Thursday, June 23, 2011

A Whirlwind and Life Goes On

It's really hard to believe that we've been living in Florida for almost 3 weeks now. Where did the time go? It seems like just yesterday we were loading a Uhaul truck in Denver, Colorado. Now we live in the Sunshine State, and it's still hard to grasp that we aren't on vacation here.

We love the beaches!

These past few weeks in Florida have been consumed with finding our way around a new place, my husband flying to all new places, choosing a place to live, unpacking, organizing, finding new places to eat and enjoy a drink or two, viewing a couple of sunsets, consequently taking tons of photographs, visiting Ikea for some home organization needs (more on that tomorrow), and adjusting to life in Florida. Whew. Did that make you tired? I sort of get tired just thinking about everything that has changed for us.

Sunset near Tarpon Springs

We're slowly, but surely, getting settled in the Tampa Bay area. The pace of life seems a bit slower here, which is fine by me. We're surrounded by water on practically all sides at all times. The abundance of water, and the life it supports, is just incredible. There's something to be said for seaside locations and their ability to remind you of what's important.

We see reminders of life everywhere we go. Crabs dig on the beach at night. Small crustaceans wash ashore with each wave on the beach. Birds fish for food during low tide in the Gulf of Mexico. Lizards search for food in the landscaping and wood chips. With just about every step you'll find something carrying on with its life.

Even though we've been really busy and consumed with our "to-do" list, we realize that life goes on all around us. Sometimes you need a little reminder to slow down. So far, life in Florida has been a constant reminder to enjoy the little things.

Happy Thursday!


  1. So glad that you're getting settled in Ashley! :)

  2. Glad you are gettin all settled in!! A lil jealous yall have the beach so near to escape to! Beautiful pics! Really hope TB treats ya well!

  3. glad you are loving it there. so awesome that you are surrounded by water and beaches :)

  4. Sounds like fun!! How much has your hubby been flying?

  5. That is a good slow down in life! I LIVE BY TO-DO lists! Ah, it is so overwhelming! But it seems like you are loving it in Florida! How fun!

    Ashley Sloan

  6. Ashley, your pictures are gorgeous! Makes me want to come visit like yesterday!! Still can't believe you've been in FL for 3 weeks already. Geeze. So happy for you two!


  7. Uh I would totally feel like I was on vacation there all the time with those beaches! They're so lovely! Glad you're remembering to enjoy the little things! [like not stepping on those crabs]

  8. Do you follow Meals and Miles? She lives in Tampa too, and just moved there from Orlando recently.

  9. Love your pictures! It looks like Fred Howard Park maybe? We were just there yesterday! Our first time there- I told my Hubs that I wanted to go on an adventure - aka - drive around and see new things. So we drove down to Tarpon and went to Sunset Beach, and then to Fred Howard Park. Love.