Sunny South Florida
This is how I handle stressful days......a little PEACE oil deeply inhaled.
Ok ok, this may be a little TOO deeply, but it worked.
We had our single worst travel day in the history of mobile Fergusons.
I don't know if it was because we had had so many late nights and busy days in a row at the wedding.
Or, if the wind rocking the RV made us all sick (thank God for Digestzen oil), or if it was just us being rusty from not traveling much this past year, but by the time we got to Florida (after leaving at 5 am) we were CARSICK, GROUCHY and EXHAUSTED.
7 hours later, we arrived in beautiful to Sarasota, Florida. PHEW! We made it! (barely)
Dale & I made the decision to get the kids some pizza, have them get on jammies and stay home for early bedtime and some cable tv. (a big treat!)
We headed out for a grown up dinner with Dale's family at our favorite sea food place, Anna Maria's Oyster Bar for all you can eat fish and chips. It was gorgeous so we requested the patio!
It was SO GOOD to be back! Florida feels more and more like home, the longer we spend time here. For the next two weeks, we ate yummo food and played in the sunshine.
We saw Grammy Drea, and ate out with Dale's aunts as much as possible!
The rest of the time, we relaxed and road bikes!
Oopsie, got into a good book and 18 chapters later, someone got a little burnt!
doTERRA toner, Roman Chamomile and Lavender to the rescue. INSTANT relief!
I gave it a couple days to heal up and hit the pool again, this time the back of me got a wee bit red. Oopsie again!
We were just leaving when a nice couple came up and asked, are you the Ferguson's? We read your blog!
What a SMALL WORLD?! We adore meeting our blog reading friends and this darling couple is giving RV life a go. Hi Jena & Charlie! I hope you are having a great trip!
We discovered an authentic, gooey, drippy, Philly Cheesesteaks place. Wow! They fly in the bread fresh daily from Philly.
Gentile Brothers is hidden gem of Sarasota!
We fell into a routine of bike rides every night after dinner and it was LOVELY! Sophie GOES NUTS and jumps around whining excitedly until I get her up in my basket.
This RV park is MASSIVE, so we can go new ways every night and discover new parts. 1300 spaces for RVs and then darling park model housing too.
Lest you think I never cook, I do have a few new Instant Pot recipes we made and loved.
The first is Pioneer Women's Enchilada Dip for Easter snack supper. YUMMO! I used the packets of red enchilada sauce instead of canned because I prefer the simple ingredient list. Tasted great! Leftovers got turned into a layered enchilada casserole, totally divine!
The second is a Baked Frito Pie that we turned into a Frito Platter. Very yummy! Instant Pot makes things more liquidy, so I used the sautee button to boil and stirred in some cold water with corn starch to thicken.
Recipes in slideshow:
Grammy headed to Germany to see her momma and family, but Uncle Dan and Aunt Torrey were still in town. We had them out for burgers one night. GOAT CHEESE stuffed burgers, mind you. Holy amazing!
There is a really cool Amish market nearby, so we grabbed freshly made homemade buns, local tomatoes and corn on the cob too! Avery set a nice table for them, complete with name tags.
Destiny made herself an appointment at the Apple store to get her phone fixed at a nearby mall, so we all headed in. We had NO idea there were such big and fancy malls in the world apparently, because every person in our family stopped and gasped.
The girls when we went IN, and the boys when we went OUT. You will see why in a sec.
First of all, it was just beautiful. Light and airy, and infinity fountains everywhere.
While we waited on the iPhone people, Avery and I slipped away to go look at formals for our doTERRA event in September. It's prom time, and I have learned you either snag one early, during spring prom, or they are ALL GONE by September and not coming out with new dresses until Christmas.
She was in princess ball gown heaven!
I tired on a billion teeny bopper dresses, not made for a mom bod, then narrowed it down to two, and once Dale joined me, he quickly picked his fav once he joined us.
RED of course! For my doTERRA Dorothy team. And the color is nice and happy too! :)
We walked out of the mall, past valet parking, and the boys all GASPED. .....
Toto, we aren't in Kansas anymore!
Right before we left, the girls got to do something CRAZY cool to their hair......
Daddy said it was all good since we have a GO BLUE theme going at our house right now as we run for Blue Diamond in 2018. (thus my blue stripes in mine)
We took advantage of the hot sunshine and warm outdoors to get it done!
I ran out of time to get "after" pics, so that is another blog for another day apparently, SORRY! ;)
A few more sunny swim days and hot tub nights and it was time to pull out and head up to the COLD states. (pretty much everywhere else right now is snowing or un seasonably cold)
Bye again, Florida! We miss you already! Until next winter........
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