We continued our Christmas Eve tradition of hanging out with good friends at the house, dinner at Oriental Pearl, and then stopping by Tommy and Heather's before coming home to wait for Santa. Another fantastic evening!
Of course the selfie-stick had to make an appearance and was a big hit, per usual!
Checked out the Shady Brook Farms Holiday Light Show for the first time this Christmas season. It's a pretty cool thing to do...you drive through the entire display in the car. Roll the windows down and soak it all in. The girls loved it!
I still am way behind on a bunch of posts but I figured I'd get these photos up from our recent trip to St Petersburg, Florida for a family wedding and a little R and R. First time taking the girls on a plane...so it was a pretty big deal!
Van ride over from the parking place was a big hit...no seat-belts! Shhhh.
Next up...unloading, checking bags, and getting through security...no easy task with 2 little ones. Thankfully Kel and I both signed up for TSA PreCheck. Worth every single penny, especially when you've got kiddos! Kelly's super crazy good packing skills also helped. Check out that contraption she rigged up on the stroller to carry the car-seats through the airport. [it only tipped over once!]
The good folks at American let us get on first...made it much easier with the car seats!
Wheels down in Tampa...time to ride the little train and pick up a rental.
The girls hung in the trunk while we got their car seats strapped in. We made it over to the hotel downtown and got the girls settled...Kel headed out to meet up with some of the fam who was still up.
First morning view from the Hilton in downtown St. Pete. First night was "interesting" to say the least. Not a whole lot of sleep going on!
We got ready to head across the street to the weekly Saturday Morning Market, which we had last hit up 5 years earlier when we were in town for Kels grandmothers 80th birthday. Excellent spot to grab a local breakfast!
Time to hang out by the pool before the wedding started later that afternoon. Girls were super excited to hit the water!
Soon enough it was time to get everyone cleaned up and over to the church from Breann and Austin's big day!
The Brando's cleaned up pretty well too!
The Cry Room...best seat in the house!
After the ceremony we got the girls settled with a few baby sitters back at the hotel so we could head over to the reception at the St. Pete Museum of Fine Arts! Only in Florida would our Uber be a pick up truck! Ended up in the back with Renie...
We had the entire place to ourselves...
Unfortunately for me Ri didn't do so well with the sitter...so i wolfed down my dinner to get back to the hotel while Kel stayed and partied with the fam. Oh well.
Apparently I missed a good story of Renie falling off a chair while dancing and being forced to sign a waiver! She may or may not have given the guy her phone number!
I was able to get a good run around St. Pete Bay in the morning since I had gone to bed with the girls so early. We got breakfast at a great cafe called Cassis American Brasserie before heading out to St. Pete Beach for 3 nights.
TradeWinds Resort is only a short 30 minute drive from downtown St. Pete...super easy to get over to.
Of course the girls wanted to get in the water as soon as humanly possible!!!
Later that afternoon we headed over to Aunt Eileen's for a big post-wedding party with everyone else who hadn't bolted for Disney.
The girls also got to meet their great grandmother!
The next few days were spent between the various pools and the beach...and of course that awesome water slide!
Fenway Park South over in the distance!
So many great times...and great photos, down at the water as the sun was going down. The girls seemed to like this part of the ocean experience the best.
Found this great playground right down the street that we had all to ourselves!
Time to head for home! Both girls did outstanding on the flights.