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 grown into something much bigger than us. The relationships we are building are strong, plentiful and solid. We are learning as much about ourselves, as we are about each other and the world around us.
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 inner course, 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, had 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.
The following day we slept in (for the record: Tony was up early, as usual, and worked the entire morning), but the rest of us swam in the ocean a bit, then we all pressed on to Banana Bay in Marathon.
Docked in Plantation Bay, Islamorada. Next stop, Marathon!