We are back. Safe and sound. And the boys are well. Yeah! And Holly, you were right. That OFF switch WAS at the bottom of a margarita.
The trip was fabulous and we had a great time. That isn't to say that it went completely smoothly, but we had fun nonetheless. The good, far outweighed the bad. Let me show you.
The bad: The "scenic" drive from Miami to Key West that everyone said we would "love" turned out to be a hellish 4+ hour ride that finally got us to our Inn at around 9:30 at night. It was neither scenic (the majority of the scenery was run down gas stations and restaurants) nor relaxing (I had a headache the size of Texas from not having had a chance to eat anything since 8 that morning) and probably the longest car ride of my life. Word of advice, if you are ever going to visit Key West fly directly. Do not drive!
The good: This sunset was about the only good that came out of that drive, even though we only saw it for a few minutes when we were on the last bridge.
The bad: The next day we sorely underestimated the proximity of a "nearby" beach and walked approximately 5 miles in thong sandals before giving up and heading back to where we started. I had enormous blisters on my feet and my toes were actually swollen.
The good: This is where we ended up. A great big bar. On the beach. After many drinks I couldn't even feel my toes anymore.
The bad: Me in a swim suit. Seriously, what is up with my arms? I swear I haven't been pumping iron. Why does it look like I have some major guns going on?
The good: My hubby in a swim suit. Yummmm!
Yeah, I don't really know what we are doing in the pictures either. Did I mention we had many, many drinks? Cuz, um, we did. I think I should always drink before swimming in the ocean because this was the first time I really enjoyed it without worrying about being eaten by a shark. I had a blast. The sun was hot, the drinks were cold, and the water was perfectly warm. It turned out to be a great day.
We had packed a bunch of sightseeing into one day (hence the miles and blisters). We saw Hemingway's house.
And were at the southern most point in the US.
We even had some drinks at Margaritaville! Mmmmm!
We did wise up and rent scooters the next day. Much better for my feets! And so much fun tooling around the island on these things. Yep. I know. I'm a big nerd.
Overall, we had a blast. Long drive be damned, it was still an amazing time. It was nice to get some one on one time with the hubby and have actual romantic dinners together. It is easy to get caught up in the day to day life and forget about connecting with each other. It was a great trip.
When we finally got home after another very long travel day the boys were fast asleep. Todd's mom did a fabulous job. My mom had gotten a really bad cold and wasn't able to take her two days of watching the boys so Todd's mom stayed with them the whole time. I can't thank her enough. She was amazing. Four days with three boys is enough to stress anyone out, but she really came through. And not only did she take excellent care of the little guys the house was sparkling clean when we got home. What a woman!
Now my life is back to this.