Tag: Florida

Beach Babes

Posted by October 25, 2015

Some pics from our beach days this summer. This summer… Jacob discovered that there are fish at the beach. That doesn’t sound quite right (or like he’s not “quite right”). He knew there were fish in the ocean, just didn’t realize they came that close to shore. The kids were with Matt when Jacob made this discovery. Jacob brought home a water bottle full of…

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Saturday we went to the Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show in Pensacola. It was also the 100th anniversary of Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola. After the Blue Angels took off, we’re like: “Look at the planes.” One kid was looking at the ground. One was looking the opposite direction. Jacob wanted to find to the bouncy castles. Nicholas wanted to pull the black tar up…

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Before school let out, I accompanied Jacob on a class trip to Marianna Caverns (Florida Caverns State Park). There’s nothing like a swarm of 8 year olds in a confined space where you’re not allowed to touch anything to reinforce your chosen career path. And by that, I mean the decision to be anything other than a school teacher. Seriously, teaching is the most underpaid,…

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I’ve been sitting on this Groupon for a dolphin cruise in Destin for months now, and finally found occasion to use it. That occasion was it expiring. So I booked a Saturday dolphin cruise for the kids and me. We went with Olin Marler on the Hannah Marie. There are A TON of fishing charters and tour operators out of Destin. If one were to…

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Legoland Florida!

Posted by October 7, 2013

I have one rule about traveling: Don’t waste money or time doing the things you can do at home. Okay, I did eat a lot of McDonald’s in Europe, but that’s another story. They are better there, and I don’t eat McDonald’s here. And won’t…unless they start putting a fried egg or a hashbrown on their burgers like in Belgium and Germany, respectively. I’m not…

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I will say one thing about Disney Magic: it is real. If you saw Jacob’s face light up the first time he saw Mickey Mouse, how excited he was, you’d believe it too. It was a beautiful Disney TV commercial moment. The sort that makes the long-ass lines and $3 sodas all worthwhile. That was four years ago—the first time we went to Disney World….

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They call this the Emerald Coast. White sand, blue-green water, truth in adverting. The rest is what you expect from an economy fueled by sand, sun and regret—water slides, jet ski rentals, 2-for-1 cocktails and more tattoo shops than I have ever seen. Strangely enough, there are also a bazillion thrift shops. We stayed at The Breakers on Okaloosa Island in Fort Walton Beach for…

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Hello, Florida. We made it—in spite of a 2.5 hour delay out of Dusseldorf, a rush thru customs, another delayed flight in Atlanta, sitting in the plane forever while they cleared some “material stuck in the coach lavatory” (TMI, Delta. TMI.), an hour drive to the hotel, being awake for nearly 23 hours. And a lost bag. Jacob saw the beach and said, “Is that…

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