Sydney’s arrival completed our family unit aboard CORTADO. This was pure bliss for Tony and I, to have all three of our kids on our family adventure. Sydney joined school on our last day before taking a holiday break, which included Christmas crafts and cookie-making… she arrived at the perfect time.
Together-time: Cruising and knitting through the Florida Keys.
Fishing and swimming on Sophia’s 11th birthday.
Happy Birthday Sweet Sophia!
The morning of Sophia’s 11th birthday, we left port in Miami and cruised south to Plantation Bay in Islamorada. We stayed on the calm and lovely ICW, and dropped anchor to fish and have a picnic lunch. Sophia made us all paper invitations to her “Birthday Party” which promised to be the most fun party ever – she was right. We cruised with dolphins jumping in our wake, fished, swam in the salty ocean, and finished the night with birthday cake and presents. It was for sure the most unique birthday party we had ever been to!
Sophia and Oliver swimming, playing and chasing fish and crabs in Islamorada.
There are parts of Florida that are beginning to feel very much like home and people we spend time with that are beginning to feel very much like family. This journey, with a singular purpose of experience life and bonding with our children, has already grown into something much bigger than us. The relationships we are building are solid. We are learning as much about ourselves, as we are about each other and the world around us.
Docked in Plantation Bay, Islamorada. Next stop, Marathon!