The Redland Heritage Festival

Yesterday, we enjoyed the Redland Heritage Festival at the Fruit and Spice Park. The festival consisted of many local and unique small businesses setting up booths to sell their wares. It was like a craft fair but with an emphasis on the environment. There were sellers of local honey, or native/butterfly attracting plants, of artisan soaps, and more.

We were pleasantly surprised to see the Bubbleman there. If you don’t know who the Bubbleman is, he is a really sweet older man who really loves bubbles. He loves them so much that he invented a special bubble wand that he sells at a really great price. Dylan was so excited to see him and learn how to create the biggest, most beautiful bubbles.

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After walking the festival, we explored the park independently. Part of the allure of this park is that you can eat any fruit that has fallen off the tree. They have so many different types of fruit trees so it felt like treasure hunting to us.

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Shaun was happy to find mamey, I introduced him to mamey ice-cream and smoothies a few months ago and he loved them. This was his first time trying the raw fruit.

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Dylan was really excited to find a large coconut that reminded him of Moana.

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Meanwhile, Stella was in her stroller munching away on a pumpkin/banana bar as is evident by the crumbs on her face.

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Then, we encountered a grove of jackfruit trees. I don’t think Dylan had ever seen a jackfruit before.

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We also saw the longest banana tree inflorescence ever!

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It was a beautiful day!

 

 

 

Our Magical New Year’s Weekend

A few weeks ago I made the decision to seek out fun things to do in advance so that my family can make the most out of every weekend. I made this decision after several of those do nothing weekends that drive me crazy. They usually consist of Shaun and I trying to figure out something to do last minute and then just giving up and doing little things here and there…more like a weekend of running errands. I want to be more intentional with my free time and, more importantly, with my family time. One of the first commitments we signed on to was to spend New Year’s in Pompano Beach. We booked an ocean front hotel about a month in advance and anticipated the great time we’d have but we didn’t expect it to be as magical as it turned out to be.

We arrived at the hotel, checked in, and made our way to our room which we were thinking would just be a little room with an ocean view. It was not. It was a beautiful room with a great kitchen, spacious living room featuring a pull out couch, and a cozy bedroom. What was even more amazing was that it was on the first floor with a beautiful ocean view and it was just a few steps to get to the ocean.

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The view from our room.

We immediately went out to see the ocean which was overwhelmingly beautiful on that Saturday night. When you haven’t been to see the ocean in a few months and you visit it on a windy, wavy day it is breathtaking. The sound of the waves breaking, the wind in your face, and the smell of the ocean are enough to awaken your senses and form a vivid memory in your mind.

The next morning I woke at 5am. It was like my internal clock set itself so that Shaun and I could watch the sun rise. I quickly woke him up and somehow Stella woke as well so the three of us went out together. It was too cloudy to watch the sun rise but it was still a beautiful experience to feel the sun rise instead.

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Later, we all walked about a mile to the picturesque light house. We took our camera with us to document our little journey 🙂

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We invited my sister, her husband, and their two children to join us. They were able to spend the day with us so we enjoyed the beach, bowling, and just being together. My sister is an amazing photographer who always has her camera handy. She captured so many beautiful pictures while she was with us…

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We were so excited with this mini vacation that we immediately booked it again for the summer. It felt nice to plan something in advance and have it turn out to be so memorable.