Phillip had a business trip to Jacksonville, Florida in early December, so the kids and I decided to follow him down there a few days later to visit family. The plane trip went really well, the kids were so good the people sitting in front of us didn't even know they were there till we landed! Lugging all their stuff through the airport was horrible, though. I don't plan on doing that alone again. Ever. Phillip picked us up at the airport and we headed down to St. Augustine to see Great-Grandma Melrose. Our hotel was across the street from the beach, but only Phillip and Sophie ever got over there because it got chilly! We visited with Grandma and the rest of the family for the next 3 days. The kids had fun meeting all these new people and being the center of attention. We spent time together, just our little family, too. St. Augustine is a beautiful place and I look forward to visiting again.
After St. Augustine, we hopped in the car and headed 5 hours across Florida to Cape Coral to visit my sister, Sara and her family. She has 3 girls and my kids adore them. We just let the kids run free and play to their hearts content while we adults enjoyed each others company. We went to the beach one day and ate out a lot, watched lots of sports (both of our husband's teams won!) and just relaxed.
When we left Cape Coral, we got on a plane to Orlando (no DisneyWorld this trip) and dropped Phillip off there for another business trip. The kids and I headed home (alone, again, with even more stuff!) and they were just as good on the plane this time.
We enjoyed every minute of our trip and are looking forward to planning another family adventure in the near future. (This time, Daddy will fly with us!)