The boys and I spent the last full week of August in our hometown, Vero Beach, FL. Kevin had to stay behind in Columbus to work, but I was not about to miss a chance to spend a week with family and friends, and I had a bachelorette party to attend for my future sister-in-law that I feel like I have been waiting years for. The promise of a night away from my boys with adult conversation was all I needed to get over the fact that I was going to be flying alone with two toddlers.
You can read all about our flight here, as well as some tips for flying with toddlers. Lucky for me I met nothing but helpful and friendly people along the way. Including this wonderful woman who let the boys entertain themselves with games on her phone until it was time for us to board our flight.
We arrived in Orlando Monday afternoon and were met at baggage claim by my brother. He helped me lug the boy’s car seats to his car and we made our first stop at our Grandma Barbara’s and Papa John’s house for a delicious home cooked meal. The boys had a blast hanging out at their great grandparent’s house and bonding with them. Since moving to Columbus two years ago we never seem to get enough quality time with family, so I was soaking in every minute of our time there and even convinced the boys to sit down and take a picture with them.
After some quality time in Orlando, my brother was gracious enough to drive us on down to Vero.
TUESDAY: Our first stop in Vero, besides Grandma’s house, of course, was the Vero Beach Book Center. One of my favorite places since I was a little girl and what the boys now refer to as Noni’s store. They had a blast running around, discovering new books and playing on the train table and fire truck. Their cousin Owen and Aunt Amanda met us there to play too.
After the Book Center we headed to Humiston Park to play and check out the beach. The heat nearly killed us so we didn’t stay long and went to Amanda’s house for lunch and more playtime.
Later, we went back to Grandma’s house where their older cousin Tyler met up with us after school for more playing and some yummy lasagna. Grandma, or Emma as my boys refer to her, was absolutely thrilled to have all 4 of her grandsons under the same roof.
WEDNESDAY: Beach Day! First thing in the morning we headed to the beach with Aunt Rae Rae. The weather wasn’t looking great at first and it started sprinkling when we got to Jaycee Beach but we weren’t going to let a little rain stop us from enjoying our day. I’m so glad we didn’t because it stopped as soon as we got down to the sand and we had almost the entire beach to ourselves. It had been a little over a year since my boys had been to the beach and they loved every minute of it this time. They spent almost the entire time playing in the waves, working on sand castles, and getting a kick out of burying their Mommy in the sand. We also enjoyed a gourmet lunch of PB&J’s thanks to Aunt Rae Rae’s great planning ahead.
After the beach, we headed back to my Mom’s house to get cleaned up and meet up with some of my friends and their kids. There is something so special about hanging out with friends that I’ve known since I was a kid, and now watching our kids run around and play, especially on my old fort my Dad built us for Christmas back in 1992.
THURSDAY: Thursday was a typical summer day in Florida, filled with rain. We spent the day laying low at Grandma’s house and hanging out at the local mall. The arcade is always a great way to spend a rainy afternoon.
FRIDAY: Friday morning we headed back over to Aunt Amanda’s for a day of fun in the pool. It was the boy’s first time in an actual swimming pool and although they were a little hesitant at first, it didn’t take them long to warm up and get used to their puddle jumpers.
Later that day I left the boys at Grandma’s house and I headed west with my sister for our future sister-in-law’s bachelorette party on Palm Island. (A much-needed getaway if you ask me.) It was my first night away from Tucker and only my second night ever away from Mikey.
I knew the boys would be having a blast in Vero so I was able to relax and enjoy my time away. Plus I’ve been waiting for my brother to finally marry Laura for years now, they’ve been together almost as long as Kevin and me, which is over 10 years now. I couldn’t wait to spend the weekend celebrating the future Mrs. Pezzetti!
SATURDAY: The boys spent Saturday with their Grandma “Emma”, their Aunt Amanda and cousins, Ty and Owen, and their Great Aunt Nancy and cousin Kandace drove up from Miami to spend some time with them. Needless to say, I don’t think they missed me one bit.
They brought the boys to Fun City, an indoor play place and followed that up with some Rita’s Italian Ice, which will always be one of my favorite places.
The pictures are mostly a blur because they were having way too much fun to slow down and say “cheese”. The boys also got to stop by and say hello to their Great Grandma Lane. Tucker immediately took a liking to his Great Grandfather’s bear, which was really sweet since the Alfred in his name is after him.
The weather was pretty miserable almost the whole time we were at Palm Island, but I still had a great time hanging with some lovely ladies and we certainly didn’t let a little rain stop us from having a good time.
We spent most of the day Sunday at my parent’s (Noni and Papa Rock) house. My dad grilled up some of his famous chicken and the boys played out back in the little pool and on the fort.
We also went over to Charles’ Park, a place I hold near and dear to my heart. I grew up exploring the trails there and playing on the playground, although that part has been completely redone since I was a kid. My favorite part of going home to Vero is getting to watch my boys experience all my favorite parts of childhood, and seeing it all through their eyes.
Until next time Vero…