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Sunday, July 27, 2014


We have a new family member - meet Scout!

Mom, Dad, and Lil went to watch her "graduate" from the DAWGS in Prison training program on Wednesday, and then she came home to live with us.  We love her!  She has settled right in.

She does tend to torment Amos a bit, mostly because she has a lot more energy and always wants to play, but he has remained good-natured and tolerates her.

Scout loves the bay!

She is enthralled with fiddler crabs in particular, but we also have to keep an eye on her to make sure she doesn't eat the crown conchs.

Yesterday, she had her first beach day - it was our first at the beach in a while too, and it was a great day.  Tons of time swimming and playing in the sand.

Other than enjoying Scout, we've been soaking up as much Coach and Lil time as possible in preparation for our departure next Saturday.

That means lots of reading Harry Potter (and dressing Teddy up to play Harry Potter),

Playing dress-up in Aunt Julia's ballet clothes,

And doing fun things like roasting marshmallows that were left over from the 4th of July.

Tonight we're even going to try scalloping (weather permitting)!

We will be happy to get home, but we will miss it here very much! Thank goodness we have one more week to enjoy...


Monday, July 21, 2014

An amazing drip castle to end a soggy weekend

It was a rainy weekend, but we made the most of it!  The highlight was our visit yesterday with our dear friends Mrs. Kathy and Mr. Mark for lunch, and then Mrs. Mary and her family for dinner.  It rained like crazy during lunch and we couldn't go out on the boat as hoped, but we still loved catching up with Mrs. Kathy and Mr. Mark.  And then the rain actually stopped when we got to Mary's, so Lilli and I were able to play in the Gulf with Sadie, Tate, and Sam. We started by digging a hole,

And then Sadie had the great idea to let our hole serve as our 'aquarium' - basically a temporary holding tank for all the hermit crabs, snails, crown conchs, shrimp, and pipe fish we collected.

The tide started coming in, so we began fortifying the walls with drip castles.

It looked like a mini Hogwarts! 

We worked forever, lured inside only with the promise of ice cream after dinner. What a fun afternoon and evening!

There were other notable events this week - for one, they moved the lighthouse from its spot on the Cape because of beach erosion, and we got to watch it go by on its way to town!

Pretty amazing.

Amos spent several evenings with us while Coach was out of town and Lil went to dinner with friends.  We loved having him over, although he did try to eat "Part" one night!  Thankfully James saved her.

We also went into town to play at the pirate park,

Made a cozy wagon for Teddy and Hedwig to escape the many thunderstorms (complete with a mobile to entertain them!)

And spent a rainy afternoon coloring away while Mom and Dad enjoyed the Tap Room.

Today, Lil helped us make our favorite Jolly Rancher lollypops - so pretty!

And then we put together Scout's crate!! We of course had to test it out for her.

She arrives on Wednesday - can't wait!


Sunday, July 13, 2014

Our own wild kingdom

This week has been pretty quiet compared to last.  We missed playing with our cousins, but we could not have continued at the pace we were going for much longer anyway!  We were happy to see Courtney on Monday and re-start our adventures with her.  For the most part, this week that included swimming in her grandmother's pool all day!  In the afternoons, we would move to the big house to hang out with Coach, Lil, and Amos.  We worked on a tough puzzle (that we finished today!)

Went for walks in the bay

And scootered up and down the bike trail.

We've also had a great time observing all of the FL wildlife!  We've seen snakes eating frogs, a (big) frog eating a snake, JK Turtle eating a snake, a bobcat family, a bat on the deck, lots of fiddler crabs, and on and on.

This weekend, we enjoyed a visit with Mom's good friends Allyson and Mandee.

James and I had a sleepover with Coach and Lil while Mom and company went out for the night.  (Don't tell Mom, but I'm 100% sure we got the better end of that deal!)

Mom took a pretty good picture of last night's super moon while she was out - unfortunately we were long asleep before it even rose!

We're looking forward to Dad getting back from his field work this week!  And we hope to go crabbing with Courtney again...


Sunday, July 06, 2014

Family fun on the 4th of July!

We're back in FL!  We arrived late on Monday evening after a very long but not too bad day in the car.  We've had a great time with our cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents, dogs, etc!  Here are some pictures of the fun we've been having - we'll fill you in with good stories next week...