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From Southern Spain to South(ern) Florida

We took a nice little trip back home (one of our home states) to Florida to catch up with family. Unfortunately, I picked up a bug along the way and was basically sick the entire trip including 3 days of no voice. This put a damper on seeing my family (sorry everyone). We made the best of it and just did little day outings and enjoyed lots of time at Mom and Bob's house and a fun little side trip to visit with my Dad.

We spent some time helping my mom and Bob clean out their attic and I found these fun throwback pictures. So we will kick this blog off with a flashback to some childhood snaps.

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As an added bonus, Quinn's brother Cullen was able to fly down to spend the weekend with us. They went to a Dolphin's tailgate and had some great brother bonding time on a few different outings.

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We did some typical South Florida adventures like shopping, eating at restaurants, art festivals, boat rides, walking around some local wildlife preserves, and watching for animals in the backyard. Look closely in the water and you will see a manatee! Love those.large_fe64db20-d260-11ee-95ee-9b66c06fcc20.jpglarge_1000023199.jpglarge_1000023080.jpglarge_1000023860.jpglarge_1000023602.jpglarge_1000023110.jpglarge_1000023232.jpglarge_1000023124.jpglarge_1000023604.jpglarge_1000023544.jpglarge_1000023197.jpglarge_1000023619.jpglarge_1000023570.jpg

Most importantly, I got to do some cooking with my mom.
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We also got to spend some time with my sister Tracey and my niece Jessica.

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We got so lucky to spend some time with another blast from the past, our pals Kyle and Julie plus their two boys Connor and Owen. They are high on the list for friends of the year award for flying down to Miami to spend a day with us. It was a super fun time playing tourist in my old high school stomping grounds.

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Then my Dad, who drove across the country to see us, scooped us up and we crossed the state to check out Siesta key. This is a super cute little town/island that has the still has the old Florida feel. We greatly enjoyed our time together eating special meals, strolling the island, and enjoying the area. I also got ti meet some of my Dad's lifelong friends who were also passing the winter in Florida. It was a great little trip and always fun to explore a new place together.

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We also cruised up to St. Pete to visit my cousins Melissa and Steve and their two kids, Amelia and Hudson. We enjoyed a delicious dinner together and it felt way too short. I am so happy we will get another chance to see them in 2024!

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Overall, it was a very nice trip, although I did miss out on seeing many of my cousins due to my extended illness but hopefully, it won't be long until we all get together again. I leave you with a modern throwback picture. While cleaning out the attic, we came across my mom's wedding dresses which I put on as part of a retro fashion show. They are both beautiful dresses.

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