This past week my family was in town (smart way to have cheap vacations!) and hell was it ever a busy one. I’ve said it before in some of the travel blogs episodes online, but it’s truly a weird sensation having people from back home coming here to visit me. It’s almost like my old life coming into my new one. Of course, my family will always be in my life but I’m different here. Florida travel has always done that to me. It’s my happy place. It’s beautiful and with the sunshine, palm trees, amazing weather, ocean and even greater friends, I find myself being the happiest girl alive here. It was nice to have my family see it as well throughout their Florida travel.
I couldn’t wait to see my nephew. He’s four months old now and before I left, he wasn’t even making eye contact yet. I surprised my sissy, nephew, mom and step dad at the airport in Tampa, and as soon as I saw that baby boy in my sisters arms, I ran to them with tears in my eyes. Actually… I ran to my nephew. I think it was a couple minutes into their Florida travel that I finally realized I hadn’t said hi to them yet. I was just so overwhelmed with my beautiful Peanut.
One of the first things my family got to experience during their Florida travel was the weather. It almost never rains during the day. Amazing! However, they got to see what happens when it does rain during the day. We watched as the big black clouds came rushing over the Tampa bay. The temperature dropped, which was refreshing, and the sky grew dark as night. It began to pour. 5 minutes later, it was done and we were back at the pool. True story.
I wanted my family to see a lot more than just my community and area. After all, everyone except my step dad hadn’t done Florida travel before, so I wanted them to actually see what this marvelous place has to offer. With only five days, a four month old baby and my two furry dogs, it was difficult to go for long outdoor adventures and day trips, but I managed to take them to two places that offered something different from the other in regards to Florida travel; Johns Pass and Ana Marie beach.
(My new sandals from Guiltysoles.com)
Johns Pass is a favourite Florida travel blogs spot of mine, and now, one of my family’s as well. The ocean was so warm, (Whales must have had a lot to drink), and the family got to see some wild dolphins in Johns Pass which I promised they would. Thanks for not letting me down, Flipper. I also took my family to the Alligator farm on Johns Pass which is only like $2 per adult. It’s worth a visit though! Peanut took a ride on Rudolph, the Tortoise. I’ve been so many times, I can tell you all about the animal stories.
(Alligator Farm on Johns Pass)
Ana Marie beach is definitely worth a visit during some Florida travel as well, although the sand is like crushed up sea shells, but that’s unique in it’s own right anyway. Ana Marie also has shade which was the deal sealer since we had the babe. Siesta Key is the better beach, but it’s longer to get to and Ana Marie is pretty much the same thing, only the water isn’t as turquoise. You still get the enjoyment though. I actually took my nephew’s first dip in the ocean with him. Yay. The little Peanut loves the water. He’s going to be the next Olympian. Watch out, Mr. Lochete.
(The trees Downtown St Petersburg are so cool)
I also took the famjam to Downtown St. Petersburg which is a phenomenal place with lots of cheap vacation options. You have to go. The bar district is amazing and the streets are lined with pubs. It’s the bomb. Unfortunately, I was driving. No drunken disasters for me. Regardless though, the scenery of Downtown St. Petersburg is worth taking a walk around during your Florida travel.
I ended up getting sick from Taco Tuesday when I apparently didn’t reheat them enough on Wednesday when I had “leftovers”. Trust me. I paid for it. Died. That’s all I have to say about that. Before I knew it, I was sending the family off on a jet plane again. I cried, of course. We’re all used to living on our own, so being cramped in my Florida condo with 4 people, one baby and 2 dogs was a lot. It was worth it though. By the fifth day we may have wanted to kill one another. At least they enjoyed their Florida travel though, right?