My Dad’s Visit

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Checking out the fish.

It’s been a little over a week since my dad left, and I can honestly say that having him here was the absolute best!  I’m SO glad he was able to come and I’m SO glad we were able to spend some quality time with him.  I’m not the only one that feels this way either!  Xander and Liam both loved him and he and Paul have really hit it off too.  While he was here we were able to show him a few of our favorite places around Key West–not all of them because we want him to come back, okay and maybe because Liam absolutely hates the car and no one likes hearing him cry!

The background looks photoshopped but it isn't!  We're so blessed to live somewhere with such beautiful views!

The background looks photoshopped but it isn’t! We’re so blessed to live somewhere with such beautiful views!

We took him to our favorite beach, and Xander showed him how he digs up the sand/shells.  We took him into the water and then he and Xander went on a hunt for the prettiest shells.  They found a couple of really pretty pieces of coral.  Did you know that Key West has coral reefs? It does!
We also took him to the butterfly place, and I’m sad to say that none of those pictures really turned out thanks to me having the car so cold on the way there, and then the exhibit being warm and humid.  :( We did have a good time though.  Xander loves watching the birds and the butterflies!  Oh, and they have two new flamingos!  Flamingos are one of Xander’s favorite animals!

Dad teaching Xander how to use his fishing pole.

Dad teaching Xander how to use his fishing pole.

Dad showed Xander how to use his fishing pole, and he and Paul also went on a fishing trip.  They went out to the reef and caught some pretty impressive fish, which I was super excited about because all their fish is now hanging out in my freezer waiting to be cooked and eaten!  We did cook and eat some while he was here–in the smoker he got us! YUM!  (BTW I have no idea how we lived without the smoker!!) Paul had an awesome time fishing and I can only hope that Dad found it to be half as fun as Paul did!

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Hanging out watching the sunset and drinking a fruity drink.

We also took him to Mallory Square for the sunset.  I was bummed that our favorite street performers weren’t there, but we still had a great time.  Xander really likes going down to the sunset, probably because I always try to get a fruity umbrella drink to share with him, and by share I mean that I get a sip and then he finishes it off! We all took turns with the camera that night so I have no idea who took what photo, but we got some AWESOME photos of the sunset.

Even if our favorite performers weren't there we had plenty of entertainment!

Even if our favorite performers weren’t there we had plenty of entertainment!

I’m pretty sure Dad thought that Mallory Square was lame, but it’s probably one of my favorite free things to do in Key West.  I feel obligated to take everyone that comes to visit there because we always have a good time people watching and laughing at all the crazies!

Another gorgeous view from Mallory Square.

Another gorgeous view from Mallory Square.

The only regret I have of Dad’s entire visit is that I didn’t take nearly enough pictures!  When we’re in Oklahoma my Budgie is always taking photo after photo, and I completely understand!  Since we’re so far away those photos are what keep us close!  Next time my camera might not leave my neck!

Liam would just laugh and talk to him..

Liam would just laugh and talk to him..

There is a quote going around the internet that goes something like, “The only thing better than having you as a parent is having you be my child’s grandparent.”  It completely fits my dad!  We had our rough patches growing up–who doesn’t?!?–but seeing him with my boys completely melts my heart!  Now if we could just figure out this distance between Key West and Arkansas so that he could babysit for us everything would be perfect! 😉

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