Staycation-Hyatt Regency Orlando

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I don’t know about you, but for me, summer school break is flying by! We are at about the half way mark, and a few weeks ago, I decided we needed a little weekend getaway before school started. I knew I wanted a fabulous resort with a fun pool, and the Hyatt Regency in Orlando did not disappoint! The Hyatt (formerly the Peabody) is located on International Drive, really close to SeaWorld, and in between the Disney and Universal parks. The property is well maintained, the beds were comfortable, the towels were soft and fluffy, and the girls were very excited about the t.v. in the bathroom! The resort is located right next door to Pointe Orlando, a large shopping/movie/restaurant complex, so we were able to walk there and have dinner at Johnny Rockets. The resort has many restaurants on-site , so if you don’t want to leave the property, you wouldn’t have to. Most of the pictures I have posted are of the girls at the pool, because that is where we spent most of our time. The pool area is PERFECT for children, with it’s zero entry, basketball hoop, and shallow water. There is also a grotto pool with waterfalls (the kids loved jumping through them), and a small wading pool/beach for the really little ones. I enjoyed a couple of yummy frozen cocktails, and felt very relaxed poolside with my happy children. Sometimes it’s just nice to just get away for a weekend, and I know we will definitely be back to stay at the Hyatt Regency Resort.

*this is not a sponsored post, and all opinions are my own. I booked our room through Priceline, and I think we got a great deal on a beautiful resort!

Happy Birthday, America!

We celebrated the Fourth of July with my family in our backyard yesterday. It is a tradition I look forward to every summer. In the morning, we went to a parade in downtown Safety Harbor, and in the afternoon we swam, made homemade ice cream, cooked out on the grill, swam in the pool, and did some small fireworks in our yard. We did have some rain to contend with, but it cooled down the air, and we didn’t let it spoil the festivities. 

Let’s Go Fly a Kite (and have a picnic, too!)

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If you have grown tired of my beach photos, I do apologize. It’s what we’ve been doing lately! I picked up some kites from the dollar store, and the girls had a blast flying them at the beach today. We had a picnic with my husband’s family, and we all had the best time! (a highlight was feeding our leftover lunch to the seagulls)

We will be taking a little staycation in Orlando in a few weeks, at a super fun resort, so check back, soon!

Summer, We Love You.

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We kicked the official start of summer of right with a family bbq, and a trip to the beach. We have spent endless hours in our pool and at the beach, which is the only way to beat the heat here in sunny Florida. Now that Amelia and Maggie are a bit older, (4 & 7),  and they are both strong swimmers, I find these activities to be much more enjoyable.

I hope there is a sandy beach, or a crystal clear pool in your near future. Happy summer!

Summertime (Unofficially)

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This weekend has been so much fun. On Saturday, we spent the afternoon in the children’s section of our local library, crafting and book hunting, followed by a trip to our favorite gelato spot. Sunday, we hosted some friends and family for a bbq and pool party, and today, we met some people at the beach to celebrate a friend’s birthday. It was HOT in Florida this weekend, and I was happy to enjoy all the great summer activities we have waited for these last few months. I love the last photo above of the girls sleeping in the car on the way home from the beach today. It just shows you how much fun we had this weekend! We are pooped.

I hope your long weekend was a blast, too!

Thank you to all the veterans and their families for your service. We appreciate you. A special thank you to our favorite vets, my dad, and my brother-in-law.

Maggie’s Fourth Birthday Party

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This weekend we celebrated Maggie’s fourth birthday with family & friends at a favorite park. Maggie requested a Littlest Pet Shop party, and I was happy to make her birthday wishes come true. My mom made the beautiful pull-apart cupcake cake, and I put together a pet shop buffet, with cheese for the mice, carrots for the bunnies, goldfish for the kitties, and chex mix in a dog bowl for the puppies. The weather was gorgeous, and everyone was happy to be together enjoying the warm sunshine on our shoulders. My sweet Maggie had a super fun day, and that makes my mama heart happy.

My Birthday on the Beach

My parents came to Clearwater Beach to meet us for dinner to celebrate my 37th birthday last weekend. We were enjoying a long weekend stay cation at the Frenchy’s Oasis Motel, a super cute retro motel with views of the intracoastal waterway. We all stuffed ourselves with seafood, enjoyed some yummy rum runners, and sang along and danced to the awesome cover band that was playing at the restaurant that night. The sunset was amazing, and we all agreed we needed to make the short drive to the beach to view it more often. The next morning we had perfect beach weather, and the girls stayed busy building sand castles and jumping the waves.

Staycation Clearwater Beach 2014

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Last weekend, we stayed a few days at our favorite beach motel to celebrate my birthday, and the beautiful weather. Although we had some rain to contend with, we made the best of it with activities like swimming in the rain (our pool was heated), eating delicious seafood at our favorite beach restaurants, bird and boat watching from our balcony, and a trip to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium to visit Winter, the famous dolphin from the movie A Dolphin Tale. (I will do a separate post on that outing, later). We love our local beach, and it is always voted amongst the top beaches in the country. Our sugary sand, and beautiful, warm gulf water make it the perfect place for a family vacation.

Our Easter

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We had a very nice Easter Sunday. The girls awoke early to find that the Easter bunny had left them a basket of goodies, and eggs to hunt in our backyard. Later in the morning, my family came over for brunch, and after they left, we had a lazy afternoon watching Easter Parade, and taking cat naps. We will have a week of warm weather, and I hope that it is warming up where you live, too.