Easter Sunday we only had one thing we needed to do: go to 7:30 am mass. After that, we planned to enjoy the gorgeous Florida weather by our pool. We were excited to just totally chill. We had been working our tails off on our house since we moved to Florida and we were excited to just relax.
Everything changed when Eric Reddish called about 11:15 am and asked: “Want to go out on the boat this afternoon with us?” My eyes sparked with Fourth-of-July fireworks as I hung up, hopped out of the chair, and told Nick, “Eric invited us on their boat this afternoon!” I knew we didn’t need to decide yes or no. Instead we high-fived, quickly packed a bag with drinks and snacks and jetted out the door.
Spending time with Eric, Laurel and their six-year-old daughter Scarlett is easy. I went to high school with Eric; and Laurel and I were at Illinois State at about the same time (even though we didn’t know each other). Eric and My Man can talk sports, boats — really anything — all day long. Laurel and I talk about EVERYTHING else! Scarlett provides the humor!
We drove over to Dunedin and boarded their boat for a trip out in to the Gulf of Mexico. What’s not to love about this view ?
We docked at a small island, climbed off the boat and carried in lawn chairs and a couple of coolers filled with snacks, wine, and beer. We all played for a while in the water, just enjoying the cool breeze. The water was perfect! We walked along the shore, looking for sand dollars.
After awhile, we retired to the chairs, spreading out the snacks and drinks.
While the four adults enjoyed each other’s company, Scarlett ran along water, playing. What a view! Being on the water confirmed our decision to turn out lives upside down and move across the country from Tampa to Northern California. We didn’t go in the water in Northern California without a wet suit in April!
After a couple of hours, we decided to head back on the boat and eat an early supper. Eric, a planner, had scouted a Mexican restaurant the day before in Largo. Before we jumped back on the boat, I took a quick snap of Scarlett with my iPhone 7, in portrait mode. It was obvious she enjoyed the boat and the beach as much as the grown ups!
Another DaysUnplanned Blog With the Reddishs (spoiler alert – gorgeous photos!): New Rule: There’s No Crying Over Smashed Sand Dollars
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Why Travel, Cooking and DIY? A creative type, I have always loved painting and decorating as a hobby. Upcycling is a real passion. My mom was a Home Ec teacher when we were growing up. I learned a lot from her and because I love hosting get-togethers, I had to step up my game in the kitchen as well. And lastly, my love of travel comes from my Grandma Schmitt.
An Illinois native, I worked in the White House Communications Agency early in my career (President Reagan), prior to returning to Illinois State University to finish my undergraduate and Master's. After a couple of post-graduate internships (minor league baseball and Big Ten Conference), I then worked in college athletics full-time for more than 22 years -- first at the University of South Carolina for 15 years and then at Santa Clara University for the last seven years. We moved to Tampa, Florida in Dec., 2016 after spending 8.5 years in Northern California.