Thursday, March 1, 2012

Florida Vacation

We spent last week visiting Barry's parents in Florida.  We were lucky to have gorgeous, sunny weather in the upper 70's and low 80's the whole time.  It rained just once while we were there, and the sun came out immediately afterwards, so we were still able to go outside.  This vacation was super relaxing, as we did not make any plans at all for once. We just did whatever we felt at the moment, which was a nice change.  But I'm sure that next time we visit, we will plan to drive down to Miami and Key Biscayne like we usually do.  We love to spend time on the beach where we got married!

Ryan has really overcome his shyness lately, and he is very animated and fun to be around.  I love that other people are finally getting a chance to see Ryan's true personality.  He is extremely active, has a great sense of humor, and loves to show off his dance moves and act silly.  He is beginning to put two words together like, "mommy car" and "more wawa" to express himself.  I lost track of keeping a list of all the words he knows because there are too many new ones every day.  

At the same time, Ryan will respond with no to any question that you ask him, and he will scream loudly if anybody tells him no.  Not so fun.  I know that the terrible twos start early, and this is part of a normal development stage that is actually very important for all children to go through.  It helps them to develop their sense of independence.  I am definitely still trying to teach Ryan manners and discipline (we have been somewhat successful with "please" lately) and I never take it personally or let myself get upset when he acts this way.  I still enjoy every moment that I get to spend with my sweet little guy.  Here he is having a great time playing catch and dancing to his own song:

Ryan sure does love his daddy... they are like two peas in a pod.  I love that they are super close!

I think that we went to the swimming pool every single day that we were in Florida.  Although Barry's parents have a pool in their backyard, we also decided to visit the neighborhood pool, which we had pretty much to ourselves on the weekdays.  Ryan had not been swimming since he was an infant, and I'm not sure if he even remembers that.  It was so cute to watch him splashing around and being excited talking about the "wawa".

This playground was conveniently located right next to the pool, so of course we let Ryan explore it whenever he wanted to.  He pretty much loves all parks and playgrounds, and this was no exception. Of course, he didn't like it when the camera came out, so I couldn't capture him having any fun.  Well, there's always next time!

I think that seeing these ducks was seriously the highlight of the trip for Ryan!  It's the little things, I guess!

We went to the mall with Barry's mom and had dinner at one of my favorite restaurants where you can make your own stir fry.  I like to fill mine up with tons of veggies, rice noodles, and peanut sauce. Barry's mom bought Ryan a new outfit (complete with a hat) at Gymboree while Ryan had fun at the toddlers' mini movie theater.  We never let Ryan watch TV or movies at home, so it is a very special treat when he gets to see them while we are out.  Ryan has started calling Barry's mom "mee-ma" because "grandma" is still too hard for him to say.  

On Friday night, Barry's mom watched Ryan, so that we could go out on a date. (Thanks for baby-sitting, S!)  We went to a car show/cocktail party (Barry's pick) and it actually ended up being fun because we were provided with unlimited gourmet food and drinks, and we got to see the insides of fancy boats, exotic cars, and private jets.

The cars themselves reminded me of real-life versions of the little matchbox cars that Ryan likes to play with.  I don't know anything about cars, but my favorite was definitely the colorful one on the bottom left!

It was really nice to spend a night out instead of staying home like responsible parents for once. (Thanks to Barry's dad for getting us tickets!)  We were going to attend another car event on Sunday, but we decided to stay in and watch movies instead.  You know, just sticking to the whole "super relaxing" theme.

We flew back home on Monday, and we will be leaving again for North Carolina this weekend for the 2012 Raleigh Get Your Rear In Gear 5K Run/Walk.  Thanks to our wonderful family, friends, and blog readers, we have raised over $1K in donations to benefit the Colon Cancer Coalition in memory of my mom.  Thank you all for your support!!!!!  For anyone who would still like to donate, it is not too late! Please visit my site:  Strides for Sue.  

I will blog about our experience at Get Your Rear in Gear and our time in North Carolina after we get back next week.


  1. I love all of these pictures, it looks like all of you had a great time! Ryan is getting so big already. I can't believe it! And I'm glad you got to have a date night too - how fun :) Have a wonderful time this weekend and I am looking forward to seeing you soon!

  2. PS you look beautiful - and just like you!!! <3

  3. I stumbled upon your blog while searching for "hair extensions post chemo," and your story captured me. As someone who was diagnosed with BC when my son was 7 weeks (he is 9 months now), I can relate to some of what you have been through and just want to let you know how uplifting it is to see the beautiful pictures of you and your family. I think these vacation pictures are actually from my neck of the woods, too! Now that I am finished with chemo, I look forward to returning to a more "normal" life. For me, though others may not understand, getting hair extensions will be a major step towards looking in the mirror and feeling like the person that I have always been rather than "the girl with caner." Now that you have them, would you recommend extensions to others in similar situations? I have heard a few hairdressers react negatively when I mention them.

  4. @Karen- Thanks! We had such a fun time and it was our first date night in a while. I'm so glad that we were able to get away for a little bit. I miss our girls nights though! I'm definitely looking forward to seeing you soon too! Love you!

    @Jessica- First of all, I am so sorry to hear that you were also diagnosed with breast cancer so soon after having your baby. It is very difficult to go through chemo treatments while our little ones need us so much at the same time. I am glad that you found my story, because it is great to find someone to relate to! I will be more than happy to answer any questions that you might have.

    As far as extensions, I think it depends on how long it has been since your treatments, the length of your real hair, and also the strength of the individual strands of your hair. My hairdresser made me wait a few months longer than I originally wanted to. As for now, I would recommend extensions because they looks and feel just like my hair, except they do shed sometimes, and they require more careful maintenance. I am looking forward to when my real hair grows long enough (at least to my chin) and then I probably won't want/need extensions anymore.

    I hope that you are doing well now (health-wise and emotionally!) and you can email me if you ever want to talk:

  5. Wow, Dana, I can't believe how big Ryan looks since the last time I saw him (and it hasn't been that long)! He is such a cutie. Glad you guys had a great vacation and a night out on your own, can't wait to hear about last weekend, too!


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