So maybe I haven’t been entirely successful keeping this
blog updated, but I have a fairly decent excuse. I've been on vacation. Technically, it's a "stay-cation." I thought the idea of a stay-cation was sort of pathetic when this term started being thrown around a couple of years ago. It seemed to mainly be used by local resorts trying to convince us that, really, since we can't actually afford to take a vacation, we should drop a hundred bucks on a hotel room 10 minutes from our house and pretend like we're on vacation. No thank you.
But Ben and I decided that this year a stay-cation actually made sense for us. The biggest selling point of the stay-cation, of course, is avoiding the hassle and expense of actual travel and lugging a seemingly infinite number of baby gear items to and fro. Plus, we've already done the first plane ride thing with Emeline, going to visit family in Missouri, so we weren't going to be missing any big adventures in that respect.
Emeline turned six months old yesterday, so this week seemed like a good time to take a break and spend some quality family time. So we've been taking it easy, eating lots of junk food (because it just isn't a real vacation without Cheetos), and visiting the places we love, or think we'd love but just haven't had time to try out. It's been lots of fun.
On Sunday we took it easy, ate a nice lunch at Pia's (if you haven't been there lately you must go - they have lovely new indoor dining rooms) and visited with some new Gulfport friends who have a daughter almost exactly Emeline's age. We've also made a trip to feed the ducks at Wood Ibis Park and made our first visit to the Florida Aquarium. I wasn't sure Emeline was old enough to really get the concept of watching fish behind glass, but she was really interested in everything.
Our stay-cation continues through the end of the week, so I'm sure I'll have some other stories to share before it's over.