by Chris on July 19, 2011

We’re off. We’re headed to Florida to visit my best friend, and we are ALL excited about the much-needed time together. I’m looking forward to pedicures and shopping, my husband’s looking forward to golfing, and my kids can’t wait to get on an airplane. Ahhh…kids.

So…today I am busy doing a LOT of this. And yes, I stop short of packing for my husband. He can handle it.

packed bags

In between laundry breaks and packing clothes, this is what I found my daughter doing.


My son—equally concerned with preparing for the trip—was doing this.

playing video games

And this guy? Yeah, that’s about it for him.


My husband was so MIA, I couldn’t even get a picture of him. I have a couple of things scheduled for this week, but it might be a little scarce next week. I don’t know that my computer time will be a priority when I’m looking at this…




See you soon!



Lauralee July 19, 2011 at 4:08 am

Ooh, sounds fun! What part of Florida? Get ready, it’s flippin HOT here!!!

Chris July 19, 2011 at 4:11 am

Ha! Yes, I’ve been forewarned. However, it was 97 in Michigan today. Won’t feel much different, I guess. We’re going to Naples. LOVE it there. The heat sure makes it easy to pack, though. Sundresses and tank tops! :)

chris July 19, 2011 at 4:18 am

he he.. flo-rider. you silly.

have fun relaaxin’!

Susie Harris July 19, 2011 at 4:24 am

Don’t forget to wear sunscreen this year :) I didn’t and looked like a crab for days on end. Have fun !

Chris July 19, 2011 at 4:30 am

That made me laugh out loud, Susie! Good memory! Sunscreen for SURE!

Tina July 19, 2011 at 4:25 am

Have fun in Florida! But wait…I have to know….where did you get those adorable quilted duffel bags???? I must have one!

Chris July 19, 2011 at 4:32 am

Ha! You’re like me, Tina! I would have asked the same thing. The pink one I found at Homegoods a couple of summers ago. I’m pretty sure I got the brown one at TJMaxx–again a few summers ago. I just LOVE them, and I use the heck out of ‘em! They’ve gone on every single trip I’ve ever made. Poor things. :)

Centsational Girl July 19, 2011 at 4:39 am

Ha! So typical, my kids do that too! Have a fantastic time, enjoy the sunshine, can’t wait for your vacay recap!

meredith July 19, 2011 at 4:48 am

we have that same pink duffel from Marshall’s! love it!

Anita July 19, 2011 at 5:12 am

All I can say is we’ll be here when ya get back! I would be pretty scarce too with a view like that! Have a safe and fun trip.

Kristen @ More Than Mulberries July 19, 2011 at 5:22 am

Maybe if you put some FLO-RIDA on the ipod dock your kids would want to get up and shake their booties while they pack? No? (Works for me with cleaning my house!)
Sounds like a perfect trip – enjoy your time away!

Out Of Ours July 19, 2011 at 5:35 am

Have a great holiday Chris!
I still have to pack for the youngest (he’s only 4), but my daughter at nearly 13 would only pack her clothes – if I wasn’t there to pack the other essentials, she’d never brush her teeth or put a comb through her hair. I also insist a list be made so that we don’t forget anything at the last minute! Robyn

Michelle @ Sweet Something Design July 19, 2011 at 6:42 am

Have a great time, I love FL!

Linda Browne July 19, 2011 at 11:37 am

Hi ! Welcome to Florida! I live in hot Orlando…but love the West Coast of Florida! The Gulf beaches are beautiful and peaceful. What part of Florida are you visiting? Have fun and be safe! Linda

Chris July 19, 2011 at 2:42 pm

We’re going to Naples, so we’ll be spending lots of time at the beach. :)

laxsupermom July 19, 2011 at 12:16 pm

Ha! Your family is like mine. We have a camping trip this weekend followed by a week long trip to visit my parents, and the hubs asked me, “but we’re not camping til Friday, why do you need to buy groceries today?” Like there aren’t 1000 things to do between now and then. Ahh to be young and/or oblivious and have everything done for me. Have a fantastic time in FL! Enjoy those beaches!

Emily @ On the V Side July 19, 2011 at 12:45 pm

Aaaahhhhh……VACATION. So jealous – I’ll be living vicariously through you…. enjoy your trip!! :)

marie July 19, 2011 at 12:52 pm

have a fantastic time!! we are headed to florida next month…when it’s even hotter than july (if that’s at all possible).

Chris July 19, 2011 at 2:49 pm

Ha! I traveled to Las Vegas once in August, and I thought my skin was going to melt off! Pools, the ocean, and air conditioning–all necessities!

Kim July 19, 2011 at 12:56 pm

We might be going this week to, but not for a whole week. I have to know where you bought that sundress for your daughter? My daughter would love that..

Chris July 19, 2011 at 2:41 pm

Hi Kim, I bought it at Children’s Place. I also bought a headband that goes with it. It’s my favorite dress! I hope you find it!

Amy @ All In A Day July 19, 2011 at 1:35 pm

Florida is so gorgeous! I live in Tallahassee (the capital city). Have so much fun!!!!

Dream Mom July 19, 2011 at 2:44 pm

Have a great trip!

melinda July 19, 2011 at 9:40 pm

Enjoy your trip! The pics of the kids and dog cracked me up!!!

Have fun.


Elaine July 20, 2011 at 5:24 am

Hope you all have a wonderful time, Chris. I must ask, is Maximus staying with his sister?

Katy @ Live Laugh Love Craft July 20, 2011 at 3:14 pm

Another Floridian here. Hope you packed sunscreen and a handheld fan (lol). It’s h-o-t HOT down here!! Hope you have a blast. :)

cassie {hi sugarplum!} July 22, 2011 at 2:35 pm

Hope you’re having a fab time!!! And I’m cracking up at all the ‘HOT’ comments! It’s summer in Florida, that’s why you go! Now you want hot, come to Dallas where it’s 104 and there’s no beach!!

Love your blue console, too BTW!

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