Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Key West Babymoon

This past weekend Ben and I went on a babymoon (official Wiki definition: a vacation taken by a couple that is expecting a baby in order to allow the couple to enjoy a final trip together before the many sleepless nights that usually accompany a newborn baby). We decided to make it a "Double Babymoon" by inviting our friends Andrea and Troy to join us. We were thrilled when they said yes!

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Troy and Andrea picked us up on Friday morning at my parent's house, and after quick stops at Walgreen's for sunscreen and Starbucks for coffee (decaf for me, and Andrea skipped the coffee and opted for Yoohoo! instead), we were off! It took us longer than usual because of all the pregnant lady stops, but we eventually made it and checked into the bed and breakfast where we had reserved a suite.

We got into our swimsuits and hit the beach where we jumped right in upon arrival. We relaxed on the beach for a few hours before heading back to the B&B for happy hour and snacks! The lagoon pool was the perfect spot to hang out and eat our Combos. Then we got ready and headed out to Mallory Square for the evening entertainment. It was very fun to watch the sunset while sipping virgin pina coladas and watching the husbands get pulled into the performer's shows. They had fun too. :)

We hit up the A&B Lobster house for dinner. We feasted on amazing seafood. Then walked home. It was a long walk. I definitely had cankles and swollen toes by the time we got back to the B&B. So Andrea and I soaked our tootsies in the cool water of the lagoon pool. Ahhhh....the joys of pregnancy!

We woke up early Saturday morning to go on our snorkling adventure. The innkeeper put out breakfast early for us since we had to be at the boat at 9am. We speed-walked to the pier and made it to the boat in time. We had a wonderful time snorkling. I swear I saw a shark. Troy informed me that it was a tarpon (not sure if I'm spelling this right). It really does look like a shark when you're looking 25 feet down and the water is a little cloudy!

It rained on the way back into Key West, but we grabbed lunch at a local market and by the time we were done it was over. We went back to the B&B and watched some golf and rested. Then it was back out on the town. It was Pride Weekend and we didn't want to miss the parade! We had appetizers at Sloppy Joe's and listened to the music, then headed over to see the parade. Ben got lots of beads - the gay men loved him. It was lots of fun. We had a relaxing dinner at Fogerty's and then got some ice cream for the walk back to the B&B. My feet were so swollen by the time we got home. I can't imagine what they're going to look like in a few months. Oh jeez.

The weekend was so much fun! On Sunday we drove home to celebrate Father's Day with a cookout at our place. Troy & Andrea, Tony & Dotty, Tony's parents, Leslie & Suzie, and Mike & Lindsey came over for dinner and the US Open. A fun time was had by all.

Mike & Lindsey and Mom and Dad spoiled baby boy with some new clothes. He is certainly going to be a well-dressed little one. I can't wait!

I wish I could say our flight home was uneventful, but it wasn't. We took off from Ft Lauderdale on time, but had to circle for an hour when we approached DC because of bad thunderstorms. They had to fly us to Charlotte since Richmond was full. After an hour on the ground to re-fuel, we finally got back into the air and landed in DC at 9:15pm. It was a long day of travel.

It's good to be home. I want to send a special "Thank You" out to Curt & Tish and Kelly for stopping by our house to feed and play with Riley while we were gone. He is especially grateful for not having to be cooped up in a cage for 5 days.

Another special "Thank You" to my mom for doing some sewing magic on the maternity capris and shorts I bought early on to make them fit me now. She continues to amaze me with her sewing abilities. :)

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