Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Life in Paradise

What do we do in Florida? How do we spend out time? Well, here is a long post to show just what we spend our time doing. Sometimes we have exciting events to go to and do, other times we just go day to day doing tasks (which can be fun in its own way, like planting fruit trees).

Our Valencia Orange tree, and Mango is pictured in the background as well.

Teddy, enjoying the scene from our bench as the children play all around him.

Just what can you do with a Florida Room? We have made it into an extra play room. The children love playing out there. We also have story-time in the evening by the Christmas lights occasionally.

The school sent home information about "Saturday Night Lights" at the Equestrian Park because they were having a booth of a silent auction. They also gave everyone a free parking pass. We decided we would attend just to see what this was all about. Wow, was it fun! Everything was free and the children were able to feel like they were at a fair!

We were able to watch horse jumping.

David loved this rock wall!
Rebecca loved just hanging from the rope, and I think David like dropping the most as well.

They had two ponies giving rides to all the children. I think our children rode at least three times each!

They walked the horses around this large courtyard.

The smiles say it all!

This was not the first ride for Benjamin, and may I say his first reaction was the best! After he got off the horse the first time he was giggling with excitement that HE rode a horse all by himself!

There was even a reptile booth where the children could hold a Bearded Dragon.

It loved Rebecca the most, and even looked like it was going to sleep.

For Presidents Day we went on a "hike" to see the wilderness that is near us. We were on a mission to see how many alligators we could find. We ended up spotting six! It was eerie thinking of how quickly they disappeared under the water... We kept wondering whether there was one right next to us in the water and we just couldn't see it... We had heard that others had seen hundreds previously, so I am sure there were more that were unseen!

Spotting our first 'gator!
This one was farther away than the others in the water by the rode.

Bit by bit this life is turning into home, and we love it!

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