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Florida Vacation Part 4 {2017}

It’s part 4 and the final post of our epic Florida Vacation. If you missed part 1 click here, part 2 click here and part 3 click here.

Day 11:

We were all tired and starting to feel the the wear of the trip. It was a simple day. We lounged around the pool, ordered Uber Eats and hung out at home. The kids needed an outing and I was in the mood for ice cream so we headed to my childhood favorite, Jaxson’s Ice Cream.It’s the busiest place in town! Day 12:

We woke up and headed out for breakfast. The clouds were grey and it was starting to rain, but I didn’t care. I was determined to go to the beach! There is nothing like the warm and blue Atlantic ocean!!

Sure enough as soon as we got to the beach it cleared up and ended in a beautiful beach day. For dinner, my sister G and my mom went to the mall to register. Day 14: Travel day

 We woke up late, lounged around and packed our bags. No matter what coast we are on or what city we are in, when my kids hear a garbage truck they run to the door and beg to go outside.  Our last outing in Florida was a visit to my safta’s (grandma in Hebrew) resting place. I tired to be here for her memorial, but due to the Hebrew dates we missed it by a couple of days.It was pouring! Which made it easier to hide my tears. Miss you safta!! We grabbed our bags and headed to the airport. It was an epic trip that my kids and I will always remember. It was long, exhausting at times and super super hot, but we made some memories that will last a lifetime. Thank you to my cousin, Mor for the airplane bags! The kids love it and I got some quiet time! Our flight was uneventful since J fell asleep as soon as we took off!  To see past trips click below.

Florida Vacation Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3.

Florida Vacation {2016}

Florida Vacation {2015}

Florida Vacation {2014}

Florida Vacation {2013}

Florida Vacation {2012}

Florida Vacation Part 3 {2017}

It’s part 3 of our epic Florida Vacation. If you missed part 1 click here. and part 2 here.

Day 8:

We started the day at a play place called Little Java. Super cute place! Our favorite was the nerf shooter. Both kids loved collecting the balls in their basket and putting their balls in the shooter. Poor kiddo would pass out on almost every ride. His schedule was so messed up. It was super hot so we jumped into the pool and cooled off. For dinner that night I decided the kids and I needed a little alone time. I took them to my childhood favorite, La Granja!

The kids agreed!Day 9:

We started the day with surprise birthday doughnuts at Germaine’s house. I’m not sure if the kids actually left any doughnuts for her.

My aunt, Esther owns a children’s spa, called Pink Lemonade and invited Sarah for a fun day! Sarah was in heaven!! She already asked me if she could come back.

After lunch we headed to my cousin, Natalie’s house to play and meet the babies.

Later that night we took G out to Hard Rock Hotel and Casino for her birthday dinner. While waiting for the guest of honor we took some pictures in the lobby. G and her fiance, Ori!Sarah loves some her auntie time! So glad I was able to be there for your birthday! Love you! Day 10:

We met up with my cousin, Mor, her kiddos and my childhood friend Corrie and her son Harrison at a museum called, Young At Art.

Except it wasn’t a great day. We overslept and missed most of the play date. Then I hit a parked car (sorry sis) and I forgot to pack snacks. My kids were having meltdowns and I was just about done with this heat.

We played for a bit, had lunch and went to home for naps. This mama was done.

I didn’t take any pictures in the museum, but did mange to get the boy cousins in a picture together while walking out. Both boys have matching lovies! How cute!  Which happen to be the same exact one! Later that afternoon we had friends, Stacey and Mia come over to swim.  For dinner that night, my parents invited G’s fiance, Ori and his family. For g’s birthday, Sarah got her pinata. Such a busy day!

See you next week for part 4!

To see past trips click below.

Florida Vacation Part 1 and Part 2 

Florida Vacation {2016}

Florida Vacation {2015}

Florida Vacation {2014}

Florida Vacation {2013}

Florida Vacation {2012}

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}

Florida Vacation {2013}

Sarah and I just returned from our annual trip to Florida. When she was a baby we would go a couple times a year, but now that I have to pay for her plane ticket we only go once a year.

Our trip consisted of 10 days, 2 Jewish holidays and 2 family birthdays. To sum it up, we were really, really busy!

