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Hugs and Kisses to Our Beaches

30 Things I Vow to Do This Summer

#1 – Soak up every ounce of our beautiful white beaches Gulf before the oil arrives.


I’ve mentioned many times before about my love for our Gulf beaches and this weekend I was truly grateful to soak up every ounce of salt water and sand once again.


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Using their bug catchers, the girls made a mini aquariums and filled them with sand fleas and clams they found in the muddy shores.  Allana loved observing the tiny creatures swim around and stretch out their siphon tubes as they adjusted to their temporary home.


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Even though we’ve been home for a few days, I told my husband that I want to go back to hug and kiss the beach again before the oil arrives.


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I know the oil is coming soon and our beautiful beach days are on borrowed time.


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Read the rest of the items I vow to do this summer here and view more photos of our trip to Treasure Island, FL here.


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Living life as a mom on the run between races and raising three beautiful, brilliant children (ages 11, 7, 2). Before a blissful life as a SAHM, I taught elementary school for 7 years. In 2007, I discovered a passion for running. I'm currently training for a fourth marathon as well as a variety of other races and triathlons. In my spare time, I am the lead organizer for the Tampa Bay Bloggers on Facebook. I'm currently training for two marathons as well as a variety of other races and triathlons. From start to finish, I'm a mom on the run trying maintain an easy pace through it all.

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  • Louise says:

    I love Florida Too!

    30 June, 2010 at 12:22 am
  • Muthering Heights says:

    That is so sad! :(

    When is the oil expected to arrive?

    30 June, 2010 at 12:25 am
  • The Mayor! says:

    Heartbreaking, I know! So beautiful, & I agree…the beach is my happy place! If only I didn’t live in Canada dangit! Happy WW!

    30 June, 2010 at 12:42 am
  • Genny says:

    Beautiful, beautiful! That water is magical looking!

    30 June, 2010 at 12:54 am
  • Mimi says:

    Gorgeous. Lucky you to live near those pristine (for now) beaches! I’d want to go back, too! Oh, and sand fleas? Just the thought of a flea makes me itchy!

    ~Mimi @ Woven by Words

    30 June, 2010 at 12:59 am
  • Mrs. Cox says:


    30 June, 2010 at 1:28 am
  • alicia says:

    Such beautiful photos. And so heart wrenching to think what might and probably will happen. Thanks for linking up!

    30 June, 2010 at 2:10 am
  • Cecily R says:

    Amaaaaaazing pictures. Really stunning.

    Makes the whole tragedy a little more tragic too, that such beauty is on (as you say) borrowed time.

    30 June, 2010 at 2:13 am
  • Jenn says:

    The beach is my heaven on earth ~ I am so heartbroken for the animals that will be affected by this horrible spill ~ the whole thing is heartbreaking! ugh! Such a blessing to build memories there!!

    30 June, 2010 at 2:53 am
  • Jenn says:

    Oh ~ ps ~ thank you for the post card offer ~ we already have a few from FL!! =)

    30 June, 2010 at 2:55 am
  • Marilyn (A Lot of Loves) says:

    The poor beaches. They really are lovely. it’s so tragic it makes me ill.

    30 June, 2010 at 3:12 am
  • Ma.links says:

    Great shots!

    30 June, 2010 at 3:29 am
  • Thom says:

    Love the photos. How fun.

    30 June, 2010 at 4:32 am
  • Dominique @Dominique's Desk says:

    Those are lovely shots of the beach.. we don’t have such clear nice blue waters here where I am.

    30 June, 2010 at 4:44 am
  • blueviolet says:

    It just breaks my heart! To see its untampered beauty right there and to know it’s about to be polluted…devastating.

    30 June, 2010 at 5:48 am
  • Dina @ 4 Lettre Words says:

    It’s so heartbreaking. Glad you enjoy some time there!!

    30 June, 2010 at 7:18 am
  • And Miles To Go.... says:

    summer fun at it’s finest!

    30 June, 2010 at 7:27 am
  • mooney=mc2 says:

    I am so sad for the golf beaches. The most amazing beach I have ever stood on was on the gulf, the sand felt like SILK, it was so different from Atlantic Coast sand…just beautiful.

    30 June, 2010 at 7:55 am
  • Melanie @ Whimsical Creations says:

    What a breathtaking view. Such a beautiful way to spend the day.

    30 June, 2010 at 7:56 am
  • Tracy @ Hall of Fame Moms says:

    Great pics. Too bad about the oil ;( Thanks for the link up ;)

    30 June, 2010 at 8:01 am
  • Mellisa says:

    Oh to have a beach like that in your backyard is amazing – that it will be forever changed by the oil is heartbreaking!

