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Happy 6th Birthday, Raynes

The never ending birthday celebration is effectively in full force although it will be commencing this evening.

Trips, gifts, count downs, fairy God mother visits, Vivifit dreams realized, alone time with parents, cakes chosen, and so much more. What else could a 6 year old possibly need out of life?

 

Happy 6th birthday, Raynes!

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Happy 6th Birthday, Raynes via grateful simplicity

 

 

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June Happenings

June Happenings

Not much has happened with the exception of rain, rain and then more rain. We’ve been spending the better half of this month at some part of The Coast it seems– much to our charred skin’s disappointment. The first stop was 30A where we spent a week at Watercolor with my family– and my family. Also known as mass chaos sprinkled with board games, Deep Eddy and many bags of potato chips and popsicles.

June Happenings via grateful simplicity

June Happenings via grateful simplicity

June Happenings via grateful simplicity

Sassy found a new Intern.

Sassy found a new Intern.

 

June Happenings via grateful simplicity

 

June Happenings via grateful simplicity

 

June Happenings via grateful simplicity

 

June Happenings via grateful simplicity

photo: Britton

photo: Britton

 

June Happenings via grateful simplicity

 

June Happenings via grateful simplicity

photo: Britton

 

June Happenings via grateful simplicity

 

June Happenings via grateful simplicity

 

Memorable Memorial Weekend

Memorable Memorial Weekend

Memorial Day weekend marked the first official weekend of summer 2017 so we packed up, I mean really packed up, Big Bertha (my Yukon) and headed southwest to The Coast. Paper towels, sheets, food, movies, books, swim suits, hats, lawn mowers, yard clippers, and sunscreen. Four days, three nights of boating, fishing, beach bumming and St. Teresa-ing. That’s the best way to jump start summer. Now, what to do with the next 2.5 months?

Memorable Memorial Weekend via grateful simplicity

Memorable Memorial Weekend via grateful simplicity

Memorable Memorial Weekend via grateful simplicity

A serious game of Bimini ring toss...

A serious game of Bimini ring toss…

Memorable Memorial Weekend via grateful simplicity

Memorable Memorial Weekend via grateful simplicity

Memorable Memorial Weekend via grateful simplicity

#STB4 g (St. Teresa Beach 4 generations — The Cottage)

Memorable Memorial Weekend via grateful simplicity

Memorable Memorial Weekend via grateful simplicity

The lawn mower man

 

Memorable Memorial Weekend via grateful simplicity

Memorable Memorial Weekend via grateful simplicity

 

Memorable Memorial Weekend via grateful simplicity

Memorable Memorial Weekend via grateful simplicity

Memorable Memorial Weekend via grateful simplicity

 

Snapper for Supper

Snapper for Supper

The weather report called for 1-2′ seas making the opening day of snapper season optimal for taking the kids out on the boat. But, as weather is unpredictable, the winds picked up in the afternoon and it turned out to be 4′ seas with our family of five offshore ten miles. Thankfully, if we have done nothing else, we have raised our crew with sea legs and they surprisingly did not complain much. We caught our limit within an hour thanks to Captain Robinson. The Rock Bass decided they were hungry as well so we kept a few of them too.  With the assistance of Net Boy, of course.

Snapper for Supper via grateful simplicity

Snapper for Supper via grateful simplicity

 

Snapper for Supper via grateful simplicity

Snapper for Supper via grateful simplicity

Snapper for Supper via grateful simplicity

 

Snapper for Supper via grateful simplicity

Little Friends

Never underestimate the importance of friends. Especially the little friends.   There will come a time in the not-to-distant future when our teen and tween daughters will put up some resistance when we tell that we’re spending a week at the beach with ‘just us’ (meaning just our family). Until then we can thwart off the struggle and appreciate it when some of their little friends are at the same beach as well. Even if it is a spring break that felt more like a winter break.

 

Little Friends via grateful simplicity

Flashback to SB 2017

Flashback to SB 2017

Little Friends via grateful simplicity

Watercolor Park

Little Friends via grateful simplicity

Alys Beach– and all they see is a green football field.

Little Friends via grateful simplicity

Colgan

Little Friends via grateful simplicity

Sweet little Katie Tyler

Little Friends via grateful simplicity

Rosemary Beach playground– I think we hit them all (playgrounds that is) this go round

Little Friends via grateful simplicity Little Friends via grateful simplicity