Thursday, March 12, 2015

Life in Florida....

We've been in Florida for six months now and I think I can confidently say that things are finally calming down and falling into place.  I am still working part-time at Target some evenings and Kolt has been on two different deployments now.  We recently found a Church that we all love and it seems to be perfect for our family so far.  Brinleigh loves going into her Sunday School class and playing with other kids while Kolt and I attend the adult service.  We are loving the house we moved into and it is all coming together and almost completely decorated.  I'm working on changing some of the decor around in some rooms and still debating on where to hang things, but once it's all finished I will post pictures.

  I have been trying to get Brinleigh out of the house more to play and explore and meet other kids.  I feel so bad that she doesn't have anyone her own age to play with since we still don't really know anyone here.  We discovered an ah-mazing place called Kidz World of Play, which just so happens to be right down the road from our house.  It's an indoor soft play center specifically for babies and kids up to age 9.  The concept was set up in the UK and then brought over to the U.S. where they opened their first location here in Tarpon Springs this last December.  To say Brinleigh loves it would be an understatement.  She could run, play, climb, slide and talk to every other mom in the building all day long if I let her. But of course, I'm a mean Mommy because I choose to carry her out kicking and screaming usually after about two hours of playing so that she can go home and take a nap.

A few weeks ago we went to the Florida State Fair in Tampa.  I went on a few rides with Brinleigh but there wasn't much for her to do since she was a couple inches short for most of the kids rides.  However, she did get to feed a giraffe a bag of carrots and we went on the big slide three times which she seemed to enjoy a lot.

The weather is warming up here and so we are starting to spend more time outside and at the beach by our house.  We don't get in the water yet, it's still too cold, but we play in the sand and at the park.  We saw a small pod of dolphins swimming close to shore while we were out walking on the beach a couple weeks ago which was amazing.  We also have manatee's that frequent the shallow waters in the bayou's by our house in the winter time, but we have yet to see any.  

Brinleigh starts swim lessons for the first time next month and I am so excited to see how she does in the water and I'm hoping that she doesn't freak out to much.  We also have Kolt's mom coming to visit for a week in the beginning of April and we are counting down the days.  It will be so nice to have some family around and we can't wait to take her out exploring with us and showing her around our new town.