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Saturday, November 17, 2012

Babcock Wilderness Adventure

On Saturday me and my family went on a Safari if you will at the Babcock Wilderness Adventure.  We went on a 90 minute long Eco tour with a seasoned guide and got to enjoy a lot of the crazy wildlife Florida has to offer.  I had found a Groupon for the tickets, which meant they were only $40 for the 4 of us (5 really but my 2 year old was free).  We wen in an old school bus that had been painted in camouflage colors, and the windows had been taken out for some great viewing opportunities.
This was a fun family outing and it would also be a great place to go when you have visitors from out of state.

You have to reserve a spot and there are no tours on Sundays or Mondays.

Here are some pictures from the tour:

Friday, November 9, 2012


Is that it be...a TODDLER with a snack???

Ooooo whatcha got whatcha got whatcha got??? 

Ahh chocolate chip cookies?  Me likey!!!  DROP IT!!  DROP IT!!!


Monday, November 5, 2012

Fall in Florida...

I love how the weather is cooling down, in the mornings it gets quite crisp these days.  It still gets warm in the middle of the day but at least it's a break from the extreme humidity!!
I had almost forgotten how beautiful the leaves get in the fall...

Wednesday, October 31, 2012


Yesterday I let my dog off the leash (I know I know it was against better judgement) so she could have some fun and get some energy out of her system.  Little did I know exactly how much fun she was going to have...
When we came around the corner from our neighbor's house there were about 50-60 ibis sitting on the are some pictures...

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Swimming with manatees in Crystal River!

A couple of weeks ago my husband and I took our kids on a weekend trip to Crystal River, Florida.  Crystal River is located about 3.5 hours north of Fort Myers and about 1.5 hours from Orlando.  It was kind of a last minute idea because our other plans fell through, so needless to say we were pretty unprepared for the weekend ahead.  No need to worry though, once you're there you can pretty much figure everything out. We arrived on a Friday night and on Saturday we spent the day exploring the Homosassa state park, which in all honesty is pretty much a zoo if you ask me, or a "wild life refuge" as they call it.  I'm not a big fan of zoos (read: hate them) so that was a bit of wasted time right there.  But then on Sunday we went on a boat tour to swim with manatees.  We didn't need to book far in advance, we just called up the place and made reservations.  We went with Manatee Tour and Dive and they were very competent and friendly and we truly had a great time.  Unfortunately October is not the best time to go (which we didn't know before hand) because the manatees are still out swimming in the Gulf of Mexico, it's not until farther into the winter that they retreat into the springs of Crystal river, where the water is a constant 72 degrees (22 C).  We still got to swim with a few manatees and we also got to explore the Three Sister's Spring, which was an amazing experience.
Our kids are 9, 7 and 2 and my daughters had a great time and really enjoyed snorkeling.  My 2 year old kind of just tagged along but he was pretty happy too :).

We definitely want to go back again.  We much prefer these kinds of outings to standing in line at Disney world...

Here are some pictures from the trip.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Photography class

I love photography and I love learning new things but I'm not a big fan of sitting still in a classroom listening to someone drone on and on.  At least with a photography class I can mess around with the camera and it will look like I'm studying :)
Here are a few classroom snapshots from last night.