The Beach Archives

The wedding is done. The kitchen is finally clean again after months of crazy – a word I have come to use all too much to describe our goings ons and I do think it’s time to come up with an alternate word for that word.

Cockamamie?

I put up Christmas lights yesterday. This isn’t something I usually do before December but it felt normal and right and we had used some of the lights at Kait and Vince’s wedding and I didn’t feel like putting them all away just to get them out again in two weeks so now we’re the cockamamie people on the block that are already decorated for Christmas.

[there should be a picture here but I failed and it’s light outside now so you’ll just have to wait]

Rabbit and I stood out on the lawn just after dark last night and looked at my creation. He eyed the roof of the house and said in all seriousness, I’m thinking maybe we should add some up there, and I realized that we are in the honeymoon stage that happens after a wild patch and we’ve got to be careful not to do too much because nobody is going to want to take all these lights down come January.

Did I mention that my daughter is married?

Wow.

And the entire wedding was perfect and beautiful and I can’t wait to have pictures to post. Our photographer is a family friend and she has had numerous weddings over the last couple of weeks so we’re going to sit and be patient but I know they turned out terrific.

We left on vacation the day after the wedding. We didn’t leave town, basically staying in our own backyard but Pensacola Beach is quiet and beautiful this time of year and the weather was perfect and we didn’t have to drive very far.

And the view from our condo was perfect.

Hot lemonade and favorite blankies on the balcony on a cool, breezy evening…  Who knew that was all it would take to appease these two little ones.

I will be honest and say that I was very happy to be back home after the four days at the beach but the vacation was so good.

And now to our last order of business to get everything caught up…

I mentioned before that we became foster parents in September, a task we took on at probably the worst possible time but we absolutely do not regret it one bit.  Our current placement is just the cutest child imaginable. I wish I could post her pictures and tell you all about her but that just can’t happen. What I can tell you is that she is the sweetest 2-year-old with a very uncertain future but she is doing amazingly well with us. Many of you have asked if there is anything we need or anything you can do to help and the truth is, if you would add her, her sibling, and their bio parents to your prayer list that would be the most helpful thing you can do right now.

And one last thing…

I am so sorry to all of you who have sent me messages after reading one of my posts here or on Facebook. I have been so overloaded with foster care appointments and meetings and wedding stuff and Lanie’s therapy and normal family things that I have had to cut out a lot of my social activities recently. But things do seem somewhat calm for the moment so I’ll hopefully do better.

And one more last thing…

We got Lanie a posterior walker. People, she is the cutest thing ever. Expect a video soon. 

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We’re at a change of command dinner which is usually fancy and formal but is not this time.

It’s a beach theme and for some reason this meant to somebody that each table should come stocked with mustaches.  That was all fine and well until I made the mistake of saying they looked like uni-brows and Rabbit heard me.

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Looks totally natural, right? I bet you’d never guess they were fake, would you.

Seriously though, I can’t take this man anywhere. Not even to an official military function.

Here is another one.

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He is having a serious conversation in the above picture.

This is who I married, people. I know you’re at least a little jealous.

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Winter.

Kait went for a walk in the unusual winter cold we had yesterday and she captured this picture of the sandy beach-side road that is just a block or two from our house.

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We only get to enjoy this place for another 6 weeks before we transfer.  I am not sad about this move at all, but I am going to miss the beauty of this place.  I’m going to miss running on the beach.  I’m going to miss last minute walks so the kids could run in the surf.

I’m not, however, going to miss the amount of sand that is caught up everywhere all over the place in my house.  I never realized how permanently sticky sand could be.

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We turned our heat on for the first time this season on Saturday.  Then we turned the air back on on Sunday. Then Monday evening I switched it from cool to heat because I knew we were supposed to freeze up overnight.

Florida is freaking confused, people.

Yesterday morning I woke up to the sound of cold weather killing the power, which is actually no sound at all. We sleep with a fan on in our room because Rabbit and I both sleep best with a little white noise and the sound of the fan turning off is what brought me out of my slumber. No electricity is fine with me as mornings around here are not usually filled with things that require power.

Except that it was 24 degrees outside and I needed heat and coffee and both of those things require electricity.

