Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Toes in the Water, Feet in the Sand

 So,an unexpected week in the Florida Keys.
Jim's brother and sister-in-law planned a trip to the keys and we tagged along.
Samuel was glad happy ecstatic. 
 We didn't go last year because we went to South Dakota for our family vacation instead. 
What I am trying to say is, you didn't have to ask us twice!! 
It was very difficult to find accommodations in Key West.  Everyone seemed to want to spend the New Year in Old Town Key West.  
Who'd have thought watching a giant high heel shoe drop at midnight would be such a draw?
This may have been on Mike and Jen's wish list of things to do in the Keys, but, alas, we did not make it.
We ended up staying in Marathon.  Here are some pictures of the house we are renting. 
We are right on the water.  It is beautiful watching the sun rise every morning.
 Jim and Sam have already been kayaking.  Sam did great for his first time.  Unfortunately, I was a bit slow getting the camera out and missed a great photo op.
You may be asking yourself.  "Self, why does Sally have a picture of one lone yellow Croc?"
You would be right, one yellow Croc is a very sad sight to behold.  Especially when the left yellow Croc is stuck in the mud just off the shore.  We have searched and searched, but that Croc is stuck and hidden.  
There may be a salt water Croc sighting in the future.  Stay tuned!!
 Pelicans looking for their dinner.
 Sunday Sunrise.
 Searching, searching...
 GOT IT!!!
 Some more sunrise shots.
Off to breakfast at Blue Heaven and Key West craziness.
 Before - BLT Eggs Benedict (the L would be for Lobster)
And in the "why not" category.  
Key Lime pie.
It was split 5 ways!

After breakfast we headed off to explore Key West.
 Hemingway's house.
Key West Chicken crossing the road.
   Trolley Tour

To finish off, here is a collection of shots from Mallory Square.
Some are self explanatory, some just can't be explained.

On this note,
good night.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Storm Day the Purdy Way

This week Florida has/is being hit by the first big storm of the season.  It has been pretty quiet in our neck of the woods.  Lots of rain and a bit of wind.  Tonight, our power did go out briefly, but soon came back on.
So, today, even though many counties had a school free storm day, we still did "Sam's School."  Sam thought it was a bit unfair, but to change things up a bit, we actually did it at home and not at Sam's classroom at the office.
Our day also involved making cookies.
Peanut butter, chocolate chunk cookies.
It was a good day.
 Every day starts with piano practice.
Grandma Johns would be so happy that all of our kids have made good use of her piano.
 We threw dinner into the crock pot.  
Chicken Taco Soup.
 Sam knuckled down and worked hard.
His favorite at the moment is Science.  Today we studied  the  brain and nervous system.  Here he is working on a lesson review.
 During one of our breaks we made our snack and dessert for tonight.
Here are the ingredients, all ready to go!
Sam kept asking if they were cool yet.
Almost Sam!!!
 After our snack, Sam wanted to go and swim.
So, being just as crazy, off to the office we went.
To swim.
It was a bit chilly.
Tonight, the rain came.
The power went out for a little while.
But, we are dry and safe.
We have peanut butter chocolate chunk cookies.