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Road Warriors

This Saturday, the girls and I became road warriors, at least for a week anyway. At 6 am that morning, we set out on an adventure that was sure to bring us to wondrous places, but also test our fortitude. We embarked on a rite of passage that I wasn’t expecting to put the girls through – the family road trip to Florida.

Florida is not typically a destination that I think of when it comes to a family vacation. More of a mountain and forest girl, I tend to stick to those environments. When we did our NHN family vacation to Tampa and the girls saw the ocean for the first time, I had marked it off my list as done. This March, however, my cousin planned a wedding in Boca, and it just so happened to coincide with Riley’s spring break. So, we committed and made a plan.

Since it’s an expensive endeavor to get to Florida, I decided to make it count. It first started with a side trip to LEGOLAND, then another side trip to see the winter home of manatees, then another side trip and another side trip. Yes, we were going to make it count, by seeing almost all that Florida has to offer.

We are now at the end of the second day of this adventure, and coincidentally, it finds us in the Adventure Land room of the LEGOLAND hotel. So far, we have traveled a little over 1,000 miles. We have visited the first ever location of Chik-fil-A, the campus of the University of Florida (yes, I am turning into my parents), the most beautiful spot I have ever seen (Three Sister’s Park), and LEGOLAND Hotel. Tomorrow, we get to adventure in the actual LEGOLAND park — the girls’ first amusement park.

I’m sure that in the next two weeks I will retell all of these wonderful adventures, but for now, I’m exhausted.

Together but Separate

The girls have had some good friends in their short lifespan. Riley made many friends in daycare but always had a few very special ones. Now in elementary school, she has many friends but has had very different friend dynamics. Maddie has just started taking interest in having longstanding friends. She has always been social, but now “best friend” has been added to her vocabulary and it is used selectively.

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