I texted Rabbit at work to lament and he suggested I start a fire in the fire pit and make coffee the old fashioned way.  I asked him if he actually meant for me to go outside and told him that wouldn’t be happening because I’ve seen The Day After Tomorrow and I know what can happen.

It all turned out okay in the end because the electricity came back on after an hour or so and the heat kicked on and I was able to enjoy not one, but two cups of hot coffee and they were delicious.  Three hours later we got a recorded call from housing explaining that our power was down and they were working on getting it restored but didn’t know how long it would take.

Good job on the timeliness of that one, Balfour Beatty.

After the boys finished their school work Kait walked them all down to the beach where they found, and I quote, A portal to Antarctica.  They never made it the last twenty yards to the beach because this little area filled with ice was everything they could have ever asked for from a freakishly cold winter-like day in supposed-to-be-warm-all-the-time Florida.

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We don’t keep a lot of winter gear around for obvious reasons.  We have some hoodies and knit gloves and hats but we really aren’t well equipped for that once in a blue moon icy day we get here in Florida. The kids complained about the cold all while choosing to be outside in it at the same time.

Kait got some excellent pictures telling a pretty cool story about how the ice formed on some palms and some grassy plants. Doesn’t the middle one look like an ice berry?  She said that should couldn’t fit her hand around many of those icy growths.

Today it’s warmed up to the low 50’s – still too cold by this southern girl’s standards.  By the weekend we should be back up into the 70’s again and you know I’m happy about that.

Maybe we’ll be able to hit the beach sometime next week.

Yeah.

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This is Florida.

The first day of Winter is in just 11 days and you know what that means…

The celebration of warm, balmy weather.  Probably 70’s.  Possibly 80’s.  It may include a trip to the beach.

This past weekend was fun if you don’t include a 7 week old with a cold. Rabbit somehow got himself a 4 day weekend and it was a perfect weekend for it too because it was in the 80’s most of the time which, even after living in Florida for 5 years, still baffles me and feels like a gift from God every December.

We went from taking walks down to the beach…

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…to picking out a Christmas tree…

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…to taking more walks to the beach…

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 …to putting up Christmas decorations.

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The guy working the Christmas tree tent at Lowe’s was quite sweaty and grumbly about the weather and his job and was working the bah humbug thing.  Some people just don’t understand the glorious-ness of being able to go jacket-less.  Rabbit isn’t too keen on the excellent weather we’ve been having but he didn’t complain while he was at the beach wrestling with the kids and laughing and loving the warm December weather that he hates so much.  He makes no sense.

Nobody here makes sense because 82 degrees in December is pretty much everything I want for Christmas.

Today we have the doors open and the boys are weeding the garden and Lucy is drawing on the sidewalk, and apparently my foyer floor, with chalk.

I guess I’d better go wipe my floor up.

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Rabbit took Matthew surfing yesterday and when they got back Rabbit was telling me about some animal he saw in the water.

This is pretty much how that conversation went.

 

Rabbit: I thought I saw a whale but I think it was a pelican.

Me:

Rabbit: Well, I just saw a tail like thing coming out of the water but it could have been a big bird or something.

Me:

Rabbit (sighing): You know what I mean.

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Me: Yep.  Pretty much identical.

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As many of you are aware, we’re about two blocks from the ocean and most of the year it’s warm enough to spend a lot of time there so we do and quite often that leads to interesting discoveries like pretty shells and beached jelly fish and giant horseshoe crabs.

And sharks.

Kait found this bonnet head shark just lounging around on the the beach catching some rays during one of her beach walks.  Okay, so he wasn’t laying there for the warm sun, he was sort of dead.  And he wasn’t really carrying around a watermelon because that would make no sense because sharks aren’t that skilled at holding stuff. Also, they don’t eat fruit. Especially dead sharks. I just placed it there because that part of the picture was a little bit disgusting and I wasn’t sure if you would care to see a little shark gore or if you would be completely grossed out by the sight. I erred on the side of caution.  You’re welcome.  Or I’m sorry.  Whichever fits best for you.

We also found one of these:

Unlike the shark, we brought this adorable creature home.

He’s really cute.

 

 

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