Thursday, July 26, 2018

Daytona Beach 2018 Days 1 & 2

Last week we took our first vacation as a family of 3! This was Liam's very first vacation. We kept it simple and headed for the beach. Our local airport does a quick, direct flight to Orlando Sanford airport, so we figured that would be great choice for Liam's first flight since it's just under 2 hours, and then we rented a car and drove to Daytona Beach, which is about a 40 min drive from the airport.

Day 1
Liam did great on the airplane. We gave him a bottle during take of and the landing to help with his ears popping. He cried a little during the landing, but just a few wimpers. We played with him and gave him snacks on the plane. We also downloaded his favorite show, Little Baby Bum on our iPad to keep him occupied for a few min as well.

Once we landed in Daytona, we got our bags and car and headed towards the beach! The hotel we stayed at was called the Nautilus Inn, and we loved it. It's nothing super fancy, but its right on the beach, clean, family-friendly, and all of the hotel rooms have a kitchenette (microwave, full fridge, small sink, oven, stove and some cabinet storage). This was great for washing bottles, etc.

We checked into our hotel, dropped off our stuff, and headed to the pier for some dinner. We grabbed a quick personal pizza, ate, walked around briefly and headed back to our hotel. We walked on the beach for a few min, and Liam was IN LOVE. We headed back to the room to put Liam to bed, and I had a grocery delivery scheduled from Publix, so we took care of that and headed to bed ourselves.

Day 2 was Independence Day! We knew everything would be busy, so we headed to the beach early, around 10am. We figured out this week that Liam has about a 2 hour beach span and then he starts fussing. So around lunch time we came in and Liam took a nap, while Lee and I ate lunch in the room. Liam slept for just barely over 2 hours, so Lee and I took a nap ourselves, caught up on some emails, and enjoyed the balcony view.

When we all woke up it was time to get ourselves ready and head for dinner. We chose to eat at Aunt's Catfish, and it was great. I would definitely recommend it. This was our favorite food of the trip.
Waiting for our table outside Aunt's Catfish

They had a small little playground for kids to play on while waiting, and a big dock to walk out on and enjoy the view

View from the dock at Aunt's Catfish

I had a frozen cocktail with dinner, YUM! 

The food at Aunt's Catfish was so good! I don't have pics of my salad plate, but they had a HUGE salad bar with both hot and cold items. You could totally make a meal out of this if you wanted. I chose the "Pick 2" option on their menu with coconut shrimp and clamp strips, and my meal came with two sides. I chose a baked potato and the salad bar. ALL of the meals come with a cinnamon roll, and they are DELICIOUS! I was too full to eat mine, so I took it to go and ate it for breakfast the next morning. Even the next day it was so good.

After eating Aunt's Catfish, we headed back to our hotel and went for an evening walk on the beach, Liam's favorite vacation past time, and then we watched a few fireworks from our balcony.
We watched fireworks in our jammies from the balcony! Look how intrigued Liam was with the fireworks! 
The fireworks were loud outside, so we put noise cancelling headphones on him. He tried to pull them off, but once he started watching the fireworks, he was distracted enough to keep them on. Thankfully, the fireworks didn't bother us while we were inside sleeping!

Check out my next post to read about the next 2 days of our trip!

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Monday, July 2, 2018

Weekend Recap: T Swift Edition

Friends, I am so exhausted this Monday morning! Give me ALL the coffee! This past weekend was totally worth it, though. Read all about it! 

Friday was kind of a drag... our AC went out, and it was 85 degrees in our casa when we got home, YUCK! So Liam and I spent most of our evening playing in the basement, since it's so much cooler down there than upstairs. Lee called the AC repair, and they came out and got it fixed! I was so thankful!! I had been a little nervous that they may need to order a part or something, and if that's the case, our house might've stayed hot for a few days, OR we'd have to pay an arm and a leg to rush order, etc. So thankfully, it got fixed, and our casa is all cooled down now. After the AC people left, Lee went and picked up some taco rice bowls from Hot Head Burrito, and we called it a night. 

On Saturday, Liam and I hung around the house and cleaned up and what not while Lee ran some errands. Saturday afternoon, my brother, his gf, and my niece showed up. We took my niece and headed to Louisville, KY, and my brother and his gf stayed at our house with Liam. 

Let me just start by telling you that this concert was in an open stadium where U of L hosts football games, and it was HOT! Like high 90's, heat advisory kind of hot. On our way to Louisville we rocked out to T Swift and got ourselves pumped up for the concert. Once we got to town, we grabbed a quick dinner at Chick Fil A. 
This girl LOVES her some Chick Fil A. 

After dinner we headed to the show! The openers were Charli XCX and Camilla Cabello. Next came Queen Tay, and she put on an AWESOME show. Think fireworks, confetti, flames, fountains, props, costume changes, and of course some really great music. The concert was quite a production. We had so much fun dancing, singing, and sweating haha. 
We were HOT, but having so much fun together. 

T Swift is that tiny little woman on stage, haha. Thank goodness for those screens so we could see her! 

Everyone at the show got a bracelet that lit up differently for each song, etc. It was so cool! 

We made it home late, told my bro and his gf all about the show, and then crashed. Sunday we got up and had breakfast with my family. My step-mom came over and us girls went to Starbucks for some coffee and got pedicures! We stopped at Sonic on our way back for lunch, and then everyone headed home. Lee, Liam, and I spent the rest of our Sunday cleaning up from the weekend and starting to pack for vacation. 
Love her so much! 

Time to get pampered! 
This little guy was so sleepy but wouldn't go to bed, so I wore him in my baby carrier, and got some kitchen cleaning done. 
We'll be headed to Daytona Beach, Florida for vacation soon, and we are SO EXCITED! This will be Mr. Liam's first airplane, first time to the beach, and our first vacation as a family of 3. I can't wait to tell you all about it when we get back. Happy Monday, everyone!