Our last Florida weekend was one! It was scorching, sunny and stuffed with household time.

Friday: Amelia Island River Cruise

On Friday morning, my dad and mom, sister and our children made the hour-drive to Amelia Island for a river cruise. My mother floated the concept by our gang earlier within the week and once I learn concerning the Shrimping Eco Tour possibility — one which concerned deploying a trawl internet and mentioning ocean creatures to catch and launch — I knew our boys can be all about it.

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The tour left at 10:30 a.m. and the primary half of the tour concerned studying about a number of the native historical past as we cruised alongside and loved the ocean breeze. Chase, in true Creature Man trend, noticed a jellyfish from the bow of the boat inside the first half-hour. The on-board marine biologist then used a big internet to scoop it up and dropped it right into a small aquarium for everybody aboard to watch and contact.

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The jellyfish was a cannonball jellyfish and didn’t have any tentacles so it was secure to carry and contact which was actually cool and undoubtedly added to the thrill for all the youngsters aboard.

When it was time to deploy the trawl internet, the thrill stage kicked up additional as all of us started predicting what sort of marine creatures we would see quarter-hour later after we reeled the online again in. A huge horseshoe crab blew all of our minds (it was so enjoyable to look at it crawl off the ship and drop again into the salt marshes) and the online was additionally stuffed with numerous sorts of fish, crabs and squid we then noticed within the on-board tanks.

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The children acquired actually into releasing the creatures again into the water as we made our approach right into a cove the place we noticed a pod of dolphins and lovable child dolphins searching fish and swimming round. As we thanked the captain and crew, all of us agreed the river tour was a extremely cool expertise and it’s one I’d extremely suggest to anybody vising the Amelia Island space, particularly these with children who love animals!

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(Sandals: Farm Rio x adidas / Seashore Bag: Amazon / Skirt: J.Crew — for a protracted skirt this one was by no means scorching because of the gauzey materials! / High: Goal however outdated) 

As soon as we made it house after the river cruise, we relaxed with a little bit downtime at my dad and mom’ place. By the point Ryan was performed with work, we have been prepared for outdoor enjoyable once more and spent the remainder of our Friday on the seashore and on the pool.

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Our children have been actually into boogie boarding and driving the waves throughout our go to and had a blast within the surf!

Saturday: Celebrating Ryder

Our Saturday principally centered round our center man! Ryder is popping 6 on June 18 and after we requested what he wished to do to have fun his birthday earlier this month, he mentioned he wished to have an animal-themed occasion with our household. He appeared thrilled by the concept of celebrating early in Florida and requested a yard occasion at Aunt Leslie’s home in order that’s precisely what we did on Saturday!

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I discovered an superior 10-foot blow up pool at ALDI earlier within the week that labored nicely for water play and Ross blew up their household’s bounce home which morphed right into a water bounce home of kinds for all the youngsters. They’d the most effective time splashing round (Leslie’s neighbors came visiting to affix within the enjoyable, too, as our boys love their children), and we deliberate some enjoyable video games for the youngsters as nicely.

In case you’re on the lookout for some straightforward occasion video games to combine right into a low-key child’s celebration someday quickly, listed here are a couple of of the video games we deliberate for the youngsters that have been particularly massive hits:

  • Animal Safari: We hid a bunch of stuffed animals we already had across the yard for the youngsters to work collectively to attempt to discover to win a prize.
  • Monitor that Animal: We had 3 solo cups lined up and the youngsters watched as we hid a small animal figurine beneath one of many cups. We then blended up the cups as they tried to trace the cup with the animal beneath it to search out it when the cups stopped shifting. In the event that they discovered the animal, they gained a prize. (Spoiler alert: They at all times discovered the animal.)
  • Pin the Tail on the Reindeer: Ryder remains to be reindeer-obsessed (keep in mind the Halloween when he dressed up as Rudolph?) and this recreation had children and adults cracking up as we spun round blindfolded and tried to pin the tail on the reindeer Christmas poster. (How we’ve by no means performed pin the tail on the donkey at a child occasion up till this level with 3 children within the combine, I’ll by no means know, however there’s clearly a cause this recreation is a traditional as a result of it was a blast!)
  • Pinata: This isn’t actually a recreation, I suppose, however pinatas are at all times a celebration hit and this one was no totally different!

Our prizes for the video games have been successful as nicely and included surprise-inside tub bombs, sensory squeeze balls and mini portray crafts and pool diving toys we discovered at 5 Under.

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Ryder had been eyeing a strawberry ice cream cake at Publix ever since I requested an ice cream cake for my birthday again in April, so his cake was a simple one for us to pick out on Saturday! He wished to assist embellish it with little deer and forest collectible figurines and I like the way in which his cake felt a lot like him!

The children ended up enjoying in Leslie and Ross’ yard for hours so we didn’t have as a lot time a we thought we might for the seashore within the afternoon however we nonetheless made a little bit seashore and pool time occur earlier than much-needed showers, pajama time and film night time!

Sunday: Fishing and Seashore Time

Sunday started in a approach that felt like a deal with for me and Ryan. My dad and mom supplied to look at the boys whereas Ryan and I acquired in a fast exercise after which went out for a protracted stroll on the seashore. It was such an exquisite strategy to kick off our day!

By the point we made it again, my dad had a cooler packed and was able to take the massive children on a fishing journey at his good friend Grady’s home. Ryan, Chase, Ryder and my dad headed off to fish for a couple of hours and I stayed again with Rhett and my mother.

Rhett was thriving with some undivided consideration from mother and Mae and had a grand outdated time taking a daytime tub, occurring a stroll to get a cake pop, iced tea and a pup cup for Pepper, making a peach pie with Mae, swimming within the pool with mother and selecting out a brand new distant management boat at 5 Under to interchange the one which lasted all of three hours on Saturday after he by chance dunked the distant management beneath the water on the pool. (Oh the horror that ensued when that occurred…)

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When the massive children arrived house, they have been all jazzed about their massive day of fishing with the fellows and excitedly instructed us about all the things they caught and the boat experience they did with Mr. Grady.

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We then spent the remainder of our Sunday flip-flopping between the seashore and the pool earlier than my sister and her household came visiting to my dad and mom’ place for dinner, home made peach pie and ice cream.

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As for the week forward, Ryan is off to New York for work at present and I’m staying in Florida for an additional couple of days earlier than making my approach again to North Carolina with our dude crew and Pepper. I hope to pop again in with one other weblog put up or two later this week however till then, I’m off to take in our last few days of Florida household time! Take pleasure in your week, my associates, and thanks for stopping by the weblog at present!