Friday, February 21, 2014

For the Birds

Someone gave us a bag of stale popcorn a couple days ago and asked if we'd like to give it to the birds sometime. I figured the kids would like that, so we went to Lincoln Park today to try it out.

There were no birds very close to the shore, but I threw a handful of popcorn up in the air... AND THEY CAME!!

Wow!



Surrounded!




Awesome

Away they go...

Love this one!

Big Smiles!


Swingin'


Nice jump, Riah!

Haha, Keenan!



My first monkey on the monkey bars


Thursday, February 20, 2014

Belated Birthday Lunch With Myrtle

It has become tradition to go out to eat with Myrtle to celebrate her birthday (on the 14th) and Philip's birthday (on the 15th), since they are one day and exactly 50 years apart in age.   This year, since we've all been so sick, we had to postpone that for a few days and just went out with her this past Tuesday.  Philip was post call, so he was home and it was THE MOST BEAUTIFUL day of the year so far.  It couldn't have been more perfect.    We had lunch on the patio of the Boathouse Landing, an awesome restaurant super close to our house.   The air was warm, the birds were chirping, the view was gorgeous, the kids were sweet (for the most part), the sweet tea was divine, the conversation was great, the hush puppies crisp and the food delicious!

Myrtle and I

Goofy pants

It's good to live in Florida

Not so sure about the hush puppies

Daddy and his girl

Our handsome boys

For Years, I thought I didn't like catfish, but I decided to order it (since it was one of the specials) and it was AWESOME!!

All of us

Checking out the birds after lunch

So sweet

The kids in an old boat outside the restaurant

We. Love. Myrtle.   We will miss her Desperately when we move (and secretly wish she would just come with us).   What a blessing she has been to our family!

After naps, we got in the van and drove to Destin and surprised the kids at the... LEGO movie!  (The best part was that we had bought movie tickets with our play pass!)

We all loved it! =)

Monday, February 17, 2014

In 1492...

Columbus sailed the ocean blue.
And in 2014, in month number two,
Under a sky so blue,
We got to see his ship, too!

The Nina, an exact replica of Columbus' ship, and the Pinta, a slightly larger one, were docked in Fort Walton beach yesterday!    We were thrilled to have the opportunity to go check them out!

All of us in front of the Pinta

The Pinta

The Nina

Looking down on the main deck of the Pinta

It was a perfect day!

A small canon

The kids loved this

Another view down the deck

I just loved all the ropes and authentic rigging

A painting of the flag flying on the Pinta

Moriah thought this bundle of rope looked like a beehive =)

More rigging

Cuteness

Our handsome boys


That's an armful!

Moriah found herself a seat to watch some jet skiis go by

Caleb and Daddy

All the masts and flags

On the Nina

Me at the bow

Deck of the Nina

Keenan with the windlass (for hoisting the anchor)

Caleb's hands with some heavy chains

The 14 year old apprentice of the builders of the Nina and Pinta built this small boat on the Nina

Moriah and Caleb looking down into the lower deck of the Nina (we weren't allowed down there, it's the crew's quarters)

More rope =)

A great flag

Keenan

Caleb looking out the back of the ship by the rudder

Keenan peeking out a window on the side of the ship

Hi, Moriah!

All four of my cuties

Both ships

What a fun experience!

Keenan in front of a HUGE boat fork lift on the way out

The kids checking out the massive, four story boat storage warehouse

On the way back to the van

Keenan wanted his picture with this guy (and insisted on "picking it's nose)

Caleb needed a turn too =)