Wednesday, June 27, 2012

I think I would like the owners of our condo....

So, I knew that we would like this condo at the beach as it had a lot of the features that we look for-- 
First, it has lots of space to spread out- almost 1500 sq ft! 
Everyone gets their own bedroom
Ocean front balcony
Well equipped kitchen
TV's in more than one room- good for being cooped up on stormy days! (AND SO THANKFUL FOR THIS BECAUSE TROPICAL STORM DEBBY HELD US CAPTIVE IN OUR CONDO)
Pool, short walk to beach, nice neighborhood etc....
AND to top it all off, there was a strong Disney decorating theme throughout!!
And, we being self proclaimed Disney addicts, thought this we GREAT!
The best part was all of the other little hidden gems throughout the condo...I think I would like the condo owners if I were to ever meet them!
"You drink too much, you gossip too much, you have questionable morals...You're everything I ever wanted in a friend" Love this one!

Sound familiar to anyone?

Lots of space- AND comfy furniture too!

Some of the Disney in the dining area

This is DS's room- and it must belong to the owners son as well- a BEATLES room!

Loved the bright colors and that there is even a double decker bus print in the closet! Perfect for all the Boden hanging in there with it!

Not just Disney though- this is in the hallway to DD's room- love the Wicked Witch license plate (my other car is a broom!) May have to get one of those!

DD's room- which is the owner's daughters room as well. Lots of fun- Audrey Hepburn prints, purple walls and bright curtains covering the closet

DD hiding under the covers! It looks like DS snuck in there with her last night!

More brightness! Please ignore the DD's mess!

The kitchen- complete with Mickey cookie jar!

And VERY IMPORTANT- the laundry room (closet) but it even had whimsical touches!

The entry had all kinds of Disney items too- fun and functional!

Their sign says it all....

Even the knobs on the cabinet had been changed to be fun!
I love this place and so does the is destined to be a repeat destination for us...if we ever get over the trauma from Tropical Storm Debby!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

How to risk your life in a Tropical Storm

I must start this blog with the disclaimer that I did not participate in this activity, nor would I recommend that anyone try this!

We are vacationing just below Clearwater, Florida at this time which means we are also getting to experience the wrath of Tropical Storm Debby.  There have been multiple waterspouts spotted as well as rain wrapped tornadoes.  Luckily (for us) they seem to be coming in from the water closer to Clearwater so we have not had to seek shelter in the interior stairwell of the condo building.
Our balcony is facing to the north so we have been able to be outside and watch the antics of those that have braved the weather to be on the beach.  First of all, they are not supposed to be in the water (though there are no lifeguards near here to enforce this), there  is a $200 fine for being in the water.  The main reason is that the storm has increased the rip current and made being in the water especially dangerous.

There are people in the pool (where the pool furniture was flying through the air earlier), people playing volleyball and even some people way out in the water trying to surf.
As the rain was almost vertical, these kids climbed onto this very short pier and began jumping off into the water.

As you can see, this pier is really short, not a proper fishing pier at the fact that they were jumping off of it was even more dangerous! In fact, Tyler (who is 5 years old) said in his most serious voice "They must want to die".

  The person in the yellow slicker looked like an adult and we thought when he ran up he was going to stop them but instead he climbed onto the pier to cheer them on during their second jump!
They all lived to jump twice and walk away apparently unscathed. My husband said "I bet that they would love to have this pictures...maybe we will see them later this week...if the sun comes out!