Our dad turned 50 at the beginning of the month and he wanted to do a trip to celebrate. We toyed with the idea of heading to seven springs for a ski/snowboard/tubing trip (more like just tubing since we aren’t that coordinated to ski or snowboard). We all were down for it but honestly after thinking on it none of us wanted to spend a winter vacation somewhere cold and snowy.
Next best thing: South Florida.
For those that don’t know, we have family that live near Ft Lauderdale and we used to visit twice a year growing up. Once at Christmas and once in July (when Hope and I would participate in a flag football summer camp… one of my favorite memories). As we all got older and busier it got harder and harder to coordinate times that worked for all of us and for them as well.
Luckily for us, the weekend after my dads birthday we all were free!!!
Hope did some browsing and found super cheap flights and within a few hours our trip was booked!
This was the first time in years that all seven of us (our parents, us, and our little brother) were able to take a vacation together. That alone made this trip special before we even left.
Our flight was around 11 Friday morning and due to our procrastination in packing… we just made our flight. No biggie who wants to sit in an airport for hours. The only thing we wanted was a Bloody Mary to go from Fridays anyways… To our dismay every Friday’s in the airport was closed.
Spirit Airlines to the rescue. Yes Spirit is cheap. Yes the only thing you get when you purchase the ticket is the seat. But… they do offer Bloody Mary’s and a surprisingly good cheese tray (and you got two for $28 so I’d say all was right in the world).
When we arrived in Florida we were greeted by our Uncle and cousins and all was right in the world again. Our Uncle’s latest obsession is cooking on a Big Green Egg… Yes I know it sounds weird but it is this smoker/grill that looks like a green egg/lime. Looks crazy but the food was amazing!
We all lounged outside by the pool, soaking up the sun, and attempting to learn gymnastic tricks from our 12 year old cousin (watch our latest YouTube video to see what I mean lol) while he cooked.
We capped off the first day by being joined by our other Uncle and our Aunt Joy who flew in from LA.
Lets just say trying to get 20 people out the door by 10 am for an eight grade confirmation mass is nothing short of crazy. But we did it.
After Mason’s confirmation we made a little visit to our favorite place on earth… TARGET!
Anytime we go literally anywhere on a trip, if there is a Target we are going to make a stop there.
This wasn’t a fully unnecessary stop. I’m an idiot and forgot to bring a bathing suit. To Florida *insert face palm*.
Target to the rescue. I was able to find two that I loved and Hope and Noelle also found a couple too (check out this Mondays blog post to see more!).
After our short trip it was back to the house for another afternoon of pool lounging and relaxation.
Go big or go home (or go big before you go home lol).
On the last day of our trip the whole gang headed out on the clear blue water and had a boat dance party!
Sunday was supposed to be overcast and rainy and a boat day did not look like it was in the cards. When we woke up however, the skies were clear and it was HOT!
We spent the day dancing, jumping off the boat, lunching on the water (Sophia attempted to try oysters and it was an epic fail lol), and soaking up every last drop of sun.
If you want to see our whole day then watch our video here: