Monday, March 26, 2018

Spring break in South Florida - the ultimate staycation!

Originally we had no plans to leave south Florida for spring break, but the weekend before, H mentioned going up to Sarasota, St. Petersburg, or Georgia. Yeah Georgia was a little random there, but initially he thought the drive was just going to be 8 hours. He enticed me after showing me a few gorgeous rustic cabins we could rent in the mountains. Turns out it's more of a 10 hour drive and we just don't like making those kind of drives anymore. Especially not sleep deprived with the kids.

In the end we just decided to stay in good ole Florida, there is still much we haven't experienced here. I'm so glad H took the week off with us. We all had a great time and we stayed busy. Even though it's not always easy getting all 4 kids out and about, we are used to it and being stuck indoors would just mean all of us getting under each other's skin at some point or another!

Monday we went to Lauderdale by the sea which is about 20 minutes from us. We had Dandee donuts for breakfast and then headed to the beach. Lauderdale by the sea has 2.5 miles of beautiful beaches and a pier. Most hotels, restaurants and shops are just a few minutes walk from Anglin's square which is a charming oceanfront gathering.

Tuesday we drove about 40 minutes north to Jupiter Island. We went to Busch wildlife sanctuary, and then blowing rocks preserve. For dinner we had Guanabanas which is a really great restaurant with intracoastal views. Jupiter island was probably may favorite little day trip. Busch Sanctuary is a refuge & nature center for Florida wildlife with kid friendly trails through woods & wetlands. They have pretty much everything you'd see at a zoo without an admission price. It was great. Afterwards we went to Blowing rocks preserve. The preserve was named for it's rocky Anastasia limestone shoreline-the largest on the U.S Atlantic coast. It's really neat to see, but you definitely need to be careful when you are by the rocks. There are parts that are hidden under the sand and Serena and I got poked a few times when we were taking pictures. 

Wednesday we worked on a few things around the house, laundry, cleaning etc, but by the afternoon Mariam said she wanted to go fishing. We went to a nearby park about 15 minutes away called Tradewinds Park. We go there every so often since they have horses and $3 pony rides that the girls enjoy. We didn't catch anything but it really melts my heart seeing the girls gather around their daddy as he shows them how to cast a line. 

Thursday we headed to Miami to go to the Miami Seaquarium. They often have tickets on Groupon so do take advantage of that if you can. The shows were really cute and we were all excited for Mariam that she asked to participate in the flipper dolphin show. She really enjoyed it! Afterwards we had dinner at Maroosh restuarant in Coral Gables. It was really good and probably the best Mediterranean restaurant I've been too in South Florida yet. 

By Friday we were pretty exhausted so we stayed home and worked on some thing, did a little grocery shopping and had an impromptu dinner at our house of chicken wings, fries and pizza with a few of our neighbors. 

Saturday I took Layla & Mariam to the Palm Beach Opera where they got to see their first opera, Le Nozze Di Figaro. It was a sweet experience to share with them for sure!

The whole week the weather was really gorgeous. Definitely a nice break with the family! Tomorrow the kids are back at school but it's a short week. They are also off for Good Friday.

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