Miami weather is crazy and the forecast last week said that it would rain everyday but Monday...and it was completely accurate. Mom and I decided to go to Vizcaya. Now, a lot of people gripe that it is expensive and won't visit it because of that. My opinion is you get what you pay for and if that's the excuse then you are missing out on one of the coolest places. Our morning went smoothly and we got to Vizcaya right when they opened! We went and did a quick tour of the house...Caroline was more interested in running laps around the gardens. The must see's in the house for me are the kitchen, telephone room, sitting room, dining room--down stairs and upstairs as well as Mr. Deering's bedroom and bathroom.Some of the maids rooms are pretty cool but they are up a winding stairs case and we were pressed for time. The kitchens are my absolute favorite and remind me of Downton Abbey--so it's kind of like Downton Abbey Miami style. Caroline loved the courtyard and looking at the swimming pool--we would love to have a swim party in it.
After checking out the house we went around to the back and enjoyed the view of Miami. We quickly made our way to the gardens. Caroline loved the sound of the gravel beneath her feet and loved exploring everything. She especially loved the fountains and splashing in them. We wondered around the gardens for a while and enjoyed the perfect Miami weather. I would love to travel back in time and see Vizcaya how it was a long time ago. Caroline snacked, we took pictures and then we were worn out and went home. It was the perfect trip.
Tuesday we stayed around the house and went on walks. Ben came home early and we went to Red Robin, on a park walk, and Caroline got new shoes! We also went to Hobby Lobby to pick out Christmas stockings that my mom is stitching for us. I am so excited...we will see if she gets to them before Christmas--she has lots of irons in her fire. Caroline also snagged a cute little puppy dog and my mother who hates stuffed animals couldn't resist and bought it for her. I don't know if I'll ever be able to let her live that one down.
Wednesday morning we went to the dollar store and Costco for my flu shot. Caroline kept Grams on her toes and entertained. Plus the Christmas decor is up and Caroline is mesmerized by it all. We also made a trip to Target and Caroline had a huge huge meltdown. She was crying because she wanted out of the cart and I was laughing so hard. Talk about judgement looks. This lady in the store was crazy-eyed looking at us. Thankfully C calmed down and we were able to shop.
Thursday was kind of a blah day. I had a doctors appointment and went into school with Ben. We grabbed breakfast together before his class started and my appointment. Afterwards he brought me home and Caroline, mom, and I just had a fun afternoon together. I had a stake training that night and I feel a lot better about my calling. The ladies put a lot of work and were so prepared for the meeting (doesn't always happen). I'm hoping that I feel more organized and can help with thing more.
Friday was so much fun. We went to BJ's to pick up some essentials (milk and eggs and bananas...I wish we could get them delivered because we go through them so quickly). We also went to Barnes and Noble because we were going stir crazy from all of the rain. There was this cute little photo-ish booth for the book "The Day the Crayon's Quit". Caroline was hilarious trying to get her picture taken. She also loved looking at books, stuffed animals, and playing with the train table and the blocks. I also booked family pictures for us and the hunt for outfits began. All I have to say is there are a lot of sweaters for sell and people who buy them here must work in cold office buildings because I have no desire to wear a sweater! We went to dinner at VooDoo BBQ and Caroline had a blast running through Nordstrom Rack as we looked for clothes. Another awesome day and we got a lot done!
Saturday we shopped some more and found what I think are our outfits for the pictures! We were also told that Barnes and Noble had a fabulous story time so we decided to go to that. Ha. The lady didn't even show the kids the pictures as she was reading and obviously hadn't read the story herself because she was cracking up as she read it. It was slightly disastrous. I told Ben I'd volunteer to do story time + a degree in elementary education and being somewhat of an expert on children's lit, I could sell them lots of books. We rode the escalators up and down and Caroline took a two and a half hour nap after that. We will ride escalators more often. Later that afternoon, once Ben was home, he and Caroline went on a puddle adventure through the biggest puddle in our complex. Caroline was drenched and had so much fun. Ben was pretty pleased with himself too.
Sunday was really good. We had a big family breakfast--biscuits and sausage gravy, Ben cleaned up, we all got ready for church and had a calm and awesome Sunday. Mom finished Caroline's Halloween outfits and Caroline got in a long walk and met lots of dogs. The perfect ending to our week!
|Caroline and Gram's|
|There was so much to see and so little photo taking cooperation|
|Looking at the airplanes flying over|
|I love this picture|
|Walking foxy lady|
|I promise we almost made the 5 o'clock news! She was wanting to dive it!|
|Love this one. This is as good as it gets.|
|"The Vizcaya life is such a drag" - Caroline|
|Tropical Park walk|
|The girl and her puppy|
|Making and Taking important calls at Costco!|
|Target trip never to be forgotten.|
|Breakfast with Ben|
|Snuggles with my girl|
|Watching the rain with Grams|
|She loves to sweep|
|Barnes and Noble saved us from the rain!|
|Little girl and Big Blocks|
|I have the cutest crayon ever|
|While we were shopping C and Ben were wandering on their own. Then she got hungry and daddy brought her lemon pound cake. If only we could all snack like that. Anyways, we had to shake off all of the crumbs.|
|My favorite little kitten|
|Napping after Barnes and Nobles story time. haha|
|She loves the escalators (even though C's expression might not show it)|
|Piglet post it note ears|
|Blackberry pudding and whipped cream!|
|Sunday wrestle buddies.|
|I purposefully put Caroline in an outfit that matched my mom's. haha|
|The SWEETEST rescue dog|
|My walking and adventure buddy.|