Or perhaps I should say tries to shop.
I love these moments.
This is what 4 members of a family of 5 look like at 6:23 a.m. in New York’s JFK airport awaiting a 7:10 a.m. flight to Florida having been awake since 4:21 a.m….
First you all know I am such a warm weather loving person and that the beach IS my place of utter peace and harmony. This is our one yearly getaway so we really all look forward to it and hate when it flies by all too quickly. And really what was once a really tough travel trip has turned out to be doable now that I have two 7-year-old and one 5 year old…a big difference from two 3 year olds and one 2-year-old!!!
So obviously we spent tons and tons of time at the beach in Boca. We pretty much had one all to ourselves…
The next best thing to the beach is the pool!
As much as the kids love the beach and the pool, (and literally had to be dragged in by their fair-haired ears each day) they all insist that we visit some of their favorite spots while we are in Boca.
The first one is Gumbo Limbo Nature Center which is right down the road from us. Kids learn about endangered plants and animals and get to see turtles and other sea creatures. It is a huge property where we hike around and they love to climb to the top of a structure each year where we try to spot their grandparents home.
I love it because we can still be outside while visiting Gumbo Limbo and you know I don’t want to step one foot out of that gorgeous Florida sunshine. Similarly, we can be outside while visiting another spot, Sugar Sand Park. This is a vast park with many amenities. We explore only a few, like the carousel…
They all meet the height restrictions this year which means they can go on adult free…happy news for someone like me who tends to get dizzy while standing still!
There is also a fabulous playground with structures the kids can climb through and areas where they can get can wet. They love the playground and talk about it throughout the year.
As if all that isn’t enough, just a few steps away and we enter a FABULOUS children’s museum that’s as great as any we’ve been to…there are two large fully interactive rooms that the kids could literally be entertained in all day long.
Because this museum satiates our museum needs we’ve never visited but I’ve heard there’s the Boca Raton Children’s Museum as well.
As for eating, oh man, I ate way too much and went way too long without kick boxing! A few of our favorites include Pizza Time. You know as New Yorker’s we are very snobby about our pizza, but our visiting Boca tradition is to stop at Pizza Time right after we arrive because the pizza is that good. There is something about the sauce and the thin crust that has us all loving it (and believe me we are all pizzaed out after eating it two weeks straight during Hurricane Sandy so that’s saying a lot!)
We tried Matteo’s for the first time which was a bit fancy for the kids but they did great. And, my son has realized his newfound love for fried calamari which he has asked me to pack it for his lunch tomorrow (“Squidward tastes good mom!”)
We always go to Duffy’s because it’s very kid friendly and on Wednesdays kids eat free and they have a balloon guy roaming around.
My husband salivates all year for the place we go to the day after we arrive for lunch which is Baja Cafe. It is the best Mexican food we eat anywhere and we wish we could find a place like this in NY. Seriously I drool as I type!!!
On our last night my in-laws sent me and the hubs to dinner without kids to New York Prime. I’m not a steak eater but my husband enjoyed his and my salmon was great….place was very expensive though…we would have been just as happy going out in flip-flops to Baja Cafe again .
Have you ever been to Boca Raton, Florida? What have I left out?
A few days ago the little one, who is an extreme lover of anything bunnies, excitedly thought about the approach of Easter and made a run around the house to gather all of her bunny ears. We had no idea she owns 57 pairs ( you don’t even want to know how many bunny stuffed animals lurk in her room ).
The kids spent a few cute minutes modeling each one. And I of course had to snap some photos. But this may be one of my all time favs ever because I love how my too cool little man can’t shake his giggles with the ears, little sis is laughing as she looks at him, and my big girl, always the cooperator, is perma smiling for yet another photo!
Whatever you celebrate, whatever you are doing, hope your day is happy and filled with family and love!
Our 4 day mini break from school this week (abbreviated because of so much school missed during Hurricane Sandy) was anti climactic because we were all sick. I feel bad about that. I’m hoping the kids appreciate the return to routine today as a change from lying around the house.
Isn’t it kind of a nice feeling sending them all onto the bus after several days at home?
As I waited, alone, at the bus stop for my kid today, I noticed fog everywhere. I couldn’t see my house at the end of the street. I couldn’t help but feel a little freaked out. Even our joyful snow mountain looked foreboding! As someone who loves and prefers the genre of horror (Academy Awards!?! Please! Walking Dead was on!) I realized my edginess was due to the fact that NO good things come from the fog, you know?!
Needless to say I was glad to get home and curl up on the couch with my latest zombie apocalypse book.
I’ve written about my street before, and this is another thing we love about our cul de sac….our snow mountain!
The kids were up, dressed and begging to play in the snow since 7 a.m!
Did you have fun in snow today!?
They were playing beautifully and clearly enjoying one another.
I constantly talk about the importance of family and always reinforce the special relationship between the twins. It’s nice to witness it once in a while.
Well you would never know by today (rainy and chilly) that yesterday was a gorgeous and beautiful day here in Long Island, New York.
You know by now that I am warm weather beach loving girl so when yesterday’s weather magically appeared (forecast was rain…yes I am a weather nerd too) we impulsively decided to head for the beach!
The children were beyond ecstatic and hurriedly got all their accessories together.
They were so happy they didn’t even mind posing for a picture. (My son usually says “Mom don’t put this on Facebook or blog!”)
One of the things I just love about where I live is that we can be at some of the most beautiful beaches in just a 15 minute drive (and of course NYC is just 20 miles away too!).
We chose Jones Beach because there’s a playground that we thought the kids would enjoy again. The last time we went was when we did this kind of fall beach outing 2 years ago.
But this time we only spent a few minutes at the park because the kids COULD NOT WAIT to get to the water!
I have to apologize for the heavy photo load in this post. I just couldn’t get over the stunning and beautiful scenery and couldn’t stop snapping pictures.
The weather was mild but it was not warm enough for me to venture into wetness! I sat on the beach in a sweatshirt while the rest of my family seemed unaffected by the wind…the squeals of excitement were heard above all other sounds!
It was truly a great day and it gave us all a high, but it seems so far away now…I’m freezing!