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At the end of May we spent 10 days in Gainesville, Florida, Joe’s hometown and the city where Ramona was born!
We flew from Barcelona on a direct flight to Miami and there we took a rental car to Gainesville. The trip went great! Concidering how hard it could have been with a baby, a toddler and a great grandma (yes, we took my grandma with us!!) it was pretty much uneventful! About a year ago I wrote some ideas and tips about traveling with kids on my post “Flying with a toddler”, if you are interested!
While we were there Galileo turned 4 months and Ramona turned 3 years old! All Joe’s siblings were there, and we got to meet the new baby of the family, Lucy, and they got to meet Galileo. It was such a good time to hang out with family, meet up with old friends, and catch up on life!
We did a lot of hanging out at Mimi’s house (Joe’s mom), at Pop Pop’s (Joe’s dad), at the Airbnb we shared with Joe’s siblings, meeting up with old friends from when we lived in Gainesville and basically spending quality time with the people we love but we don’t see that often!! And here are a bunch af random pictures…
Mimi’s popsicles were a big hit too!!
Babies, babies, babies everyhere !!!!
Galileo loves the water as much as his big sister, I think!
And that tongue out, all day!
I really wanted to go blueberry picking while in Gainesville because the last time I went (and only time, actually) was when I was super pregnant with Ramona, in May 2015, and I liked the idea of going with her this time! The season was almost over but Kelli found a farm that let us pick the last blueberries. It was hot, and there were only few blueberries left but it was a perfect activity to do with 2 toddlers (we left the babies at home ;-)).
The memorial for Joe’s grandpa, that passed away in January, was for sure the most emotional moment of the trip. We are so glad we got to be there with his family and be able to say goodbye to this honorable man, after whom we gave Galileo’s middle name, Eric.
And the morning at Blue Springs State Park, I think, was my favorite!! I love that place, the beautiful color of the clear and cold water, the nature around, so magical! We got there really early because the forecast predicted tropical rains later in the day and it worked out perfectly! Even if it was not very hot that morning we got to swim and play with the water. Galileo was happy sitting in the water, and I even jumped from the deck, which I am always afraid of but afterwards so glad I did!
It was a great trip, all of us had a lot of fun and we are so glad we could make it and share all those great moments with the best company!
Here is a short video with some of the best moments of the trip! I hope you enjoy it !!