Monday, June 9, 2014

A Voyage on the Buccaneer!!

While we were vacationing in Destin, Florida, we had an amazing opportunity to take a trip on a real pirate ship called the Buccaneer.  Now if you know anything about my son, you know that he is obsessed with Jake and the Neverland Pirates and it just so happens that their ships name is the Buccaneer, or Bucky for short.  Little Man was beside himself that he was actually going to get to take a ride on Bucky and learn how to be an official pirate.  The ship was huge and was run by a three "pirate" crew.  While Captain Cannonball drove the ship, the other two pirates engaged the children in a number of activities including a water gun fight, face painting, swabbing the deck (after the water gun fight), a sword fighting lesson, a story about lost treasure, and even finding said lost treasure and hauling it out of the sea.  Needless to say the adventure and joy on LM's face was well worth the money spent.  The crew was phenomenal and even passed along a Christian message about why they do what they do every day.  In all the activities they lead they stove to imbed good moral values in the children like sharing, having self-confidence, and just being a good person in general.  The whole adventure only lasted about 2 hours but there was so much fun packed into that time that it felt like we had just boarded when the ship pulled back into the harbor.  The organization in charge of the cruises is Buccaneer Pirate Cruises (link to Facebook page).  If you are ever in the Destin area, I highly recommend that you look into going on one of their cruises.  They usually do a few a day.  Times may vary based on the season. Below of some pictures from our time upon the Buccaneer and on the harbor walk before departure.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Our Trip to Sunny Destin, Florida

Ok most of you know from previous posts how much is dislike Florida.  It's normally too hot, too humid, and too irritating.  But my mom and my son love the beach and the ocean breeze so for their sake I went along and we took a family trip to Destin, Florida. Now don't get me wrong.  Florida is beautiful especially in the pan-handle with it's white sugar sand beaches and emerald waters bright vibrant colors.  That is one thing I actually love about Florida is that they have no issues painting a building bright orange or coral with neon yellow or day glow blue trim.  And in some crazy way it works down there.  So I do enjoy the scenery if it can be viewed from a well air conditioned place.  I must say though the week we were there the weather gods took pity on me and gave us several days humidity free with temperatures in the high 70's.  Perfect.  It didn't start getting unbearable until our last few days so I just put my big girl panties on and dealt with it for the sake of my son's enjoyment.  Here are a few pictures to illustrate the joy that he has from being out in the sun and surf.  I'll do a separate post for our pirate ship adventure.