I'm in the middle of reading Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler More Soulful Way of Living by Shauna Niequist. I'm not sure where I got the recommendation, but I'm glad I got it. It's just what I need right now in my life.
After vacationing vicariously yesterday and taking a cue from my Present Over Perfect, I decided to close the books for today (ok...I did a little reading in the car) and join Keith and the girls for today's adventures. Today we explored the natural side of Florida. My sister introduced us to the St. John's River Cruise last year, and we knew we had to take the girls this year. Keith's cousins joined us and we spent 2 lovely hours meandering down the St. John's River. We saw a myriad of birds, native Florida plants and lots of alligators. Mama Alligator showed us her displeasure by hissing at us when we got a little too close.
Next was a trip to New Smyrna Beach, one of my favorite Florida beaches. We soaked in the warm sun, played in the waves and had fun in the sand. Destiny built her first sand castle with the help of Keith, who can never turn down the opportunity to build in the sand.
We ended our day sun-kissed and happy. Today I was present to the beauty of Florida and the company of some very special people. It was a perfect day!