Last month, Lila and I visited my family in Miami, Florida. My cousin just had a baby who we wanted to meet, and my grandparents are in their 90s, so we try to see them as much as we can.
It was quite an adventure considering I traveled with her alone, which included keeping her in the travel stroller as much as possible while rolling my giant suitcase, and carrying the even bigger carseat bag on my back, and taking a shuttle and to pick up our beautiful 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, which I got to drive around town for the next few days.
Usually my cousins or aunts and uncles drive us around Miami, so it was pretty incredible to have my own mode of transportation. Plus the Navigation hooked straight up to my phone and I was able to follow the GPS anywhere I needed. My favorite feature was the blindspot alerts because driving in Miami is freaky enough without having to worry about blindspots!
The trip was mostly to visit family, but we did go on a couple excursions. Wynwood is one of my favorite neighborhoods to peruse, so we drove out there to check out the art, grabbed some coffee, and snapped a ton of pictures.
I had never been to the Miami Zoo, which is apparently one of the top ten zoos in the United States. It was pretty awesome. But maybe it was even more amazing because my cousin had the bright idea to rent a cycle which made it incredibly fun and easy to check out the enormous zoo before taking Sandy to the airport.
Everyone fed the giraffes, except Lila, who actually threw herself on the ground because she did NOT want to feed the giraffes. Later Lina got scared in the interactive Mission Everglades section where you could go down a slide that goes through water so you can see otters. The otters were not in the exhibit that day though. 🙁 The FREAKIEST part was when they crawled through a tunnel and realized there was a crocodile laying on top of it! ha! It was incredible.
And then we almost peed our pants laughing when Sandy tried to cross this rope bridge type thing while carrying Lina, over more crocodiles, but Lina freaked out and grabbed the side ropes and Sandy got stuck and Lina cried even more. Trust me, it was hilarious.
After pedaling through the entire park, we enjoyed slushees and diaper changes. I haven’t had a slushee in a decade?? Maybe more. It was pretty delicious. ha! And the cafe near the entrance was pretty great, too.
Hanging with my family was nice, as usual. Tia Cathy trimmed Lila’s hair, Tia Ada played with blocks and read her bedtime stories, and Tia Fina took her outside to see the ducks. My cousins visited often, we hung out like old times – only a little more tired these days. 🙂 It was great to see everyone again.
The trip was perfect. We had loads of family time, combined with a couple little touristy activities with the girls. Can’t wait to go back this summer!