Thursday, April 3, 2014

Month 5

This month flew by!  You've found your feet and simply must put them in your mouth at all times.  You love to suck on your big toe.  
You are the happiest, most adorable baby every, but sometimes you make this expression where you remind me of John Candy, as evidenced in the picture directly below.  
You love jumping in your jumper, and when placed on your back you constantly roll to your belly any chance you get.
All month long, we started giving you tastes of fruits.  You love melons and apples, but make a sour face when we let you suck on an orange.  
By the end of the month, you'd tried your first taste of baby food (peas) and you really seemed to like them. 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Tomoka State Park

statue of chief tomokie
tomoka state park
Remember when we went to Bulow Plantation Ruins looking for this park?  Well, we finally found it, and it's still pretty awesome.  We took a walk along the gorgeous banks of the river, and then stood in awe at the huge statue of Chief Tomokie.  Even though we know the statue isn't that old, we like to pretend that it's from ancient times (it just makes it a little more magical). 

Here's what the Florida State Parks' website says about Tomoka State Park:

"Native Americans once dwelled here, living off fish-filled lagoons. Today, these waters are popular for canoeing, boating, and fishing. The park protects a variety of wildlife habitats and endangered species, such as the West Indian manatee. Tomoka is a bird-watcher's paradise, with over 160 species sighted, especially during the spring and fall migrations. Visitors can stroll a one-half mile nature trail through a hardwood hammock that was once an indigo field for an 18th century British landowner. A boat ramp gives boaters and canoeists access to the river. The Park Store offers snacks, camping supplies, and canoe rentals. Contact 386-673-0022 for more information. For overnight stays, the park has full-facility campsites and youth camping. Located three miles north of Ormond Beach on North Beach Street."

Lots of trails, tons of picnic worthy spots, and serious fishing availability.  At $5 per car load, it's definitely worth checking out if you're passing through.

Tomoka State Park
2099 N Beach St.
Ormond Beach, FL 32174

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

School Pictures. Thanks, but no thanks.

Today is picture day for our Little Guy.  The second school picture day of the year (third if you count the class picture), and we're not buying any.


We bought one sheet - the smallest amount you could buy, which was like, $15 for the first school picture this year, and to tell the truth I didn't even really want to buy that. Then we bought the class photo ($12, I think), and now we're completely skipping over today's pics.

But!  They get to wear their own clothes!


You'll look like you don't care about your kid.


In my opinion, we were foolish to buy the first picture because we've preordered our yearbook ($20) and his photo is going to be in that.

Let me make my case:

It's 2014.

BOOM!  There it is.

Why on earth would I buy cheesy, school photos, that will most likely contain the head and shoulders of my adorable boy who's face will probably be grimacing (because that's what they do at this age instead of smiling), when I could take a ton of shots with my own camera - heck, even my phone for that matter!

You can buy the school photos and snail mail them to your family members so that they can stick them in a drawer or box to pull out one day 40 years from now when they're feeling nostalgic. OR you could just take a great photo yourself, upload it to facebook, and let everyone who wants a hard copy (does anyone really want a hard copy?) right click and save it.

Yes, there is an option to buy the digital image of the photo (the cheesy, not pre-approved photo) but it's an add on to a picture package for like $40!!  Umm... thanks, but no thanks.

For now, I think I'll just take my own pictures of this kid and his hilarious personality.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

After School

The gorgeous weather we had the other day told me it was time to smell the salty air, feel the crunch of the shelly sand under our feet, and listen to the crashing of the waves.  
After School.
In Winter.
Have I mentioned how truly blessed I feel that I get to live here?  Because I do.
The water was still a bit too cold for swimming, so we took a nice, long walk, savoring the warmth of the sun on our skin after this strangely cold winter.
As we left, we stopped for a treat at our favorite ice cream joint, where Bent asked, "Can I just wear my nipples?"  
Oh, that boy.  I love him so.
And the baby was so in awe of it all (I think he was feeling pretty cool in his new shades).

While it's been lovely to see pictures posted of the beautiful snowfalls around the country, I have no doubt that there's nowhere I'd rather be than right here. 



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