Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Wanderlust : Thanksgiving in Naples, FL 11.27.13 - 12.1.13 - Day 2

Technically this is a day 3 recap of our trip because I didn't take any pictures of our actual Thanksgiving day in Naples. You see, I was too busy enjoying the company and the food to remember to take pictures, and that says a lot for me! However, for the sake of posterity and lack of confusion on everyone's part we will stick with a "Day 2" title.

Naples, FL is known for being a hub of money. I mean MONEY. People that are multi-millionaires or even billionaires keep their 7th home mansion there. That means the shopping there is ridiculous. I am talking a $300 blouse is a steal. Stupid money. My father-in-law and his girlfriend decided to take advantage of this little fact and they now own a women's clothing boutique called Whispers of Naples. It has become tradition to take my now sister-in-law and me there for a shopping spree when we visit. It becomes our Christmas/birthday presents and it is so much fun since I don't normally buy myself clothes, much less clothes that are that nice. I mean, let's be honest - thrift stores and Target are usually my spot once every few years. I'm a high roller, what can I say? And while the girls are playing dress-up, the boys entertain themselves with running around the shopping center and getting food and drinks.

This year, I found faux leather-esque jeans {they don't look like pleather, but I don't know how to describe them. trust me - they are amazing}, a gorgeous royal blue chiffon shirt, and some beautiful multi-metal earrings {one of a kind creations, made by my FIL's girlfriend's sister. yup, six degrees for you to follow.} Of course, I am what they like to call vertically challenged so both of my clothing findings had to be altered which means I will have to wait a while before I get to wear them. Yep, professionally tailored. I definitely tried to insist against it since it wasn't completely necessary, but they wouldn't listen to me. They insisted that the clothes didn't look perfect, and that was unacceptable. I didn't even have a chance to argue, and for me, that's really saying something.

After reveling in the one-on-one shopping experience, I took over Canon duty and we found a Christmas scene that he fell in love with. Ok, I fell in love with the scene - he fell in love with Santa's chair. He was genuinely enthralled that he got to sit there and stayed there for about 20 minutes. If you know any 3 year olds, you know that is an amazing feat because they don't sit still for anything. For me, that meant a Christmas-styled photo shoot so...yay me!

When Grandpa came over, Canon decided that he should share - you know, in the spirit of Christmas and all. I swear that these photos were not staged. They were chatting and finding out what Canon wanted for Christmas and I was just snapping away.

I am so excited that I got this though. I think it is the sweetest picture. This baby loves his Grandpa and I know they will both cherish this photo for years to come.

Come back tomorrow for some beach fun. Yes, we visited the beach. For Christmas. Don't be jealous though. It is unbelievably hard to get into the Christmas spirit when it is 80 degrees outside.

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