Now I know why I usually post spring break as it happens. I am home from a week of fun, and I have SO MANY PICTURES. It would have been waaaaay easier to post them day-by-day.
The only unpleasant thing about our spring break was that Ben had a different spring break than the kids and me, so now we are back and I am home with all of them for the rest of the week by myself, adjuncting online and trying to keep the house reasonably clean. And! Even though they are older, it is really hard for me to get any kind of work done while everyone is awake and around, so I have to get up super early to have any time, and sometimes I use that time to upload like 200 pictures to a blog post. So.
Ok. Here goes.
Drive to Florida (spoiler: it's a long freaking way to Florida)
Ben and the kids picked me up at work, and we made everyone eat a hefty snack in a random classroom and then piled in the car and drove to Clarksville, TN.
Morning in Naples
The next morning, the kids woke up bright and early because they are robots who never need to sleep.
Zoo day!!And then went to the zoo because I LOVE ZOOS.
Also? I love Jack's sense of style:
What can I say? I am a sucker for a prehensile tail.
We had lunch at Karen and Dennis's neighborhood clubhouse, which is basically where I would be 24/7 if I lived in their 'hood.
Everyone settled in to their normal pool routine as if it was summer at our own neighborhood pool.
Dinner on Marco Island
This was our first trip where the kids were completely fine with all semblance of their routine out the window. We ate breakfast when they woke up, but then we didn't eat lunch until like 1 pm ET and dinner was a really late night thing. And they were FINE. Well behaved, even. SO WEIRD.
Dorothy and I were shoe twins:
Which clearly blew my mind enough to merit 2 pictures. YOU'RE WELCOME.
Back at the grandparents' we enjoyed sunset
Beach day in Naples
The first thing the kids did when they woke up every morning at their grandparents was run to the pool room to spy on the alligator in the pond outside
Speaking of amazing: A DOLPHIN right there not 10 feet in front of us. It even jumped for us, the little show-off.
Last night in Naples
I don't know about you, but my very favorite thing to do on vacation is hang out at the beach all day and then get cleaned up and go out to dinner. CHECK!
The next morning, we headed to downtown Naples to explore the cute little shops and have a second breakfast.
Before we got BACK on the road.
St. Pete's beach day
We engaged in some extra-fun beach-hopping
We had an amazing lunch at Boulevard Burger and Brew, and you should, too, if you go to St. Pete, which you should-- trust me on this.
This is the place we stayed, and it was amazing. SO RETRO!
The drive home
The drive home was loooooooooong, you guys.
We left our hotel at 6 am and went to Gainesville to check out UF and have breakfast. I have said it before, and I will say it again: college campuses make the best pit stops
And felt remarkably at home on a campus we have never visited before. Colleges and libraries, man, instantly comfortable.
And there you have it. Another fabulous spring break.