Wednesday, July 23, 2014

This past week we headed to our local library for a reptile show by the Reptile Wrangler from Douglasville. Easton was excited to see an animal show after his animal birthday party. Our library is a small, quaint library so we were surprised to see so many people at the show. We had to sit at the back, but Easton still enjoyed it.

Easton's favorite animal was the scorpion because it glowed when they turned the lights out. We also saw a snapping turtle, an alligator, and a Burmese python.

At the end of the show, we were able to pet the python. Eeeekkkk!
Speaking of snakes, we found this guy under a gutter splash guard! Eeeekkkkk! We aren't sure what kind of snake it is, but it is certainly a dead snake now.

Monday, July 21, 2014


When we got back from vacation, we had to take Maggie to the veterinarian. We'd noticed prior to vacation that she was limping some and pulling up her back right leg. She did it more while we were in Florida so as soon as we got back, I took her to our veterinarian. Easton loves the vet and always says he wants to be an "animal doctor".
We found out that Maggie has a cranial cruciate ligament injury. This is similar to an ACL tear in a human. :( She most likely got this injury which running around chasing something outside. He described it as similar to an athletic injury and said that she is so muscular for her size and that really played against her in this situation. She is currently on antibiotics to help with inflammation and we are waiting 3 weeks to see if there is any improvement with her leg.
If there isn't any improvement, we will have X-rays taken and then will be referred for joint repair surgery at the University of Georgia. Our veterinarian would not perform the surgery and said he'd only want the best of the best doing it, which is why we'd be referred to UGA. It will cost us a pretty penny, but we will do what we have to, to help our Maggie girl feel better.


Sunday, July 20, 2014

Cinnamon Beach - Friday

During our vacation, Joe had gotten up early every day to take Maggie and Molly out for a walk on the beach. I thought I'd take one turn before vacation was over and on Friday, Easton woke me up early so me and him took the girls to the beach. It may have been the least pleasant part of vacation and between the three of them, it was a bit like herding cats. 
Our last day was a nice, sunny day with no afternoon showers. Since it was our last day, we decided to make it a beach day! Easton enjoyed playing in the sand and actually spent a LOT of time in the ocean. The waves were calm and we were in the ocean for hours.

Joe bought this game at Dick's prior to vacation (it's basically Corn hole with smaller boards) and Easton LOVED playing it! A little friend came over to play with him for a while.
For dinner we went to the Salt Life Food Shack. We had eaten there earlier in the week and decided to go again for our last night. Easton fell asleep on the way there and ended up sleeping through dinner and all night until Saturday morning. He was WORN OUT from our beach week!
We had a great vacation in Palm Coast and just LOVED the St. Augustine area! I would love to go back to St. Augustine and explore the city!
We got up early on Saturday and headed home!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Cinnamon Beach - Thursday

On Thursday, Joe and his dad played golf that morning so Easton, my mom, and I enjoyed a pool day. They had the cutest children's area and I was so glad that Easton finally warmed up to it and enjoyed it! He wanted someone to go down the slide with him so we did a few times.

We had fun swimming and floating in the pool while Easton swam and played with pool toys that we brought with us. 
Once Joe was finished golfing, he came to swim and Easton took him down the slide. It was a rough landing at the bottom!
That night we went back to Barnacle Bill's for supper and enjoyed the beautiful sights of downtown St. Augustine.
After dinner, we stopped and walked through this area to another beach called Crescent Beach. We were the only ones there and it was SO pretty. The sand was white and fluffy, unlike the sand at Cinnamon Beach. The pathway to the beach was so pretty and felt like a jungle.
We were able to take family pictures that I just LOVE. I love how the orange pops and I love the ocean as our background.
This area of Crescent Beach was one of my favorite parts of vacation. It was beautiful, serene, and we enjoyed it all to ourselves. Easton ran up and down the beach and we thoroughly enjoyed our time there.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Cinnamon Beach - Wednesday

On Tuesday of our vacation, we spent most of the day at the beach before heading inside during an afternoon thunderstorm. Easton was hesitant of the ocean so he spent more time playing in the sand. Believe it or not, I don't have any pictures from Tuesday.
Moving on to Wednesday....I booked a dolphin & eco tour with St. Augustine Eco Tours. I really wanted Easton to be able to ride on a boat because I thought he would enjoy it. He was less than thrilled that he had to wear a life jacket and we didn't! 
Once we got on the boat, he was complaining much less about the life jacket and was taking it all in! This was his first time on a boat.
Our tour guide, Kyle, was great. He was very well informed about the area and we learned a lot during our 1 hour boat ride.
The water was calm so it was such a nice time. I fell in love with St. Augustine so I enjoyed seeing more of the area and learn more about it.
This picture is a maritime hammock system and it was also a Native American trading post.

Not only did we learn a lot about the area, we also saw lots of dolphins! We went near shrimp boats, where dolphin often feed. We were blessed to see a pod of nearly 40 dolphins. We also saw a fish boil, which was neat to see. Once while the boat was stopped, I looked down and saw a huge animal swim by quickly pretty close to the surface. It was so quick that I wasn't able to get a picture of it and no one else saw it, but our tour guide thought it may have been a shark because a boat nearby was fishing for Mako sharks.
We also saw the Roseate Spoonbill, which is a cousin to the flamingo.
At the end of the tour, we got a group picture with a beautiful background.
These ships made for beautiful pictures! One is a replica ship and was built in England and sailed from there to Florida. The smaller ship was about the same size as the ship Christopher Columbus sailed in.

After the boat ride, we saw a pirate and asked him to take a picture with Easton!
After our boat ride, we went to Mary's Harborview Café in downtown St. Augustine. It was a small, local café that had the BEST breakfast food. 
After we got back to the condo, we spent a few hours at the pool. It rained again, which gave Easton time to nap. After several full days without a nap, he was in need of one and it made our night a lot smoother.
Easton had been asking to go fishing so Grandad bought him his first fishing pole and brought it with him. Even though we didn't catch anything, he still loved it!
He was in the best mood that night and just ran and played along the shore.
He wrote his own name in the sand and was so proud! He also drew various pictures in the sand.