Florida Trip with Mikey Day 2

Before leaving St. Pete we visited Bay Pines Veteran’s Hospital and Cemetary to see Mikey’s grandfather. This is a nice monument there dedicated to those who served.

Bay Pines Veterans monument

With Mikey, 8/2005

Moi in the wonderful Haslem’s new and used bookstore. It’s so cool in there. I want to live in one of the aisles. Here is me with all the fairy books. (I got to take a couple home!)

With fairy books

Mikey at Haslem’s

Our next stop was Tampa, and we made a beeline for Meg’s house. Here, Mikey bonds with her daughter Katelyn through TICKLE FIGHTING.

Mikey tickles Katelyn

Brendon arrived not too much later, and engaged in the Katelyn poking.

Brendon in a poke fight

Katie & Brendon, 8/2005

Katelyn’s kerchief

Katelyn’s pigtails, 8/2005

Katelyn the food monster with Brendon & Meghan, 8/2005

Hug from Katelyn, 8/2005

Katelyn & Mikey

With Katelyn, 8/2005

Katelyn, Mikey, me, 8/2005

Karaoke with Meg, 8/2005

Fred Visit Day 3

Brendon & Katelyn, 4/2005

Outside with Meggie, 4/2005

With Fred and newspaper, 4/2005

Went to my grandparents’ for Passover–and for the first time I could ever remember, I was the youngest present and got to read the four questions!

Enjoying the paperweight

I brought a chiffon cake made with matzo meal (safe for Passover) and we decorated it with candles for my grandpa’s birthday, which had only been the day before!

Grandma preps the cake

Grandpa’s 84th birthday.

Grandpa is 84

Dad & Daughter

Fred Visit Day 8

Fred and me right before we took off down the river!

Before canoeing

It’s a gator we saw on the river!


 This is another gator. Actually I took a bunch of shots of gators but not all of them are that interesting so I just put the two best ones.


We ran the canoe onto the bank on purpose so we could have a picnic. This is me and my mommy relaxing.

Mom and Ivy picnic

This is what my mom described as the “big honkin’ tree” that we used as our landmark to find the picnic place. (It was pretty honkin’.)

Big honkin tree

 We’re shoving off to paddle the rest of the trip; me and Mommy in the canoe.

Mom & Ivy canoe

There was some awesome scenery on the Hillsborough River! Lookit how the reflections are in the water.

Nice scenery

A pretty bird in a picturesque scene!

Nice nature

 WOW. Look at that reflection. It totally bowled me over, I’m glad the quality translated to digital format.

Nice nature

At the end of our trip, we spotted this WILD CHICKEN. Also known as gator food. Heh.

A wild chicken

I met my friends at Beer Belly’s, where some came for the beer and some came for the karaoke. (Guess which reason was mine?) Here we have me, Phil, Steve, and Meghan.

Phil, Steve, Meghan at Beer Belly’s

Same people as above except now you can see Ammy. We’re trying to decide what to sing. (Steve is only concerned with getting shitfaced. Which he did well.)

With Ammy, Phil, Steve, Meg, 7/2003

Ammy, me, and Phil. Probably saying or doing something goofy.

Ammy, Ivy, Phil at Beer Belly’s

For some reason this is what my mom did when her picture was taken at the karaoke place.

Mom licks her drinks

It’s Ammy singing karaoke.

Ammy sings at karaoke

Fred’s turn to sing!

Fred sings at karaoke

It was so special that I had to have two pictures. 🙂

Fred sings at karaoke

 Here’s me singing karaoke, from far away.

Ivy sings at karaoke

Meghan’s turn to sing! She is a doll.

Meghan sings at karaoke

Phil’s turn. My mom forbade him to sing the song “Chef’s Salty Chocolate Balls” this time, so he ended up singing Adam Sandler’s “Ode to My Car.” Just as raunchy. You can tell from his hand gesture.

Phil sings at karaoke

Camping at All World Acres

On the day we were to camp, we stopped in Tampa to get some supplies at my mom’s and then we visited Meggie. We all went shopping and out to eat.

Visiting Meggie

We got to the campsite before dusk and managed to set up our tent. Here’s me inside it!

Tent at All World Acres

Fred is sitting in front of the tent after we’ve got it all set up, wearing his “Don’t Worry, Be Hopi” shirt.

Tent at All World Acres

Fred also photographed me sitting in front of the tent, and the random dog ran into the picture too. (The dog belonged to the owners of the land.)

Tent at All World Acres