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Vacation Time!

by Meghann on June 7, 2010

Welcome to paradise. ๐Ÿ™‚


As you can see Maddie is clearly in heaven… or not. ๐Ÿ˜‰

BUT I swear she really is having a ball when I’m not threatening to bring her into the water.



After a, hour and half delay, a 2 hour flight and a 2 hour drive I finally made it to Tampa in one piece last night. I was awake just long enough to give Derek and Maddie kisses hello before I passed the heck out.

Derek and I were on the road bright and early this morning. It was totally a coincidence that my DC trip fell the weekend before my family’s annual vacation (we were in NC last year!). But I’m kind of glad it worked out like that. It’s nice to have some time to relax after a crazy weekend. It’s strange to think I should be at work right now!


My Mom had two requirements when she was house hunting – 1. Wifi 2. Dog friendly! ๐Ÿ™‚


On our way down the coast Derek and I split the last third of the scone from yesterday.


And made a pit stop at Panera where I had a multi grain bagel with egg and jelly.


My Mom found a great deal on a beautiful house located on a private island where cars are not allowed. We drove as far as we could before unloading the car and catching a ferry from the mainland to the island.



Maddie did great on the ferry. I was so proud of my mini sailor. ๐Ÿ™‚


We had a couple of friendly faces waiting for us on the island. ๐Ÿ™‚


This luggage was just for Derek and I. I could only imagine how much it was when the other 6 members of my family arrived on Saturday!


Our chauffeur.


The house is breathtaking! I’ll have to take more interior shots, but check out the views!



And our private pool below!


The egg bagel was not filling at all. Once we arrived at the house I made a very filling snack of yogurt and berries with a sprinkle of crumbled chocolate chip cookies. (By the way Jacquie – My family LOVES your cookies!!)


Obviously we didn’t waste any time loading up and heading to the beach.










Unfortunately Scooby had a little run in with a hook.


Poor Scooby. ๐Ÿ™


Dr. Josh performed quick surgery and Scooby walked away as good as new. He was a trooper and didn’t even yelp.


We’ve washed the wound and plan to watch it very closely as the week progresses. Scooby was very thankful when we all decided to come back to the AC for lunch.


It’s easy to build up an appetite in the water!


Food is a little pricey on the island, so you’ll be sure to see lots of homemade eats this week. I came fully prepared with a couple bags worth of ‘Meghann food’ for our stay. ๐Ÿ™‚

For lunch I had two slices of Great Harvest Bread with almond butter and apple.


Fresh green beans


A small slice of left over pork from last night’s dinner.



We’re heading to the other cove now for a little fishing and dolphin spotting!

See ya on the flip side!

1 Miranda @ Mirandasjeans June 7, 2010 at 3:19 pm

OMG I can’t wait for the time to come where I can go to the beach and have a house to myself and my closest friends all to ourselves. Sadly it is so hard with everyone’s work schedules. So envious!

2 Brandi June 7, 2010 at 3:21 pm

What a beautiful place! Enjoy your afternoon ๐Ÿ™‚

3 Melissa June 7, 2010 at 3:21 pm

amazing! so glad you’re back. It’s hard to start monday morning without you!

4 Ash Bear June 7, 2010 at 3:24 pm

Yeah, so I’m that person who is at work today. ๐Ÿ™‚ It is NOT fun and I left my real pc at home so i’m using a temp work pc which is why I haven’t posted yet today. ๐Ÿ™‚

Have so much fun and no more hookin dogs!

5 Sarah for Real June 7, 2010 at 3:28 pm

Oh my GOSH! I’m so green with envy. That looks like heaven!

It’s funny Maddie doesn’t like the water. My JRT will just walk in a little ways usually and try to sniff what’s down below. She ends up sniffing up water and blowing lots of bubbles, it’s adorable!

6 Cara June 7, 2010 at 4:10 pm

Where is this ? Which Key?

7 Marilou June 7, 2010 at 4:11 pm

Le Paradis!

Doesn’t even looks real … ๐Ÿ™‚

How did Scooby managed to hook himself up? ๐Ÿ™

Hope you will all have a great time … !

8 VeggieGirl June 7, 2010 at 4:12 pm

Ahhh Maddie looks too cute on the beach ๐Ÿ˜€

9 Carolyn @ June 7, 2010 at 4:13 pm


10 Bethany June 7, 2010 at 4:14 pm

Looks amazing! Family vacations are the best! Have a good time!

11 Jenna June 7, 2010 at 4:20 pm

So jealous! Have a blast!!

12 Lauren @ Running Examiner June 7, 2010 at 4:30 pm

What a lovely vacation! So jealous! Beaches and dogs are my kind of vacation ๐Ÿ™‚

13 Lizz June 7, 2010 at 4:40 pm

Ack, this looks like so much fun!!! And that pic of Maddie on Derek’s lap in the car is adorable!

