Thursday, March 29, 2012

"Spring Break -- Part Three"

As you can see in previous posts our Spring Break has been full of fun and adventure with my in-laws in town from Michigan. 

On my dear Mother-in-laws 'Bucket List' she wanted to check off one thing while she was down here in the Sunshine State -- to swim with the dolphins!

So off to Marineland we went! Before I show off our day at Marineland here is a little history lesson for you...

  • In 1938 Marine Studios opened
  • It was the world's first oceanarium and underwater motion picture studio
  • Later it was named Marineland and turned into a tourist attraction
  • Within two years the facility attracted nearly half-million visitors annually
  • In 1941 it was closed during World War II so the U.S. Coast Guard could use it for training.
  • But it took until 1946 until the facility was reopened to the public
  • Nellie is the worlds oldest and still living dolphin in human care at Marineland. She is 59 years old!

So here are in the in-laws and my mother-in-law grinning from ear to ear in excitement!

Let the fun begin...

Here is my mother-in-law and her encounter with Pepples

One HAPPY Mother-in-law!

Payton and I had our own encounter with Roxy. We got to feed, touch and have her do tricks for us.

After a great day at Marineland we went home to start baking and cooking for our family and friends get together for the next day.

Cherry Pie
Blueberry Pie
Homemade Butterscotch Pie

Yes, we ate other things at our cookout besides pies and cakes but they were just to pretty to pass up taking a picture of... 

Here are some quick pictures of our visit on Saturday morning to the Riverside Art and Fresh Market


What an eventful 10 days it has been but we all had a blast! Hope you enjoyed the pictures.

What are/were your plans for Spring Break?



  1. Looks like so much fun! I definitely want to swim with dolphins one day! Stopping by from the "Linky Follower Party" hop! You can find me at!

  2. It looks like you had an amazing time! Wow, I can't believe there is a dolphin that old!!

  3. By the way, I passed an award onto you, go here if you would like to accept it. :)

  4. Ah, finally have a chance to catch up on blogs and it looks like you've been having a great time with visitors too! So happy you posted a "selfie" in my photo club - but where is it in this post? I love it and want to see it big! haha! Maybe add it in - or make a separate post just for it and link back to my little club? PS: Sent you a thank you email for Miss M's bday gift - did you get it? Worried it is lost in cyberspace...xxoxo

  5. SO COOL! I always wanted to swim with the dolphins!! I'm gonna have to take a trip to "visit family" (AKA swim with dolphins) in St Augustine VERY soon! Lovin all the great Spring Break fun!!

  6. Amanda - if you come down to St. Augustine to visit family, please let me know. I'd love together!

    Have a great weekend!

  7. Checking out this post as soon as you tipped me off that there's butterscotch pie! Wow! What an AMAZING spring break you guys had! Love that you guys made all that pie! It's impossible to find pie like that here... Just guess I'll have to face my fears and learn to bake one!!


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