Key West Fun

February 18, 2014

Last week we were not shoveling snow. We weren’t wearing coats or scarves or gloves. We were in sunny Key West!


When Karen {my mother in law} was diagnosed with a cancer recurrence last fall, she told us she wanted to take us on a family vacation. The trip started with just Matt, Mazen, Andrew {Matt’s brother}, Karen and me. But we kept adding to the group and my parents and sister were also invited. We ended up having a blast with all of us there. {We missed Matt A., who was working, very much.} It was one of the best vacations ever!


We stayed in a house just off of southern Duval Street, which was a great location. We could walk everywhere and there was so much to see, do, eat and drink.


We had a hot tub and a plunge pool that were both fun for swimming because the beaches near us were not all that great. We did take Mazen down to the beach, and he was not too excited about it!




While he didn’t love the ocean, Mazen LOVED the chickens that are all over the island. He called them “bok boks,” and pointed them out wherever we went. We spent hours strolling him around and walking with him to see the chickens – Grammie Buzz in particular!



He knows the word baby now too, so he loved the “be be bok boks”


We took him to a playground



And he loved playing with his family. He learned signs for Uncle Brain and Aunt Larbs!




Mazen also learned to eat pizza! A very important skill…


And ice cream!




We were thankful that the grandparents did some babysitting so we could chill out a bit too





Dancin’ in the moonlight



We watched the Cat Man’s show – crazy!



The weather was near perfect. While we didn’t do much sitting around at the beach, we young people got to sneak away for a snorkeling cruise!






My suit is from Albion Fit – I have a post + giveaway coming up! You might recognize it as the same one Caitlin wore on her cruise :  ) I loved it!


The snorkeling was really fun, although very cold, and we were SO happy to have brought dry clothes for the hour boat ride home.


We sipped rum punch and champagne to keep warm!


Speaking of drinks, it was a party week!


We had so much fun. I would definitely recommend Key West for a winter vacation. It was nice to be so warm yet we still had our cell phones and all the simplicity of staying in the US. There was so much to do there too!

Until we meet again Conch Republic!


Up next: all of our restaurants + food!!

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1 Samantha Terry February 18, 2014 at 8:16 am

Looks like you guys all had a total blast! Love your swim suit. Very vintage and cute;)


2 Anele @ Success Along the Weigh February 18, 2014 at 8:46 am

So glad you all had a chance to go on a big family vacation! Looks like you had fun and can’t wait to see the food post. My BIL/SIL are Key West freaks and it’d be nice to pass on to them before their next trip.


3 Madison February 18, 2014 at 9:14 am

What a beautiful place with beautiful people–your happiness shines from the inside out. :)


4 carol keefe February 18, 2014 at 9:17 am

we are thinking of renting a house for our family for our 30 year anniversary…where is the house you rented? how did you find it? would you recommend staying in town?


5 KathEats February 18, 2014 at 12:53 pm

Our house was a block off of Duval Street and was a great location. I’d definitely recommend staying near the town so you can walk to everything – unless you get an amazing oceanfront property : )


6 carol keefe February 18, 2014 at 4:43 pm

how did you find the house….it looks nice….it might work for us we have 8 people..thanks for your help


7 KathEats February 18, 2014 at 5:17 pm

A site called Vacation Homes of Key West


8 Ashley L. February 18, 2014 at 9:30 am

We go to Key West every year. It was my son’s first time last year at 4 months and we have a great of him at the same beach. I love seeing some familiar spots. Did you have a chance to stop at Sarah Beth’s or the Porch?


9 KathEats February 18, 2014 at 11:04 am

The Porch yes. So many great places!


10 Cortney February 18, 2014 at 9:33 am

Anywhere warm in the winter is awesome! :-)


11 Alex @ Kenzie Life February 18, 2014 at 9:33 am

All those pictures look amazing!!! I’m glad you had a good time and got to get away from the freezing temperatures/snow that most of the country has been having. I’m really, really trying to book a spring break holiday somewhere warm and tropical since it’s been 3 years since I saw the ocean and I think one more month in Colorado might actually make me lose it. I just need a Mojito and some time in the sun, I don’t think that’s too much to ask, right? :) Can’t wait to hear about the rest of your trip! Also, I loved the bathing suit! I thought I recognized it from Caitlin’s posts and it looks great on you too!


12 Jess @ The Baguette Diet February 18, 2014 at 9:45 am

I’m super jealous, looks like an amazing trip. You’re so fortunate that both of your familes can come together and share a good time! That’s one small downside of an international relationship…my in-laws don’t speak English, and my family doesn’t speak French…!

Can’t wait to see more about what you ate and drank, looking forward to your next post!


13 Cheri @ Overactive Blogger February 18, 2014 at 9:48 am

I love love love that suit! Very very cute! I love that belt across it. I hope you share with the rest of us where you got it!


