Fun In Florida!

October 21, 2008 by Michelle

I’m remembering how wonderful it is to travel with my parents. Really, it’s traveling with another set of hands… that the wee ones adore… who insist on paying for most things. This is definitely the way to vacation — until it’s 9:17pm and the wee ones aren’t yet in bed, even though they’re exhausted and normal bedtime is between 6 and 6:30.

The plane trip was great. We were able to get five seats in the same row, and the wee ones both insisted they wanted to sit by Grandpa. OK! Grandma and I sat in the across the aisle and read. Well, until an hour into the flight when Little Miss decided that she wanted to sit with Grandma and have Grandma read to her, so we switched places and I was now next to Grandpa. I continued reading. The grandparents entertained. Ahhhhh…

And I realized that I forgot my camera cable, so no pictures until we get back — unless I can convince my husband to bring the cord with him when he flies down on Friday for the weekend.

Once we arrived, we checked into the hotel. Unfortunately, the hotel is mega under renovation, so the buildings my parents stayed in last time they were here were closed. They put us in a building far away, which is fine. Until we got to the room and it smelled funky. And the carpeting was wet from where (I hope) they’d just shampooed it. And the pool it was by had no shallow/kiddie area for the wee ones to play in. We ended up switching rooms to an area that doesn’t have quite the same view outside, but I’m fine with that.

Finally settled, my dad and I went to the Publix to get food. We had a nice long list, as we have a full kitchen where we’re staying and plan to not really eat out while we’re here. My dad is uncontrollable. He gets so much food, such unhealthy food, such large quantities of food… but I was able to at least sneak in the whole grain Goldfish over normal Goldfish, whole grain spaghetti, skim milk and so forth.

Things I learned about Florida (ok, the particular Publix we shopped at): food in Florida is frickin’ expensive! The watermelon my dad insisted on buying — that I had previously decided was not worth it — cost $9.99. The ham and turkey my dad got for sandwiches was $9.19 per pound. The tomatoes that I ultimately passed on were $2.49 per pound. Milk was $3.59. Bananas were $0.69 per pound. All of this is so much more than I would ever have paid for anything in Chicago. And I’m still trying to figure it out. It was primarily the fresh foods that were out of whack. Florida is in the sunbelt where they actually grow food, right? At least I got a pineapple for $2.99, which isn’t so bad.

Poor Mister Man was so exhausted by the time my dad and I got back that he refused to go to the pool. I’ve never seen him back away from an opportunity to spend time in water, except for a bath when he was younger. Poor guy was exhausted! Little Miss, my dad and I went down to the pool nearest our building and spent about 30 minutes there before Little Miss was too cold to keep swimming.

Today was much more fun. Sorta.

We spent lots and lots of time in the pool this morning doing splashy cannonballs and playing shark and swimming with the noodles and more. We kept it up until everyone was so hungry for lunch that we got crabby. Oops. After lunch, everyone went down for a nap (and I so wish that I had, too).

When we woke up from naps at almost five, we decided to go hit the sand area and play there with the suitcase full of sand toys that my mom had packed. Little Miss asked me why her ear was bleeding as we walked out the door, but I brushed her off.

Silly me. I discovered shortly thereafter that she had blood coming out her ear! Apparently, I’m a bad mom. But hey, what’s a vacation without a trip to the ER? Luckily the concierge gave me good directions to a hospital about five minutes away. Bonus points: it’s part of my insurance network.

Long story short: very sketchy ER. Very interesting people watching. We were in and out of there in less than two hours, which I felt wasn’t too bad. Little Miss has a perforated eardrum. They aren’t sure if it happened on the flight yesterday or if her tube came out sometime today and caused trauma on the way out. Either way, she has it infected, so she’s on antibiotics. The good news is that she can still go in the pool so long as she has her earplugs in. Can you imagine if they’d said no water by her ear until it healed? Shoot me now!

So yeah… we have five days of antibiotics, and good girl, she took her medicine like a champ tonight. And yeah, I’ll be making that ENT appointment that I’ve been putting off. We get back on the 30th, so here’s hoping there’s an opening on Halloween. Poor kid!

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  • anymommy


    Ouch, poor girl. I hope you continue to have a great vacation – and I am so glad she can swim! I agree with you completely, extra hands with the kids traveling is heaven.

  • Cookie


    Wow! What a trip. Glad to hear she’s ok.
    And i agree, it’s always best to get the ER trip done with at the very beginning of a vacation!

  • Kelsey


    I’m a Florida girl and yeah, our food is expensive! Whenever I go visit my uncle in Chicago we go to the Jewel Ostco (spelling?) and I’m always amazed that it’s SO MUCH CHEAPER! Also have you noticed that Publix is all over the place here? And that is our cheapest grocery store. You should try the Whole Foods here!

    Ouch poor kid’s ear. I had tubes in my ears 3 separate times when I was younger, the good news is I don’t have them anymore! Hope her ear feels better, I can relate to the pain. Are you going to Disney? The princesses will make it all good lol.

    Come on over to the blog when you get a chance, you have something waiting.

  • MaBunny


    AWWWW poor little miss! Glad it didn’t totally ruin her vacation though! of yours for that matter!
    I’ve been to Florida once and it was quite the experience.

  • ~Trish~


    Great trip!! Other than the ear incident!!! Thanks for stopping by my Kansas blog yesterday 🙂 I just got back from vacation to Colorado as well!! To answer your questions – I don’t care about K State or KU so it doesn’t matter to me LOL Also I am a Denver Broncos fan living in KC so I am really in trouble come football season!!!

  • Kellan


    Oh, poor baby – it sounds like that would sure hurt!

    Have fun – it sounds marvelous to be in FL with pools and beaches and family!

    Take care- Kellan

  • Irene


    Wow, those food prices are crazy expensive! I never knew that! In fact, I thought some stuff (like fresh fruits/veggies) were cheaper because a lot of the stuff is home grown. Or maybe they still are and it is the other stuff that is out of control.

    And so sorry about Little Miss! That sounds nasty!

  • Michelle


    Anymommy – Luckily, we are having a great time. If we weren’t able to swim though, this would be MISERABLE since we aren’t doing the parks (except the one day) so there isn’t much else to do in Orlando!

    Cookie – True, better at the beginning than the end. At the end, there’s probably more panic!

    Kelsey – Good to know it isn’t just in Orlando that they’re gouging us. Jewel Osco is a good place (sorta). I’m impressed you remember that. I actually do all our shopping at either Costco or the local produce market so haven’t been inside a Jewel in eons! And yes, I will collect my award someday, I promise 🙂 thank you!

    Mabunny – “Quite the experience” is a great way to describe it. Good call… I’m just glad the rain stopped late this morning!

    Trish – Welcome! Wow, a Bronco’s fan there? You’re definitely a rarity! But I get it being a Minnesota fan in Chicago 🙂

    Kellan – Oddly it doesn’t seem like it bothered her too much. Had she not said something about the blood, we may have missed it. She’s got an INSANE pain tolerance.

    Irene – Aren’t they though? Still better than eating out all the time! We have gone back to restock already though. I’m still trying to figure out why the fresh grown stuff is so expensive.

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