Miami: Elf on a Shell


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Elfie hearts Ethan, Sydney, Aidan and Baby Jack!

All day long, I’ve been seeing crazy snow photos, reading tales of slick roads and hearing about weather woes back home in Utah.

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There would be fewer auto accidents during snowstorms if more people would ride unicycles to work in inclement weather. Love this photo by my friend Laura Seitz of the Deseret News.

Talk about perfect timing to A) not be in the winter wonderland known as the Wasatch Front; B) have a business trip in Florida; and C) brag/share these photos of my South Beach adventure with my Santa-assigned traveling partner, Elfie.

What I meant to write is that I feel horrible that I’ve been soaking up the warm weather in the Sunshine State while Utah freezes over. Truly, I do. Of course, I feel even worse that I flew out of Florida this morning.

Anyway, if you haven’t been following along, our family’s elf was moved off the shelf and into my suitcase this December. She’s keeping me company on a loooong road trip and helping me share the holiday season with my kids back home through photos on this blog.

So far, Elfie and I have had quite the experiences in Portland (click here), Sacramento (click here) and Denver (click here). If the weather cooperates, I’ll be returning home on Dec. 24, but not until finishing this wild Utah Jazz road trip, which also includes stops in Florida (Miami and Orlando), Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee.

IMG_4440The view of Biscayne Bay from our 27th floor hotel room in Miami. Elfie wants humans to know they should not try this pose at home.

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IMG_4451Obligatory beautiful, poolside palm trees with Christmas lights in the colorful sunset shot.

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IMG_4478Trust me when I say that these palm trees are not the only things that got lit up at night on South Beach.

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IMG_4477Miami Ice. Seriously, who puts ice in the urinal? I was afraid to ask the waiter at Pelican restaurant if this is where the ice for my Diet Coke came from.

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IMG_4544Elfie goes to great lengths to sneak into NBA arenas with me. Not sure if she ended up selling popcorn or sweeping floors at American Airlines Arena.

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IMG_4552Miami has flamethrowers to introduce LeBron James. That might be what this blog is missing: flamethrowers.

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IMG_4564Elfie wanted a photo with championship banners. The smart-aleck elf said she hadn’t seen any in the North Pole or in Utah.

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IMG_4506Elfie has a great idea for December 2014: Elf on a Shell.

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IMG_4689Elfie was so excited to take this obligatory foot shot at the beach.

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IMG_4530Believe it or not, but I wasn’t the only one on the beach in jeans. (And, yes, the other beach visitors are just happy I kept my pants on.) I showed a hotel employee this photo and joked, “I might be doing South Beach wrong.” Her response: “As long as you went to the beach, you did it right.”

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IMG_4498Elfie selfie.

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IMG_4511Remind me not to wear dark pants, a black T-shirt, Rockport shoes and a heavy backpack the next time I go to the beach.

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IMG_4475Moon over Miami.

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IMG_4575Elfie is trying to convince me to return for this show. She believes her inner elf is a beach bum.

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IMG_4524Ahhhhhhhhhhh.

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IMG_4565Warm season’s greetings from Miami! We’re sending them from the blog, because they’d probably get delayed in transit from FedEx and UPS.


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