Archive for July, 2010

Stormy weather

We had a strange storm roll through yesterday while at the beach… Contrary to most folks, we actually look forward to them because they stir up stronger waves that we all enjoy ‘riding’ on. This is what the sky looked like (sorry it’s crooked, I was being flipped around in the water while taking the pic):

I think it’s cool that you can actually see where the storm ends and typical sunny Florida sky begins!

There were lots of birds feeding on the stuff washing ashore…


I really like the little sand castle you can see in the left side of the pic.

We’re debating going on an airboat ride through the Everglades… Hubby and I did one a long time ago, pre-kids and thought it was pretty neat, but the closest rides are about a 2 hour drive. Not sure I want to do that… Guess it depends on whether the kids want to go.

Have a great weekend!


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I took the kids to JN Ding Darling Refuge today. Below are some pictures from our visit. It’s the first time we’ve gone, in 5+ years of coming to Sanibel… how sad, huh? We didn’t see any alligators or crocs but lots of birds and butterflies. It was definitely worth the drive through, although we won’t likely make the trip again soon just because it’s not our cup of tea, so to speak. 🙂 Feel free to click on any pic and peruse the entire group at Flickr.


Alligator Snapping Turtle


Lookout Observation Deck





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In years past, we’ve spent 2 weeks here in Sanibel during the summer months because it’s cheaper than the “on” season and because we all love it here. This year, we didn’t come down for Spring Break because of Sparkles… I just couldn’t stomach boarding her when she was so young. So we opted to wait until now, renting a house so we could bring her along. Crazy enough, it’ll probably be cheaper to spend the whole month of July here in the off season than one single week in March! Anyway, after spending about 23 hours in the car (the kids did GREAT and didn’t complain at all… it was almost surreal) we got to the house we’re renting. I won’t go into detail about how Sparkles suffers from motion sickness. A Lot. In my almost brand new car. Dramamine didn’t help. Ugh.

Anyway, we’re here and have been for almost a week. We’re loving that we can do more than when you only spend a week someplace. We love that there is no sense of urgency, that we all know we have LOADS of time to do things before it’s time to head back home. The weather has been unbelievable… overcast so no one is getting fried, but still warm and semi-sunny. We have a pool in the back yard that’s offered endless hours of entertainment and exercise for the kids and us parent types. 🙂

We went on the Sanibel Thriller boat ride… Highly recommend that, even though there are parts of it that got a little boring for the kids. The captain sought out the dolphins and we were entertained by several jumpers!


My oldest son only got a teensy bit wet…

I’ve done a little knitting, but nothing worthy of posting. Check out my flickr page to see pictures as our month progresses! I’m off to relax, a little something like this:

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