February in Florida

23 February 2016

Praise the sun gods. I'm well aware that Florida weather isn't necessarily super special this year but it SO starkly contrasts our last few winters in the weather + cabin cancer departments that I couldn't help but quickly document. You know me.


This isn't a post to gloat (if I wanted to do that I would post a series of framers from our Christmas day starting with this one ...


...

but
I
digress)

because I know it's been a mild winter for many which makes my cold-weather-fear-and-loathing heart so happy for everyone involved.


It almost makes me feel like I should really up my (always pathetic! sometimes successful!) lenten sacrifice ante because I'm not battling the shock of SAD and there's always some generous rays of vitamin D to cure what may be ailing us right outside our door.

Most days I load the three little kids in the jogger while Sebastian rides in front of/alongside us and we take a little walk around the neighborhood. We've gotten to the glorious point where he doesn't need to be pushed up "mountains" (his words, see above) and only have to beg him to stay on the right side of the walking path lest he take an innocent dog and his guardian down.


Where's Waldo?

Nowhere.

But can you spot Sebastian?

Bravo.


I think I expected Florida to be hot and humid all year round and I know some parts most definitely are but we've had our fair share of chilly mornings that led me to semi-frantically rifle through yet-to-be unpacked moving boxes looking for jackets (or 'wraps' as Simon calls them ... still a head scratcher to this jacket wearer) and even winter hats for the especially melodramatic Pattons.


78 degrees but Phoebe badger wears what she wants.

Sometimes one of thee only things that got me through the interminable winter days and call weekends last year was the thoughts of this winter that held so much promise for our family. These days, it's (really! really!) rare that Simon works a weekend, I've yet to be home bound with kids scaling the proverbial prison walls due to a snow storm, and I haven't broken a tooth while Simon was out of town. YET.

I know the hot and humid summer is coming full steam (I went there) ahead but for now? We're just basking in the winter weather that all my hopes and dreams are made of.


22 comments:

  1. You guys seem like you are Really thriving in Florida, which makes me super happy <3

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  2. Isn't it wonderful!?! We live in Jacksonville Beach and although it's been a little too chilly (I know I know but the 60s are too chilly for my thin blood) I'm so grateful to live in a climate that has SUNSHINE and some warm days scattered here and there. I grew up in Northern Virginia and it's gloomy from October to March so I'm super happy to live where other people vacation! Glad you are enjoying it here!

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  3. Dying of jealousy right now. Literally dying (although actually probably from a combination of aforementioned cabin fever and vitamin d deficiency). Any room at the inn for a family of four?

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    1. last winter's Grace hate this winter's Grace - yes! come on down!!

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  4. "Wraps" - I bet Simon went to Catholic school, the Sisters always called our coats "wraps". "Children, get your wraps from the cloak room".

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  5. Trying to not be jealous by telling myself that at least I don't have to shave my legs so much and the snow is mostly melting here. But mostly happy for you!

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  6. I want to move. When are we moving? It feels like never. I shall go back to breaking up ice in the driveway. HA! ;)

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  7. I, personally think it was a good year to move. It's been the most inconsistent winter which might seem nice but it's super frustrating! It was 80 degrees three days ago and it's supposed to snow 5 inches tonight. I'd give my left arm, and maybe my first born child to live in FL. Kidding. Just kidding. ;)

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  8. Texas and Florida must be besties because we've had plenty of 70+ degree days here...and I am not complaining one bit!

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  9. Sigh. I'm from Clearwater. Yes it does get humid for a good long while. That's your "winter". But at least you can make it bearable by swimming. :)

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    1. exactly! I don't mind the heat and the swimming is nice!

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  10. I have a good friend in Florida and I seethe with jealousy all winter long while I shiver up here in the mountains and she's posting pictures of her kids at the beach. I feel better when spring rolls around, but the envy is real.

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  11. I so wish we lived a little further south in Florida! We live in Atlanta, and while it's not freezing, it's still too cold and inconsistent to play outside a lot!

    Paige
    http://thehappyflammily.com

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  12. Looks beautiful! Gah, I'm so jealous!

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  13. Meanwhile, shoveling out of 8 inches of snow over here! Enjoy and post lots more pics so I can live vicariously through you guys!

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  14. Not horrible up here in Atlanta either!

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  15. Grace! I'm having a HUGE proplem: your posts coming through in my email these days have such enormous pictures that I have to zoom in multiple times and then scroll to read the text, and I can never appreciate the pics because I can see 1/128th of them. Any idea why? I do mozey on over to the website from time to time, but would love to be able to read them again from my email. If you've heard that from others and have a work-around for me, lmk! Thanks! So glad you are back in blogging action.

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    1. so sorry! due to the redesign - I'll see what I can do. Sorry about that!

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  16. the part where you mention how much Simon is home brought tears to my eyes! We're moving to MN from Cali for my husband's fellowship. He keeps telling me after 6 years of residency that he's going to be home more. You just gave me hope!!

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