Star Wars & Baseball

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Over the weekend, we took the girls to see our minor league baseball team, the Clearwater Threshers. They have a super fun stadium, and it happened to be Star Wars night, so we were in for some fun. We stuffed ourselves with popcorn, enjoyed seeing all the different characters from the films, and we watched a little baseball, too. Amelia was happy to meet and greet, but Maggie wanted no part of it. Ha! 

Our Easter

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We had a very nice Easter Sunday. The girls awoke early to find that the Easter bunny had left them a basket of goodies, and eggs to hunt in our backyard. Later in the morning, my family came over for brunch, and after they left, we had a lazy afternoon watching Easter Parade, and taking cat naps. We will have a week of warm weather, and I hope that it is warming up where you live, too.

Good Day Sunshine

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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.

Cake for Dinner

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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!

Spring Break

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.

Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks

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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.