The place we stayed in the keys was absolutely perfect. It was located directly on the Gulf and lined with palm trees and hammocks; the perfect location for doing absolutely nothing; exactly what this family needed. The sunsets never cease to amaze me. I stand there in awe every time taking a ridiculous number of pictures as the colors evolve every few seconds. I don’t think I will ever get tired of watching them.
The real reason we went to the keys was for our annual showdown with Key West High School. This year was a bit different than last. This year we won (yay!), but unfortunately my son got a fever just an hour before the game started. The win was great, but a bit bittersweet night for us since he was feeling so bad. We spent the weekend in the keys relaxing with family as planned. As soon as we got home on Sunday, I took him to the urgent care and sure enough he had bronchitis. They gave us an antibiotic and we are hoping for a quick recovery.
Today is the last day to be in my 30’s. Overall, this decade was pretty good to me. I was much wiser, made better decisions and accomplished more goals than in my 20’s. My 20’s was a decade of navigating a new marriage, having babies, finishing college and starting a career. They were years of indecisiveness and uncertainty but they were the building blocks for what was to come. My 30’s was a decade of accomplishment; moving 1,000 miles, pushing the career envelope and it paying off (thank God!), raising one child successfully to adulthood, getting another to a successful place in high school and establishing a very happy marriage. The 30’s was also a decade that drew me much closer to God which has made all the difference in my life.
I have been told that the 40’s are even better; that life begins at 40. Well, I’m as ready as I’ll ever be to take it on. I’m excited to see what this next decade will bring.
Going to the beach in January is unheard of. Well, this is the reason I live in south Florida. Typically, January and February are the coldest months that we see. Cold for south Florida is a low in the 50’s and a high in the 60’s to 70’s. Well up until a week ago it was was still very much summer weather with high’s in the mid 80’s. While everyone was screaming for cold weather, I was at the beach riding the waves and soaking up the sun.
This past week the weather has adjusted itself to the typical January chill. I have worn closed toe shoes for over a week now and I’m totally over it. Bring back summer!
After lots of hard work my sons football team made it to the playoffs which landed us in Key West. Unfortunately that is where the season ended. I am so incredibly proud of him. He has given his all and put in lots of blood, sweat and tears since June. Proud, proud, proud; I couldn’t be more proud. I already cannot wait until next football season. There’s just nothing like the Friday Night Lights!
Plus, hey, we got to hang out in the Florida keys for a couple of days. Not bad. Not bad at all.
The beach is my happy place. I am completely blessed to work very close to the ocean. I don’t get there every week (especially these days) but try as much as I can to go there to spend my lunch hour. No matter what stress I’ve experienced during my day, I can go to the beach and it seems to literally melt away. I am making it a goal to get to this beautiful spot each and every week.
We did Labor Day weekend very well; no labor. Well I should say that the “labor” we did was fun labor. We spent the long weekend at my mom’s about an hour north of our house (near the ocean).
The weekend started with a paddleboard race to benefit Autism research. The race was tough but such a great cause. The rest of the weekend consisted of a lot of pool hangs mixed with margarita drinking and good food eating. My brother showed my son, Trey, how to make a Hawaiian sling (hand fishing spear). Of course we had to test this out in the pool by spearing a beer cans. This act was coincidentally coined as “beer fishing”. Yes, I clearly realize how incredibly redneck this sounds. But, hey, it was lots of fun!
Hope everyone enjoyed a restful and fun Labor Day weekend as well. Now, back to reality. 😦
1 :: Snorkeling sesh with my favorite boy
2 :: The end of a great paddle
3 :: Beach tiki (pinterest)
4 :: A little beach camping (pinterest)
5 :: This is where I hang my hat (pinterest)
6 :: A lovely paddleboarding sesh
7 :: Palm view
8 :: Go ahead…JUMP
9 :: A little snorkel in the clear Florida waters
10 :: Nothing like some beach camping
Date night perfectly aligned with a food truck event right in our town. I hear about food truck events all the time and have been dying to try it out. Well the stars aligned and I got my wish. And, yes, I did discover that food out of a truck just simply tastes better. Happy Friday!