The first weekend we were there, we went up to the Bloomin' Arts Festival that my hometown hosts each year. I found some earrings that I loved and we got to walk around and see some people we knew.
My birthday was on Monday and how better to start my day than with my favorite Publix donuts. Then, we went on a shopping spree to Beall's (my gift from my parents) and Ellie brought her own purse, stuffed with Bunny and Bear. We got out in the sun and then ended the day with a steak dinner and Publix cake (of course)! I also got some beautiful flowers from my Daddy.
We went to visit a few friends of mine while down there for some playdates. First, we saw my friend Becky and her daughter Hope. After playing with LOTS of toys, we went outside and Ellie got to see some cows up close and jumped on the trampoline. Later that week, we went to Ashley's house and we ran Lake Hollingsworth with her little boy and Ellie in the double stroller. Then, we spent some time letting the kids play in Ashley's backyard and of course the trampoline was a great hit!
Jumping on the Trampoline with Bowen, my friend Ashley's little boy
"I got a scatch, Daddy!"
On Thursday, Dad took the day off and we headed out to the Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa. The Zoo was awesome - lots of great stuff for toddlers to do. It was my parent's first time going there too and I think they enjoyed it. Ellie had a great time!
Ellie's 1st Carousel Ride
We had lots of time playing in the backyard and Ellie had a great time playing in the water and with dirt. I found a water gun in my old stuff and Ellie LOVED playing with that!
Our last full day in FL, we went to church and then came home after lunch. As soon as we changed clothes, I brought Ellie over to the Toddler Playground that is about 4 minutes from my house. Sadly, I didn't discover this until then but I wanted to give her some time to play. She quickly made friends with a 6 year old named Hayley that was really sweet and offered to take her around and play with her.
Bartow Toddler Playground