# miami trip (January 2016)

After surviving last weekend’s drop of over a foot of snow, it’s imperative for me to recap my warm, sunny trip to Miami. This trip brought a lot of work, a lot of family and and a lot of good food. The pictures can *mostly* tell it all.

Sometimes I find it hard to believe that this building is this gorgeous. Many a productive meeting within these walls over the week I was there. New faces and old friends, new plans, new 16-17 season…#new.

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But something that is neither new, nor never gets old is this rooftop view. This was the start of a glorious sunset.

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My trip overlapped a visit my mother-in-law and brother-in-law made to Miami, so we were able to meet up for dinner and a movie in the park outside my building. Turns out, The Boy Friend is weird, so we didn’t last long.

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The next day, my mom and Mike arrived for the weekend, which started with one of our PULSE concerts–a late-night, club-style event for orchestra and DJ.

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It was a “white out” version, which means we were decked in our winter summer whites and wore these LED color-changing bracelets to be part of the show.

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Here are a few glimpses of what PULSE is like…

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I love my job.

Saturday was a nice day off with brunch at Big Pink (always, forever, amen) and time on the beach.

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I have to give a big shout-out to these massive iguanas that were all over this tree on my walk to work. It was crawling with them. (Sorry, horrible.) At first I noticed one that was licking water off of a leaf when it was pouring rain. But then every time I walked by, there were more and more and more. So awesome.

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At times you’d only see their scaly backs…

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…and other times you’d only see them peeking through the leaves. So entertaining.

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The highlight of my week was definitely our day trip to Sanibel to see Bobbie and her family. It’s a convenient halfway point between Miami and Tampa and a familiar haunt for me and Bobster. I hadn’t seen Abby (other than on Skype) since she was one-and-a-half, so this was a big moment. Clearly, she was thrilled to see me.

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Just kidding, she really was thrilled, but probably not as much as I was to see her.

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She even took a few pictures of her own with my camera.

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Her parents are much more photogenic!

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Our attempts at getting a girls’ photo were hilarious, albeit a little unsuccessful thanks to someone’s constant wiggles!

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Baby’s First Game of Cornhole. That’s a baby book milestone, right?

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We walked off our big lunches at a nature trail and center. Baby’s First Binoculars.

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I love this picture. Lots of good conversation going on about ballet, friends, school…

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More adventures at the nature center building birds…

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…and listening for the ocean.

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It was a big day for her…and Mike.

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Overall, the most perfect day and trip.

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“Everyone, hold hands!”

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One more “swing me!”

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Until next time, Florida!

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