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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Florida 2013

We are back from Florida, after extending our trip one extra day. We arrived home on Sunday evening, and we were welcomed with some freezing cold rain and the reality of MN fall heading soon to be winter.

This was my 5th trip to Florida, and my 3rd trip in 3 years, all during the month of October--what a great time to visit!
In case you didn't know, Peter and I purchased a time share in 2011, which is why we have been taking so many trips in the past 2 years--it was an amazingly wonderful decision! If you're ever interested in hearing more about the time share, we'd be more than happy to share.

The highlights of this year's trip were:

Finding 45 different license plates
Watching every movie that we brought along on the trip down
The beautiful scenery, especially through Tennessee and Kentucky
2 very spacious and clean hotels for our traveling nights (in Nashville, TN and O'Fallon, IL)

Plentiful sunshine and warmth (temps between 80-90 degrees all week)
LOTS of time in the swimming pools and hot tubs
Swimming in the ocean
Sandcastle building
Drawing pictures and letters in the sand with sticks
Downtown Disney and Disney's Boardwalk
Our "fancy" dinner out at Kobe
Riding scooters and playing basketball
Playing games at the arcade
Being together as a family for 9 completely uninterrupted days!!

Here are some of my favorite pictures from the trip (choosing 30 pictures out of 161 was tough, but these ones were pretty good)....

Brady reading books to his brothers before bed the first night in Nashville

Burger King in Macon, GA at outside play place

Palm trees at the front door of our villa

Playing in the Kid's Club area at the resort


Homemade dinner in our villa

Daddy reading bedtime stories on Monday night

At Disney's Boardwalk

Daddy's cupcake at the Boardwalk (he missed out on one last year)

Poolside Kid's Bingo. Marshall won twice and he shared his prizes.

Downtown Disney group shot

Downtown Disney

Updated picture in the shirts (Downtown Disney)

Air Hockey at the arcade

River Island (one of the pools at our resort)

Water squirter fight with Mommy

Relaxing in the sun while Marshall pushed us

New Smyrna Beach. Playing in the sand.

Picnic at the ocean

Basketball with Daddy on Friday morning at the resort

Ready to leave the North Village pool and head back for lunch

In Iowa City, on our way back home on Sunday morning.


  1. Looks like so much fun! It's always nice to have time to get away and just enjoy your family. :):):)