Miami Wodapalooza Adventure With The Kia Sorento

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Kia is the official vehicle brand of our Reese Family adventures.

They have not only provided us with our beloved Kia Sedona that we drive back at home, but they also keep us traveling in style and comfort on our adventures near and far. When we were in Miami last month, we cruised around in the awesome 2018 Kia Sorento. 

Last month we set off on an adventure to Miami!

This wasn’t one of our usual vacations, this one was for a muscle backed purpose… Ashley was competing in Wodapalooza for the second time! Last year Pete and Ash went alone while the rest of us stayed back home. We were all supposed to go, but a week before it started I decided to break my foot. Okay, so I didn’t plan for that to happen but it did…and although it wasn’t a bad break, I still had to stay off of it for it to heal so I had to watch the competition online. Thank goodness they broadcasted it!

This year I was extra careful walking on the level floor in my own home (how and where I broke my foot, so embarrassing) and we all got to go.

Check out that view above flying over Los Angeles! Since this was for a competition, I wanted Ash to be as rested as possible, so we took a red-eye flight that got us into town the day before registration. I also booked us all with lie-flat seats hoping we could get some rest on the plane. 

We were still pretty tired even after getting some sleep on the plane because the whole experience in those seats was so awesome that none of us wanted to sleep! My plan still worked and we weren’t as tired as we could have been.

Once we landed, we grabbed our bags and made our way to our waiting 2018 Kia Sorento. It was like seeing a good friend who knows you and brought your favorite dessert to greet you. Granted there was no sugar involved, but that same happy feeling was felt by all when we were inside our Kia!

Kia is our go-to and since we started partnering with them, we fall more and more in love with all their vehicles. We have a Sedona at home compliments of Kia that is our family car. It fits all of our bags on the way to the airport for all of our trips including this one. We have driven a Sorento many times before, but I always forget how big it is on the inside while still not feeling huge on the outside. We had no problem all comfortably fitting into it, even with all of our luggage!

If you are following along on Instagram, you saw all the fun we were having as it was happening! We celebrated Emmy’s 8th birthday high above the skyline in Miami and spent three days cheering Ash on. I was exhausted just watching her, but she never got as tired as I did, (ha!) and had an absolute BLAST!

We loved being there to cheer her on!

Emmy also spent some time on the rock wall!

And then it was back to more competing for Ash!

Miami has such a festive feel no matter when you visit.

We were in the Bayfront Park area where the competition is, and it was totally different than Miami Beach. Both are family-friendly as long as you understand the high energy people that flock and live here. Expect a lot of horn honking and you will be just fine! We ended up walking a lot in the city and enjoyed some really great food! I love how much of a melting pot it is here. You can find everything from Cuban to Italian food and even some rolled ice cream!

Whenever we have been in Florida, no matter what month, we always seem to have the typical tropical, hot temperatures, but this time we were in for a surprise. There were even times when it was a bit chilly. Of course, this is coming from someone who has been born and raised in Southern California, so maybe take it with a grain of salt!

As Ash was swimming in the bay, I was being a horrible mom and daydreaming about that Disney Cruise ship in the background. I asked Ash if she noticed it and she said she was thinking about it too. We all love to cruise…

The whole fitness community is just that, a community and so welcoming.

It is one of the reasons I love that Ash and Pete are so “into it”. There was a bunch more support than hard competition happening and I always think that is how the rest of the world should be. Supporting each other and lifting everyone up together!

We are so proud of Ash! 

After all her hard work we made our way up to Disney World for some R&R.

Well if you consider walking miles each day rest? For her it totally was. We even had a great time on the drive up to Orlando watching all the wildlife along the way!

I just shared on Instagram about our love for Kia, and this feature specifically. I can’t imagine going back to not having this 360-degree view!

The girls love being able to see the views above.

We are leaving for Hawaii in a couple of days and are considering that our spring break trip since we are planning to stay home for a bit and get caught up on some work. I’m actually kinda excited about getting ahead on some projects, which is hard to do when traveling. And then it is back to more vacations as soon as we can! 

Have you planned your spring break or summer vacations yet?

