After our disappointment of not getting to the beach on Thursday, we were super excited when we woke up today and found the weather to be so beautiful. So after we finished making Davy’s Pinebox Derby car and Mikey was picked up after Davy’s sleepover, we loaded up and headed out to the beach for a few hours. This beach is the closest, it only takes us about 20 minutes to get there. It isn’t the boys favorite, they call it ‘the rocky beach’, but it works and it is so pretty. The guys played frisbee, Lily dug in the sand, and the boys made a huge rock pile. Beautiful morning.
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We were driving to church yesterday and brainstorming about what we wanted to do today, Monday Labor Day, and I had the thought, “Hey! Let’s go tubing!” Andy thought that it was a great idea so a little before 8am this morning we loaded up in the car and headed north to Rainbow River in Dunellon, FL.
The drive took a little longer than an hour and a half. We decided to go to Rainbow Springs State Park located at 10830 S. W. 180th Avenue Road Dunnellon, Florida 34432. It was $10 per person and that included the tube and the tram ride. The water was 72 degrees and the float trip was around 2 hours.
We weren’t even on the river for 15 minutes before we spotted an otter playing off to the side. The kids saw lots of birds, fish, and Davy said he even saw a turtle. What both boys loved the most were the dragonflies. They were all over us and landed on our tubes, feet, arms, everywhere. Along the way there were rope swings, tree jumping, and the water spray.
After we were done tubing, we drove the 7 miles over to the original State Park, Headsprings and had a picnic lunch. At the base of the park grounds there was a large swimming hole. It was crystal blue-green and the boys had a great time jumping into the river. All in all today was a perfect day. We are looking forward to heading back sometime soon… 🙂
As I am currently unable to do much of anything, Kelly and Brian decided that they were not going to let this situation get everyone down. Today, they packed up all the kids and took them out for a boat ride and lunch at Rotten Ralph’s . They said that the weather was beautiful, the morning water was calm, and they even saw dolphins. The boys had a wonderful time tubing and driving the boat. We heard that Davy made the 25 mile an hour club and rode on the tube 5 or 6 times. Love my brave boy.
Thanks again Brian and Kelly… 🙂
Our bedrooms are on the east side of the house and at 6:51 am I hear, “Mommy, it’s morning…can we go to the beach now?” Gotta love little Matty bear. Of course my answer was, “Matty, mommy is sleeping…not yet and go away.” 🙂 At 8am we fixed breakfast and at 9am we headed to the beach. The weather was beautiful and the water was calm. Paradise. Immediately after we set up the beach chairs and toys Colin says, “Look mom a dolphin!” We grab our cameras and start scanning the horizon. Sure enough there was a dolphin family, including a little baby dolphin. The kids loved chasing after them in the water and it was so fun to watch their faces as they all got to swim with the dolphins.
Beach Day has finally arrived!!! After months of planning and waiting….the wait is over. Kelly and the kids came in late Friday night from Virginia, so the last bit of packing Saturday morning was a piece of cake and we were off for the 3pm check in. The first year that we went to the beach we stayed for a week; we didn’t really even begin to relax until day five or so and then it was time to pack up and go home. Last year, we decided on two weeks, but at the end we were so sad to leave that we pushed this year to three. Three whole weeks of fun in the sun and sand in the toes…
This is the house…318 Iris. It is a four bedroom with a pool on the canal… and we love it!
Papa Bear helped us bring down some of the bigger items in the back of his truck.
Molly and the Hermit Crabs made the trip. Lucy will be here next weekend.
The dock leading out to the canal…
There are two lime trees in the back yard and both of them are covered with fruit! Hmmm. Limeaids, Cornonas, Mojitos, Margaritas, the possibilities are endless…
There was an afternoon storm that the boys sat outside to watch and afterwards there was the most beautiful double rainbow…
We moved one bed so the three older boys could share a room…
It’s gonna be a great three weeks… 🙂
It’s the last day of school for our neighborhood friends, and keeping with tradition all of the parents and other siblings met the children at the bus stop. As they unloaded off of the bus, we blasted them with water guns, silly string, and water balloons. This year we had to cancel the neighborhood party on the lawn because of the rain. Although currently it is only drizzling, the grass would get torn up with the water slides so they postponed the party until later in the summer.
