When Floridians Vacation

This weekend, we took our family to Treasure Island with some friends of ours for a beach weekend.  It was heavenly, and just what I need to get me through the last seven days of school (SEVEN!).



It was a perfect weekend filled with just the right amount of family, friends, kids, adults, beverages, adult beverages, pool floats, boogey boards, staying up late, sleeping in, and even a birthday cake thrown in there for fun.  It just hit the spot.






Sadly, while we were playing in the Gulf on the first day, Chris lost is wedding ring in the water.  He went up to catch a football, and it hit his hand in just the right way that his wedding ring came sailing off and went sinking to the bottom of the sea.  We spent the rest of the trip with our heads down, dragging our feet through the sand, trying to find it, but, alas, we had no luck.  Sad face.


I figured since Chris and I are no longer officially married anymore (that’s how this works, right?), I’d put out my own personal ad.


I do like pina coladas.  I do not like getting caught in the rain.  

Hobbies include:  Floating in the ocean with an inflatable tube, sitting on a beach chair reading a book, and taste testing strawberry pina coladas.  

I’m pretty sure that about covers it.


Fortunately, Chris has insisted that this is not how the wedding ring/marriage thing works, and that we are still married.  Good thing, too, cause he’s cute and I’m not aging well.





Treasure Island was the cutest little beach town.  We spent two days on the beach there, and the water was just beautiful.  It was fairly shallow for a long way out, which meant we could all float around out there and the kids could still touch bottom and play all around us.


And that was good because all I did for two days straight was float.  It was heavenly.




We went over one night to eat dinner at St. John’s Pass, which is the strip of boardwalk that has restaurants, shopping, and ice cream shops all up and down the pass out to the ocean.  It was so cute!





After dinner, we headed back to our condo and walked down to the beach to see a spectacular sunset.  Pictures just don’t do sunsets justice, do they?  The kids played in the sand while the adults chatted and finished our drinks.  It was such a relaxing way to end a super fun beach day.

(These sunset pictures are all natural and have no filters or photo editing done… because I don’t know how.)






On our last day there, we spent the morning at the pool letting the kids get their last burst of energy out before we headed home.






Sometimes I think that maybe we shouldn’t go to the beach on vacation. I mean, we do live here, after all. Maybe we should be out exploring other places, seeing new things. But then I have weekends like this and I remember:

There’s really no place better in the whole world than a beach during summertime.


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11 Thoughts to “When Floridians Vacation”

  1. Kelsey

    Frame that last one!! Beautiful pictures

    1. Michelle Bills

      I agree! That is a beautiful picture of your babies, Katie!

  2. Trisha

    Important stuff here! How were the watermelon ritas? Do I need to buy some? Inquiring minds need to know!

    1. Katie

      Holy. Moly. My new summer drink. They taste just like watermelon Jolly Ranchers, and are so darn refreshing that it’s DANGEROUS! Two thumbs WAY up! 🙂

      1. Trisha

        Yay! I will put them on my grocery list!

      2. Michelle Bills

        Awesome! Thanks for letting us know!!

  3. Amy

    Would you mind sharing where you stayed? Looking or a place to stay after visiting family in Tampa and this looks like what I’m trying to find!

    1. Katie

      We stayed at the Sunset Vistas condos. They were perfect for a family. Two and three bedroom condos, with fully stocked kitchens (plates, glassware, silverware, cooking pans, etc.) and three full baths. There was a really nice pool and then a boardwalk down to the beach. There is also a little cafe in the courtyard to get quick meals like breakfast sandwiches and burgers for lunch.

      1. Amy

        Awesome! Thanks for the information!

  4. Monique

    Lovely pictures, looks like a wonderful time! I’m a bit jealous, our school year still has another six weeks to go! In the Netherlands, the summer holidays only last six weeks. So think of us,while you’re having fun in two weeks time!

    1. Meghan

      And we’re having such lovely, rainy weather in NL now, huh? 🙂

      (Another Netherlands-based reader)

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