Jacob and I officially have a bright, silly, creative, beautiful TEENAGER! We were not surrounded with lots of kids this year to invite to a birthday party, but some of Audrey’s grandparents really helped us make it feel special!
She requested an Apple Pancake, my mom’s recipe, for birthday breakfast!
Grampsy flew in to celebrate birthday week.
We took Audrey mini-golfing before our annual hibachi feast.
We rented a fun house with a pool and a game room in Orlando for the occasion!
GranMiri and Papa drove down too!
…and Aunt Amy even stopped by with a yummy breakfast.
Having the fancy house meant we didn’t need to go out to find our fun. We did take a great trip to Kelly Park - Rock Springs. They had been closed all winter and we lucked out with them opening again in time for us to visit before we headed north again. It really is one of the coolest places I have visited in Florida!
Heading back to our boat in Georgia, we discoved the beautiful Apopka Wildlife Drive. There were so many birds! It was a bird watcher’s dream
Also, a ton of gators
We decided to do the drive with the mini-van’s doors open so it would feel more like a real safari. It made driving past the aligators pretty exciting!
Lorelei’s Cormorant Nature Journal
Audrey’s Alligator Nature Journal
The orange groves were in full bloom. I wish I could somehow share the beautiful smell of orange blossoms filling the air here on the blog.
Audrey’s Orange Tree Nature Journal
A fun stop in Jacksonville on our way back.
St. Simons craft market.
Audrey has decided that she LOVES St. Patrick’s Day, because it is the day she was originally due on, so we really tried to do it up. We made shamrock quesadillas, watched an Irish movie (Legend of Kells), and went out for Irish food and live music at night.
Hiking through one of the state parks near our boat. We spotted lots of turtles.
The girls and I decided to take a field trip to Savannah to see the beautiful Forsyth park and do a little plein air art. We also treated ourselves to a tea party.
the fountain in Forsyth Park
plein air painting party
wandering the gorgeous streets of old town Savannah
Back in Brunswick we had a manatee stop by the boat. I don’t care how many times you see them, like dolphins or whales… it never gets old.
Audrey’s Manatee Nature Journal
Here is our family art gallery for the month: by Audrey
Hot Air Balloon by Lorelei
Angel by Lorelei
by April …my attempt at a portrait of Audrey
Lorelei’s Nature Journal of Cordelia, GranMiri and Papa’s new kitty.