I know, I know, it's about time I posted the last batch of July 4th photos. It's the retirement thing. I am just so busy. Doing what you ask? Darned if I know.
The day following the 4th Allie and Grammy hit the beach for some fun in the sand and surf. In times past Miss A was only interested in playing in the sand, building castles that could be trampled. But things have changed.
This time she was much more interested in playing in the water and jumping waves. Since waves on the southwest coast of Florida usually don't amount to much, they were just the right size for our girl.
Meanwhile back at the ranch Pappy and Gabers did whatever Pappy and Gabers do when spending time alone and the big kids went fishing. The kind of 10-miles off shore fishing that ultimately means fish for dinner. And they didn't disappoint.
They returned mid afternoon with stories of calm seas and an 8' Hammerhead shark. It seems S hooked the big guy and had his fair share of fun trying to reel it in. B took pictures (which can be found on her blog, www.bethanypatton.blogspot.com along with other tales of the day).
It's always a relief to see our little boat round the corner on it's last leg home after a long day of off-shore fishing. It's an even better sight to see uplifted glasses...a sure sign that there will indeed be fish for dinner.
The cooler was full of Lane Snapper and the boys spent the next hour cleaning fish.
Once the work was done it was time to play. Allie enjoyed her airborne antics but
it was a different scene when Daddy and Uncle Chris attempted "the toss."
Maybe someone should spend more time in the weight room.
On Monday we waved good-bye to the SC clan. Chris and Jennifer spent the rest of the week soaking in the sun, lounging in the pool and doing some fishing of their own. There was a boat trip to Keewayden Island where Lady was allowed to run the beach and chase the birds. Getting her back on the boat was another matter.
And Grammy always enjoys her grandchildren, even the four-legged variety.
We ended their stay with a short photo shoot. (Why do I always have to beg for a photo shoot? You would think they would be used to it by now!)
Come back soon everyone, we miss you.