Posted by: bree1972 | January 31, 2013

A Quick Florida Trip 1/31/2013

I so envy Matt’s (our bonus son) parents, Carolyn and Jack.  They live in the same town in Florida as our two grandchildren; therefore, they get to go to each and every ballgame, dance recital, and school program in which Jordan and Matthew participate.  How fun is that!

Ted and I both are so very happy to have them so much closer to us than they were in Arkansas!  So when Matthew let us know that he was playing basketball (what might be his last game this season) this past Monday night, we started packing.  We also wanted to get our first look at the house Julie and Matt are in the process of buying!

Off to Miss Marsha’s went Maddie and Bear (they will be very excited when the move is made and the “no dogs” policy of the rental house is no longer an issue)!  We took a leisurely Sunday drive down to Ormond Beach, stopping at the outlet malls in St. Augustine.  Ted wanted some new shoes, and I wanted to check out Chico’s (would you believe I bought a hot pink pair of ankle-length jeans for the summer)!  I mean, you can see me coming a mile away!

Julie and Matt have bought an "Old Florida" home on a great street between the Intercoastal Waterway and the ocean.  It was built in the 60's and has not been updated - but they are going to have such a great time "making it theirs".  This old live oak tree is in the back yard.  Matthew is going to do a lot of daydreaming in that tree in the years ahead.

Julie and Matt have bought an “Old Florida” home on a great street between the Inter-coastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean. It was built in the 60’s and has not been updated, so they are going to have such a great time “making it theirs”. This old Live oak tree is in the back yard, and Matthew is going to do a lot of daydreaming up there in the years ahead.

On Monday, after Julie and Matt went off to work, and Jordan and Matthew went off to school, Ted and I went exploring.

On Monday – after Julie and Matt went off to work, and Jordan and Matthew went off to school – Ted and I went exploring.

When Ted came down without me (I was sick) for Jordan's dance recital just before Christmas, he had seen this little house while he was riding around with Julie.  It was out first stop - a cute little 2-bedroom, 2-bath, full-updated house.  The ocean at the end of the short street.  Our grandkids about four miles away.  Hmm . . .

When Ted came down without me (I was sick) just before Christmas for Jordan’s dance recital, he saw the little house on the left while he was riding around with Julie. It was our first stop after a nice breakfast at Peach Valley Restaurant, a locals’ favorite.  A cute 2-bedroom, 2-bath, fully-updated house. The ocean at the end of the short street. Our grandkids about four miles away. Hmm . . .

We'd ridden by this little park several times but had never stopped.  So today we did!

We’d ridden by Tomoka State Park several times but had never taken the time to stop. On Monday we did!  Tomoka comes from the Timucua, a group of Native Americans who lived in northeast Florida centuries ago. 

I'm having a great time experimenting with my new camera, and these brightly colored canoes caught my eye.

I’m having a great time experimenting with my new camera, and these brightly colored canoes caught my eye as a possible good shot.

Even if we'd been so inclines, swimming was not an option!

The Tomoka River and the Halifax River (the Intracoastal Waterway) meet at the north end of the park, forming a natural peninsula.  During the summer, manatees take refuge with their young in the Tomoka River, and Bottlenose dolphins occasionally surface.  Even if we’d been so inclined, swimming was not an option since the American alligator is a familiar resident in these waters.

Beautiful Live oak trees, dripping with Spanish Moss, are everywhere.

Beautiful Live oak trees, dripping with Spanish Moss, are everywhere, including around this monument to Chief Tomokie.

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The temps on Monday were in the high 70’s, and this shaded bit of sand felt cool beneath my bare feet.

We crossed the bridge across the Intracoastal and wandered the beach for a while.  Have you ever known any photographer who could resist seagulls in the sand . . . .

We crossed the bridge across the Intracoastal and wandered the beach for a while. Have you ever known any photographer who could resist seagulls in the sand . . . .

. . . or on the wing.

. . . or on the wing.

We didn't walk far, but we were there long enough to remember how much we love the beach . . .

We didn’t walk far, but we were there long enough to remember how much we love the beach . . .

. . . and how beautiful the clouds can be - even on an otherwise clear day.

. . . and how beautiful the clouds can be – even on an otherwise clear day.

Crossing back over the Intracoastal.

Crossing back over the Intracoastal.

We picked Matthew and Jordan up from school, took Jordan to dance, went back to the house and waited on Julie & Matt . . . .

We picked Matthew and Jordan up from school, took Jordan to dance, went back to the house and waited on Julie & Matt . . . .

. . . then hurried to Matthew's ballgame.

. . . then hurried to Matthew’s ballgame.

Matthew is the youngest, the smallest . . .

Matthew is the youngest, the shortest . . .

. . . . and the most focused player on the team.

. . . . and the most focused player on the team.

He also has the most hair!

He also has the most hair!

Matthew's team didn't win, but the happy parents and grandparentssure had fun watching and cheering them on!

Matthew’s team didn’t win, but the happy parents and grandparents sure had fun watching and cheering them on!

On the way home on Tuesday morning, Ted and I laughed about our trip.  We felt as though we were on vacation on Monday, with new places to see and time to just ride around and explore.  I know, I know – we’re always on vacation, but sometimes it just feels more like it than others!

Have a wonderful weekend, and here’s hoping your team wins the Superbowl!

God bless.

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Responses

  1. Hmmm, do I get the feeling that maybe, just maybe relocating to Florida might not be such a bad idea?
    Glad you had a great time, but then anytime with the grandkids is ALWAYS a GOOD time! 🙂

  2. Enjoy! Enjoy! ENjoy!
    Now that’s retirement:0)
    Grandkids are the sweetest cherries on top…
    .I ‘ll bet coming home to all it’s new fresh beauty was a pleasure too. It’s comfortable and homey, I only need to look up as our living room is the same lovely color!

    Enjoy your weekend!

    Live ~ Laugh ~Love
    Theresa

  3. Brenda,

    It sure is good to see kids and grandkids, isn’t it. Some people don’t like Florida because they say there are too many people. I’m not one of those who don’t like it. I love Florida. I also love the live oaks, no matter what state they’re in. One of our sons is planning to move to Florida within this year, which is nice because then we’ll have a place to stay, but I have no desire to be there in the summer.

  4. Glad you had fun.
    I’m sure you will love the new jeans next summer! I have been obsessed with colored denim and have bought at least six pair at Kohls this winter.


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