Monday, June 15, 2015

Yo-ho, Yo-ho...This Boy is Four

This boy is 1/2Italian, 1/4Spanish, 1/4Irish....
it's no wonder that he makes faces like this
sometimes in real life!  He has an international gene tornado within!  It's a good thing he has some easy going Irish thrown into the mix (ha-ha..i can say this, it's my blog!)  to temper the other two hot-blooded nationalities.   Oops....wait a minute on that thought...I just googled "temperament of the Irish"... so maybe throw out that "easy going" characteristic.
“The so-called Irish temperament is a mixture of flaming ego, hot temper, stubbornness" 
 Oh...wait another goes on to say... 
"great personal charm and warmth, and a wit that shines through adversity.
An irrepressible buoyancy, a vivacious spirit, a kindliness
 and tolerance for the common frailties of man"
So maybe we can use that "easy going" adjective.
We'll hone in on these traits!
This young, geography-lesson-lineage boy is now FOUR
and the only down side to this fact is he now needs a ticket for the Victory boat ride.
Otherwise, his excitement over this milestone is contagious...
A raucous pirate celebration was held
with a scavenger hunt,
walking the plank, finding treasure,
and the well-known pirate tradition of the photo booth...
which was a requirement to get the official "pirate certification"!

The pirate apprentices receiving their eyepatch and pirate bandanas...

welcome to the world of 4 year olds!
All of your pirate cohorts
wish that all the planks you walk in life will be straight and lead to shallow, peaceful waters,
and that you find the treasure that matters
every day of your life.

"I will give you hidden treasures,
 riches stored in secret places,
 so that you may know that I am the LORD,
 the God of Israel, who summons you by name."
Isaiah 45:3






Thursday, June 4, 2015

The VICTORY Was...well....a Victory

"Mimi and Nana's Adventure Tours"

With four little ones in tow,
all under the age of four,
we knew
would be a big hit.
And it was!
This is a great hour-plus scenic ride starting at the city marina,
traveling up the Matanzas River, around the St. Augustine Inlet,
and then down Salt Run.
It goes under the Bridge of Lions,
and from almost every turn, you can glimpse
our beloved lighthouse, which seemed to be the kids' favorite.
Throughout the ride,
 one of them would excitedly shout out "I see the lighthouse!"

                                                                                                                                                                                      (Picture credit-Sherry)
and all heads would turn.
During the ride, you see a beautiful view of the historic district skyline,
 and I can't forget to mention that we
coast pass Sherry's Vilano.

Did I mention that St. John's County residents are half price
and kids under four are free!
                                          going under the Bridge of Lions
                                          Spotting the fort...
                                          "A pirate ship!"

It was an adventure I'm sure we will recreate!

Post boat ride,
thank you "Monkey Ball"
for being so entertaining while we waited for our food...
no money!

And this reminds me why I could NEVER EVER
be a professional child photographer...

even with an assistant...

 What a wonderful time that was had by all
and, as a bonus,
 home in time for naps!







Monday, June 1, 2015

When the Ocean Calls

When the ocean calls,

you answer.


getting sand between your toes
is so worth it!