Ahhh!! We got home last night from our mini Stay-Cataion! We have not taken a real vacation in about 4 years. We have gone on trips to visit family but not a vacation that involves a hotel and eating out! So, about a year ago Jason won 2 free nights at Tradewinds Resort in St. Pete. So we kinda forgot that we had it and i came across it at the beginning of the month and saw that it was going to expire on June 30, 2011 so it was a case of use it or lose it! I talked to Jason about what works for him and we decided that since he is taking a week of vacation when his sister comes down for Grace's Baptism we choose to just got from Tuesday night to Thursday afternoon/night since his days off were on Wednesday and Thursday. So I packed the bags on Monday and Tuesday and then the plan was as soon as Jason got home on Tuesday we were going to get in the car and go! LOL! (i was watching the Casey Anthony Case on Tuesday so my packing skills were so off!!) Once we got everything loaded in the car and got Blase to go potty (this was only his second long drive since hes been potty trained). We got in and of course had to stop at DD to get Mommy her coffee then away we went!
As soon as we arrived at the hotel i remembered that I forgot the certificate for the room at home!!! Oh i was so pissed at myself! (I also forgot to pack Jason shorts but he noticed before we left, I forgot a second pair of shoes for Blase, and the certificate) So we check in and tell the lady i forgot the certificate. She was super nice and said that if someone can scan it or fax it that would work till we can mail it in. (crisis averted) We then went up to our room! We had a room down a little hallway in the main building. Our view was awesome!
We were all starving so we unloaded the car and then decided to go get dinner. We choose to go to Chick Fil A since its a cheap dinner and then Blase could play in the playground. When we got there we found out it was family night so Blase ate for free!! Then we headed back to the hotel and walked along the beach. Well that was the plan to just walk along the beach but Blase decided to go for a swim fully clothed!! After we were finally able to get him to leave the ocean we headed up to the room and gave the kids a bath and then got ready for bed. This was Blase's first trip where he was sleeping in a bed and not in the playpen since we needed the playpen for Grace. Finally, around 11 pm the whole room fell asleep. Wednesday morning we woke up and made breakfast in the room and got ready to go to the beach! So we packed the bags and got the kids and headed out! Blase LOVED the water and sand and was content just hanging out there all day! Grace on the other hand had to stay in the shade so we had to take turns hanging with
her and feeding her and trying to get her to sleep. (beach and baby not a great combo)
Blase in the sand
Grace shade bathing
After a while of playing in the ocean he wanted to go play in the pool for a bit. I went up and told Jason that the sky was starting to look like it was going to rain. He told me "No, it's not going to rain" lol jokes on him! Blase and I played in the pool for a bit then the sky was getting really black. So we went back to the beach to get Jason and Grace and then the storm came!! Huge sandstorm!! Blase was screaming cause his tube blew away. But my concern was Grace!! So Jason covered her with a towel and ran for the hills! I grabbed the bags and Blase and also ran for it! So we got to the room and put the kids down for a nap. After they woke up we decided to go to Bubba Gump Shrimp Company for dinner. Yummy! Then we went back to the room and got ready for bed.
Thursday, we thought it was not a great idea to go back to the beach since we would not have a room to go back to shower and change so we took Blase to the pools. Grace and I stayed in our clothes and relaxed while Jason choose to put on his swimsuit and play with Blase. Blase is such a fish! We got him swimmies and he was swimming like a big boy! (he is going to swim lessons July5-15th) Around 1 Blase was saying he was hungry so we got changed and started to head home! We had a great trip and will have to do it again soon!
Blase swimming in the pool
Blase and Daddy