It’s a lazy Saturday…one of my favorite kinds. We slept in, ate a little lunch, and then headed out to St. Pete beach to spend the day Brandie, Laurence, Ryla, and Layne. We stopped off at the beach and hunted down a cache. It was hidden right off of the board walk in a tree, it really was a great spot. After that we headed over to the condo. The boys swam in the pool for a couple of hours while we lounged, ate guacamole, and drank cocktails. We walked down to the little beach, the kids played in the sand and climbed on the rocks, and then we headed back to the condo for dinner. They had previously stopped off at Mazzaro’s for dinner items, so we ate and drank like Italian kings. We loved getting to spend the day with them…. Wish we could do it more often! Thanks for dinner B – we love you!
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For Davy’s birthday we gave him his first geocaching kit. Now you may be asking what is geocaching, it is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices (such as your iphone). Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location. There are almost 2 million hidden geocaches worldwide. They are everywhere and most people don’t even know it.
Immediately Davy was like let’s go find one, so Andy pulled up the map to see where the nearest one was, and don’t you know there are several near our home with the first being only .5 mile away. We had to go and see if it was there! Brandie, Laurence, Ryla, and Layne decided to join us on our adventure. Here is the provided clue to find the cache:
Just in time to commemorate the last Halloween you may ever spend on this earth! Are you brave enough for the most terrifying, dangerous cache you have ever encountered? Will you emerge from the experience alive? Or will your blood be a feast for the Dark One supped from a drinking gourd that was once your skull? (Note to parents: This is a safe, kid friendly cache. None of the above is true. Except for the part about your skull being used as a drinking gourd. That actually will happen.)
This cache was placed both to drop a cache in a big, tempting empty spot on the map and to commemorate having to get blood drawn here more times than I’d like. Originally it was going to be a micro, but I was inspired by the RainBowGirlz’ cool theme cache Creatures of the Night (GCT81E). There’s room for smaller and mid-sized trading items, and please try to keep your trades in line with the Halloween/horror theme of the cache. There’s a Dracula figurine for the FTF prize.
Additional Hints (Decrypt) – onfrbsgurovtgerr
(letter above equals below, and vice versa)
It took Andy all of 3 seconds to say, “Oh, it’s over by the doctors office!”. Sure enough, the compass lead us there. The compass will bring you within 10 ft of the cache and then you are on your own to hunt it down. We wandered behind the doctor’s office and into the woods. The decrypt says, “base of the big tree”. It took us about 10 minutes to find it, Davy was so excited. The trinkets were small; Matty took a Halloween bookmark, Ryla took a small cow, and we replaced with a hairy spider. What surprised us was the signed log. There were two other families that we knew who had signed it before us. It is fun to think about all of the families that do this together. Can’t wait to see all of the fun places that we will adventure too…. www.geocaching.com
Davy reaching in to pull it out.
After baby Layne was born, our original plan for me to go and visit got pushed back so for the last four months I have been dreaming about holding, kissing, and smooching him all over…and that’s when the idea popped into my head to make him a quilt. Although I won’t get to see him much as I would like to over the years, hopefully he will always know that he is loved. After tossing around different quilt pattern ideas, I finally decided on the Chevron pattern. It’s classic, clean, and works well for a little boy quilt. 🙂
Here’s how to make a Chevron quilt without piecing together all of those triangles!
First, select your fabrics.
Cut 2 strips 3″ wide x width of fabric from one of the print fabrics.
Cut 2 strips 3″ wide x width of fabric from the solid fabric.
August 6: Saturday
We love the weekends! So much to do and see…. We started our day today down at the Holmes Beach public beach for breakfast. We had heard about their all you can eat pancake breakfast and that sounds perfect for the boys.
After breakfast we loaded up the beach gear and decided to spend the rest of the morning at Bean Point. We knew that the beaches were going to be crowded, so we thought that we might get lucky here since it is a little more private and secluded. The kids played in the kayak and on the paddleboard. We even went for a walk around the north point. The tide was out and the view was beautiful. The kids were even rewarded with a finding a starfish.
To end the day, we moved over to the west side to watch the sunset. The weather was beautiful and we were rewarded with sand dollars. :O)
Amanda and her family came out to spend the day with us.
To break up our day trips to the beach, we decided to take the kids down to the Mote Aquarium in Sarasota. It was our first time visiting this aquarium and surprisingly it was bigger than I expected. What I didn’t expect was how much of it was going to be outside! Late morning in August… in Florida… and then there was the long walk from one building to the next. Ugh… However, the kids really enjoyed it and the Manatees were adorable. For lunch we crossed the street to go to the Salty Dog and to wrap up the day we found it fitting to have ‘Movie Night’ with the movie Oceans.
