Makin’ Waves and Catchin’ Rays

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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Visiting Key West and Bahai Honda State Park

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

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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When Floridians Vacation

When Floridians Vacation

This weekend, we took our family to Treasure Island with some friends of ours for a beach weekend.  It was heavenly, and just what I need to get me through the last seven days of school (SEVEN!). It was a perfect weekend filled with just the right amount of family, friends, kids, adults, beverages, adult beverages, pool floats, boogey boards, staying up late, sleeping in, and even a birthday cake thrown in there for fun.  It just hit the spot. Sadly, while we were playing in the Gulf on the…

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And Then There Were Three

And Then There Were Three

Yesterday, Ginny, John Michael, and Baby Tillman arrived. It has been a few months since I have seen Tillman, and even though I knew how big he was getting through pictures, I was shocked at how big he had gotten in real life! Holy cow! He recently learned to crawl, and he is into EVERYTHING! But see those cheeks? That’s what keeps him out of trouble. Those chunky, tasty little jowls are the softest, squishiest, mushiest little pods of mush! I can’t be around him without nibbling them! Gracie wanted…

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Bean Discovers the Beach

Bean Discovers the Beach

When you come to Pensacola Beach, you have to cross two long bridges to get out to it. We were expecting the kids to get excited about the beach, but we were NOT expecting Bean to get so excited the minute he crossed the first of the two bridges.  From the minute he saw the bay, he started talking 90 miles an hour and did not stop for the next half hour until we got to our condo.  In that half hour stretch, he said some of the funniest things…

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Strep Strikes

Strep Strikes

On Monday afternoon, the kids were out running errands with Nana and Grandma (i.e. buying half the toys, movies, and pool floats at Walmart) and Chris and I grabbed a bite to eat together.  We had a great lunch, and got back to the condo about the same time as the kids, so we all took big naps together.  Even Chris.  Which is strange because I can count on one hand the number of naps Chris has taken in the 14 years we’ve been together.  He does not have my…

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Greetings from Paradise!

Greetings from Paradise!

School ended last week and I am having terrible withdraws. I miss my students. I miss grading papers. I miss giving out detentions and referrals. I miss waking up early and rushing home to get dinner on the table. I guess I’m just one of those teachers who doesn’t know what to do with herself all summer long. S’NOT!!!!!!!!!! GREETINGS FROM PARADISE! Our family left on Saturday morning and caravanned with my mom and Grandma up to my hometown for a week long beach retreat. So far, we have been…

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Going Home

Going Home

This weekend, we packed up and headed back out of town again. This time we went to our hometown of Pensacola, Florida (well, technically we’re from a barrier peninsula just off the coast of Pensacola called Gulf Breeze). My sister’s mother-in-law, Shirley, threw her a beautiful baby shower. (Shirley, by the way, plans parties, showers, and weddings professionally, so email me if you are looking for someone in the Pensacola area!) Shirley’s house looked beautiful, and it was the perfect place for seeing old friends and celebrating new babies! While…

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Air Travel With an Infant

Air Travel With an Infant

With summer nearly upon us, it’s just about time to start planning family vacations. I love me a good family vacay. There’s nothing better than getting away from the everyday and doing something different. If you have a new wee tot in your family, though, be prepared to adjust your travel routine a bit in ways you never really expected. We traveled with both our kids when they were under six months old and had both positive and not-so-positive experiences. Today I’ll share about the plane traveling we did with…

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