I’m just getting a moment to catch up on my blog after a busy weekend of teacher training in Tennessee. I’m a little behind and haven’t even had a chance to fill you in on our visit to Florida last week to visit my family. We had a great time!
Finn and Mema were happy to be reunited. These two are the cutest! I swear, Finn “talks” to my grandmother more than anyone else. They have their own little special conversations and it’s very sweet.
On the first day of our visit my mom, Finn and I took a trip to the Gulfarium. It’s a marine adventure park located right on the water!
Finn enjoyed the sea lion show!
And I couldn’t get over the cuteness of the dolphins – they swam right up to the window! I wish I could say that I thought this sting ray was cute but it was a little freaky to see his face smushed up against the glass like this!
Our animal adventures continued on the second day of our visit with a trip to the Gulf Breeze Zoo. This was the best time of year to go to the Gulfarium and the Zoo because the busy summer season is over and the weather is cooler.
We had such a great day at the zoo and Finn really enjoyed watching the animals, especially the little tamarin monkeys, the lions and the birds. It seemed that he liked the tamarins because they were so small and active. I’m guessing that the lions reminded him of his sisters at home because they were playing and wrestling with each other. I think he liked the birds because they were visually stimulating due to how much they moved around and their chirping.
We also took a train ride through the animal preserve and saw gorillas, rhinos, hippos, zebras, camels and much more!
Related: HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY MAMA! My gratitude for her is NEXT LEVEL after becoming a mom myself. She has been such a rock for me in pregnancy and my entry into motherhood. I am so lucky for her love and support.
The weather was great for most of our trip and we got in lots of outside time.
We enjoyed a beach/pool day on our last full day. What a beach babe! Finn likes this new chair that we picked up for him. He’s all about seeing everything that is going on these days!
The sunsets are stunning in the fall/winter because the sun sets over the water (it doesn’t during the summer). I soaked it up before we went out to dinner.
I snapped this photo of Finn and my dad after dinner. Two things here…1) Finn’s outfit. How much do you love his jeans and flannel??? 2) My dad took him outside to watch the lights of the cars that went by and he was mesmerized. Haha.
And a photo of my parent’s golden Sam to wrap it all up. COUNTING DOWN THE DAYS until our Thanksgiving visit. <3
Suggestions for fun and visually stimulating activities for babies? I thought he’d be too young to really notice anything at the aquarium and zoo but I do think it was great for his little mind! He didn’t take in everything but he definitely watched/saw a lot of things!
Recommendations for 6-9 months when it comes to gear? We are phasing out of a lot of our little baby stuff because of how mobile Finn has become. He’s rolling and scooting like crazy!