    30 June, 2010 at 8:26 am
  • Little Mochi says:

    Oh lovely photos, you guys looked like you had so much fun! I will be going home to Pensacola later this month and the girls and I have our fingers crossed that there will be white beaches to run our toes in. Happy WW!

    30 June, 2010 at 8:44 am
  • Secret Mom Thoughts says:

    Enjoy the beach while you can. So sad that the oil is coming.

    30 June, 2010 at 8:55 am
  • Harriet says:

    Looks about perfect!

    Have a great Wednesday!

    30 June, 2010 at 9:35 am
  • Andrea says:

    Beautiful pictures. Sigh. It makes me so sad to even think of it. I hope you have many more days of beach time before the horror hits. :(

    30 June, 2010 at 9:37 am
  • Imperfect Momma says:

    Such beautiful shores….I wish we could go to FL again to visit. Glad you got to get there before it gets oiled up

    30 June, 2010 at 10:27 am
  • Serendipity is Sweet says:

    So gorgeous! I’ve never been to the gulf coast of FL, just the Atlantic side. I hope to visit soon. Hubs spent some time in Pensacola before we were married. He love it!

    Enjoy it. I hope the damage won’t be too bad. It’s so sad that it’s happened at all.

    30 June, 2010 at 10:48 am
  • Buckeroomama says:

    Beautiful pics! So sad about the oil…

    Your girls catch sand fleas?! Sand fleas and I are so not friends!

    30 June, 2010 at 10:50 am
  • Kristi {at} Live and Love...Out Loud says:

    Great photos Denise! It’s so sad that those beautiful, pristine beaches will soon be tarnished with oily sludge. The things we’ve done to our planet…
    Thanks for stopping by and linking up again this week. How much longer til we get to meet baby?

    Kristi, Live and Love…Out Loud

    30 June, 2010 at 10:57 am
  • tiarasandtantrums says:

    oh this is so sad!

    30 June, 2010 at 11:43 am
  • Ms. Latina says:

    What a beautiful beach and I agree completely with you. The BP fiasco will be felt all over for many, many years.

    30 June, 2010 at 12:18 pm
  • Lindsey says:

    It does look so beautiful! That sunset is lovely.

    30 June, 2010 at 1:20 pm
  • Julie From Momspective says:

    Okay. Officially jealous.

    30 June, 2010 at 1:39 pm
  • kimert says:

    The Gulf is such a beautiful place. I loved visiting “the other side” this summer but really there is nothing like the beauty the Gulf beholds. I am saddened by the oil.
    Your pictures are wonderful and it looks like you all had a wonderful time!

    30 June, 2010 at 2:05 pm
  • Liza says:

    Wonderful photos!

    My entries:
    Moms… Check Nyo

    30 June, 2010 at 3:15 pm
  • Cafe au lait says:

    Beautiful photos. Makes me wish I’m on the beach right now. :)

    30 June, 2010 at 3:22 pm
  • Maria @ LSS says:

    That looks so fun!

    30 June, 2010 at 3:25 pm
  • Simply Delicious says:

    Looks like you had a wonderful time at the beach.

    Happy WW.

    30 June, 2010 at 3:26 pm
  • Kati says:

    Oooh! That looks soooo fun! I cannot wait to take the kids to the beach!!

    30 June, 2010 at 3:48 pm
  • Tracy says:

    Enjoy them while you can. It is such a shame how many beaches we are losing. My daughter is in college and is spending her summer break to come down and clean animals caught in the spill.

    30 June, 2010 at 5:33 pm
  • Brenda says:

    Enjoy the beach before the oil comes, we had that happen in CA and its not fun.

    30 June, 2010 at 8:37 pm
  • Jennifer James says:

    I am so mad about the oil disaster! When I was visiting Florida last week I saw local news reports about the oil washing ashore. It’s so sad!

    2 July, 2010 at 9:48 am
  • alison says:

    happy sits saturday!

    i am glad you were the comment before me bc i can totally relate to this post. i live on the gulf in florida and we’re down at the beach right now soaking it up as much as we can before the oil hits. already had to deal with some tarballs. it’s so sad….i’ve grown up on these beaches and i was hoping that one day my kiddos would be able to say the same thing.

    3 July, 2010 at 8:24 am
  • Krystyn says:

    It sure is sad that the beaches are already icky in some places. Glad you were able to enjoy the beach.

    3 July, 2010 at 2:35 pm
  • Running Betty says:

    You may recall Brian is an oceanographer, and he (still) thinks the oil isn’t coming to St Pete.
    Just 2 cents…
    But keep enjoying the beach!
    - R

    11 July, 2010 at 10:22 pm

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