Davy and Matty cruising down the sidewalk to meet their friends.
Ready, Aim, and Fire!!!!
Watch out Caiden!
You Better Duck Fisher’s…
Caiden, Watch the Camera!!!
Water Balloon Fight!!!
Kiersten’s Got Silly String!!!
We Love Robin…
Little Matty Getting His Watergun!!!
Get Him Payton!!!
We started our day by stopping at Mercer Orchards. They are one of the largest orchards in the area and known for their “u-picking” and different jams, jellies, and butters. Currently, they were picking strawberries and the blueberries were expected to be ready by the end of the week…so we decided to pass and instead browsed through their gift shop. We bought some old-fashioned peach butter and some peach butter with honey. On the way back to the truck, Andy noticed that we had a flat tire. Uh oh! So, he ended up calling AAA and waiting while the boys and I went on a tractor ride through the orchards. We saw apple trees, peach trees, cherry trees, pecan trees, strawberry plants, blueberry bushes and more. By the time we got back the tire was changed and we were on our way!
From here we drove over to McCaysville to go tubing. We found a company that didn’t have a minimum age requirement, perfect for Matty. It seems that most of them require that the children be 5, but Matty is awesome and can do anything! The Toccoa River Adventures offered floats for $6 per person, cheap outdoor fun! We decided on the short float which was about and hour and forty five minutes. The boys had a great time. The water was cold, but not to cold…. Andy and Matty even braved it in to do a little swimming.
For lunch we headed back to Blue Ridge and ate at Blue Ridge Mountain BBQ. It is another walk up BBQ place that has a lot to offer and delicious food. After lunch we promised Davy that we would take him mining for gems. That was his one request on this trip, so of course we had to find a place. Right off of the main street there was a place called Huck’s Lost Mine. The large buckets were $25 and it came with a round of mini golf for two. The bucket was packed full of treasures and the boys had a great time playing in the mud. We wandered over to the ice cream shop and then took off south for a quick hike at Fall Branch Falls to end the day.
The hike was only about a quarter-mile and it let you walk right up to the waterfall. At the bottom of the hike, across a small field, there’s access to the creek for the kids to play in.
Sarah and the boys are down visiting for spring break and Easter, so today (Good Friday) we decided to take them fishing on the pier at Anna Maria and then spend the day playing on the beach.
We fished for about an hour, only two of the four poles were working and for whatever reason we only caught two fish. The first one I caught with in seconds of tossing in my line, and the second one Charlie caught. He was so proud. The bravest of the five boys was Emmett. He liked to pet the fish.
After fishing we decided to walk over to Two Scoops for some lunch. We figured it would just be easier to eat lunch now and then not worry about having to bring them in off of the beach. Hot dogs and ice cream all around!
I have to say this was one of the windiest days I have ever seen here. The day was beautiful, but we laughed saying that if we didn’t get sunburned then we would definitely get wind burned. Liam, Davy and Charlie surfed the waves for hours, while Matty and Emmett played in the surf and dug in the sand.
Sarah and I layed on the sheet, drank Malibu buckets from the Sandbar, and took turns chasing the boys back down the beach when they drifted off to far.
The last thing the boys did before we left was to all get together and dig a big hole. We loved watching them play together…. Much love for them. 🙂
Some days I just need to spend a little one on one time with one of my love bugs. Matty skipped preschool today to spend the day with me at Fort De Soto Beach. We picked up lunch at Subway in Terra Verde and picnicked at the playground on the North Beach. Matty ran and played. He even made friends with a man by the name of Mr. Martin who was fishing for speckled trout. Matty showed him how well he swims and the man showed him his ‘live shrimp’ and fish when he caught them. We had so much fun and of course the weather was beautiful…love him!
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.