Heather Reese
the authorHeather Reese
Heather Delaney Reese is the storyteller and photographer behind the lifestyle and family travel blog, It's a Lovely Life®! For the past decade, she has vacationed over 150 days a year with her family. She is a vegan, and loves being by the water, spending time with her children, husband, 2 Shih Tzus and Cat.


  • Your daughter is so impressive! I love how committed she is to her fitness and going for her goals. I love how supportive you two are, as well!

  • Your daughter is so impressive! I love her commitment to following her passion. AND I love your commitment to allowing her to do it!

  • That was a super trip. Miami is so inviting and your daughter is so athletic, great for her! As for the Kia – where is mine??? That is one nice ride and the 360 view had to make it an easy one! Off now to Hawaii, I’m jealous.

  • Wow your daughter! she is pretty awesome! This looks like a ton of fun. We love the look and feel of Kia. Such great vehicles.

  • You guys are such awesome, supportive parents! Your daughter is bound to reach all her dreams with you behind her cheering her on.

  • Looks like the Kia Sorento got you all where you needed to go for some family fun. What a wonderful way to enjoy Miami. Glad you shared and enjoyed this area together 🙂 I don’t have any plans yet for Spring break, but I would love to start making some to relax!

  • What an amazing adventure for your family! I love Miami – I need to get back soon!

  • Your daughter is amazing! What a cool experience for all of you. The Kia looks like a great family car too!

  • What a wonderful time you all must’ve had in Miami! Kia looks like they make great autos. Kudos to your very athletic girl! She rocks!

  • I would LOVE to drive a Kia Sorento! It looks so spacious and full of added extras. I’m happy you and your family had a wonderful time in Miami.

  • I never heard of Wodapalooza before but it seems like a great competition and your daughter is some athlete. The Kia is a great looking car and I will consider it for our next buy.

  • I can’t totally relate, I broke my foot the day we bought our house. I’m glad you got to go this time and enjoy Disney World. We just got back from there!

  • Glad to know you had a great time! It’s so nice to see the whole family supporting Ash and I love how the people their are so supportive. It would be great if the rest of the world was like that with each other. Thanks for sharing your trip! It was fun to read!

  • The Kia Sedona is a great family car. If we were only in the market for a new vehicle, we’d get one hands down. Thanks for sharing your Miami adventure. Your daughter Ashley is awesome. I can’t believe the determination and discipline she has at such a young age. I am positive she will be great with her passion for fitness. Good job in showing your support and encouragement. Nothing feels better than to have your very own cheering squad!.

  • That car looks great for big families! I especially love that big sunroof! I’ll have to check out the Kia Sedona when we car shop next week!

  • That is one heck of a sundae/crepe dessert that your daughter’s got there! Looks absolutely delicious and it seems like you all had a wonderful time!

  • I never really thought about going to Miami before, it looks beautiful though. May need to add it to my want to do list.

  • I’m dreaming of a relaxing vacation. Not sure where or when but I could use some quiet time. Miami is a great place to have fun and just chill.

  • Aw! What a fun little family adventure — so many awesome memories created and honestly – you get me PRETTY PUMPED to start a little family of my own! 😮

  • Looks like such a fun trip to Miami. That’s great that the Kia Sorento works so well for you all. I love Miami and seeing all the fun in these photos remind me I need to book a trip there soon. Glad to see that you all had a wonderful time there.

  • What a beautiful scene of the city you’ve captured. I am adding this adventure to our family bucket list right this minute. I’m not sure we will do first. It all looks like so much fun.

  • This is so amazing! What incredible action shots you got! Family adventures are the best! My neighbors drive KIAs and I just got to drive one of theirs the other day. They had to borrow our truck and I had their car for the day. I have to say I was impressed. Never really thought about a KIA until then! Oh and that Sundae!!!!!!!!!! OMGOSH

  • What an outstanding family trip! A van is the best way to travel, space and comfort for sure. Loving all those action shots you got as well. Your daughter is the definition of strength!

  • You guys all look so happy, what a lovely trip! We love a road trip and the freedom to explore by car, but you need a good spacious car to do it. Since the twins, the bigger the better, lol. I’ve always liked the Kia design and always admire them on the road. This fitness event looks epic!

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