy. We use them on the windows and our tray. They provide a great way to use their imagination and are an easy clean up.

Toys: Through out the year, I buy small $1 Target bin toys and keep them hidden. They key word to remember is new toys. A new toy is more intriguing then a toy they played with yesterday. Things like little match box cars, games and little dolls are great toys to play with on your tray table. If they get lost or break it’s no biggie, since they were cheap to begin with.

Color Wonder Sets: I love these mess free coloring books. What makes them different from washable markers is that these markers only color on their specific pages. As an added bonus we use these masterpieces to give to whoever picks us up.Water Wow Activity Books: We love these books! We even have a few in the car. You fill up the reusable brush with water and start coloring. The kids loves seeing the “paint” dry.Imagine Ink Activity Books: Another mess free option are these awesome Imagine Ink sheets and books. It revels lot’s of colors while using a clear marker that will not visibly mark most other items Pre-loaded movies on your device: Only after coloring and playing for a while I bring out the iPad. Before our flight, hubby pre-loads a few movies at home. The kids pick a few and I throw in a surprise movie for them as well. Sometimes the kids use their airplane screens, but it can be tricky for little fingers and not user friendly.

Headphones: In order not to disrupt the other passengers my kids use headphones while using any electronic devices. Bring headphones for your kids. The ones they sell don’t work well with little ears.

Snacks: Yes you can buy snacks on the plane, but they are expensive and they don’t have a wide variety. Bring identical snacks for each kid and put them in their own bag (or in a large Ziplock bag). This way the kids don’t need to fight and can mange their own snacks.  Trash Bag: This sounds silly, but trust me this will come in handy. Bring a supermarket size bag for all your trash. Waiting for the flight attendants to pick up your trash can take a while. Plus there is nothing more gross when your kid hands you something gooey and you have no where to dispose it.

Wipes: Between snacks, boogers and just freshening up, baby wipes are super useful. We love these grab & go flip top packs wipes. Pillow and Blanket: If your kids still nap, bring an inflatable pillow and blanket (and their lovie). The flights can be chilly and uncomfortable so set up a napping location if you want them to nap well. I used to lug around a small pillow, but now I prefer to bring/hold less and use this inflatable pillow.

Happy flying!

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