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Hello, all. I am so looking forward to the long weekend. I have got an exciting DIY planned, as I will be painting these gorgeous vintage Jenny Lind beds for my girls. I have been looking for these beds for many months now, and was elated to find not one, but TWO of them on Craig’s List for a song. I plan to paint them to look like this one, and this one from Land of Nod.

one-a silly Amelia.

two-our sweet Italian Greyhound, Allybird.

three- enjoying all the summer produce, especially cherries.

four-vintage Jenny Lind twins ready to be painted.

Linking with The Beetleshack & lowercase letters

Sun Fun

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Amelia and her half sister, Baylee, start back to school a week from tomorrow. We are enjoying these last few days of no schedules, homework, or alarm clocks. The weather this morning was perfect, and we had a good section of the beach to ourselves. We built sandcastles, combed the beach for seashells, and floated in the big, blue ocean. I feel relaxed and ready for the new school year, and I think the kids feel the same way.

Sunset & Gelato

The girls and I have had terrible summer colds. We woke up today, and felt better, finally. To celebrate, we decided to pile in to the car after dinner and drive the ten minutes it takes to get from our house to Clearwater Beach. Our goal was to eat gelato, and watch the sunset. I didn’t put the girls in their bathing suits, so I let them play in the tide pools with their clothes on, which they thought was pretty fun. It was so nice to get out of the house, and I am happy to be able to resume our summer activities. Here’s to a snot-free rest of the summer. Fingers crossed.

Red, White, and Boom.

After a super rainy day, we were all excited when the clouds parted, leaving us with a cool summer evening to go see a baseball game. We decided it made sense to take the girls to the small stadium near our house to see their large pre-4th of July fireworks display, instead of fighting with the crowds tomorrow night. We ate hotdogs, popcorn, peanuts, and ice cream, and cheered for our home team, the Threshers. They won, in overtime. 

We are looking forward to a parade in the morning, and a bbq in the afternoon if the weather holds out. I hope you all enjoy a safe and very happy 4th of July!

The Day After a Tropical Storm

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The day after a tropical storm (or hurricane) comes through, the weather is usually gorgeous. That was the case today after Tropical Storm Andrea passed by us yesterday. After being cooped up in the house all day yesterday, the girls were more than happy to have some fun in the sun on our local beach this morning. I am so happy to live just a short drive from the ocean. It is good for my mental health. Happy summer everyone!

Star Wars Weekend (and Epcot, too!)

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We had a blast this weekend over in Orlando! We made plans a few months ago to start our summer off with a bang, and visit Epcot, then Hollywood Studios for Star Wars weekend. My husband is a big fan of Star Wars culture, and turns out Amelia is, too. She had no fear when meeting Darth Vader. She even put her arm around him during the photo op. Ha! We are really enjoying our annual Disney passes, and we’re already planning our next trip.

Backyard Tourists

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We are so very lucky to live on the west coast of Florida. One of my favorite things to do is to act like a tourist in my own town. This morning, we took the girls to John’s Pass in Madeira Beach. It’s a fun boardwalk on the intracoastal waterway with restaurants, kitschy shell shops, ice cream parlors, and charter boat rides to see the dolphins in the Gulf of Mexico. We had lunch at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., and let the girls do a little shell shopping, they both chose starfish. It is officially hot here in the south, but the humidity is low, and that makes it more comfortable. 

I hope you all are enjoying the long weekend, and the unofficial start of summer!