family vacation: Key West

I looked at our upcoming summer and realized we had a summer vacation planned for just the two of us, one with my family but none as a family of three. Jake was in the middle of crazy, crazy work weeks that were making it difficult to spend time as a family. And me–well I always love trying to find a good bargain on flights. So after convincing Jake to take a couple days off, I found some dirt cheap Florida tickets from a new airline here. We booked a car and two hotels and I began counting down the days!

We had kept a mental bucket list of traveling in the back of our heads for a while and on the list was Drive the Florida Keys. Jake had done it with his father years ago but we wanted to do it together. So that’s what we did. I prayed Emmett would sleep well and we didn’t make any real plans other than seeing my friend from college the night we got down there.

It ended up being such a fun weekend. It was great catching up with my friend and Emmett slept like a baby in the backseat. We actually ended up with an upgrade for our car thanks to a nice worker who said he noticed we had a child and wanted to help us out. They bumped us up to a car with air conditioned seats and other cool things, but I just really cared about those seats.

 (first night at the hotel)

(a tiny public beach on our way down to Key West)


 (my favorite road tripper)


(Key West!)


 (the Hemingway House!)


(We got there too late to go in, but I was stoked to see a Hemingway kitty)

(Eating dinner at a Mexican place)

 (Southernmost Point of the Continental U.S.A.)


 (our second hotel was a teeny home!)

 (Sombrero Beach in Marathon, FL)


 (our little beach bum!)


 (I love this picture of him!)

(North Beach in Miami)


(the water was amazing. I miss it already)


(love our little family!)

 (these two)

It was a blast and I look forward to more vacations together as a family!

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