We packed a lot into our time in Orlando last week. If you’ve visited you know that there is just so much to do (all at a price, of course). So in order to keep this post to an acceptable length, here is Orlando in Instagram photos.
View from our room at the Animal Kingdom Resort. Giraffes right outside – so cool!

A walk on The Boardwalk (Disney Resort).

Watching Game One of the NBA Finals at the ESPN bar. My uncle & Cory out front.

A full day at Islands of Adventure & Universal. We even got Cory to ride ALL of the roller coasters – WIN!

And we ended the trip with some fruity drinks, a dip in the pool & a soak in the hot tub.

Until next time, Florida!


Ft. Lauderdale & Hollywood

After visiting my MIL in Sarasota, we rented a car (nicknamed The Mazdarati) and drove To Ft. Lauderdale to pick up my sister from the airport. We had a quick lunch at Bubba Gumps and hit the beach before heading to my cousin’s high school graduation party. 
It was really nice to walk into McKenzie’s party & be greeted by the smiling faces of our family. When you’re with the people that have known you since birth, it just feels right, and moving away from Kansas has made me appreciate our family that much more.
My aunt, uncle & cousin moved down to FL a couple of years ago and we were so happy to finally visit the place that they love & call home. We all ended up playing Wii Bowling at their place into the night. 
The next day we woke up & drove to Hollywood, FL to celebrate my other cousin, Desi’s 21st birthday. She is one of the sweetest people I know & it was so fun to celebrate her…and the fact that she can FINALLY go out with us. : )
Silly Sister. 
This pretty much sums up the couple of days…happy…and exhausting. : ) 
We all slept good that night.


Last Monday Cory & I woke up at the glorious hour of 3 a.m. to hop on a flight to Sarasota to spend a day with his momma. I hadn’t been to Florida since my senior year of high school (almost 10 years ago – wow) and the first thing I noticed when stepping off of the plane was the humidity! How quickly we forgot about that unfortunate weather condition since we’ve been living in Colorado. 
Other than that, the parts of  Sarasota that we saw were beautiful. We went to a little organic cafe for lunch, which was delish, and then spent the rest of our time around the keys (not the Florida Keys though).
Some time spent walking the beach was just what the doctor ordered.

We had dinner on the patio of this picture perfect little beach shack.

The next morning we had breakfast on a patio & then took an early trip to a different key, Siesta Key, which is one of the most popular. It wasn’t hard to see why – the town was picturesque and the beach was beautiful.

Geographically, Sarasota was by far my favorite part of Florida. I really loved the low-key, beach town vibe of the keys and look forward to visiting again in the future!