Yesterday was Amelia’s last day of summer break. We spent the afternoon in the pool soaking up the sun. It had been a great summer.
The girls and I watched the movie Grease last night. (well, I watched the entire movie, they fell asleep half way through) So, I thought is would be fun to have dinner tonight at Biff Burger. Biff Burger was a fast growing national burger chain in the 1950”s, and now there are only two locations left, including the one we visited here in St. Petersburg, Florida. On Friday nights, they have classic car shows, so we drove 20 minutes south to enjoy dinner at this retro establishment. I hadn’t been since I was a child, and I can tell you that not much has really changed. This is a CASH ONLY establishment, so come prepared, and bring your appetite, there are lots of yummy choices.
Our annual family museum passes are expiring at the end of this month, so we snuck in one last trip to the Glazer Children’s Museum today. It was the perfect balance of air conditioned fun inside, and fun in the sun & water outside the museum. We drank fancy sodas in glass bottles, and enjoyed being amongst the tall buildings and big city bustle. We have less than three weeks left before school starts, and we have a few more family adventures planned.
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!
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.
Here are a few things we can’t live without during these hot Florida summer months.
My kids love popsicles, and want to eat them every day when the weather is hot. Having a Zoku allows us to make healthy popsicles like lemonade and sliced strawberries. Yum.
The girls live in their Crocs this time of year. They wear them to the beach, swim practice, the park, and every other place we go.
I have found that the Burt’s Bees insect repellant works great. We leave it in the back yard and spritz some on in the evening when the bugs come out. Bonus, it smells great!
I don’t know about your kids, but mine HATE sunscreen. Thank goodness for waterproof spray on sunscreen, so I can get the job done quickly and effectively.
I always keep some spray in conditioner in our beach bag and near the pool. It is a must for keeping the girls hair manageable this time of year.
Sunglasses to protect the kids eyes when they are outside is very important. I am partial to the retro oversized sunglasses, like this pair.
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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!
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!
We live in our back yard this time of year. We are lucky enough to have a quarter acre of land here in the city, and we use every inch of it. My father built our amazing deck and bar, and we love cooking out and having friends and family over for some outdoor fun. We have recently upgraded our outdoor cushions, and had our deck pressure washed. Next, well seal the wood, and paint our picnic table, too. There are still some projects to finish in our yard, but it is feeling more and more complete these days.