My tools for flying with kids were once again successful. I checked out the dollar bins at Target and Michael’s for a few weeks before the flight. I purchased new toys, new craft supplies and new snacks.

Flying to Florida was a breeze. However Sarah didn’t nap like I thought she would. She only asked to get up once, 30 minutes before we landed.

A few weeks before we left, I went on FB to ask my Florida friends for help. I needed a car seat (so that I didn’t have to lug mine along with the stroller and luggage I needed to bring) and a crib. After confirming both items, my friend started having contractions and went into early labor. Therefore it turned out she needed the car seat after all. I’m happy to say her baby girl was born early, but healthy.

The crib was a big headache. After securing a crib, my friend went to pick it up from her friend’s house. She then told me that it barley fit in her van. With my mom’s 4-door car in mind, I knew it would not work. I started to search online for rental companies when my mom told me she put a FB status like I did. After securing a twin-sized pack’n’play I was relieved the headache was over.

Surprisingly Sarah slept in the pack’n’play the first night. The second night she fought me, but I knew I needed to establish a good sleeping routine or otherwise we would have a difficult vacation. After only a few minutes she fell asleep (I knew she was tired with the time change and short naps). Then during the night, she spotted me and cried out for me. From then on she napped AND slept with me in my bed.

Once again I was very surprised. She does not sleep well when we bring her into our bed at home. However she did really, really well! There were a few times during nap where she got out of bed and called for me, but between 10 naps and 10 bed times I call that a huge success! I simply did our bedtime routine, laid her down and told her I would come back soon. A few times before I left the room, she would ask “You coming back?” As always I assured her I would be back soon and kissed her goodnight.

Now I’m not going to lie, keeping our routine while on vacation was very difficult! Sarah went to bed later so that means she woke up later and even took her nap much later then usual. Everything was messed up. Routines and our norm went out the door. Some of our clothes were still in suitcases, while others were in our room. Then we showered in my parent’s bathroom, but had our toothbrushes in another bathroom. Both Sarah and I are used to sleeping with blackout curtains. Bless my mom, this is what she thinks black out curtains should look like.

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The weather also didn’t help much. Whoa was it hot! With 80-90 degree days and 65% humidity (by 9am!!) both Sarah and I were miserable! We just couldn’t hang!! Sarah disliked being outdoors for long periods of time. She would get really cranky, whiny and hard to handle. It became difficult as her mood would then make me cranky. Bottom line we missed our Cali weather. Sure it get’s hot here too, but it always cools down (a sense of relief after a hot day).

Regardless of routines and hot weather we got to do a lot of fun things!

Miami Seaquarim with my parents.

miami seaIMG_0217Visiting Safta (my mom) at work.

IMG_0365Food Truck Alley for dinner w/my mom, sisters, and cousin Mor.

food trucksBreakfast w/my friend Mariana (she used to live in CA).

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Young Art Museum w/my cousin Mor, Oshrat and childhood friend Corrie.

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Disney On Ice w/my sister Oshrat.

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Synagogue and Simchat Torah celebratory dinner at my uncle and aunt’s house.

No picture due to the religious holiday.

Breakfast w/my sisters to celebrate Oshrat’s birthday.

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Beach w/my dad, and sister Germaine.

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MNO w/my cousin Mor’s mommy group.

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Fall Harvest Festival w/my mom, sisters, cousin Natalie and friends.

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Oshrat’s birthday dinner w/family and friends.

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Cousin Night Out at my sister Germaine’s home.

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IMG_0860Many visits to the duck pond w/saba.

IMG_0598Lot’s of fun w/second cousin’s!

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Other then naps we were never really home. There was always something for us to do/see.

Growing up in Florida was the same. With lots of family and friends there was never a dull moment.

Goodbye Florida! See you next year!

Flying back to Cali was a little less fun. I woke up at 4am the night before multiple times to vomit. At 7:30 am my mom came into my room to wish us an easy flight before  heading to work. After explaining my condition she and my dad started to pack for me as I was in no condition to pack for my 11am flight. After vomiting on the side of the road while at a red light I was in no mood to fly. Finally getting to the airport I sat with my dad for while as I contemplated on what to do.

