Thursday, August 11, 2011

Day Three - New Smyrna Beach

Day 3 was a relaxing day at the beach. My husband found this quiet beach on the ocean for us to visit. We didn't want a touristy spot like Cocoa Beach. Just a quiet place for the kids to play and relax. New Smyrna Beach is just the spot!

You walk along this boardwalk to get from the parking area to the beach. It's about a mile of boardwalk which seems about 80 in the sun!

It does prepare you to just jump in to cool off! Of course bitty one was worried about sharks since the 2 older ones had to watch "Shark Week" while we were here. She loved splashing around in the water very close to shore though. She is at the stage where she doesn't walk anywhere. Just runs!

The boy flopped down and immediately got buried! Note to self. If I stay still long enough the children will bury me alive!

I had to giggle at this guy. He had 2 little girls with him. They got him to make them a sand castle and then ran off to play in the water. They kept on yelling out their "change orders" to him and he was nice enough to comply!

The birds were out looking for some yummy morsels for a snack. I just kept on thinking of the seagulls in Nemo. "Mineminemine!"

When we first got here, the waves were really rolling in! Anyone remember the show "Dark Shadows"? This reminds me of the waves in the opening of the show. I loved that show! Barnabus rocked! Anyways, on the other side of these breakers....

The surfers were out having fun! Cowabunga dude! Boy, do I sound like a retard or what?!

Slowly, the tide started rolling out. I told the kids about the tide pools where little creatures get trapped. They went running from pool to pool looking for sea life.

I found this heart shaped pool and just couldn't resist!

They eventually did find this guy that they named Bob. The boy child found a stick and got Bob to latch onto it so he could take him for a walk. Isn't that what everyone does with their found crab named Bob?

You can find all kinds of oddities when the tide rolls out. I have a whole plastic bag of stinky sea finds to prove it. We found this which of course came home with us also. I think it is a hunk of barnacles, but I am not sure. We don't have stuff like this in Michigan.

A view of the beach with the tide rolling out.

The sun was starting to set which was gorgeous! My pictures really don't do it justice.

Me and the tribe began the long walk back to the car. I thought the skeeters in Michigan were vicious, but they are nothing like the Florida ones! By the time we got back we were covered with bites from them and the sand fleas! I'm still itching!

The best day of the whole vacation is tomorrow! OMG! It was the best day of my life! A once in a lifetime opportunity! I enjoyed it so much I cried like a 3 year old that I didn't want it to end! You just won't believe what I got to do!

And, no, that isn't me! There isn't enough alcohol or money to get me to do that over a 24' deep pool! I would be just a big fat red thing clutching to the rope and screaming while being whipped through the air! It did happen at Sea World though. We went back for a 2nd day and still did not see everything!

Ohohoh! I got my first sponsor! And guess what?! There is going to be a linky party giveaway! I will let you know all the details on Monday when the party starts! You definitely are going to want to get in on this! It's freaking awesome!

Until then, as my son says, "Smell ya later!"


The Armchair Housewife said...

It seems like everyone in blogland is on vacation the past couple of weeks and its so much fun to enjoy everyone's photos. You took some lovely pictures of the beach, and I just love the crab story- too cute! Glad you all had fun, we just got back from the beach, too (although Lake Erie doesnt quite compare with Florida! :) )


TexWisGirl said...

i loved barnabus collins too! watched that show when i was 4 and 5 yrs old! :)

Leontien said...

Congrats on the new sponsor and i loved all your pics! It is good that you are having a great time! It sure looks like it!


Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Looks like you packed a lot into your vaca Maggie! I'm sure the kids loved every minute! Hope Bob got "walked" back out to the ocean eventually:@)

Anonymous said...


It looks like you had a wonderful time. I hope Bob enjoyed his walk :)

Jacqueline said...

Oh Maggie,
I missed your Shamu post.....I've read it now though. I loved Sea World when we they still sing the song:
I still sing it.
I love your beach photos and the sunset one is beautiful. I think that you and the family had such a great time. I look forward to the next post. I can't imagine what you got up to.......did you have to kiss the Walrus ?!!!!! XXXXfg

Designs By Pinky said...

OMGosh, when I saw your title I had to click on. My sister lives near Orlando but drives over to New Smyrna beach all the time!!!!!!!!! She is always telling me about it! Your pics are wonderful. Can't wait to find out what else you did that you are so excited about!!!!!! XO, Pinky

Lori said...

What another great day Maggie ~ love your pictures again and I love the sunset shot with the lighthouse. Mine mine mine ~ that always makes me smile! xo

Young at Heart said...

ooh I just want to go to the beach!!