Thursday, July 19, 2012

Sea Turtles nesting

The other night on Friday the 13th, we decided we would head to dinner then to the beach.  We heard that sea turtles were starting to come to the land and lay their eggs this month.  I was so excited because I had never seen a sea turtle on land, only while snorkeling in Hawaii (which in itself was AMAZING!).  Anyway we quickly ate dinner and off to the beach we went.  We lathered ourselves in bug spray and off we went.  When we got there it was still a little light out so we had to sit and wait.  I watched and watched for sharks but didn't see any.  It was finally getting dark and Jase said, we better wait another half hour.  UGH!  this was the time that i saw a sneaky crab and wanted to be done for the night. 
We waited and waited and when we could barely see anything we went for a stroll on the beach.  So romantic, a long walk to the beach.  Also, let me remind you, Kendyl is terrified of sand so we had her to carry with a death grip on us.  We walked about a quarter mile and we saw tracks!  we followed them up to a HUGE turtle.  We are not allowed to turn on lights of anysort since it scares them and they are endagered.  Not another 10 yards away, we saw another turtle approaching the beach from the water!  i was almost in tears with excitement!  Then along came 3 crazy save the turtle activist and they invited us to watch them lay eggs with a special red light!  We watched her lay 120 eggs!  Woo hoo!  It was AMAZING!
special facts
Sea turtles cannot reprodice or lay eggs until at least the age of 35, but up to age 45ish
only 1 egg in 1000 will make it to reproductive age. that is 1 in 10 nests that will be able to reproduce.
They only lay eggs about every 2-3 years. 
the hole they lay the eggs into is a good foot-2 feet deep! (they only have flippers!)

Anyway, I left happy and cannot wait to maybe go see some more this weekend. 

Here we are after, in the wind away from the turtles, finally a picture!  darn wind! and bolow is the type of turle we saw.  It is a logger head sea turtle.  Ours was 46 inches long and about 3 feet wide. 

Monday, July 9, 2012

Housing/ the 4th

Well we made it to Florida!  This was our 13th move and Kendyls 10th!  Good thing were here to stay for a bit!  We arrived during Tropical Storm Debby, and boy did it rain.  We got about 20 inches in like 2 days!  I didn't think it would ever dry up, but it did, and we are still wanting some more!

 Kendyl before her first ever airplane ride!  We let her have her binkie back to help her with her ears.  I get the worst ear aches.  She was a champ!  Jase had her pretty much all of the plane time.  He laid out the trays in from of him and she laid across those like a superstar and slept so well.  Us, well, it took us a while to catch up on our sleep.  We were so happy to finally land and have Paul pick us up!  He is great! 
 Our new favorite thing to do is go large mouth Bass fishing.  Until an unexpected gator shows up 5 feet in front of us like its his territory.  This has happened twice.  I think we need to find a new fishing spot! 
 Here is Kendyl again with smelling a flower! She thinks they are so pretty.  Even when she sees them in a book she still tries to smell them. 
 We worked so hard cleaning and unpacking, this is Kendyl taking a nap and break from it all.  Its sweet and all, but this was at 9:30 in the morning!  That is 2 hours early!

Anyway we had our first holiday here, the 4th of July! I was talking to my friend Jessica about what they do for fun in Florida for the 4th and how I didn't think it would be as fun as Utah.  She said "why cauase were confederates!?"  ha ha i didn't even know what a confederate is!  I then explained no, cause the state is full of retired people and they aren't big into parties! ha ha anyway I then learned the ranch throws one heck of a party and we had a blast! 
 Here is kendyls 4th of July outfit!  idk why her hair looks red?  but its still pretty blonde!
 top left:  Her drinking my diet coke.  I don't frink diet coke, but that day i did.  Top right: her and Dad! bottom left: Kendyl and me bottom right: just her!
Then a couple months ago Kendyl was in a photoshoot for the CUTEST boutique!  This was one of her outfits she got to wear.  More on that later!  but to check out the boutique

Sanibel Island/mom, Travis visits

A few days after we landed in Florida my Mom and brother, Trevor, came out to visit us.  We had so much fun!  First we went to Steak n Shake for dinner, then woke up got ready and went to Steak n Shake again for lunch.  Seriously we love that place and there is a reason we went there 2 times in a 12 hour period.  A- Its so so good and B- Our house had too much grime to want to think about eating in it... more on that later!
Anyway we headed down to West Palm Beach to see my moms uncle and visit.  It fun to chit chat, swim and eat some good food.  Then we headed across the state to the Gulf side to Sanibel Island!  It was gorgeous and so much fun!  Really laid back too. 

 Here is Trevor and I waiting for our Virgin pina Coladas and Daquiris.  mmm mmm  Just what we needed!
 We rented bikes and toured a little bit of the island
 Here are all 3 of us.  Thanks Mom for staying behind and watching Kendyl!  :)
                                                        You never see this is Utah
                                            If this is all this guy has to worry about, then I say he has a good life! :)
 There were GIANT hibiscus flowers there!  Kendyl loved to smell them!
and.... we rented a paddleboard!  So so so much fun! 

This island is known for sea shell hunting.  We found a bunch of conch shells, sand dollars and my mom even found a 9 legged star fish!  There were dolphins at least 2-3 times a day that would just swim right by you! 

We headed back to the ranch so Jase could start work and we headed to Cocoa Beach to go to Ron Jons and enjoy the Atlantic Ocean.  This is where Trevor saw a baby shark.  Yikes!  The next day (July 3rd)  we headed to Orlando, OUTLET MALL!  we hit some good sales!  Then it was time to take them to the airport! :(   We had so much fun and I hope they get to come out again soon.  Love you guys!

Goodbye Party

We had a goodbye/Jase graduated party before we left Utah! We were going to fly buddy passes to Florida so we planned the party for a saturday night.  Then next we knew we were good to go on the saturday morning flight.  Then they didn't let me check in online so I called and the lady asked if I was flying with a child and for me to register her then (apparently a big no no!)  so then we got bumped and ended up having to buy last minute one way tickets, which was surprisingly not a bad price!  So with confusion we had to reschedule the party like 3 times but we ended up sticking with the original. 
Shae and August couldn't make it so we went to Surf n Swim the day before!  It was so fun to get out and about and play in the water!  Kendyl loved having a friend and loved the boat they got to float in.  Now Kendyl is always saying "Augi, Augi" for August!

 August and Kendyl
 Me and Shae baby

We had a good turn out to our BBQ we had, considering its prime bear lake and camping time and it was on a saturday mid summer! 
 Im so glad my grandma and grandpa shields could come!  we love them!

 These are some of my moms friends and the famous aunt holly on the right.  They are all such great supporters and they are so so funny and fun! 
 Zack Goff got to come!  Havent seen that guy in forever!  He was part of setting Jase and I up. 
 The Marins!  I used to babysit these kids!  They are such a fun family.  David (the dad) was the one that sang at our wedding!  We love them!
 This is the Barton Family.  Paulette, Justin and Gracie Mae  (oh and little baby boy Barton in her belly!)  We are so thankful they came and we're so excited for them!
 The Bares/Bodilys got to come!  Gosh I just love this family so much!  Bandon (who just got back from the army (i could totally be wrong) is in the red. Brayden is the tallest most fun guy ever on the back left and Jess is the girl beside me.  She is so fun and I seriously think of them as my own family! 
This was Kendyls goodbye party shirt.  It says ciao!  she waves and says ciao!  I thought it was fitting! 
Anyway thats all the pics I was able to take as I was playing hostess too.  Thank you To everyone who came to see us one last time!  We love you so much and we miss you!