Over the Weekend

So hello all! I am writing this week from Satillite Beach, FL. My parents bought the most beautiful vacation home here. This was my first time being here and I love it. I am so excited to be able to come here now. It is right on the Grand Canal!! The ocean is like 1/2 a mile away and its just so beautiful and tropical here!!

We drove here from Mass because my mom had loaded up my dad’s excursion full of furniture and decorations she wanted to bring down to the house. The drive was a litttle long (and by little I mean way way way too long!) but we finally arrived Friday evening. The weekend was spent hanging out by the canal, swimming in tubes trying to find manatee, searching google to see if manatee like kale, luring manatee towards us with bananas, getting bitten by a lizard, going boating in the ocean, swimming in an amazing pool, visiting cousins and my aunt and uncle, eating a delicious breakfast, walking the beach, seeing dolphins jump out of the water right by our dock, being so close you could reach down and touch a manatee (haha we did a lot of manatee things this weekend), I ran 11 miles, finding and eating avacado hummus and watching a whole lot of 30 rock.

The canal is super warm and because of that so many manatee and dolphins swim and play around in it- that means we get to see them from the dock in the backyard all the time. Its crazy. I didn’t know what to expect when I saw the first manatee up close. I thought they were maybe like 4ft and just kinda pudgy but they are HUGE!!! Like whale size- they are so thick around. I was speechless.

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Go check out my sisters tumblr to see more sweet photos- she has taken some great ones!!!

  1. lucky you!this place seems like paradise:)

  2. Sounds wonderful, enjoy your time it will go by fast!

  3. That sounds like an awsome weekend! The backyard looks amazing!

  4. this is unbelievable! you must be having a fantastic time- I’m sure Kev is insanely jealous that he’s not down there with you! I hope Mike and I get to come and pet a manatee someday!

  5. looks so relaxing and peaceful!!! wish i was there 🙂

  6. wow!! that’s gorgeous. must be nice having somewhere like that to go to for vacation….looks absolutely gorgeous.

  7. Sounds like a perfect weekend! hAHA and those manatees are super cute and yup, a little pudgy!

  8. Looks like a blast and a great way to end your summer vacation! Enjoy….

  9. Ooooh mega jealousy! I think manatees are so freaking cute! But I’ve never seen a real one.
    Also super jealous of your cousin’s pool!
    Looks like you’re having a fantastic break.

  10. ehhehehehheh I love manatees that’s so awsome!!! There used to be this so-so local indie rock band called Manatee that I was in love with so I have a bunch of shirts with them all over ’em…thank goodness I’m over that phase ha.
    gorgeous pics btw =]

  11. Oh man, we used to drive the 17 hours to Charleston, SC every summer, and that was brutal, so I can only imagine how the FL drive was…

  12. Looks like an amazing vacation spot! I am really jelous. I love seeing wildlife like that. Around my work we have a family of foxes that run around, it is soo cool.

  13. Laura Blackstone •

    I wish I was hanging out with all my cousins ( you guys) in florida! But I’m also thinking you should come visit Canada and we can do something fun like trying to pet a moose!

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