MK 2014 Adventures -- Florida

I'm so very fortunate to have been welcomed into a family with such a passion for all things sunny and oceanside! Mark's family has owned a winter home in Florida for the past few years now, and this past reading week, Mark and I were able to spend Reading Week down there with them! It's such a refreshing change to take a step away from reality, and quite literally turn ourselves off from the outside world; I am usually so heavily involved with social media since it's a key component in running my business, but I must admit that it's pretty nice to not have to worry about checking messages and notifications at all hours of the day. Mark's brother, sister-in-law, and niece spent their vacation time alongside of us, which made for a fun, family-filled week! Not to mention, it was a whole new experience having a one-year old running around the house, things are always a lot more fun once kids are involved!

Their house is in a super unique neighbourhood which consists of normal roads and driveways in the front yard, and then the pool/yard backs onto a canal that leads out into the ocean! The boys did a BUNCH of fishing right off the backyard dock, and Mark, who is in no way a fisherman (hehe) managed to catch the biggest fish of the week on his third cast!

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Something pretty popular to do in Florida is to search for petrified shark's teeth at the beach. If you ask Mark, I have ZERO patience for such a thing and usually tag out a few minutes into the search, but that boy of mine could search for those teeth for HOURS. (If you've never seen a petrified shark's tooth, Mark posted a photo of a bunch of them on his instagram @mlafond). Halle ended up being so curious that she also started helping her Uncle Mark search for teeth.

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One of our favourite things to do this trip was just to cruise around in the JEEP with the top down. Oooh AND to get homemade ice cream at a tiny local ice cream shop! We also spent an amazing evening together just sitting in the boat out on the ocean and watching the sun go down....how incredibly beautiful life becomes when we take a minute to be still, and embrace the moment we are living in.

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My favourite thing EVER about going to Florida is dolphin scouting! If there is water in my sight, I'm searching for dolphin fins poking through the waves. It's become a tradition to spend at least one of our vacation days out at this remote, secluded island, that's about an hour or so drive by boat. As your travelling through the ocean, it's as if you're transported to the Caribbean; the water becomes the most incredible colour, the sun seems to shine brighter, and the dolphins start to surround your boat from every direction (you're also BOUND to get a sunburn on this island.....never fails). I literally could not dream up a location more picturesque than Cayo Costa.

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Mark and I took the picture below (on the left) during our first visit to the Cayo Costa island three years ago. If you want to know the whole story, a random guy saw us trying to prop my camera up on some driftwood (hence the extreme lower angle of the selfie shot...) and offered to take a photo of the two of us. We let him take the picture just to be kind, but truth be told, we prefer this fun photo of us below WAY more than the boring shot of us standing normally that he snapped for us....hehe. What can I say, we like our couple selfies! Anyway, while back at the EXACT same location last month, we decided to try and replicate the shot (image on the right)! Same hooligans in the image--with slightly crazier ponytails--and the same stunning blue water!

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