Tuesday, July 10, 2007

A visit to Wakulla Springs and a dance recital

A view of the beach and dunes from the house.

Today we went to an amazing place called Wakulla Springs. It is a natural spring and the water is crystal clear and so fresh,clean and cool it feels like you are swimming in Evian water. When we first got there, we all went out on a boat tour and saw lots of alligators, turtles and Blue Herons. The boat had an electric motor to be both environmentally friendly and quiet, which really enabled us to sneak up on the wildlife. The swimming hole was incredibly refreshing after the boat ride and the cool water did nothing to stop Boy from plunging in to his neck. He and his cousins had a blast frolicking in the water and were in it for a long time. Girl let me dip her toe in and then decided the temperature was not exactly Girl friendly and was more comfortable watching from a distance.

No naps were had until 5pm on the way home, which created major meltdowns due to discombobulation at our 7pm arrival back at the beach house. Both of them shrieking at once, their wails echoing throughout the house sending Pops into hibernation in his bedroom. After a little redirection into reading a book, they both settled down and were able to eat a bit of dinner and of course have a hearty appetite for dessert.

The evening finished with a dance recital/skit directed by my 7 year old niece. Boy chose not to take to the stage, but was Stage Manager from the kitchen - stage left. Three ballerinas aged 7, 5 1/2 and 5 flitted and twirled around with occasional entrances by Girl randomly entering both stage right and stage left, who danced with her sippy cup of milk. At each crescendo of music she would throw the cup to the ground dramatically, trailing little droplets of milk across the floor. A very fierce dragon, my almost 3 year old nephew, did an outstanding job of roaring despite a cumbersome tail.

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