Baby Ryla looking at the fish…
Pacific Moon Jellyfish.
LOOK!!! There’s Bruce!!!!
While the kids were watching their movie…us grown-ups went out for date night. We took the golf cart over to the Beach House and enjoyed the company, ambiance, and cocktails. :O)
Today we started our day with some scrambled eggs and bacon for the children. Afterwards, I ran over to Ginny and Jane’s and picked Kelly and I up a couple of Latte’s. About 30 minutes later Brandie and Laurence stopped by and said, “Let’s go to Bean Point!” We stopped by Beach Bums to find out exactly where the foot path was, and we were off. I had to park the golf cart at the Rod and Reel pier, but the views and solitude were worth it.
This picture is so funny to me…. For some reason we have had terrible AT&T service today and poor Brandie has been constantly checking her phone just hoping that her work emails are coming through.
Me and my Matty Bear….
After dinner we decided to take the boys fishing; with the sun setting on the west side and it being a little later in the day we were hoping that it wouldn’t be too hot. In retrospect, this is something that definitely needs to be done with the daddy’s here….there are just to many little people wanting help with baiting their hook, casting, and pulling off the caught fish. We bought some bait over at the General Store and went down to the Anna Maria pier. The boys were so excited when uncle Laurence showed up to help them. All of the big boys caught fish, they were so happy!
I love this picture because Emma’s face is just classic….
We have found that the most pleasant time to be at the beach is in the evening. The sun is setting and not overly hot, there is a wonderful breeze, it’s not to crowded, and the children get to run and play before bed. Tonight we took out all of the boogie boards, they are a big hit this year for all of the children. The waves have been the perfect size for our little guys and the current hasn’t been to strong either… :O)
Brandie, Laurence, and Ryla stopped by for a quick visit. How cute are they on their 4 seater bike!
YAY!!! It’s vacation time! With much anticipation we have been waiting for this vacation for what feels like months! We reserved the house back in May, and we have been dreaming of our two weeks of fun in the sun all summer. This year Kelly and I decided to set our eyes on Anna Maria Island. We love it here and come quite often for the day, she’s never been here, and it is close enough for the husbands to drive back and forth as needed for work. The house we found is Anna’s Cottage – 309 Spring Ave; it is on the north end one block off of the main street Pine Ave and is three blocks to the beach. The house is a three bedroom with a pool and is adorably shabby. Check in time was 3pm, so Saturday morning we packed up and headed out.
Here is Andy’s truck: 6 scooters, 5 bikes, 3 tricycles, 3 fishing poles, 2 wagons, beach toys, chairs, and tackle boxes, 1 bike baby seat, and 1 easy shade. We loaded up the van, Kelly’s SUV, Brian’s Camry and off we went.
The beach house was everything we expected and so much more…. We are all in love with 309 Spring Ave.
I had to include this picture, because when we arrived at the house, a FedEx from work was already there waiting for me. I just found it so funny that work beat me to my vacation…. :O) If you are wondering what it is, I have been having computer issues and needed a new battery for my laptop. After we had unloaded all of our stuff, we sat down to enjoy a nice cold beverage… :O)
It was a little late and still a little warm, so we let the boys swim in the pool out back.
We went for a walk down to the beach so Matty could see the water…. All little Matty has been asking for, for the last two weeks, is to see the beach.
Kelly’s cousin Brook is still in town visiting and she agreed to watch the boys so Andy and I could go out to dinner. While posing for a picture, I guess the boys are so used to the family photo they just snuck in like it was normal and smiled. :O) Love them.
The next morning, we decided to take the boys fishing before it got to hot. We went over to the Anna Maria Pier. At the end of the pier they have a bait shop, but much to our dismay they were out of bait. How does that happen? Especially, on a weekend. We let the boys cast a few times and then we packed it up because we knew that they weren’t going to catch anything.
After naps we picked up our golf cart and went to Scoops for some ice cream.
Aunt Brandie and Uncle Laurence arrived today so we had to go over and see baby Ryla. Their rental house is 3 beach blocks from ours. She just loves Matty bear.
For dinner we all went to the Waterfront Restaurant. 7 children and 7 adults. Afterwards, we went over to the beach to feed the seagulls and watch the sunset.
My favorite house on the island. :O)
At 8:30 we drove back to Brandie’s house to drop them off, we hopped back on the golf cart, and it wouldn’t start. So funny… so we left it there and walked back home to put the boys to bed. You can see how tired & wet they are… :O) I love being on vacation.