14 Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves February 18, 2014 at 10:13 am

Wow that is awesome! I am slightly…really…jealous right now as I look out my window to see snow piled high.
I cannot get over how adorable Mazen is— this seems like such a fun age! I also do love your bathing suit. Super stylish!


15 Jesse February 18, 2014 at 10:29 am

oh looks perfect, kath! my husband and i are trying to plan a little weekend away to miami, can’t wait to feel that florida sun!


16 Marisa @ Uproot from Oregon February 18, 2014 at 10:42 am

I love the proximity of where you guys traveled, but that it was still such a tropical vacation! I am jealous of all those drinks and shorts! I need some sun in my life again. Love that Mazen was smitten by the chickens- so fun.


17 Pam February 18, 2014 at 10:44 am

Key West is awesome!! We were just there too. We went to Santiago’s Bodega for dinner Friday night, incredible food. It’s such a beautiful place and you can’t help but feel relaxed the whole time.
I love your swim suit, super feminine and looks comfy too.


18 juli February 18, 2014 at 10:51 am

I love your grey jacket! Can I ask what brand it is? The sunshine looks beautiful after just plowing about a foot of snow in our driveway!


19 KathEats February 18, 2014 at 11:04 am

Thanks it’s Lululemon…herringbone!


20 Vanessa February 18, 2014 at 10:51 am

Looks lovely! I adore Albion Fitness – thinking about checking out their bathing suits as yours looks adorable.


21 Kelsey February 18, 2014 at 11:00 am

Looks like a blast!! I love that striped shirt!!


22 David @ From Ballparks to BBQ February 18, 2014 at 11:16 am

Perfect time to get away from all the snow and bad weather in Virginia!


23 Tonya February 18, 2014 at 11:21 am

annnnd Baby Bok Boks win the post!


24 Livi February 18, 2014 at 11:25 am

your pictures are gorgeous! I love FL :)!


25 Emma February 18, 2014 at 11:29 am

Aww, chickens roam around Key West? How funny! I love Mazen’s sweet, loving nature.

I hope Karen’s doing well! I’m sure you’re respecting her privacy by not telling us more, and of course detailed regular updates wouldn’t be appropriate for you, but she looks well, and I’m sure we all hope she’s at a good place in treatment. I can’t wait to hear good news.


26 KathEats February 18, 2014 at 1:35 pm

She is doing well – thanks for asking. All of her treatments are over and things are stable for now. We will cross our fingers it doesn’t come back!


27 Emma February 19, 2014 at 10:36 am

Thanks, Kath! Good to hear!

– Your reply to me was the 26th comment. :-)


28 jennifer February 18, 2014 at 11:45 am

did you see Hemingway’s house!?


29 KathEats February 18, 2014 at 12:50 pm

I didn’t make it inside for a tour, but we looked at it from outside


30 Marie February 18, 2014 at 11:59 am

Love the Albion suit – looks great on you. When you do your post and giveaway, can you touch on the sizing of this brand? I’d like to order one, but bathing suits sizes are tough- and Id hate to order online and have to go through the hassle of return, exchange, etc.
Thanks Kath!


31 KathEats February 18, 2014 at 12:52 pm

I ordered a medium so ensure the top was big enough and it’s a great fit.


32 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats February 18, 2014 at 12:01 pm

Ahhhh that looks amazing! I haven’t been to a beach in probably four years! Shouldn’t have moved from Charleston to Chicago…


33 [email protected] February 18, 2014 at 12:54 pm

How is your MIL doing? Is she in remission? Looks like an awesome vacation!


34 KathEats February 18, 2014 at 1:34 pm

She’s doing well now – all treatments are over and things look good for now.


35 Elizabeth {Positively Healthy} February 18, 2014 at 1:23 pm

Looks like a blast! Mazen is just so cute in his swim trunks! It has been freezing here so some pictures of the sunshine were much needed!


36 Julie Rosene February 18, 2014 at 1:40 pm

Great photos! Makes me yearn for warm weather even more!


37 Andrea February 18, 2014 at 1:42 pm

Oh my goodness I can’t believe how old Mazon looks! He looks like a little boy now…not a baby at all! Love the grey jacket as well. You’re making me want a drink 😉 …although it’s 1:30 in the afternoon.


38 [email protected] February 18, 2014 at 2:57 pm

Cutest photo of the post and that I’ve seen today…learning to eat pizza for sure! Looking forward to the restaurant and food round up! Beautiful bright pics all round…you’re glowing as always!


39 Jill February 18, 2014 at 3:37 pm

We took a vacation to Marathon (halfway between Key Largo and Key West) a few weeks ago. We had a great time and LOVED the weather! We got a great condo that was right on the ocean…probably more affordable there than Key West, although probably not as many good places to eat! We wanted to drive down to Key West for a day, but with a 2 year old that wanted to spend all his time at the pool and the beach it just didn’t happen!


40 Katherine February 18, 2014 at 5:09 pm
41 lynn @ the actor's diet February 18, 2014 at 6:10 pm

Looks like the best! I’m in sunny CA but I really want to be THERE.


