We spent some time in Florida vacationing and visiting with Charlie's Uncle Dave, Aunt Colleen, Aunt Sheri, and Uncle Trevor earlier this month! Charlie's first vacation, first time on a plane, first time out of state, first time in the ocean... Lots of firsts and a lot of fun!
After flying into Orlando, we set out on our own for a few days. First stop was the Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa. It was HOT (like shoes sticking to the pavement kind of hot), but we had a really good time and Charlie was really into the whole experience.
Looking at the rhinos rolling in the mud
They became Charlie's favorite animal. We bought him a
little stuffed rhino that he is quite attached to now!
Ahhh... We found some AC and popsicles for a little break from the heat!
Charlie trying to keep cool in his stroller
After our quick stop in Tampa, we drove on to Clearwater where we stayed at one of the resorts on the beach. Its a beautiful area with incredibly nice people. We tried to stay out of the sun during peak hours - our goal for the week was no sunburns - but we still managed to enjoy the resort with the sand, ocean, and pool.
Charlie dipping his toes in the ocean for the first time
Breakfast of Champions
Cool Dude in the hotel kiddie pool :-)
He enjoyed the water immensely and was even
ok with splashing and craziness from a group
of older kids who invaded the kiddie pool.
After our fun in the sun on the Gulf Coast, we headed back to the East Coast for some quality time with the D'Angelos in Port Orange (near Daytona Beach). Charlie really loved getting to spend time with his Aunts and Uncles and we enjoyed our time with them as well!
Captain Awesome hitting up Daytona Beach with everyone
Cuddling with Aunt Sheri after our day on the beach
"Every house has new toys for me!!
We should come here more often!"
Having a cold one in the pool with Uncle Dave
Charlie's first icecream cone!
Mr Independent decides he doesn't need any help with his icecream!
We had a lot of fun and it was a really special time for us - - something we have been looking forward to for awhile. We love to share our Miracle Man with the world and it never ceases to amaze us that he makes friends everywhere he goes! During our time in the airport before each flight, he managed to convince someone else to love him with his antics! And in all, he handled the flights themselves very well. He was antsy on the way down and we used every trick in the bag to keep him in our laps, but he slept most of the way home. Both flights he cried and pulled at his ears for the last 20 minutes or so. We had bought earplugs, but he wouldn't leave them in. He was wonderful all week long considering he had no routine at all and was in a new place every couple of days. He is an amazing little boy and we are just more and more in love with him every day!