Summer Days. Atlanta Ways.

Last week, my mom and I strapped the kiddos in the van and drove to Atlanta to spend the weekend with my sister’s family.  Chris was supposed to fly up to meet us on Saturday morning, but after arriving to the airport at 5:00 in the morning, he was told he missed the check-in time for his flight – by 5 minutes.  We were all SO disappointed be couldn’t be with us.  Just imagine him standing next to us in all these pictures.  🙂 We got into town on Friday…

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Makin’ Waves and Catchin’ Rays

Our last day in the Keys we rented a pontoon boat for the day. We rented ours from Pontoon George and I have mixed reviews about it. I mean, technically it was a boat that floated. It wasn’t anything fancy or even completely dependable… but it did the job of getting us around the islands. So, if price is your concern, go with Pontoon George – $300 for a full day rental for 7-10 people, and that’s the cheapest deal we found. But if we had to do it again,…

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Snorkeling in John Pennekamp State Park

Hands down, my favorite day in our Keys vacation was the day we went snorkeling. It was so neat to see the kids experience something so new and adventurous. I was a little worried about how they would do, but I was so happy to see them push themselves outside of their (and my own!) comfort zone to try something new. We booked a snorkeling tour through John Pennekamp State Park. It was about $30 a person for a two and a half hour snorkeling tour and it was worth…

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Visiting Key West and Bahai Honda State Park

Our second day in the Keys we headed down to Key West.  We stayed in Key Largo, so a trip down to the very end of the Keys was going to take us a little over two hours by car.  We decided to break up the trip by spending the morning at Bahai Honda State Park. Bahai Honda Beach is one of the ten most beautiful beaches in North America, according to several different polls and it really didn’t disappoint.  It is located on a little peninsula that sticks out…

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Day One: Exploring John Pennekamp State Park

One of my favorite parts of our vacation in the Keys was our time spent in John Pennekamp State Park.  Our rental house was right across Rt. 1 from the entrance to the park, so it was really accessible to us. On the morning of our first full day in Key Largo, we explored a few tourist shops along Rt. 1.  The giant lobster caught our attention first… as giant lobsters are prone to do, I suspect.  We stopped only to take a picture with this big fella, but ended…

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Where to Eat in the Florida Keys

One of our favorite things to do on this trip to the Keys was to eat!  We had lunch and dinner out every day and I didn’t regret a single dollar we spent.  Every place seemed to be better than the one before.  We were lucky that we went with friends of ours who had family that used to live in Marathon, Florida, so they gave us a solid list of restaurants to try and we happily obliged. Here are all the places we ate, ranked in order: 1. Lorelei’s…

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Home Again, Home Again, Jiggity Jig

Have you ever heard that saying?  Home again, home again, jiggity jig?  My parents used to say it all the time when we returned home from vacation or a trip away, and I found myself saying it to my own kids today as we pulled into our driveway from our vacation to the Florida Keys this past week.  It’s always nice to be away, but it is definitely jig-worthy to come home!  We had such a great time.  It was the perfect balance of relaxing and activities, and it is…

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Double Trouble

The older kids get, the harder it is to keep a straight face when they are in trouble.  AmIright???? The other day, we were driving down the road and they were getting on my last nerve.  They had been in one of those playing hysterically moods where their “fun” can quickly become “murder charges” in the blink of an eye.  I had been getting onto them to leave each other alone, to settle down, to keep their hands to themselves…  Blah, blah, blah… Finally, I reached the last straw and…

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Your Day is Done

Today was a busy day.  I was actively on my feet, talking and teaching all day long (as opposed to other teaching days when I am circulating and helping individual students while they work in groups).  By the time I got home, I was tired of talking and walking and smiling and communicating.  But my day was not done.  In fact, it was just getting started. I rushed home to get Bean to his baseball practice by 5:30, which meant we had to grab a quick dinner.  Chris and I…

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A New Year Calls for a New Blog Post!

So, I promise I haven’t stayed away to build some of kind dramatic suspense story.  The truth is, my six month absence was an accident.  And then it got awkward.  Have you ever not seen a friend for so long that it becomes embarrassing?  And then, you want to reach out to them, but it’s been so long that that would be even MORE embarrassing?  Yeah.  That’s what happened with my blog.  But I’m hoping that, like all good friendships, we can just pick right up where we left off,…

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