My good friend Chantelle and her family came vacationing to Orlando, so we met up with them! We drove there after church on Sunday and then first thing Monday morning we headed to Siesta Key. Rated number one beach in the U.S. and it did NOT disappoint!
|My kids got right to work in the sand. We know beach business. Haha.|
Daphne was SO adorable with her hat and her little swimsuit. I just was dying every time she ran up.
|She's just so cute! Everyone else was adorable too, but Daphne kept coming up to me, and who am I to say no to picture-friendly kids?|
|We had an awesome sand castle. It was very well loved and had a really awesome moat.|
|Cutest gerber baby Phoebe ever!|
One night at the dinner table Ruthie was chatting away while we were doing 'happy and sads' and started listing off people. At the very end she tacked on 'and Pheebs' and we all busted up laughing. It was SOOOOOO so so cute. It was said so jovially and naturally and semi-loudly and it was just so funny that she already was taking up Phoebe's nickname. I already like that name, but that moment made me LOVE it. It was SOOOOOO cute! Chantelle already told me I could use it someday. :)
|Lest the sunshine deceives you, my kids and I were FREEZING. So we laid in the sunshine and played in the sand and avoided the water unless we had to find sea shells. Chantelle's kids LOVED it, haha.|
Chantelle is the best. We went to the same junior high for a bit and a year of high school and we had the same group of friends but I wouldn't say we were ever close. Then one summer we walked into the same singles ward relief society and reconnected. She got me a job because I told her I was looking for a second one for the summer, and we worked side by side cleaning hotel rooms for the next year. We loved it because instead of cleaning rooms separately, we'd pair up and not only be faster, but have a buddy to chat with all day long. Or sing with. Or vent to. Or just really work through life with. I was starting my senior year of college so we chatted about life and growing up and boyfriends and eventually fiance's and then husbands! She also SAVED MY BACON by watching my kids when I was still working. I remember crying so many times when I dropped my kids off and drove to work, but was so comforted to know that Chantelle had them and I trusted her so much. She loved them like her own and you can still tell. Olivia and Ruthie are the cutest best friends ever and I LOVE it! I'm SOOOOO glad her little family was able to make the trip to Florida and we could spend some quality time together!
They were awesome and let me take 200 family shots! Haha. Cutest little blondie family!
|This is hilarious. Molly NEVER smiles when I ask her to, but every time I tried to get all the girls to say cheese for the family picture, she'd run right in front and give me this huge cheesy grin. Adorable!|
|Olivia was SO in love with the ocean. It was SOOO sweet!|
|Daphne, Ruth, Olivia|
|We found so many beautiful sea shells!|
|We caught two starfish!|
We stayed ALL. DAY. LONG. and it was absolutely breathtakingly STUNNING. Also, we ordered hamburgers at the restaurant on the beach before driving back to Orlando and they were closing so the nice manager gave us a huge bag of fries that they had extra. It was awesome, haha.
What an absolutely perfect day in the sun and the sand the frigid water with such wonderful friends. Lovely.