Beach Week Recap

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Well, everyone in the neighborhood started school today, and our street felt a little lonely when we went out for a walk this morning.  We’ll be starting up next week, and we are trying to hang onto the last vestiges of summer here.  Here is my final set of pictures from lovely Florida…

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The first day everyone was rearing to go and spent the whole day at the beach learning to ride the waves.

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And everyone got pretty well baked.

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So we decided to limit our beach time to morning

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and evening

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and find some other interesting activities for the afternoons.

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Random “gator beach” at a local restaurant.

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Replica of world’s largest alligator ever found, captured in Louisiana.

One day Ben and Marie asked if they could just stay home and play in the closet in their room, because “we always go to the beach.”

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Here’s what came of that day.

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Our beach house, complete with a television in every room.  Just don’t go in the attic!

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Yes, the Perfect Health Diet implementation took a hit this trip.  Those are the Golden Arches.

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The red line is the sand.  That’s the artist himself on the boogie board, steering clear of the drop-off after the continental shelf.

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Marie’s dream of an all-girls birthday party at the beach house, with everyone jumping into the hot tub.

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I’m afraid having a TV in their bedroom might have been one of their favorite parts of the trip, even better than the dolphin boat tour, which was pretty amazing.

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If only WordPress would not charge me money (what is that about?  Doesn’t Blogger allow videos on blogs for free?) to post it, I’d show you a great video of the dolphins swimming alongside our boat.

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But even that was not as amazing as getting 6 out of 7 people actually smiling in this picture!!!

On the last day, we toured the U.S. Air Force Armament Museum and saw the fastest airplane in the world.

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The boys were all complaining about the heat too much to pose for this picture, but Marie was a good sport as usual.

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And, it was fun to see a real B-52, which my dad flew as a navigator in the 1950s.

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That’s all, folks.  My mom generously took the older boys to her house last week for an awesome end of summer trip, so I really did get unpacked and recovered from all that vacationing.  This week I am totally rearranging the house to make space for two new kindergarteners starting in our homeschool. 🙂  I essentially have a small class of primary students this year, and the dining room table is not going to cut it anymore .  I need a real schoolroom for them, and William needs a separate space where he can read and write in peace and quiet.  I’m excited about the new set up and will post pictures of it when it’s all cleaned up.

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