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The summer is in full-swing, which calls for a day at the beach! Anastasia State Park is just gorgeous…and you can still drive on the beach!!

Boys at the Beach

Boys at the Beach Boys at the Beach

As philosophers, Brian Wilson and Mike Love, once noted,

♫ ♫ CATCH A WAVE AND YOU’RE SITTIN’ ON TOP OF THE WORLD! ♫ ♫

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…and we’re visiting once again with the boys’ Godparents, Chris and Sherrie. They’re here from Virginia to enjoy the warm Florida Christmas and I can’t say I blame them. This afternoon, the boys enjoyed some time in the pool with their “Godbrother”, Chase, and this evening the grown-ups drank a little beer and grilled-out some steaks…

Big Rig

After dinner, we headed down the road to the St Augustine Beach Pier to enjoy the New Year’s Eve fireworks…

Fireworks Fireworks

Chris and Sherrie Me and the Boys

We had a great time, and on the way home there were a couple of very tired little boys that looked like this…

Adam Out

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♫ ♫ BAD BOYS, BAD BOYS, WHATCHA GONNA DO? ♫ ♫ …

Bad Boys

Today the boys and I met-up with their Godfather for a visit to the Old Fort in St Augustine. He has a son who is just a little older than A2, and they’re the best of friends. All three boys had a great time exploring the rooms around the fort’s lower level, and Alex especially enjoyed peering over the bastion walls on top…

Alex

This never gets old! And what a beautiful day!!

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Today the boy’s classes took a field trip to Fort Menendez in St Augustine. This interactive museum is great for young kids. They learn about the Timucua Indians and early colonial life in Spanish East Florida through hands-on activities that give them a feel for the pioneer life.

Alex’s teacher, Ms Stanton, got into the act…dressed as a Timucua Indian, she helped teach the kids about the various tools used by the pre-European residents of the area…

Educating the crowd

And for some reason, Alex wasn’t very happy about something…

Not too happy

Until he got to play a game…which looks a lot like the football drills today’s pro quarterbacks participate in!

Football drill Football drill Football drill

Adam, on the other hand, and true to form, took advantage of the face painting with his friend, Adalyn…

Face Paint Face Paint

Alex, also true to form, just stuck to the games…

Alexs Game Alexs Game

Mom? Well, she just took the pictures. Naturally. 🙂

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Today, Adam and I hit the water in St Augustine. We left out of the marina on Camachee Island and headed “downtown”. The inlet channel was a little rough today, but Adam loved the bumpy ride, and was grinning from ear-to-ear.

Me and Adam

As we passed by the “Old Fort”, we noticed they were about to fire the cannon, so we hung out for a few minutes and watched the show.

Me and Adam

There was a lot of traffic on the water today, but once things opened-up a bit, I was able to let Adam take the wheel. As we headed down the channel, Adam was singing, “Yo-Ho! Yo-Ho! A pirates life for me!”

Me and Adam

On our way back, we took a detour toward Anastasia State Park for a look at the St Augustine Lighthouse

Me and Adam

It was a great afternoon, and with the sky opening-up after a week of rainy weather, it was fun to be outdoors!

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Labor Day. The boys are out of school and I’m enjoying the final hours of a much-needed 3-day weekend! What better way to spend the day than a visit to America’s oldest city, which just happens to be a mere 20-miles away. This week marks the 450th birthday of St Augustine, and we joined the many visitors absorbing its rich history. The highlight of the day was our visit to the Castillo de San Marcos, affectionately known as the “Old Fort,” and the boys are excited at the prospect of becoming Junior Rangers!

St Augustine 450 Years

We parked down the street at the Mission of Nombre de Dios, which is known for the park with the world’s largest cross, and walked to the fort. We came in from the west side and stopped for a quick picture in front of the San Pablo Bastion.

San Pedro Bastion

Tickets in hand, we climb atop the unfinished Ravelin, which is a triangular outer work that originally protected the fort’s front (and only) entrance.

Ravelin

As part of the Junior Ranger program, the boys have to ask one of the park staff members why he or she likes to work at the fort. They selected this man, who said he volunteers to “educate visitors and enhance their experience”. Adam especially liked the “army” uniforms the staff wore

Old Fort Volunteer

Atop the terreplein, the boys explore the San Carlos Bastion…

San Carlos Bastion

and some of the canons on display…

Canon Canon

then pose for a picture with Mom.

Old Fort Volunteer

We had a great time. After the Old Fort, we headed down the street to a little Irish pub for an early supper…and a beer 😉

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The tradition of hauling visiting family members to the “Old Fort” in St Augustine is still going strong. Cousin Katy is following in her dad’s footprints, as he made several of these trips in the 70s. For Kam and the boys, the fun is just beginning!

Old Fort

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Changing things up a little bit today and putting the boys in their M&M costumes for Halloween at the Old Jail.

The event included some Trick-or-Treat fun, and a tour of the Old Jail!

Old Jail Old Jail Old Jail

After the boys collected all of their candy, the Old Jail sorta lost its appeal…

Old Jail Old Jail

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The sun shines through the daily thunderstorms long enough for Dad to take the boys to visit the Castillo de San Marcos in St Augustine. Thus continuing the family tradition of regular pilgrimages to the “Old Fort.”

The boys were actually more interested in the boats on the water than in the history of the fort. But they did like exploring the crooks and crannies…

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A great day for me and the boys…a picture-perfect moment:

At the Old Fort

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