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.
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!
My dad has worked so very hard for over 40 years; selflessly, tirelessly and wholeheartedly giving everything he has. The only thing that he’s ever wanted is a nice salt water fishing boat. Because of my mom’s accident (11 months ago today!), he had to retire suddenly and much earlier than he expected. Because of this, he didn’t think he would be able to ever have his dream boat. Well, I’m excited to say that after all his hard work and the horrible year that he’s had (that none of us can ever imagine) he got his dream boat this past weekend. The entire family went out on the boat on Sunday. Dad’s favorite thing is to have all of his family together, but this time he had all of his family on his dream boat. He was in heaven. I cry tears of joy every time I tell this story. He so greatly deserves this gift. He is the most amazing man and I am beyond excited for him. I foresee many more days with family in the boat enjoying the water and each other. God is totally in the process of taking something that was a tragic and absolutely horrific situation and right before our eyes is turning it into something good. Just to be a part of this story has been so amazing; a true privilege. You just never know how things are going to turn out in any situation. Life is certainly not easy for mom and dad. But we are starting to see so much positivity and blessing in their lives. I can’t think of any two people more deserving of a blessed life. Now, let’s hit the water!
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.
Sometimes you just need a day away; a day alone to regroup, refresh and refocus. When life gets crazy, you have to take time away from the hustle and bustle and have some “me” time. I took a little retreat day from everyday life earlier this week and it was fabulous. This is my ideal day… an hour long run, two mile paddle, snorkeling the reef, laying on the beach soaking in the sunshine, a great lunch with my husband and a long afternoon nap. My friends, it just doesn’t get any better than that. What is your ideal day? If you had one day to yourself to do anything you wanted, what you do?
Every now and then our anniversary falls on Labor Day and that means a guaranteed day off to celebrate. This year we celebrated 19 years of marriage! Wow, how did that number get so big so fast? Sometimes it all seems like a blur between, jobs, homes, raising kids, school, etc. The one thing I do know is that it has been an awesome journey and a great ride. I wouldn’t want to do this life with anyone else. Simply put, this guy makes life fun. He makes me laugh and fills in all the gaps where I fall short.
We decided to spend the day (first part at least) at the beach snorkeling. We did an early morning snorkel which meant there were a ton of fish to see. It was breathtaking! There were other big plans for the day like riding a motorcycle and such but true to Florida summers, it stormed all afternoon. Hey, that’s ok because we had a great excuse for a long afternoon nap. It couldn’t have gone any better. Happy anniversary, Steve! Here’s to many, many more.
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.
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