The Taynors

The Taynors

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Vacation #3- Key West

Mike and I just had the opportunity to go to Key West for a friends wedding (congrats Nick and Heather). I  had never been to Key West before and didn't really have any expectations either way.  It was not on my list of must go places, but I was excited to get to go on an adult vacation with Mike and our friends.  Well I must say, I LOVED Key West.  We had an awesome vacation.

We stayed at The Southernmost Hotel on the Beach and that was a great choice.  The hotel was beautiful, people were great, location was perfect, and it was right next door for the wedding reception.  If we went back I would definitely stay there again.

Our week was full of touristy things and wedding events.  It all started on Wednesday by renting a convertible to drive from Fort Lauderdale down to Key West, then when we arrived we pretty much got checked in and ready for the Bachelor and Bachelorette party.  I experienced my very first drag queen show... very interesting to say the least.  All the girls had a great time.  Unfortunately since we were up since 3am, I bailed on the party after the drag show...but the girls continued on with the bachelorette party.  Then Thursday we spent most of the day by the beach and pool (well Mike spent most of the day recovering from his bachelor party) and then we went onto Duval Street at night for dinner and to meet the whole gang for drinks at Irish Kevins.  Friday was our total tourist day.  We went to see the Southernmost Point, we rented bicycles to tour around the island, and we did a jet ski tour around the island.  Then we ended the perfect day with the rehearsal dinner.  The dinner was held on a sunset dinner cruise which was really beautiful.  I have lots of great pictures to post soon.  At that point, I probably should have gone home... but we all thought bar hopping was the better option.  I had TONS of fun...but definitely drank to much.  We stopped at Rum Runners, Irish Kevins, and a dueling piano bar.  Because Friday was a long day with LOTS of drinking, Saturday morning was spent in bed while the guys went on a fishing trip. Luckily it did not take me long to feel better, because I did a few of the girls hair and makeup for the wedding.  I was excited to get to spend the day with the girls and be a big part of the wedding prep.  Everyone looked beautiful, I had a fun day, and I made some money to help pay our vacation expenses!!

Saturday night was the wedding which of course was great.  Nick and Heather got married at The Reach Resort, on a Pier over the ocean.  The cocktail hour was up on the balcony overlooking the water and the reception was in a ballroom.  It was a great set up for a destination wedding.  We danced (and sweat) the night away.  I think Heather really loved every minute.  Sunday was our last day so we did a little bit more time at the pool and ended the afternoon/night with more bar hopping.  That night we went to Willie T's, Blue Heaven, and Better Than Sex for dessert.    Perfect end to a great vacation.

I feel very lucky to have been able to take this vacation with Mike (we reallllllly needed it) and to spend some quality time with a lot of our friends.  We decided we should go back and do it again in 2 years... I hope that actually happens! 

We need a Ryan update

It has been to long since I wrote about my baby boy. He is now 16.5 months old and wonderful. I love watching his personality develop each day. Here is a list of notable, Ryan things....

1. He is an average size baby, 50% across the board.... But he has the chunkiest thighs ( which we call his chunkers) and big fat feet ( currently in a size 6 shoe)!

2. He currently has long, curly blond hair. I just can't cut it, the curls are too cute!

3. Things he loves:  Books, shape sorters, climbing, swimming, playing with water (water table, sprinkler, the hose, watering can, baths, etc), going to the beach, "dusting" things around the house, playing hide and seek with objects, "helping" me put clothes away/do the laundry, Thomas the Train, Mickey Mouse, Jake and the Neverland Pirates, the Yankees (he cheers when the fans on TV cheer and knows the "Lets Go Yankees" chant), singing and dancing, his binky and monkey at bedtime, being outside, cats and dogs,

4.  He is still taking 2 naps a day...and doesn't seem to have much interest in dropping the 2nd nap yet.

5.  He eats better than anyone I know!  Here is an example of a typical days menu...Breakfast is all natural turkey sausage, piece of cheese, blueberries and bananas.  Lunch is a protein (plain chicken breast, or black beans, or gluten free/preservative free turkey breast), a green vegetable, and a yogurt.  Dinner is a different type of protein and a different type of vegetable and a fruit as dessert.  He still has never had a cookie or cake (with the exception of his birthday incident), chips, crackers, ice cream, chocolate, hot dogs, anything but water and milk to drink, anything with food dyes, cereal, and so many more foods that are normal for toddlers.  He really only eats fruits, vegetables, lean/plain proteins, and some organic dairy.  Lets hope all of these changes make a difference for his over all health.

6.  He understands soo much more recently.  He knows a little bit of sign language, but has pretty much created his own way of telling me what he wants.  It always amazes me how much he can understand and respond when I am talking to him. 

7.  He throws CRAZY temper tantrums.  Stops breathing, throws his body on the floor, is so strong I can't physically control him, and screams!  I can't wait to see what our future toddler years are like if we are already experiencing this.  But truthfully, it doesn't upset me. I can normally stay calm, waiting for it to end, and then talk to him until he calms down.  I have a feeling I was probably like that as a kid haha.

8.  He is a bit slower on the talking front.  At this point he really doesn't have many words... ma, dad, hi, bye, uh-oh, more, mine, and ca (cat).  But I am not super concerned at this point.  I know he is taking it all in and attempting to say things.  We will re-evaluate in a few months.

9.  He has mastered  a few animal sounds for cat, dog, cow, and chicken.  He even makes a low deep voice for a dog bark and a high soft voice for a cat meow. 

10.  He is super social and definitely a flirt.  At the Blue Claws baseball game last week he was walking around blowing kisses to all the teenage girls that came near him. 

11.  He HATES diaper changes.  It is a all-out battle most of the time.... one of us always ends up sweating and in tears :)

12.  His skin is still a mess, real bad eczema spots, rashes, irritated spots... we are working on finding the problem.  Poor baby.

I am sure there is sooooo much more I can write about, but that's what comes to mind today.  I'll come back and update if something great pops in my mind.  I am loving these super crazy, hectic, non-stop toddler days.