We decided to take the afternoon and go fishing. We thought the perfect spot would be old HWY 41 which used to cross Tampa Bay. The state has since built the new HWY 41 (Sunshine Skyway) but kept part of the old and turned it into a very long fishing pier.
We found the perfect spot and parked it for a couple hours. It was a really nice evening...I just hung out, took pics, and read my book. Only every once in a while I hollered at the kids to keep their feet down. Yicks...a bit nerve raking...you'll see in one of the pics below.
The Prep...such a great Dad!
The Catch! They weren't keepers but they were still fun to catch. They had sharp fins though so tough little buggers.
The Pelicans...they were everywhere and very fun to watch! In the background, you can see the new highway.
The Sunshine Skyway Bridge...it's very big. This is the reason for the new highway. As Tampa got bigger and the port got busier, the bridge needed to be tall enough to let the big cargo ships in.
I couldn't take it anymore. I needed to do some crafting. I have been doing lots of swimming, beaching, hanging out, reading, suduko, hanging out some more. The creative juices were overflowing and the seashells were abundant. We HAD to do something.
So we came up with an art project to hang somewhere at home that will remind us of our summer in FL.
We needed canvas, paint, hot glue (a new hot glue gun!!), pebbles, glitter and beads. Everything was on sale...major plus!
I haven't talked about my bags for awhile. I got a bit burned out near the end of the school year. I did get my mojo back but it was right before we were off to FL.
Carl did make a trip back home to get our beloved cat and some stuff to stay here awhile but there was no way I could have him pack up my sewing machine, my entire stash (along with the scraps that provide endless projects), my threads, my fusible interfacing, etc, etc, etc. Remember, I have to take back what I bring down...our van is only so big and I think the kiddos might complain a bit having to carrying bolts of fabric on their laps.
But...I miss my machine. I miss my stash. I really miss making great bags.
I did bring a few with me. I have realized that I use my bags a lot. I love that!
So here is what I have with me...
My purse...very beachy fabric and I didn't even know that I would be down here all summer.
My Lipstick bag with misc. other "mommy" things. This one goes back and forth between all the other bags.
The project bag...always bring a project. My momma taught me well!!
The very important Beach bag!!!
and the other important bag...The kids' wii bag!
I couldn't make it without them and it makes me happy to know that I am using something I made.
I am inspired!!!!
I have gotten some ideas for all things "beachy". It has to do with the million (almost literally) Dollar stores and beach towels...a dollar for a towel, sometimes 2.
I may have to find a new machine. Maybe someone will rent me a machine for the next 3 1/2 weeks...hmmmm!
I also got sea shells on the brain...I see some shell projects coming too! No sewing required there...just a glue gun though...the kiddos wouldn't mind carrying that!
When in Florida you must do a few things...beach, beach, beach, and see alligators! We have done the beach a few times already and we love it more and more each time. But now it was time to find the alligators.
Ignoring all warnings (it's really very safe) we headed off on a hike along the river.
As we walked we noticed this dark spot across the river from us. None of us could tell what it was so I decided to zoom in and take a pic. Later, when I got home, I would look at the pic on my computer and see.
BINGO! Our first spotting!
Later on we found another...
and another! The guide said that we wouldn't probably see many alligators on shore sunning because it was just too hot...