"What a cute couple," our #3 son texted after he took this picture without us knowing. "Awwww, thank you Nick but why doesn't MacKenzie-Childs make a Courtly Check beach ball that we can toss around on the beach?"
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I should preface this blog post with this. We are a group of bloggers that enjoy MacKenzie-Childs and travel with our totes. I don't know if MacKenzie-Childs is aware of this free advertising, but I do love their Courtly Check and it works well even on the beach.
Here we are leaving for Florida to attend my niece's wedding on Marco Island. I had no idea that my niece chose "Guava" for her wedding colors when I wore my "Guava" North Face jacket to the airport. I love how their dresses matched the tropical bouquets.
The Mister is not only great at carrying my luggage, but also has a very creative mind. When I looked up from sipping a bloody mary on the beach, I discovered his sweet work of art.
Marco Island's beach and surrounding sand bars offer some of the best shelling in the world. A stroll along Marco Island beaches will reward the shell seeker with a wide variety of shells including whelks, olive shells, scallops and hundreds of other varieties.
Why is Marco special (especially in February)? It is an island. It is totally 100% surrounded by federal/state parks/preserves ... consequently man meets nature.
It's springtime in the sunshine state and it couldn't be lovelier. We enjoyed long stretches of pristine white sand and stunning scenery.
We stayed at the southernmost tip of Florida's Gulf Coast on Marco Island. Marco is the largest inhabited island in the beautiful 10,000 islands ecology. There are 3.5 miles of beaches at South Marco beach and Tigertail Beach. The island beach chairs an inland maze of waterways and strands of mangroves and saw grass, making it a destination for outdoor sporting an adventure such as boating, fishing, snorkeling, shelling and wind surfing.
It's a Mediterranean style village with a marina, and a fun place to walk to see the boats. If you're lucky you'll see dolphins too. We saw dolphins every day from our beach chair!
Miss Aurora breathing in the sea air on a sightseeing cruise out of Fort Lauderdale seeing the "Venice of America". Touring the beautiful waters of the New River and the Intracoastal waterway. I can't recall who owned which homes on the waterway, but I do remember that one of the homes was 40,000 square feet and that only one couple lived in it. I would need a compass to get around their home! Another home was owned by an 88 year old man who just married a 22 year old bartender from town. At least that's what the Carrie B captain told us.
As we were awaiting a cruise in Ft. Lauderdale, I looked up and said "I wonder if there are any tenants?" I will definitely be purchasing this beautiful "Morning Glory" bird house at the Barn Sale in July (if they have any left). I have one of the other bird houses and it is always occupied.
I was thrilled to be able to meet Jayne! Jayne had a blog in 2008, and we were internet friends prior to that. Jayne lives in FL part of the year, and offered to meet us at our resort before Joe and I headed to a party. We could have talked the night away!
Burrowing owls are so named because they live underground in burrows that have been dug out by small mammals like ground squirrels and prairie dogs. They are covered in brown spotted feathers and have long legs. They also sport distinctive white “eyebrows” above bright yellow eyes. They are one of the smallest owls in North America. They are easy to spot on Marco Island since the landowner is required to rope off the area around the burrow.For more information visit Florida Burrowing Owl in the city of Marco Island.
Bye for now! Don't forget to enter the drawing for the beautiful MacKenzie-Childs Green Flower Market Vase at Sarah's blog.
Sarah with Miss Merri Mac @ Hyacinths for the Soul
Yes, the whole family (OMG we have lost our minds). Miss Aurora (tote), Miss Bella (bucket bag), Madame Jumel (carry on) and Miss Key West (wallet). I had to make a card for each of their names and stuff it in the pocket of the bags so I would remember. LOL
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Emily with Miss Courtney Childs@ The French Hutch
Jenna with Miss Coquille @ The Painted Apron
Patti with Miss Kenzie and Miss Taylor @ Pandora's Box
Rita with Miss Luna C @ Panoply