Mar 29, 2009

You are My Sunshine

Florida, you are my sunshine. You make me happy when skies are gray. You'll never know dear, how much I love you. Please don't take my sunshine away!

We spent a week in Florida and got home this past Thursday. Mom, Emilee, Cory, Mollie and I all went to visit Bethany and Mark as they "suffer" through dental school in Fort Lauderdale. We also visited Miami, the Everglades and Orlando as part of the trip.
Even after being home for three days, I am still tempted to sell my house, my snow clothes, AND my soul to move to Florida. Ok, maybe not my soul, but I might consider handing over a non-vital organ or two in exchange for beachfront property in Ft Lauderdale. Make me an offer.

This is what I hearted about Florida:

1. Little creatures can just run all over the place without throwing any caution to the wind. We saw iguanas, turtles, weird birds, lizards, crocodiles and alligators strolling around everywhere. They were pretty laid back about us getting close to them. Take, for instance, this picture of our walk in the Everglades. Mollie and this crocodile - I know it's hard to see, but I promise it's there -were pretty close (Picture in your mind me taking a quick picture and then dashing to wheel her out of harms way. That's what happened).

2. Orange blossoms. We passed orange groves on the way to Orlando and they smelled SOOOO good. I wish I could bottle that smell and pump it out of my blog page for you to experience. We had to pull over and take a picture (I think the "O" arms represent "oranges"? Who knows):

3. Disneyworld. No need to say more.

4. Mollie at Disneyworld. Her face was priceless when she saw the Cinderella castle, rode the carousel, met Pocohantas and told her how she was "two and had blonde hair," gave Goofy a bear hug, waved goodbye to Simba in the Lion King show, stood in awe seeing the Disney princesses in person, and saw all the animals in the Animal Kingdom. More than once it all brought a tear to my eye. There is nothing, nothing that can compare to seeing your child so happy and filled with wonder. It's like getting to be a kid all over again.
5. How can you not love the beach? Mollie did. We all did. Mollie insisted that we call her Ariel from The Little Mermaid. We built a sandcastle, made sand angels, and soaked up the sun.

6. Vizcaya House and driving the coast. By this part of the trip, my camera battery died and so I didn't take any pictures of this. Hopefully Bethany will post some pictures on her blog. She and I and Mollie were able to visit this beautiful early 1900's mansion on the coast and then drive down the beach from Miami to Fort Lauderdale for the rest of the afternoon. It felt so "Thelma and Louise"-ish. Except we weren't on the run from the law and we didn't kill anyone and we didn't drive off a cliff at the end. But we were a couple of free-spirited, adventure-filled sistas really living the good life. It was great.
7. The best part of the trip by far was being able to be with my family. My sister Bethany moved away last summer and I miss her. It was so fun to be with her and Mark and everyone else. Beth and Mark were so nice to host us for this trip. Here we are (Emilee, Bethany, Cory and Mollie) on the Jungle Cruise in the Magic Kingdom:
Florida is pretty great, isn't it? I'd give it four and a half stars. Why not five? Well, I did not have ONE good hair day while in Florida. My hair+humidity=bad hair. But that's a small prices to pay, isn't it? I'm still up for moving there. Anyone need a kidney?