Sunday, April 13, 2008

our pre-parenthood spring break

Miami was awesome. We enjoyed our last pre-parenthood vacation relaxing in the sunshine infused party land that is South Beach. Baby Marcus enjoyed (presumably) the surreal experience of swimming in Kirsten's belly as Kirsten swam in the Atlantic. Perhaps for some brief moment they were both doing the backstroke.

Our first day we spent soaking up sunshine after a long winter drought. Unfortunately, uneven application of sunscreen led to ridiculous and embarrassing patches of sunburn. Don't worry, though, Kirsten's belly was well-protected.

Day 2 we retreated to our hotel pool, which was a great environment for relaxing and meditating on our hypnobirthing techniques. We also worked through a fantastic book Kirsten bought on neuroplasticity. Between the guided visualization and breathing techniques from hypnobirthing plus the neuroplastic concepts of learning, we were able to have horizon-broadening travel without sacrificing any creature comforts.

Day 3 we encountered alligators in the everglades. Most were lounging lazily in the sunshine, however we spied one baby alligator shyly hiding in the grass. Here is a video:

Now it's Day 4. We spent the morning catching our last few precious rays of Florida sunshine. After lunch at what's become our favorite Ocean Drive eatery, News Cafe, we drove off in our rented PT Cruiser for the airport. Five minutes later, a tropical deluge swept over the beach, but the sun gods had kept us dry.

Very relaxed, and a little wistful, we await our flight home.

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