Saturday, August 16, 2014

Road Trip: Part 2

Waaaaay back in June David and I (along with a couple of friends) drove to Florida for a friend's wedding.  I blogged part one over a month ago!  I have been putting it off because there are so many pictures and I didn't want to go through them all, but I finally had some extra time and wanted to get it done. I love looking back at previous blog posts, so I wanted to document this trip since we had so much fun.  It was mid-June, but feels like so long ago!

After we left Savannah, we headed south.  Our destination was Jensen Beach, Florida.  We were staying at a place called River Palm Cottages and Fish Camp.  After about 8 hours in the truck, we made it down.  What a cute place!
















They had the cutest little cottages, all painted in bright Florida colors. 















Ours was pink! 















The inside was pretty cute, too. Lots of different colors, which I loved.  The living room even had a fishing rod holder on the wall.  It is a fish camp, after all!















There was a teensy little dining area, and a small kitchen with a microwave, stove, and fridge. What else do you need?















This was our bedroom.  It had a bathroom to the left. I didn't get a picture of the second bed/bath.  We originally had a 2 bed/1 bath cabin, but got upgraded to this one since they needed certain cabins rented for the wedding. It was very nice that each couple had our own bed/bath.















Like I said in the Savannah post, I loved seeing all of the different vegetation!  Plants are so cool in Florida!!  There were palms of every size and type.















And there were fruit trees!! Can you guess what this tree is below?















A mango!  There were several mango trees around the camp.















Not sure what this is, but it had pretty purple flowers on it.















This is a sea grape.  I kept seeing these all over, and finally I asked someone what they were.  I love them, and wish we had them around here.















Close up.  I just love the leaves!















Little anole lizards were everywhere!  They scurried all around. 















The camp was right on the Indian River Lagoon. The view was amazing.  The beach was very tranquil. 















If you look in the background below, you can see one of the bridges that goes over to the barrier island, where historic Rt. A1A runs along the coast. 















The view of the dock, one quiet morning. 















This is the view looking back at the fish camp. There's a cute little cabana, and the wedding tent next to it.  You can see where the chairs were set up on the beach for the wedding ceremony. 





























































This is a Dragon Fruit.  Weirdest fruit ever!  The lady in the office said people sneak onto the property and steal them.















Grapefruit!















Limes!















Bananas!















Not sure what this is, but the leaves are sweet.















Ok, that's enough for part 2.  More to come later!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Kylee's Fair Dress

Kylee finished up her dress today.  She's going to enter it in the fair, and although I'm biased, I think it deserves a ribbon! 
















I asked her to model it so I could get some pictures, and she got shy. 






















Then she stood in front of the tree for pictures, and when I asked her to pose, she did this:






















Isn't it the cutest dress?






















And isn't she the cutest girl?

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Kylee is 9
















This sweet girl turned 9 recently.  Today we had her party, which included a cupcake bar with several types of cupcakes, frostings, and toppings. It was fun!  I can't believe she is 9 already...she sure is growing up to be a beautiful, happy, sweet girl. 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

My Tam

I just finished knitting up a tam....one of the Three Tams pattern. I knit Tam C, because I liked that pattern the best.  It was a fairly easy knit, once I got reacquainted with holding 2 strands of yarn.  The main color of my hat (the blue) is Cestari Traditional Collection wool yarn, and the contrasting color is Noro Kureyon. 

I ended up tinking (taking stitches out...tink spells "knit" backwards) back and re-knitting the same several rows several times, which got to be a chore.  Turns out, the pattern did not say to move the marker before each decrease row, but luckily many people left notes on the Ravelry page explaining the issue. 

I love how it turned out, and I think I'll enter it in our county fair coming up in August!


















Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Friday, July 18, 2014

New Babies
















Our first chicks of the year hatched out on Wednesday the 16th.  Momma hen had 10 eggs, and 6 chicks hatched.  Usually we have several hens go broody each spring, but this girl has been the only one to go broody this year. It's a nice change from having a broody hen in all of the nest boxes and having to fight them for eggs.  I wonder what my chances are that all 6 babies are pullets?  Probably slim to none...

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Here are some random things that have been going on around here.  I need to blog about the rest of our Florida trip, but I'm procrastinating.  :-)

We've had some strong storms lately, and there have been some very neat looking clouds.


































The kids got a color stick for campfires, and we tried it out one evening.  You put the stick in the fire and the flames change colors.  I couldn't get a great picture, but you can see the blue flame in the center of the picture, near the top. 















I cast on the Three Tams pattern and have been making fairly good progress on it.  Using 2 yarns slows my knitting down a bit, but I've been able to knit several rows each night. 






























Kylee is going to sew a dress to enter in our county fair, so we started working on it the other day.  I helped out with cutting out the pattern pieces.















I'll post pics of the progress on the dress.  I love the fabric, she did a great job picking it out!

I painted her nails to look like strawberries.  I used red nail polish, and the green and black are just acrylic paint.  I covered everything with a coat of clear so it'd hopefully stay around longer.















I'll end with a picture of Elmer, taken by David.

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