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Sunshine State

We had an amazing time in Florida over Thanksgiving week and it showed by the amount of photos I took. Literally had to weed through 864 pics to get a small enough group to post. And even then, well, I can’t help myself. Apologies in advance for splitting our trip into multiple posts and batch after batch of photos. But really… I can’t say no to pictures of these two.

twin blog, florida, thanksgiving, oliver and eli, hello happy face

twin blog, florida, thanksgiving, oliver and eli, hello happy face

We spent the first couple days just catching up on our sanity after the 14 hour drive and working to get the boys back on their normal daily schedule (they certainly traveled better than on their first long trip ((to India)), but still had trouble napping and going to sleep for the night in a new place).

Our first day out, we took the boys to meet different groups of E’s family (a lot of his relatives live within a few mile radius of each other, so we managed to introduce the boys to a lot of them in just a couple stops). After that, we took the boys down to a nearby park for them to burn off a little steam. It was also wonderful for us adults to bask in the sun a bit. Considering we just came from a freezing DC, it was great to be out in 70 degrees again (great, but not enough to convince me to move to FL, E). However, only in Florida would you find a gorgeous wooden dock overlooking the water less than 100 yards from a kid’s playground.

twin blog, florida, thanksgiving, oliver and eli, hello happy face

twin blog, florida, thanksgiving, oliver and eli, hello happy face

Thankfully the deck was closed off, so there was no fear of the boys accidentally falling in. They had an absolute blast running around and trying to get past their Omi to go to the slides.

twin blog, florida, thanksgiving, oliver and eli, hello happy face

twin blog, florida, thanksgiving, oliver and eli, hello happy face

By some Thanksgiving miracle, we also managed to snag a great photo of the boys with their Omi and Grampy.

I should say we got three Thanksgiving miracles, since we actually managed to get the boys with their grandparents and two pretty decent ones of us as a family (I promise, it’s harder than it sounds).

twin blog, florida, thanksgiving, oliver and eli, hello happy face

twin blog, florida, thanksgiving, oliver and eli, hello happy face

And no, we’re not mean parents who took their kids near a playground and didn’t let them play.

twin blog, florida, thanksgiving, oliver and eli, hello happy face

Oh yeah, they did this over and over and over again.

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I truly am thankful for such a fun and surprisingly relaxing trip (whoda thunk you could relax on vacation even with toddlers in the mix?). Anyone else out there turn Thanksgiving into a week-long vacation? It’s a really big holiday on both sides of E’s family, so there was no way we were missing out this year. Plus, it was such a great way to test the boys’ stranger danger. Thanksgiving dinner meant at least 26 people in one room, and the boys were in danger of being hugged and kissed to death.

Penny for your thoughts?