Have a great vacation!!

14 hundredtenpounds June 7, 2010 at 4:46 pm

Looks like paradise!

15 Erica June 7, 2010 at 4:49 pm

Looks AMAZING! Have so much fun! I’m glad scooby is ok. I would have been freaking out ๐Ÿ˜‰

16 Marina June 7, 2010 at 5:00 pm

aaaah I am so jealous! I would do anything to be somewhere like that right now!

17 Jenny June 7, 2010 at 5:01 pm

Looks like you’re having an amazing Time in the sun! Enjoy your vacay:)

18 runningwithsass June 7, 2010 at 5:02 pm

looks so awesome! I would love to know what island this is! I am super jealous!

19 britchickruns June 7, 2010 at 5:05 pm

What an amazing house! Have a great holiday ๐Ÿ™‚

20 Heather Rose June 7, 2010 at 5:31 pm

Mega jealous of your vacation, it looks like so much fun!

And Maddie is just adorable!

21 Lisa @ bakebikeblog June 7, 2010 at 5:42 pm

OMG _ How gorgeous is that house!!! Have fun!!!!!

22 Bobbi June 7, 2010 at 5:49 pm

you two are making me so jealous! I can’t go on a week long vacation this summer and now I shall live vicariously through you!!!! I wish my family did this together: )

23 runningaroundnormal June 7, 2010 at 5:49 pm

That DOES look like paradise! wow:)
Poor Scooby! My heart hurts for him ๐Ÿ™

24 stephanie June 7, 2010 at 5:55 pm

ohhhh, looking at these pictures has me itching for a summer vacation! looks like you all are having a wonderful time. your dog is adorable, and you and your boy are a cute pair! ๐Ÿ™‚

25 amanda June 7, 2010 at 5:58 pm

that all looks like so much. i’m excited to hear how the rest of the week goes. woooo. and i’m happy to hear scooby survived his hook run in like a champ!

26 dianabydesign June 7, 2010 at 6:35 pm

That’s so great you get vacations like that away with your whole family! My family is pretty small, I always wish it were bigger ๐Ÿ™‚

I also love how pretty Florida can be! I sometimes forget in the heat of summer ๐Ÿ˜‰

27 Katherine June 7, 2010 at 6:56 pm

I love all the views! beach houses are the best

28 Sarah (Enjoying One Meal at a Time) June 7, 2010 at 6:58 pm

Jealous! I can’t wait for my beach trip! Great idea bringing all your food with you, makes the vaction that much better ๐Ÿ™‚

29 Laura @ Backstage Pass to Health & Happiness June 7, 2010 at 7:11 pm

The vacation home and beach look gorgeous! You will have to share the location with us ๐Ÿ™‚

30 jennyinnewyork June 7, 2010 at 7:32 pm

Wow I need a vacation. I’m so jealous!

31 missyrayn June 7, 2010 at 8:05 pm

I love that Maddie rides on the drivers lap. It’s the best view. Peanut and Leo ride on our laps until they are tired and then either pass out or ride on the bench (we drive a 12 passenger company van).

32 christina cadden June 7, 2010 at 8:26 pm

It is so pretty there!

33 Tay June 7, 2010 at 8:43 pm

I LOVE your dress!! Where oh where did you get it?!

34 Maria @ a healthier Maria June 7, 2010 at 8:58 pm

Wow everything there looks AMAZING! I am so jealous it hurts. Enjoy your time! ๐Ÿ™‚

35 Emilyeatsclean June 7, 2010 at 10:04 pm

Poor Scooby!! ๐Ÿ™ I love going out of town and eating in…..I get sick of eating out. Can’t wait to see all your eats this week.

36 Kristen June 7, 2010 at 10:20 pm

OMG, amazing pictures! Just got back tonight from South FL gulf coast and now I really want to get in the car and go back ๐Ÿ™‚

37 Kate June 7, 2010 at 10:57 pm

Cute dress and hat–where are they from?

38 Jacquie June 8, 2010 at 1:50 am

YAYYY!!! I’m so glad!

Have a great time at the beach ๐Ÿ™‚

39 Marissa June 8, 2010 at 9:51 am

Wow, great beach house! Poor Scooby. I can’t imagine what my dog would do if he got a hook in him…

40 Susan June 8, 2010 at 2:34 pm

Are you staying on Upper Captiva Island? My family owns the yellow house on the north west corner of the runway. I was training for the Chicago marathon last summer while vacationing on the island. I found it very hard to get my long runs in. I felt like I was a hamster running the same paths over and over. Enjoy the island! I’ll be down in August. Yet, again I’ll be training for another Fall marathon.

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