The Fat Hydrangea

Sara Michelle - Columbus, Ohio

Our Anna Maria Island Getaway!

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Just wanted to give a quick recap of our AMAZING trip to Florida! We had such a good time. It is incredible what sunshine, warm, and days on end of quality time can do your soul (and your body…. Finally said goodbye to the icky colds the boys and I had been fighting for weeks!)

We rented a house on Anna Maria Island in Florida (which is just south of Tampa) with my parents, my sister Amy and her boyfriend Aaron, and my brother Brian and his girlfriend Allison. We decided that instead of buying each other Christmas presents this past year, we would put the money towards a trip together. My sister lives in California and my brother lives in Chicago, so quality time is something we don’t get enough of these days! We all quickly agreed it was a good idea. (It most definitely was!)

The other awesome part of this trip is that my my Uncle Rich (my Dad’s brother) and Aunt Ruth, and my three cousins Katy, Karen, and Kristin and their families rented a house a block away at the same time. We had a BLAST swimming, kayaking, catching up, laughing, playing games, and eating together! It just made the trip all that more special.

Overall, I loved that our house was right on the inter-coastal waters and had spectacular sunrise views. We were walking distance to the ocean and the sandy beaches on the island were hands down the most beautiful ones I’ve been to! The island was quaint and low key and I just loved everything about it. It truly felt like vacation (except for the two days I had to jet off to Starbucks to get some work stuff done… but hey, at least there was a Starbucks?!!) The kids loved every second of it and didn’t want to leave. I’m right there with them! We were there for eight whole days but it still didn’t feel like enough.


Getting away charged my batteries so much. I think I’m on board for making this an annual February tradition!