Ten things I learned in Florida

1.) When a four year old shoves a two year old so hard that her feet leave the ground and she thumps onto her back, it doesn’t hurt…as long as they are standing in the sand. When she hits the tile floor, however, it does seem to sting a bit.
2.) When said two year old is pushed, she is quick to seek revenge, generally in the form of hitting or pinching.
3.) A day at the beach when the winds are whipping up to 40 miles per hour is not a lot of fun.
4.) A restaurant located right on the beach so the kids can play in the sand while you wait for your food is pure genius!
5.) Kids do get sick in Florida. Rachel Hyser, you were right! But, I think Sloan brought his illness with him to St. Louis, so I’m still holding out some hope that perhaps Florida is a sick free zone. Which brings me to my next point…
6.)Kids still get scarlet fever. Are you kidding me? Scarlet fever? The image conjured up in my mind when I first heard scarlet fever was Doc Baker from Little House on the Prairie packing Half-Pint in a tub of ice to bring down her fever. I truly had no idea people still got scarlet fever. But guess what? My kid got it! Which brings me to my next point…
7.) It really is a small world after all. This was evident when the doctor at the Pediatric Urgent Care center we visited in the middle of nowhere told us he moved to FL from Chesterfield three years ago and he lived just down the road from my parents. Weird.
8.) Travelling on an airplane with three kids is stressful no matter how good they are.
9.) Florida on a bad March day is still waaaay better than St. Louis on a decent March day. I mean, seriously, no matter what you get to go to the beach. Is their really any comparison?
10.) A neon pink swimsuit, though designed to be immersed in water, still fades. It will indeed turn her skin so vibrant pink that you will think she was sunburned severely, but no, it’s just dye…in her skin. Nice.

We had such a wonderful and fun trip. The kids did great, but we are glad to be home. I’m thrilled to see some of my plants starting to bud and the grass looking a little greener. It’s made coming home a little less depressing. I’ll post pictures later.


  1. Stuart Fam says

    I am glad you all are safely home. Hopefully, the snow is over with for you guys! I can’t wait to see pictures. I hope we can get down there this summer so I won’t be too envious!

  2. Hyser Family says

    As I sit (on my vacation) in Northern Indiana and read your blog I’m reminded that you are right. A blah day in Florida in March is much better than a March day in the midwest. Where has all the green gone? 🙂 Therefore I am creating a new rule. The only time people who live in Florida can complain about the weather is 1) when they are being evacuated by a hurricane and 2) the months of July & August. Glad you guys had fun. 🙂


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