My stubborn self decided to fly. After going through the long security process with a stroller, electronics, liquids, etc, I needed to sit down. I was winded, nauseous and exhausted. As I was calling my dad to tell him I made a mistake and to come pick me back up, Sarah started running away. I dropped the phone and ran to get her. After holding her in my arms, I let it all out in the middle of the airport and started to cry!

I was in no condition to fly, I was in no condition to take care of a enthusiastic toddler and I was in no condition to take care of my self. Then my little angel looked up at me and said, “It’s ok mommy. Don’t be sad” With tears streaming down my face I hugged her once again.

She finally pulled back and said, “Mommy you want a smoothie?” I looked up and realized where we were. While I was balling to my dad on the phone I remember her saying something about being hungry, but as I asked her to wait for a minute she ran off. After going back to security to get our stuff we headed into Jamba Juice. I bought Sarah a smoothie and a green juice for me.

After a quick conversation with my mom I decided I needed to get back home. I needed my hubby, my bed and my life back. 10 days was a long time. Maybe too long? I said a quick prayer and got on the plane.

The Flight was bad! Real bad! I consistently filled up the vomit bags in the front pocket of my chair. At one point the stewardess took Sarah so I could get some rest as I wasn’t looking really good. After she returned Sarah back to the seat. A passenger came up to me and asked if she could take Sarah to play with her son (whom we said only hello to before taking off) to the back of the plane. Since I was in such a bad state I let my daughter go with a stranger to the back of the plane so I could dose off for what felt like a long time. Thank you to the mom I never got a name from. Thank you for being a mom and understanding motherhood.

With water, animal crackers and vomit bags in rotation, Ami the stewardess was my hero! Like a worried mother, Ami constantly came in to check on me. She was never grossed out when I handed her yet another filled bag of vomit. She was never upset with me when I was laying passed out with one eye open while my daughter dropped another crayon that rolled down the aisle or making a mess of her snack on the plane. In fact she was so good that towards the end of the flight she became my cheerleader. She would come up to me to let me know how close we were to landing “Only 1.5 hours left ma’am” “We are almost home, only 45 minutes left ma’am.” Without Ami and that mom, I wouldn’t have survived that flight!

After gathering most of our stuff (I’m sure I left something as I was not in a state to look) I headed out of the plane. All I could think of was, thank g-d I made it! 10 lbs lighter (if only), but I made it home.

Obviously a detailed letter will be written to Jet Blue’s CEO as Ami was a perfect example of how a stewardess should be.

Until next year’s adventure!

Sarah is 6 Months Old!

For the first year of Sarah’s life I documented her milestones on my iPhone. I also managed to take monthly pictures. Now that she has turned 2 years old, I thought it would be fun to backtrack. Plus blogging is a much better way to display milestones than a baby book.

6 Months 2

Here are Sarah’s 6 months stats:

Weight: 18 lbs 2 oz

Height: 26.75 in

Clothing Size: 6-9 months

Diaper Size: Size 3

What’s New:

Went into the pool with daddy for the first time!

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Tried: squash, oatmeal with peaches, teething biscuits and puffs.

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Grabs feet.

Rotates 180 degrees!

Tooth #2

Teeth

Sits by herself!

1st cold :(

We joined a mommy group and met at the park!

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We celebrated the Jewish holiday, Sukkot!

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Sarah and I went on her first trip to Florida.IMG_1914

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Saba picked us up from the airport.
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Celebrating Oshrat’s birthday!
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Sarah meets her great-grandparents!
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My parents couldn’t get enough of her!!
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Everyone was so helpful!
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Playdate with my childhood friends!
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Pool time with saba!
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Sarah’s bilia party!
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Skyping with daddy! We missed him :(
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Dinner at aunt Oshrat’s
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Visiting safta at work

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Florida Vacation {2012}

I recently flew with Sarah for our bi-annual trip to Florida. I always have mixed emotions when visiting. As the date nears, I get excited to see my family and friends, yet feel anxious!

