I had never tried a starfruit before our trip to Cocoa Beach this past week. I LOVE it. I had seen someone eating 1 in a TV show (can’t remember the show) and ever since then have tried to find one just to try and couldn’t. At least in any of our local stores. Found it in a Publix in Cocoa Beach though and finally got to try it. There was even a starfruit tree in the courtyard of our suites. I want one now!!!!
was what my parents (Nana and Pop to our kids) gave us this past week – family time and tons of memories to last us a life time. The trip to Cocoa Beach and the Kennedy Space Center cannot even compare to anything materialistic.
I asked the kids which day or event stood out to them during our trip and they all said “spending family time together”. I wanted to cry. It was a very emotional week for me being when I was 10 my Nana and Pop (my moms parents) went with us to the exact same place. As soon as I got home today I found the pictures from that trip and realized there is a picture from back in 1981 that was taken in the exact same spot as one this past week. I got chills.
I also think this ignited a spark in at least 1 of my kids – who is insistent she will be one of the 1st to walk on Mars. She’s got the drive for it.
Our 2nd day on vacation and another great one! Today was a day to do whatever we wanted whenever we wanted and we did just that. Starting with waking up whenever and a leisurely breakfast from Dunkin Donuts. Then while my mom and I hit the local Publix (grocery store) the kids went swimming (as seen above). From what I hear even Sean went swimming – heated pool – and very nicely heated it is!
Dad and Sean lounging by the pool.
This is the view from our suites.
After my mom and I went to Publix and the kids had their swim we then had a nice relaxing lunch in our suite. It then started to rain a bit so we took a drive down A1A and found some gorgeous, huge houses on the water. Once the rain stopped we found a place for miniature golf – where I was the grand champion of them all!!!!
Above is Caelie pretending to know what she is doing!
Funntasia Miniature Golf Course (and yes, I spelled Funntasia correctly!)
We played boys vs…….
girls and like I said above….I was the grand champion of everyone with the lowest score of 51!!!!!!
So excited to be starting off the new year in a town I have never been in and with the 5 of us plus my parents! We got to Cocoa Beach today around 2 and fell in love with the place we are staying in. Two suites – each have full kitchen, nice sized living room, 1 bathroom and 2 bedrooms – 1 with a queen size bed the other with a double and a twin. The place has a game room, shuffle board, tropical courtyard with all sorts of tropical trees (ie starfruit tree, coconut tree, bamboo and any kind of palm tree you can imagine), heated adult pool plus heated kiddie pool and is a minute walk from the beach.
The pics are from when we first got here and took a walk on the beach and also our view from dinner. As soon as we got out of the car we noticed a huge change in air temperature! It felt so much damper then on the Gulf.
Tomorrow is a day of beaching it, pooling and shopping! Can’t wait!
I am almost done with the kids! I have maybe 2-3 more things to get and then I am done. I’m done with Syndi (my brothers girlfriend) and I’m done with my dad. I think I”m done with my mom and I need a few more things for Sean. Then there’s my brother – I have 1 thing. He supposedly has a list (which you aren’t supposed to deviate from) but hasn’t sent it to me yet. Hoping there’s nothing on it that I have to buy online – if there is it’s getting kind of close to the big day and I refuse to pay extra shipping to have it shipped quickly.
The kids will be surprised with their gifts. My parents are taking all of us to Cocoa Beach New Years Day for a few days so we can explore Cape Canaveral. Can’t wait for that (and shhhhh for anyone that reads this and talks to my kids – it’s a surprise!). Tristan is finally getting a TV for his room. We found a nice one that will go on his wall. Now to just get the stuff needed for it as in the thing to attach it to the wall, HDMI cables if needed (which I have no idea) and a another Verizon Fios box. He’s getting some Play Station games and some other stuff as well. Caelie’s getting a skate board and Lego’s and DS games. Kieran’s getting a Bumble Bee Transformer, DS games and other stuff. All 3 are getting huge, really cool Nerf guns! Can’t wait to see their faces with those. Should make for a fun Christmas Day!
I see one possible vacation next year and that would be for the kids spring break – maybe down in Longboat Key or somewhere like that. It would be more like a “stay-cation” if anything.
My parents are actually giving us all a little trip the beginning of the year. January 1st, 2011 the plan is to go over to Cocoa Beach for 3-4 days and visit Cape Canaveral and that area. But shhh as it’s a surprise for the kids – part of their Christmas gift.
Other then that it’s just a short spring break vacation (big maybe) for 2011 with my parents. I’d love to do another Outer Banks vacation next year but it’s just not in the cards (unless of course we win the lottery from now until then). I know Sean’s mom is coming possibly next May and he’s already promised her he would save some of his vacation days to spend with her. So those days and then the ones for Cape Canaveral eat into his vacation. It sucks, but he only gets a week vacation every 6 months and he’s not “supposed” to take them back to back even if we waited to use them that way.