Friday, April 17, 2015

Spring Break '15: Part 2

Since Austin got the chance to go on the big deep sea fishing excursion that I talked about here, Troy got the choice of something fun he would like to do. 

Mini-golfing he chose! And ice-cream at "Coneheads" afterwards. There were 2 super cute mini golf places close by but we chose this one with the pirate ship. It was 18 holes and all were very unique. I didn't play but the 4 boys did. 

He mainly just wanted to hit that golf ball as hard and far as he could :). 

Having a great time!

This boy also was crazy for the sand and water at the beach. 

Running free like he loves to do.

We decided to spend a day walking downtown. Austin and Boppa had a good time reading the signs. At this exact Church, Martin Luther King spoke.

And he stayed overnight in this house.

Austin enjoys learning about all that special history stuff. And he really is inspired by the amazing things that Martin Luther King has done for our country.

"Martin Luther King Slept Here"

There was a really cool Pirate Museum and of course, this little guy wanted in. He got the chance to meet this pirate. Who even gave the kiddos a special golden coin. Troy was pretty astonished!

These kids loved this serious pirate. 

With my sweet Mom!

No flash photography in the museum for fear of ruining the old artifacts. But I still got some decent pics. 

Troy was digging all those big swords.

Steering the big wheel. 

More reading for this big 1st grader.

Arggghhhh! Trying our best pirate face.

The hubby and I.

My Dad loves history and he will read every single thing there is to read. He is a history lover and I love that quality of his. 

After that exhibit, we walked. And started listening to some awesome music and hung with this decked out dog. Apparently the dog use to do tricks in his younger days but now just sits and people watches. Still super adorable.

The kids didn't want to leave.

This free magic show was really neat! The guy with the pink sleeves said "No photography during my magic show because I don't want to give any tricks away and mostly because my Mom thinks I'm a lawyer!" 

Haha! So funny!! And the show was honestly really mind boggling! Stuff was flying and his wallet was in flames. Cool stuff!

After all that walking and sight seeing it was beach time. This lil boy was so excited!!

With his slingshot ready :).

Me and my boys!

And with my Dad.

He told me "Look, Mom, I'm a lizard." He was not at all scared of the chilly water. He had the best time in it.

And Daddy was going to put this big boy right into the water. 

But he didn't. Just a little tease :)

Austin took these photos for me. I love that he can do that now. There were many outtakes but we still got some cute ones. 

Loved the time with the wonderful man on vacation.

Jamie :)

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Spring Break '15: Part 1

We returned from a fun family vacation about 2 weeks ago. Having my wonderful husband off from work and to spend a whole week with us was priceless! He is loved more than he will ever know :). The kids were so excited for this trip and for the chance to spend it with even more family at our destination. I love to remember our special family times and I find when I blog about them with pictures it is the easiest to do. So here we go...

This photo below was taken at the airport while we were greatly anticipating our flight from MN. And thank goodness for the wonderful playground that was close to our gate. That was amazing! 
The kiddos loved playing there and even met some lil friends. 

Happy to reunite with my sweet Dad.

Love him so much!!

So, shortly after we arrived to Florida Austin started getting fevers and was coughing some. Poor boy. He was feeling better and really wanted to go fishing. 

I asked him if he was feeling better while he was fishing and his reply??

 "I've got a fishin pole in my hand so I'm feeling great!"
 That boy and his love for fishing. He is so cute!!

And what a HUGE pole, huh?!

And this little sweetie got to hang out with some friends that we had met last time we were in Florida. 

Here we are on our way to the big boat. Seeing the huge assortment of boats was so cool at the dock.

And these birds were pretty awesome.

3 of my favorite men!

Boating was so much fun! The pretty lady on the right is my Mom and the pretty lady on the left is my Auntie Karen. How beautiful are they!

Here we are with the captain of the boat: My Uncle. He is an amazing host and captain! :) 

Austin got to drive. And he did a remarkably well job, even though I was a little bit worried.

One happy guy.

Nice selfie, hunny! I'm making a point to get more pictures of the 2 of us. Because if you are like me, I have tons of the kiddos and not many of just the 2 of us. It's a work in progress ;).

Troy is one of the cuties who loved driving that little 4 wheeler around. 

Teaching Troy how to fish. He really does like fishing but he is a little more interested in exploring and such. We met a super nice guy with his wife and son while fishing. After sharing some about our lives we find out he is a Baptist Pastor and his son is adopted. Him and his son will be coming to MN this summer to do some fishing. And his son was 10 yrs old I think and he caught a big crab. He showed us how he takes the pinchers off and turns it into bait. Such a brave boy! A & T were so amazed.

Out to eat at my Dad's favorite restaurant "The Oasis." And it was really good! Good music and delicious food! 

2 happy boys below!

Such a stunning view that was! 
We were on our way to our deep fishing destination. We went through the "Sea Love Charters" in St. Augustine and they were exceptional! 

Honestly, if you want to go deep sea fishing check them out HERE. It was one of the coolest experiences we have ever done.

Out we go! 
It was on "April Fool's Day" and Austin and I had some amazing plans! However, since this was the day we decided to go fishing (had to be at the boat at 7:15 am) and for some other reasons we didn't do them. Let's just say that next year will be epic ;).
But it sure was fun talking about our plans on the airplane. He loves to joke!!

This was at the center of the boat. And with all the excitement of going I didn't even get a photo of the outside of the boat. This guy was cutting up squid to use as bait at this time. Which was pretty slimy and gross. But after the joy of catching fish and getting a bite on your hook sets could care less. I started wiping my hands on my coat. Austin was a true fisherman putting his own bait on his hook!

And of all the people we could sit by and meet, we met neighbors to where we were staying. And such nice people, too!

Once we got to our destination which was 17 miles from shore everyone quickly put their lines in the water. 

Someone at the back of the boat caught this shark. It was pretty cool to go and see. Austin was shocked! He actually told some family members and friends at school that he caught a shark. Silly boy!

This was a pin fish which were a very common fish to catch during this trip. And their fins are so sharp a glove needs to be used to take them off the hook. Apparently they are called "pin fish" because of their pin-sharp fins. And a really amazing thing with this trip was that the awesome workers on the boat took off all the fish for us. And also they help if lines get tangled. 

My first fish I caught!

We had a pretty full boat of people. So this is how close our poles were in the water. We didn't get tangled that much considering the close proximity. It was so much fun!

That is one happy camo boy!

Reeling in his very first fish of the trip. Daddy was so sweet in letting him reel in all his fish he caught. But, Austin was hoping for his own fish on his own line to reel in. And he got it! 

Here he is with his big fish. 

And meet "Captain Gary Z." 
One of the most interesting people I've ever met with such enthusiasm when he speaks. He was such a blast!! He had a cool accent and told us about his huge passion for always wanting to be a Captain. Ever since he was little he told us that his Mom knew he'd be a captain. And he is an amazing one at that! He was constantly asking if we needed any help and making sure all were well taken care of. He said he gets to do what he loves every single day. And I believe him!

That's my boy, Austin!! So proud of him. Seeing such a love for fishing in this boy is super cool! He instantly brightens up when fishing. 

The 3 of us :).

The nice man who was actually the one who caught all those fish let Austin take a photo with all his catches. He said "You can tell your friends you caught all of 'em." Austin looks very proud. 

There's that shark, again. What an experience!

And here are the fish we all caught. I think a total of 5 or 6. 

So happy!

We had such a fun time together in Florida! 

 And what beautiful weather we've been having at home now. So much to be grateful for.

Jamie :)