I hate packing, whether it’s for the weekend or an extended stay! I never know how I’m going to feel, what the weather will be (I tend to run warm), or what dressy occasion might come up. So I do what most females do — I over pack. Usually that works, but now with airline baggage fees and sharing a suitcase with a toddler, I no longer have that luxury.

I browsed the internet for any new and useful tips and came across an article titled, “Tips for flying alone with kids“. It had some interesting finds that I planned to use.

Days leading up to our trip, Sarah and I got a horrible stomach bug! It was real bad! Hubby and I questioned if we should defer the trip. Then hubby got sick and so did MIL.

I somehow manged to pack us both and wear my nurse hat. I don’t know how I did it, but I succeeded. I made the flight and arrived in one piece!

Getting to the airport was anything but boring. My MIL drove with us so she could return the car to hubby. I told her we were flying Virgin and she quickly pointed to the terminal. We unloaded and quickly headed to ticketing. No lines and no employees around so we managed to find a TSA agent and ask where my flight was located. We quickly returned to the car to pack it up again because I realized we were flying Virgin AMERICA, not Virgin ATLANTIC, and they are in different terminals. I learned something. I thought that Virgin was split into two parts: Virgin for continental U.S. flights; and Virgin for international flights.  Actually, Virgin America and Virgin Atlantic are two totally separate airlines. I hope this saves some of you from the same error and extra work! Unpacking the car for the second time, we finally made it to Virgin America’s cool lounge and checked in.

Since I have flown alone with Sarah four times already, I have a certain “system.” First, to tire her out (which helps her remain seated for most of the flight), both Sarah and I run around the terminal singing and dancing :)

Once we board, we get in our seat and I start to bargain with the passengers around us. Ultimately, I just want a free seat next to me so that when Sarah is finished hanging out on me, she has a seat all of her own to sit in. I’m happy to say that I was successful, and Sarah had her own seat both ways! Next time we fly she will be an age where I need to buy her a seat. Not looking forward to that extra expense!

Upon take off, I gave Sarah some new crayons and a new coloring book. As we took off, I gave Sarah a pouch of pureed food (this is great and healthy option for kids as the sucking motion helps relive any ear pressure).

A quick 45 minute nap, some iPad Sesame Street time, and some playing around, we finally made it to Florida safely. Phewww!

I always plan ahead, at home and on vacation. I make itineraries and share them with family and friends. I rarely have time with nothing to do. I do this so I know what to expect (and pack) and make sure to see the people I want to see. Sometime it works and sometimes it doesn’t.

Here is the itinerary I had planned:

  1. Saturday, October 27th
    1. Arrive
    2. Pick up rental
  2. Sunday, October 28th
    1. Family beach day
    2. Saba’s SURPRISE 80th birthday party @ Betty’s
  3. Monday, October 29th
    1. Day at the zoo
  4. Tuesday, October 30th
    1. Halloween Lunch @ Melissa’s
    2. Drinks w/Ally and Corrie
  5. Wednesday, October 31st
    1. Halloween Party @ Natali’s
  6. Thursday, November 1st
    1. Hubby arrives
    2. Dinner @ Oshrat’s
  7. Friday, November 2nd
    1. Shabbat Dinner @ parents’ house
  8. Saturday, November 3rd
    1. Pool Party at the Hyatt
    2. Drop off rental
    3. Flight to LAX @ 6:55 p.m.

Between seeing my extended family and Sarah’s nap schedule, I knew things would be tight. To make matters more difficult, my parents and sister got the stomach bug and everything went downhill from there.

My mom and dad would watch Sarah in the mornings while I slept in a little bit, but after only a few days of this, THEY needed ME and so did Sarah, so it was exhausting to say the least.

All in all, it was fun! Exhausting, but fun! I got to celebrate my grandpa’s 80th birthday with him, spend the day with my family at the beach, visit the zoo, celebrate Halloween with childhood friends and most of all, I got to see my parents on a daily basis for one week straight!

Here are some of my favorite highlights of the week:

Pool time with Daddy!
Drinks with my childhood friend.
Sarah and Maizy
Trick-or-Treat
Family day at the Zoo
Family Beach Day
Most of my Grandpa’s grand kids and his great grand daughter on his 80th Birthday!
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