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Our trip to the sunny south

by nicole

Just as our first snowfall finished we hopped on an airplane to Miami Florida. Greyson was super excited to go on a jet plane and it did not disappoint! Our flight attendant was so amazing, she really pampered Greyson and made it a special experience. He even got his flight wings and an airplane trading card from the pilot! After landing we went straight to our resort, a quick peek at the beach and then got some food.  There were regular helicopter tours along the shore so we saw lots of helicopters every day (and since helicopters are currently the coolest, that was a big hit). We had a late dinner and everyone was tired and ready for bed.

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The next morning we went to South Beach. We saw the amazing Art Deco architecture and had a walk on the beach. Greyson played in the sand. The adults (minus me) had a coffee at News Cafe, one of the best places to get coffee in the city (everyone agreed!). It was fun seeing the cars cruising down the road.  Greyson really enjoyed seeing all of the motorbikes too, although I don’t think they were trying to impress Greyson specifically, LOL.  We stayed until the sun went down and saw the neon lights on the buildings in South Beach, amazing!

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The next morning we packed up and headed south for Biscayne National park. We took a boat tour out to Boca Chita Island. It was great! Greyson wanted to play in the sand, so we just took his clothes off so everything didn’t get soaked (again). The beach was covered in white shell and coral, it was pristine and felt like an untouched part of such a highly populated area. We saw lots of lizards, herons and egrets there. There were tons of hermit crabs that would suddenly start to move around when we stood still.  We had a great Cuban dinner that evening.

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Greyson developed a fever overnight and woke up not feeling like himself. He was goofing around for a bit in the morning, but then after some dancing curled up on the floor with a pillow. He fell asleep on the floor and had a long nap. Since he wasn’t up for too much excitement, we headed to an outlet mall where we could push him around in the stroller.

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Back to his normal self and ready for action the next day we packed up the van for overnight and headed down to the Keys. We had planned several stops, but the babies were happily sleeping so we stayed on the road until we reached John Pennecamp State Park in Key Largo. It was beautiful! We had plans to take a glass bottom boat trip to see the reefs, but after hearing the waves were 3-5 feet high, we decided that none of us wanted to go that badly… instead we played on the beach with newly acquired monster trucks! The next stop was really special. Greyson has been talking about petting a dolphin since before we left for our trip so we had to make that happen. Sheri had suggested a non-profit dolphin behaviour research centre and we stopped there. Lucky boy he was able to pet the back of the dolphin, touch their flippers and since he asked the trainer very nicely she even let him show the dolphin his new monster truck. It was a very special moment for us! After that stop we made it all the way to Key West. We had planned to attend a sunset event oceanside, but missed it. Instead we had dinner and Justin and I wandered around with Tav and Rhys taking in the crazy night life.

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The next morning we paced up again and after a quick tour around Key West headed back north. Sheri and I were on a mission to find a certain Key Lime pie we had read about (the best on the island). We thought we found it, but that place didn’t have Key Lime pie at all, lol. Our next stop was the one! It was amazing! We made a couple more small stops to pick up stuff and tried some conch fritters and mahi mahi (Greyson loved that!). The back to the resort for some quality time on the beach, before a very entertaining dinner…

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Our last full day south we took care of Sheri’s favourite. We drove out to the Everglades and took an airboat tour. Greyson LOVED the airboat and we had a pretty fun ride, he kept turning around and pointing at the BIG FAN. We saw five alligators, three turtles, herons, purple something birds, orchids, sawgrass and after the boat tour we all got to hold a three year old alligator! I was OK with Greyson holding the alligator, I just got nervous when I was holding it and Greyson kept waving his little sausage fingers in front of the alligators face… the guide even had to ask him to hold back a bit! Then we had more quality time on the beach. Oh and a picture of me with some of my other babies we found in Miami :)

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