Florida, I Love You

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We are in Florida! So excited to be here. Yesterday, we slowly made our way from Charlotte to Palm Coast, which is a little town an hour south of Jacksonville. We’re staying with my in-laws for a few nights, and then we’re on our way to Miami for the big football game (and the even bigger tailgate!).


I really love Charlotte, but I have to say – I’m a Florida woman, through and through.  Born and raised!


There’s nothing like Florida sunsets, after all.


And nothing like Florida beaches!  I was SUCH a beach bum as a kiddo, and I’m working hard on converting Henry.


Poor kiddo gets scared by the crashing waves! And then he ends up stumbling around the loosely packed sand, grumbling and mad because he’s hot, itchy, and freaked out. I knew he’d have fun if he only got closer to the water and actually cooled off.  He loves the pool, splash playgrounds, and the hose – I guess he’s just a little too little to love the beach.  However, he adores smashing sand castles, so the Husband made a path of castles all the way to the shoreline, and sure enough – Henry was so intent on smashing each and every one that he didn’t realize how close he was getting to the surf!  BEACH BREADCRUMBS, I tell you!  And when he finally wised up and realized the water was licking his feet, he was brave enough to reach up and ‘ask’ me to carry him in. It didn’t turn into complete beach adoration, but we’re getting closer!


I went on a run, too.  It was hot. SO HOT.

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If I had a dollar for every time I wrote, “When am I going to learn NOT to go running in the middle of the day in the middle of the summer in Florida?” well… I could practically afford that Half Ironman race entry. 😉 In all seriousness, I don’t know why I haven’t wised up to the fact that running in 90 temps with 90% humidity is a horrible idea. I wanted to go 6 miles and barely survived 3.


I also squeezed in a few laps (or, um, what felt like a million) at the community pool.

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Amazingly, I got back to the house before Henry woke up from a ridiculously long nap AND still had time to shower, lay on the couch, and stare mindlessly at the ceiling.  Best workout ever, right?


But the highlight of the day was going to St. Augustine for dinner. The town holds a special place in our hearts, as it was the place we went for our first date and where we went for our engagement weekend.


The Husband suggested this really fun restaurant right on the water. He said, “I KNOW Henry will love this!”and was he right! Henry has become seriously obsessed with birds, and this place is a seagull hot spot.


Why is it a bird magnet?  Well, there are little cubbies under the windows, and you can open them up and throw bread down to MILLIONS of catfish.  Birds sit on the railing and wait to snag crumbs, too.


The waitress brought us a ton of bread, and Henry spent the entire meal stuffing balls of dough into the cubby and watching the fish go nuts.



We ended the evening with a stroll around our special town…


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And now – I’m ready to DROP! So much vacation fun in one day. I can’t wait to see what the rest of the weekend brings us…



  • Kristin September 5, 2013, 10:03 pm

    I live in fl born and raised in sarasota! It’s awesome to know that u are here!!! Wish I could go on a run (I’m the am!) lol with u!

  • Katie September 5, 2013, 10:05 pm

    I am so happy for you guys!!! I hope you have a great vacation!!!

  • mollie September 5, 2013, 10:12 pm

    ahhh, i love st. augustine SO much! my husband and i visited several times while my dad lived there, and then took our honeymoon there. so special! did you get kilwin’s? 🙂

  • Sharon September 5, 2013, 10:19 pm

    Sounds like a great vacation! Born in FL, as well. I agree, nothing like a FL sunrise!! New Smyrna and Daytona were our fav’s growing up. Thanks for a little walk down memory lane!

  • Sara @ LovingOnTheRun September 5, 2013, 10:19 pm

    Florida looks GORGEOUS!!! I wish I could go down there and visit! That looks like a beautiful little town! Enjoy your visit and family time!

  • Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs September 5, 2013, 10:27 pm

    Sounds like a great day! Have a wonderful trip!

  • Alexandra Rodriguez September 5, 2013, 11:42 pm

    im also south florida too 🙂 ve been in out of it the last few years but everytime I came back I appreciate it more and more…nothing substitutes the beaches! (although I could do with out the humidity)

    And an obligatory Go Gators! Hope we crush you guys on saturday 😉

  • Pam September 6, 2013, 12:16 am

    Looks like fun!! I thought your in-laws were also in Charlotte now?

  • Pam September 6, 2013, 12:18 am

    Also – Henry couldn’t be any cuter!

  • Caitlin September 6, 2013, 2:26 am

    Beach breadcrumbs! I love it! I had a similar experience when my boyfriend and I took his two sons (5 & 9 years old) to the beach last weekend. They were so timid with the water at first, clinging to us continuously but within 15 minutes of distracting them they realized they were in the surf and perfectly safe. And tbat it was actually fun! It’s amazing how easily kids can adapt in certain situations. I’m sure Henry will love the beach the more familiar he gets with the idea. I think it’s great that you guys had him in swim lessons so early, that’s the best time to learn to be comfortable in water from my experience.

  • Areej September 6, 2013, 6:01 am

    Hi Caitlin,
    We are thinking of stopping by St. Augustine in November on our way up from Miami. Any tips on places to stay, things to do, places to eat (with a 3 yr old) would be appreciated!
    We have never been to that part of Florida.

  • Lauren @ The Highlands Life September 6, 2013, 8:14 am

    Those really are the best workouts when you have time to shower and lie down before the babe wakes up.

  • Mary Ann September 6, 2013, 8:33 am

    Sounds like a blast. Just wanted to share what worked for us for beach time: getting the kiddo one of these http://www.target.com/p/manley-playpuf-fish-spray-pool/-/A-11866285#prodSlot=medium_1_18. We inflated it at the beach (way easier than it looks) and put it close to the water. We used a sand bucket to fill it up (also easier than it seems). Baby got to play in the water, stay mostly shaded, and get used to the whole situation while being entertained!

  • Tammy Root September 6, 2013, 1:10 pm

    Hey Caitlin,
    Are you familiar with Melbourne, FL? If so, any thoughts on it?

  • Taylor @ Single-tracked Mind September 6, 2013, 3:36 pm

    Yay vacation! I don’t know how people exercise where real weather and seasons exist!

  • Melissa @TryingtoHeal September 6, 2013, 7:21 pm

    Ah Henry, maybe he’ll grow up to study birds! I like to think that about all little one who love birds 🙂

  • Runner Girl Eats September 7, 2013, 8:37 pm

    I’ve been to that restaurant! St Augustine is such a cool city. I have been running in this crazy heat all summer and am sooooo ready for Florida Fall temps.

  • Sarah September 8, 2013, 4:04 pm

    Aww, Henry looks so cute! My brother was the same growing up, he was terrified of water, but when he got a bit older he discovered he loved it. Maybe Henry will too!

  • Kylie @ immaeatthat September 8, 2013, 10:07 pm

    I went to St. Augustine for vacation this July and was SO impressed. I loved the historical town and being able to walk EVERYWHERE and then that store called “fudge buckets” and then at one point I ate this toasted coconut ice cream that may have just been the very best ice cream I’d ever had. Oh and the crepes from Sarah’s Crepe restaurant…ate my fair share of those haha. Anyways, such a fun place:) I’m sure it was the perfect place for a first date:) And I loved getting to see pictures of it again!

  • Heather September 10, 2013, 6:00 pm

    St. Augustine is the best. We got engaged there too. There are so many good restaurants. We also did our baby moon there in May.

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