Thursday, June 7, 2012

Change in Latitude & Change in Attitude

Welcome to The Keys

Brad and I jumped on a jet plane last Thursday morning, bright and early (5:45am flight, imagine us hauling our fannies through the airport, security was insane and we weren't prepared) and were off to celebrate our 7th Anniversary in sunny Key West, Florida.  Neither of us had ever been, and I have to say, it wasn't quite what I expected - I had no idea that there aren't beaches in Key West, that there aren't waves, the water was still, and I missed hearing the waves while falling asleep each night. 

To be frank, Key West is a bit of a freak show - imagine an older gentleman (75+) rocking black fish net stockings, a tiny black tutu (so short that you could see his cheeks and he wasn't wearing any undergarments) and a fishnet tank top that had Christmas lights woven into it - yeah, interesting!!

Brad & Ryan

We landed in Ft. Lauderdale around 10:15am, but didn't leave the airport until almost 12 noon, who knew getting bags and a car would take almost 2 hours, not the most efficient airport around.  We made a quick stop to visit Ryan & Lisa (they live in Ft. Lauderdale) and then hit the road - oh, and did I mention that it was monsooning, and our lovely Corolla was hydroplaning all over the roads.  I was very much looking forward to a beautiful drive through the keys, and it finally cleared up just after our lunch stop at the Shrimp Shack in Islamorada.

We checked into the beautiful Beachside Marriott Resort and quickly made our way to the pool for a Buy 1 Get 1 Free Happy Hour - and a beautiful sunset.  Brad made a rule for our little getaway, he wasn't going to consume a single beverage without a lime in it - he did make a small exception for water, and in those situations he went with a lemon. He almost failed, but I saved the day when the bartender didn't give him a lime in his Pirate Punch at Capt' Tony's, but don't you worry - I didn't let him down.

Shirt from The Lazy Gecko

Our little getaway involved some time in the sun, lots of time walking around Duval Street (for those of you who have never been - imagine Bourbon Street in New Orleans - bar after bar, with a few cheesy t-shirt shops thrown in there) We enjoyed some great happy hour deals at Alonzo's (Brad kept calling it Alfonzo's) everything was 50% off, our tab the first day was $21 - insane right?

We love our time away together, but we were thrilled to get home to the girls. It is so comforting to know that the girls love their time with Bina & PawPaw and that we don't have to worry about them while we are away - of course we worry about them, but we know they are having a blast and we know they are with two people who love them dearly. We've taken a page from all the marriage and parenting books, and all say the same thing - a happy marriage is the first step to happy children, and a happy marriage keeps a family happy, so we are always going to dedicate time and energy to keeping that marriage happy, and a long weekend away is just what ours needs every now and then!!

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