Florida video wrap-up

I strung together a bunch of the little snippets of video we took of Elena in Florida this summer, so if you want to know what it looks like for a phone, when a baby tries to eat it, or want to see Elena playing peek-a-boo, trying to crawl, or eating a nectarine, this is for you!


Animal Kingdom – June 2018

We had one last day of vacation, so we did a day of Disney, and picked Animal Kingdom, partly so we’d have more time to explore Pandora. Also partly because it’s the most shaded park. And thirdly because I manage to snag fast passes for the boat ride, not something we wanted to wait on a line for. I enjoyed … Continue Reading →


New Smyrna Beach – June 2018 – part 7

Getting near the end of our trip. Another day, another new swimsuit, since I was unable to control myself at Target. Another nap on mama too. Time for lunch and a dry swimsuit! Those thighs! Always a lady! Time to play in the sand! After her nap – we found her sitting! This was the first time she sat up … Continue Reading →


New Smyrna Beach – June 2018 – part 6

Day 6! Up for another morning walk – another day, another hat! Doug hung out with Elena at the condo while I went to the stores on Flagler Beach for coffee and shopping with my sisters-in-law and nieces. The nieces: Doug kept me updated while I was out! I saw this turtle on a box in one of the gift … Continue Reading →


New Smyrna Beach – June 2018 – part 5

Here’s the sunrise on Day 5 of our trip! Baby toes in ocean sand. I was dying to get a shot of this. And oh man, her feet are so much bigger now! She napped on me again by the pool. This is the life! Back to the ocean! Omg, it’s cold and dark and November now and I want … Continue Reading →


New Smyrna Beach – June 2018 – part 4

Day 4 started with our usual morning snuggles: That smile! Then some breakfast: We spotted a (land) turtle: Time to go swimming! We went to lunch at Cafe Verde again, because they are delicious. Also here is a random chicken: A blurry bibimbap pic: And blurry fried yucca. Why are my pics so blurry? I love this terrycloth playsuit we … Continue Reading →


New Smyrna Beach – June 2018 – part 3

Day 3 at the beach! More morning beach walks and cute baby clothes! Then it was time to get on a bathing suit and another hat (and chew on the wipes): We spent some quality time with Grandma and Grandpa! And then fell asleep on Dad’s shoulder: Nothing is better than a nap under a beach umbrella in the shade … Continue Reading →


New Smyrna Beach – June 2018 – part 2

Onwards to Day 2 at the Beach! Doug and I had company for our morning walk, this year, which was nice. Real bird: Pokemon bird: Then it was time to get changed for the pool! Oh my gosh, she is so tiny here. We bought her this huge pool float to keep her shaded, which I think she liked. Then … Continue Reading →


New Smyrna Beach – June 2018, part 1

Our Florida family vacation in June was pretty great this year – instead of dealing with loss, we were able to bring Elena there, to one of our favorite beaches, and just enjoy being. Having a baby at the beach was definitely not as relaxing as usual, and I barely read (I usually finish a ton of books there), but … Continue Reading →


New Smyrna Beach 2017

Our yearly family Florida vacation took place in August this year! And though we had a bad time here two years ago, we were returning successfully pregnant. We were a little nervous but I was pretty far along, so we hoped all would be well and we’d have a good family vacation this time. It did not start well. We … Continue Reading →


Diagonalley, part 2

Here’s part 2 of our afternoon at Diagonalley. In Weasley’s Wizarding Wheezes: Pygmy puffs: U No Poo The Leaky Cauldron sign actually leaks: The Daily Prophet: Crumple-horned snorkack to the right: Owlry again: You can ask questions inside Gringotts: And some videos that you’ll have to click through to view. Inside Weasley’s Wizarding Wheezes: Dragonfire: Self-knitting needles Skele-gro: Candy shop: … Continue Reading →


Diagonalley, part 1

Last post was the Simpsons stuff at Universal – but we were really there to spend the afternoon at Diagonalley! Here is part 1 of my photos. And here’s a list of some of the Easter Eggs, or things to look for while you are there! https://www.buzzfeed.com/ariellecalderon/hidden-gems-in-diagon-alley?utm_term=.bekOWOz3p#.ig64O461r You can see the main facade and the night bus here: Night Bus! … Continue Reading →