42 Christina @ The Beautiful Balance February 18, 2014 at 6:54 pm

Looks like such a fun trip with beautiful views! I haven’t been to Key West since I was a kid but remember loving it. Too cute that Mazen calls them “bok boks” haha


43 Emily @ Life on Food February 18, 2014 at 8:22 pm

We just got 8 inches of snow today. I would love to go to key west. Glad you had a good time.


44 Jessica February 18, 2014 at 9:19 pm

You look smoking’ in that pink dress, girl!


45 KathEats February 19, 2014 at 8:10 am

Thanks <3


46 Mary February 18, 2014 at 10:42 pm

I hope your mother-in-law is well. I was an inpatient oncology nurse for five years (in grad school now!) and had the opportunity to take care of some of the strongest, most courageous people I’ve ever met. Karen sounds amazing as well.

Also, I love your white and red(?) dress! Would you mind sharing where you bought it?


47 KathEats February 19, 2014 at 8:09 am

Thanks! She is strong : )

And the dress – I think you mean the white + pink one – is from Mahi Gold!


48 Mary February 20, 2014 at 12:12 pm

Thanks, Kath! And thanks for your hard work! I’ve been enjoying your blog since 2008 and hope to for many more. :)


49 Nikki February 19, 2014 at 1:03 am

Love your suit!
Gonna check the site and see if they ship to Canada…!?


50 Sophie February 19, 2014 at 5:25 am

It looks like you had such a lovely time!! I love your dress and the swimming costume (?) you are wearing with your shorts!! Looking fabulous!


51 Debbie @ Deb Runs February 19, 2014 at 7:48 am

Oh my goodness, what a wonderful gift of family time for your MIL to give herself and her family! Sending healing thoughts and prayers her way!


52 Corinne February 19, 2014 at 7:49 am

Your posts are not showing up on your page. I have to access thru the link on twitter


53 KathEats February 19, 2014 at 8:08 am

Thanks for letting me know. We’re working on fixing the cache


54 Kelly February 19, 2014 at 10:47 am

I love Key West! My partner’s parents own the Cork & Stogie on Duval Street (I wondered if you were there in the picture with the pink chair?) If so, it would be great if you could give them a shout out on the blog! Their website has just been updated and we’d love the traffic :-)


55 KathEats February 19, 2014 at 10:49 am

Yes! I totally forgot about the bars. I’ll update it!


56 Kelly February 19, 2014 at 10:51 am

Oh great!!! Thanks!! I remembered you were going to KW this year but wasn’t sure when – I’m so glad you stopped there! Also saw you went to Blue Heaven which is one of my faves too.


57 KathEats February 19, 2014 at 12:24 pm

Updated the post! Sorry for leaving it out : ) Our house was nearby and Mazen loved watching the chickens that hung out in the empty lot next door : )


58 Kelly February 19, 2014 at 2:16 pm

They are so excited that you’ve linked to their website…. they posted your blog on their Facebook page!! I hope it’s a mutually beneficial link-fest – HA!


59 KathEats February 19, 2014 at 2:51 pm



60 Matt February 19, 2014 at 1:01 pm

Diamond Dave was a great bartender too!


61 Kelly February 19, 2014 at 2:17 pm

heheh – Diamond Dave is my partner’s brother! He’s hilarious! I feel like, in a small way, part of two worlds collided! 😉


62 KathEats February 19, 2014 at 2:51 pm



63 ashley February 19, 2014 at 1:17 pm

Hi Kath…I was just wondering where you got your colourful shorts?


64 KathEats February 19, 2014 at 1:36 pm

They’re from LOFT. I have them in about 5 colors : )


65 ashley February 19, 2014 at 8:03 pm

Thank you! I will definitely check them out. Have a great night!


66 Chelsea @ Designs on Dinner February 19, 2014 at 1:54 pm

Thanks for letting me live vicariously through your beautiful, sunny pictures!


67 Emma February 19, 2014 at 6:08 pm

Kath, I hope this isn’t a silly question, but I’m from the Midwest and I’ve only been to a coast a couple of times in my life. To me any beach is like a once-in-a-lifetime wonder to behold, so I have no idea how to assess them. We were actually thinking about visiting Key West, and I wondered what you meant when you said the beaches near you weren’t very good. To me, a “not very good” beach would be one that was packed shoulder to shoulder with crowds of other bodies, or covered in garbage, medical waste or weird washed-up creatures that creeped me out! Or maybe dangerous tides and waves so I was afraid to go near it. But what did YOU mean? What makes a “not very good” beach to you? I know you’ve been to coastal areas and even islands.


68 KathEats February 19, 2014 at 8:40 pm

The one near us (South Beach) just wasn’t ideal for swimming. It was rather enclosed (by a hotel on one side and a pier on the other), small and the water was kind of murky. Some people were swimming, but it wasn’t the most swim-friendly water.


69 Emma February 20, 2014 at 11:02 am

That makes sense! Thanks for the response, Kath!


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