When we booked our tickets to head to Florida in January we assumed we'd be leaving a New York plastered with snow, ice, and the trash that goes uncollected during the colder months. It hasn't yet snowed here, but it was still cold enough for us to get excited to go down south for a few days and enjoy some sun. What I was most looking forward to was the chance to hang out with 3 generations of perhaps the coolest ladies ever; at the same time!
My grandma Alice from Iowa was down visiting my Aunt Annie from Illinois. (Apparently, very few people who are in Florida are actually originally from Florida.) We spent our time reading at the beach
collecting shells (which were everywhere! We picked up plenty of good terrarium materials).
And (especially important to Sarah) just soaking up the sun.
We also had the chance to visit this really neat place called Marco Island. Where we learned that Grandma enjoys Pina Coladas (she hadn't tried one before)
It was really special to be able to spent so much one on one time with both Grandma and Annie and hear stories about the Almquist side of the family. Grandma Alice is so sharp and told us - in great detail - all about her memories of WWII, her travels on the coasts in the 40s, and life growing up on the farm.
We can't thank Aunt Annie enough for her hospitality and for just being awesome!
Hopefully we'll be back again real soon!