Thursday, January 4, 2018

A Siesta Key Christmas.

Mele Kalikimaka!! 

We had THEE best time in Florida for the holidays. My mom moved to Sarasota/Siesta Key last month and of course we all jumped on the opportunity to come and visit for the holidays. We lucked out with amazing weather in the 80's the whole week. The day after we left it dropped down to the 50's!! My sister were all able to make it too. With just a few family members missing, we celebrated on the white powder sands of Siesta Keys. Such an amazing beach. We made a trip to Universal Studios one day since I HAD to see Harry Potter World. Scarlett got a Hermione wand and Gryffindor cloak. She is now is requesting to binge watch the movies. I have no objection. We bought some fun souvenirs home as well!

We ate Christmas dinner at Ophelia's on the Bay which was very nice. Lovely patio outside overlooking the water. Food. was. amazing.

We spent quite a few days at the beaches. We made picnics and packed drinks and just laid around and watched the kids play in the sand. We spent plenty of time in my mother's pool and hot tub too. My mom watched the kids a couple times so that we could get a little alone time a couple evenings. We explored St. Armand's Circle, Turtle Beach and ate at a little Margarita cafe that played live music.
Ok. So my favorite of the whole trip (exaggeration) was this tiny little spot called Meaney's Mini Donuts. If you are ever in Siesta, do yourself a favor and get some of these. I'm still drooling over them! I swear kids love the simple things. They loved just hanging out with my mother, sitting on the couch in their pjs, watching funny animal videos on youtube and laughing. They would have done that all Christmas afternoon if we let them. And those memories of that will stay with me forever. My mom between them, a huge smile on Maxwell's face and the little giggles coming from Scarlett.  Luckily for me, my mother lives here now so future trips WILL be ahead. Although we had such an amazing time in Florida, I couldn't help but miss that white stuff that everyone was getting back in New York and Massachusetts, our old zip codes. There will never be anything like snow on Christmas. I hope all of you back home enjoyed it! And I hope you all had a great Christmas!!

I have a bunch of blog posts ready to go out for the next week or so. I haven't written an intimate post in quite awhile so I wanted to write a little deeper and share that also. So that's to come this week!

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