Island Dinner Adventure

Our family joined Steph and Big Red’s family for an island hot dog cookout on Saturday evening.  After the boys rested from the Little League Opening Day festivities and I made a run to Publix for dinner supplies, we set off for adventure on the Banana River.  There are some spoil islands in the middle of the river just north of our local boat launch. They have really long sand bars that make great beaches for the kids to play on.

We took Big Red’s boat since it could comfortably hold all 8 of us and our stuff.  Our boat is a little too small for that many people.  We got to the island at about 4 PM and there was hardly another soul in site.  There was just one lone fisherman and is canoe on the beach when we pulled up.  He left as we were pulling in so we had the whole place to ourselves for a while….  Until a Bass Tracker full of dudes from the mainland pulled up.  They kept to themselves exploring the woods so it wasn’t a big deal.

The kids were starving not long after we got there so J fired up his little grill.  As you can see, three of the boys were intrigued.  Cutie Pie was busy filling up his buckets with sand.

The younger boys ate their hot dogs and chips on the cooler.  I forgot to bring plates and napkins.  Whoops!  At least we had some baby wipes to clean them up after dinner 🙂  I found that the boys ate more dinner when they didn’t have a plate.  Wildman ate his entire hot dog.  That never happens when he has a plate!  I might have to try the no-plate dinner thing more often…

After dinner, as the boys were devouring an entire package of chocolate wafer cookies, we were treated to a gorgeous sunset.

The air turned pretty cool as the sun went down.  Luckily, we brought warm clothes for the kids.  We bundled them up and headed for home.

It was a great way to spend an evening!  We made some great memories with our kids.  That’s what life is all about.


Little League Opening Day

Little League is a big deal in our community.  The  big fundraiser for the organization is the Opening Day Picnic and Ceremony.  Wildman is just old enough to play t-ball this season.  He’s on the Marlins of Indian Harbour Beach (not our city because he’s not 5 yet…) and is super excited to play!  J and Wildman have been hitting the ball around the yard lately in preparation for his first game.

On Saturday morning I woke up at 5:20 AM to get ready to run the Stingray Shuffle 3K at the zoo.  The run started at 7:30 AM but packet pick up began at 6:15 AM.  So, Steph and I were zoo bound in the cold, dark morning.  It took us less than 20 minutes to complete the race.  We were back home by 8:30 AM.  Plenty of time to make it to Opening Day at 10:00 AM.

One of the best things about Opening Day for Wildman and his cousins was the Sno-cones.  Cutie Pie wanted nothing to do with them.

Here’s number 8 waiting to run out on the field.  I love this photo.

When the announcer called Wildman’s team, all 8 of the players ran out onto the field with their coaches.  So cute!!!

All of the other teams were called out to the field and the first pitch was thrown.

They removed their hats and sang the National Anthem.  Wildman is on the far right front of his team in this photo.

It was such a fun morning!  Wildman is very excited for his first game next week.