Sunday, January 31, 2010

Hello Florida!!

First, I'm sorry to anyone that was expecting a "video" for our "Hello Florida" post. That just wasn't going to work out if we wanted something in a timely fashion. Thus, just the good ol' photo/description sequel. I digress....

HELLLOOOOO FLORIDA! We've been Floridians now for 2 weeks on the dot and I must say I've loved it. From what I understand, we moved at the perfect time of the year. The weather is perfect, humidity not bad, lots going on. Plus, we're renting in a nice little neighborhood that's kind of in a country-ish area away from the city. Our new ward, or I should "technically" say branch," has a great vibe, but before I just list off EVERYTHING we've been welcomed with by Florida, here they are, in no order....but kind of in an order.

1. Hello Weather!! Yes, we know this may not be a positive thing come June or July, but for now it is paradise I tell you, paradise! The mornings and nights are cool, mid-day and evenings are warm. Rain on occasion, but never a cold rain, it's a refreshing rain. If we had more time and a built in baby-sitter Trevor and I would play tennis everyday, because you can. Riggs and I have an afternoon walk, stroll, or jog, depending on Mom's energy level each day because it just feels so great outside. Riggs is digging his outside time, mainly because he's out of the car seat stroller form and now sits upright. He's all business when he's in his stroller. He is not interested in talking or laughing at you during his office time, he will rarely even look at you. Anyway, as for the weather, I'm loving it. (Also, whatever humidity there is now I think we're already use to and my skin appreciates it)


2. Hello Beach!
The beach is great for so many reasons. So is being close to the beach. We hope many good times are to come at the beach.















3. Hello Wildlife! I already dislike so much about you. Wish I could say the same for my husband. I'm not kidding you, day 1 he was out scavenging around the backyard looking to get diseased by some animal...he found the turtle below. I made him protect himself with the trash bag when picking it up. Good thing I'm around. And yes, we've had our first official crocodile/alligator sighting (need to beef up on the differences). We hit a tennis ball over the fence and there he was about 15 feet away from the ball. I wish that experience would have never happened, it's too much of a reality now. No playing in water for Rigdon, love his Mom. Oh, and almost every day since day 1 I've caught Trevor just doing this wander around the backyard thing. You can just see the bubble over his head saying, "Please something awesome come out and play with me." (Also pictured below are the 3 frogs that live on our sliding glass door.)










4. Hello Toll roads! Sure, there's no state income tax, but they'll get it back in their toll fees. Luckily, I don't have to use them, but Trevor visits them frequently.

5. Hello Flat Land! It's official, I now want a bike. At our house in Utah I didn't have a chance of biking out of our neighbor hood, but here in FL the biggest elevation change is the one foot difference between being in the swamp and barely out of it on the sidewalk. I can't wait to throw Rigsy in the trailer and cruise.



6. Hello Razor! I didn't even think about the impact this move would have on my shaving schedule. It's a good thing Trevor got me here before I realized I may have to shave more than once a month during the winter. I'm slowly adjusting to the once a week :) schedule and more than happy to deal with shaving in exchange for wearing capri's every day of the year.



7. Hello Post-10 PM! Man, I didn't even know that life continued past 10 pm mountain standard time. But sheesh, prime time is now 8 pm EST. We now have shows that START at 10pm! Plus, most BYU sporting events don't start until 9 our time. We've already had some late nights (Jimmer Jammer you are the man - go Cougs!), but I do enjoy the later start times to allow for more dinner prep/night to-do stuff before you just sit and relax.

8. Hello Publix! So I've left the world of Smith's, Harmon's, etc. and entered Publix and Winn Dixie world. I've left the world of store "promo's" (couponers, you know what I mean) and entered the world of Buy One Get One Free. I've left the world of Sunday papers for $1.50 and entered the world of Sunday papers for .50 from the guy in the middle of the street.



9. Hello Jamannah! Yep, that's right, the three and only people we knew in this state - Jonathon, Amanda, and Savannah. We were lucky enough to see them this past weekend (before the new babe arrives) and it was great to catch up as well as look forward to more fun times to come. I had my camera and somehow didn't take any pictures. Fof! Well, let's just hit Sea World up sooner rather than later so we can get a few.

PS. Amanda - Lactose-free formula (not soy, my bad) is a dream. THANK YOU!

And lastly....

10. Hello Haircut! Yep, I finally broke down and chopped off Rigg's locks of love. The ultra long on top, bald on the sides just wasn't working anymore (or that's what my husband says). Anyway, I'm glad I did it. I love his little new do! He is just "so dang cute." I can not get enough of the little guy. And he can't get enough of making the face below...


10 comments:

Adrienne said...

I don't even know where to start with Riggs on this one. I guess I'll just give myself credit for that extremely cute plaid hat/shorts that I believe I purchased for him. Maybe I knew in my subconscious there was a move in his future?

The Winns said...

Thank you so much for this post. I laughed so hard especially at the trash bag turtle holding Trevor! And I'm glad I'm not the only one who rarely shaves. Shh don't tell anyone. Sorry, Brad. BTW I'm ready to hop on a plane and come visit. I NEED sun!!!

Brittany & Jason said...

I AM SO JEALOUS!!!! I LOVE Florida. I was born in Ft. Walton Beach and we visited there often when I was younger. It is VERY close to my heart. Jas misses Trevor on Saturday mornings (Church BBall)!!! You are looking super fab out in that warm, sunny weather and the babe is such a cutie. Is his hair turning reddish?? It looks almost strawberry colored in the haircut pictures. Send me your email address so I can let you see our Blog as well. My email is Sweetb728@yahoo.com . Our blog is JandBfergie.blogspot.com but it's private. Hope you continue to LOVE LOVE LOVE Florida :)

JSC said...

We loved the post and all parts of it. When we come to Florida, Trevor and I can go into the swamp and look for creatures to play with. Les, want your bike?

Becky said...

holy cow. amazing recap.

i would LOVE to wear capris daily and be by the beach.

not so sure how i'd handle the wildlife but i look forward to all your encounters.

florida looks to be a great place!

The Smith Family said...

Loved your post. I feel like Im in FL with you guys! :) SCARY about the alligator/croc. YIKES. Also lovin' Riggs haircut. He's a babe!

Amanda Wilson said...

Yeah for you being Floridians now! We also loved catching up with you guys. I am so glad the lactose free formula is working well. I also love Rigdon's new haircut. He is so adorable. I will for sure let you know when we go to Sea World and don't forget that if you ever want to go to the temple (or anywhere in Orlando on a date), we are always up for babysitiing. So glad you guys are here!

Ang and Luke said...

Good to hear Florida is treating you well. So I've got a tip on the bike riding. We have one of those front-riding bike seats for Macy, and it's fabulous! You don't have to turn around to see how/what she's doing, which is great for me since I'm kind of uncoordinated. She sits right in front of me and I can talk to her and point things out while we're riding. The one we have is called an iBert, and it's actually a Utah company - great invention!

Savage fam said...

Hi Lesley! Your little boy is so cute! My sister moved to St Petersborg Florida last year (Near Tampa?). I'd love to be there right now.

Mere said...

For our trip out to Florida I hope that Trevor can show us at least 5 different species of animals native to his backyard. I would also ask that Rigsy please take care of business and completely ignore me on any walk we go on. And unfortunately I guess it means I need to bust out the razor for the legs!