Summertime (Unofficially)

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This weekend has been so much fun. On Saturday, we spent the afternoon in the children’s section of our local library, crafting and book hunting, followed by a trip to our favorite gelato spot. Sunday, we hosted some friends and family for a bbq and pool party, and today, we met some people at the beach to celebrate a friend’s birthday. It was HOT in Florida this weekend, and I was happy to enjoy all the great summer activities we have waited for these last few months. I love the last photo above of the girls sleeping in the car on the way home from the beach today. It just shows you how much fun we had this weekend! We are pooped.

I hope your long weekend was a blast, too!

Thank you to all the veterans and their families for your service. We appreciate you. A special thank you to our favorite vets, my dad, and my brother-in-law.

Maggie’s Fourth Birthday Party

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This weekend we celebrated Maggie’s fourth birthday with family & friends at a favorite park. Maggie requested a Littlest Pet Shop party, and I was happy to make her birthday wishes come true. My mom made the beautiful pull-apart cupcake cake, and I put together a pet shop buffet, with cheese for the mice, carrots for the bunnies, goldfish for the kitties, and chex mix in a dog bowl for the puppies. The weather was gorgeous, and everyone was happy to be together enjoying the warm sunshine on our shoulders. My sweet Maggie had a super fun day, and that makes my mama heart happy.

Mother’s Day 2014

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I had a lovely Mother’s Day today. We went to Honeymoon Island, and enjoyed beautiful weather, and warm gulf water. I feel so lucky to be a mother to Amelia and Maggie. They are both such sweet and loving girls, and have showered me with kisses, homemade cards, and snuggles all day long. I had a nap this afternoon, and then the girls and I swam in our pool while Beau cooked steaks for dinner on the grill. Pretty great day indeed.

I am wishing all of you a very Happy Mother’s Day, too!

Winter the Dolphin

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One of the adventures we enjoyed on our staycation last weekend, was a trip to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Winter the dolphin from the movie A Dolphin Tale, lives here. She’s a local celebrity. If you haven’t seen the movie, I recommend it. We enjoyed looking at the marine life, and then we took a trolley ride over to the main land to see an exhibit with movie sets, and more. If you are ever in central west Florida, stop in to see our beautiful beach, and meet Winter. 

A second film just wrapped filming here about another Clearwater Marine Aquarium resident dolphin named Hope. She is the other dolphin you see in the photo with Winter.

Our Pool is Open

I checked the pool temp today, and it was finally warm enough to swim! After I picked Maggie up from school this morning, we took a dip in the water, and it was the perfect activity on this hot spring day. Our temps will soar to 90 degrees this afternoon! Hooray for backyard pools!

A sweet friend gave me six vintage Modertone sherbet cups for my birthday in yellow, pink, blue, and green. I decided that the girls and I needed to eat sundaes out of them this afternoon. The kiddos were excited to have their ice cream in such pretty little cups, (me, too). High-res

A sweet friend gave me six vintage Modertone sherbet cups for my birthday in yellow, pink, blue, and green. I decided that the girls and I needed to eat sundaes out of them this afternoon. The kiddos were excited to have their ice cream in such pretty little cups, (me, too).

My Birthday on the Beach

My parents came to Clearwater Beach to meet us for dinner to celebrate my 37th birthday last weekend. We were enjoying a long weekend stay cation at the Frenchy’s Oasis Motel, a super cute retro motel with views of the intracoastal waterway. We all stuffed ourselves with seafood, enjoyed some yummy rum runners, and sang along and danced to the awesome cover band that was playing at the restaurant that night. The sunset was amazing, and we all agreed we needed to make the short drive to the beach to view it more often. The next morning we had perfect beach weather, and the girls stayed busy building sand castles and jumping the waves.

Staycation Clearwater Beach 2014

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Last weekend, we stayed a few days at our favorite beach motel to celebrate my birthday, and the beautiful weather. Although we had some rain to contend with, we made the best of it with activities like swimming in the rain (our pool was heated), eating delicious seafood at our favorite beach restaurants, bird and boat watching from our balcony, and a trip to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium to visit Winter, the famous dolphin from the movie A Dolphin Tale. (I will do a separate post on that outing, later). We love our local beach, and it is always voted amongst the top beaches in the country. Our sugary sand, and beautiful, warm gulf water make it the perfect place for a family vacation.

We’ve just returned from a long weekend on Clearwater Beach for my birthday. I feel relaxed and happy, so my 37th year is off to a great start. I took ALOT of photos, and will be back later this week with a post about the sweet little retro motel we stayed at, our visit with Winter the dolphin from the movie A Dolphin Tale, and of course, our time on the beach. In the meantime, here is a favorite photo I took of Amelia. High-res

We’ve just returned from a long weekend on Clearwater Beach for my birthday. I feel relaxed and happy, so my 37th year is off to a great start. I took ALOT of photos, and will be back later this week with a post about the sweet little retro motel we stayed at, our visit with Winter the dolphin from the movie A Dolphin Tale, and of course, our time on the beach. In the meantime, here is a favorite photo I took of Amelia.