My joy for today is returning to Miami.
When Chad and I were first married, we lived in Coral Gables in Miami. Chad was in law school and I was getting my master’s degree. Noah was born and had his first birthday in our one-bedroom condo. It was a wonderful place to live as a young family and this weekend, we had the chance to come back.
We drove by and visited lots of our old places. We are staying at a condo on Key Biscayne with plenty of room for all of us, which makes the vacation extra enjoyable. I used to work as a tutor on this tiny island, and it holds lots of memories for both Chad and me. We shared one car at that time, so Chad spent countless hours either studying in the car before Noah was born or running on the beach after Noah was born.
Here are some of my joys of vacation, and some specifically about Miami.
- “Where is your -ami Mommy?” Both kids think that when I say “Miami,” I actually mean My Ami. Sooo cute!
- Parents speaking to their children in Spanish; children answering in flawless English.
- Tunnels of trees. Old Cutler completely shielding the midday sun.
- Finally finishing lots of magazines.
- Playing Trouble, Sequence, Memory, and hide and seek with the kids.
- Early morning runs on the beach. Really beats making countless laps around our neighborhood at home.
- Mouth-watering Cuban pastries.
- Spending most of the day in my bathing suit.
- Driving past our loving church where Noah was dedicated and we made awesome life-long friends.
- Laying by the pool while kids are napping in the condo with Chad. There are children playing all around, none of them mine, not caring who is spraying someone else in the face with a water gun.
- Breakfast on the balcony.
- Three kids cuddling in a king-size bed.
- Returning to the park that we first took Noah to as a baby. Taking a picture with him on the first swing we were on together, when he was six days old.
- Chicken Kitchen.
- Rickenbacker Causeway, overlooking the awe-inspiring blue-green water.
- Coconut Grove. Visiting a tiny church thrift store on a side street, buying two kid’s books.
- Sand everywhere, in everything, from the beach. But not having to worry about cleaning it and being able to wash clothes before going home.
- Having cable. It seems Legally Blonde, Pretty Woman and Dirty Dancing are always on at any given time of day.
Spending time with my wonderful family is always priceless, but it is especially meaningful returning to our first home.
Enjoy your joys for today.