We are excited for egg coloring, Easter baskets, and egg hunts this week!
Amelia had a fun school project recently. Amelia’s class is learning about recycling, and her assignment was to make a robot, using objects you might usually throw away or recycle. She used an egg carton for the body, a rice box covered in foil for the head, toilet paper rolls attached with string for the arms/legs, plastic bottle caps for eyes/antenna, and yarn for her hair. Amelia has named her robot Rose, and I think she is pretty great.
My sister stayed the night at a Marriott on a local beach this weekend, and was kind enough to invite us over to enjoy the pool. The weather here in west-central Florida is perfect right now, and it was so nice to swim, and warm ourselves in the sun. My mom went with us (that’s her with the girls in the waterfall photos), and she treated us to a Rita’s italian ice on the way home. Yum. I am looking forward to many more trips to the beach this spring and summer. We really do live in paradise.
The girls and I made a chocolate cake this afternoon. I told them we could eat it for dinner, and they thought it was an April Fools’ joke. Only I was serious. I think we should make cakes for dinner more often.
This is one of my favorite cakes. I make it every year around this time when the Florida strawberries are in season. Devil’s food cake, homemade whipped cream, and fresh strawberries marinated in vanilla & sugar. Simple and delicious!
The recipe for a perfect park day includes:
-bread for duck feeding
-a bag of M&M’s for sharing
My girls are on spring break this week, so on Monday, we took a quick overnight trip to Orlando. We swam in the chilly hotel pool, had a fabulous dinner out, and spent some time in Downtown Disney. It was a slow paced trip, which we needed because the girls and I are recovering from being sick. Yesterday, we went to see Peabody and Sherman (we loved it!), and this weekend the weather will once again warm up, and I hope there will be a beach trip in our future.
Amelia finally lost her first tooth today!
We are having spectacular weather here in Florida right now. I decided it was too pretty to stay indoors today, so we drove about twenty minutes north to visit the Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks. I always feel like I am on vacation when we visit. You can see the ships come in with the sponges, and watch the men clean them on the boat. While we were watching today, a nice man threw both of my girls a sponge, fresh from the salt water. They were excited. We listened to some live music, enjoyed a snow cone, and had an early dinner at a delicious greek restaurant. That’s my chicken souvlaki in the photo above. Yum.
Sunday morning breakfast is extra special when there is bacon, Sammy Davis Jr. on vinyl, and super cute vintage glasses. Happy Sunday!
Today we traveled to visit my husband’s family, a little over an hour away from where we live. We packed a picnic lunch, so after our visit, we could visit Lithia Springs State Park, and let the girls swim in the natural springs. It was the perfect day for a swim, and the water was refreshing, as it stays at a constant 72 degrees year round. I am sure we will visit again once our Florida summer heatwave returns.