Birthday in the hammock

All my life I thought there was only one definition of the word hammock.  But I’ve come to find out there are two:

1: a swinging couch or bed usually made of netting or canvas and slung by cords from supports at each end

2: a fertile area in the southern United States and especially Florida that is usually higher than its surroundings and that is characterized by hardwood vegetation and deep humus-rich soil

We learned about hardwood hammocks back in the Everglades and we were now staying at the Manatee Hammock campground in Titusville FL.

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We stumbled upon this campground online and it seemed too good to be true:  full hookups, free WiFi, pool, and its the closest campground to Kennedy Space Center all for $25 per night plus tax! This is another county park and just like Larry and Penny Thompson park we loved this one right away.  We originally planned to stay 2 nights just to get a full day at Kennedy Space Center.  But Brielle wanted to stay another day so her birthday was not a travel day.  So we tacked on an extra day (had to move sites which was a bummer…BUT it was a much better site) and spent the day celebrating Brielle’s birthday and just relaxing.

After pancakes and a couple April fool’s day pranks Brielle opened her gifts and cards from everyone.  Later she got to do a video chat with her school mates back home and they sang her happy birthday.  Her cousins sent her a party package that had decorations, fun candy and three cans of silly string  for her and her brothers to have a silly string fight with.  Dacen and Steph took a quick trip to a nearby park to look for gators.  They came up empty but saw lots of birds…and one branch that looked like a bird.  We played at the pool, had birthday brownies, enjoyed some down time, and watched a movie. It was nice to have a day to relax and unwind from a full day at Kennedy Space Center yesterday.

Happy birthday my dear sweet Brielle.  You are a true gift from God and I am so happy and proud to be your Papa!!

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Walk on the pier

Wachs on the pier

Which way do we go?

Movie time

Opening presents

Birthday loot

New watch

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Video chat with her class


Spoon bill



Is that a bird?


Pool play


Silly string fight


Happy Birthday brownies

Google presentation

Mad libs


Site 75 at night


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