I have to admit that I have not been the best of daughters for the past while but I am trying to remedy that. The first of which was spending some much needed time with my dad. I had not visited him where he lives in the Keys in seven years!! I know am I crazy?
So, I thought - what better than to go to the Keys to see daddy and that way he can meet Mr. Big?!
Me and my dad
So, of course, with everything related to this reunion - my dad meeting Mr. Big, I also met part of the family that has adopted my father. They are a roudy bunch of sailors and bikers - my kinda people. They accepted me & Mr. Big with open arms and treated us like locals as if we had always been there.
The wild and crazy bunch aka My new family
Mr. Big loved the fact that everywhere we went with my dad everyone knew who he was and we were treated with the same equality and affection. It was truly a sense of coming home and being welcomed. I could never forget it. Now I realize why my dad moved down there and never turned back.
Me & Todd (my dad's "adopted" brother LOL)
We spent our last day out on the boats and partying on a small island known as picnic island. Where all the locals gather, weigh anchor and just hang out and have a good time. It's boats, beer, music and fun!! There is no rhyme or reason to it; just have a good time and especially NO TOURISTS!!! except the local-tourists like Mr. Big and I but we're family so we didn't count.
Mr. Big - Hungry??
It was a reunion of like minds and crazy people. A reunion of families and friends sharing in what we call "The Keys Disease" - once you catch it, it's hard to get rid of.
Boats on the Water
And to make the event even more spectacular - we even had our own concert!! Right on the water!! How cool is that?
Music on the Water (The band is on the roof)
I can't wait to return - the Keys Disease has hit Mr. Big and I real hard. We can so see ourselves relocating there and becoming the locals that we are in our hearts.
Hey, where else can you live the life of a hard worker and still enjoy the fruits of your labor and kick back, have a beer, out on the open water and just listen to the music as the sun sets while you pull you boat into the dock and carry your worries away with the last sip?
Refreshments - Stay Thirsty my Friends
So, my reunion has become a reflection of life and where things stand. Soon we will be back again and I will make sure to fill you in on all the insanity and laughter from the trip - but for now, join me and all the others over at Sprite's Keeper and join in on the Spin Cycle - YEAH!!! It's back!!!! Woo Hoo!!! Jen has finally broken down and resumed her duties in the laundry room (Jen, don't take that in the literal sense PLEASE) and is hosting the Spin Cycle again - so come on over, bring your fabric softener and join in on the fun!!
But before you go, check out the video below - that's the music we were listening to. It's a family band a la Partridge family but much cooler!!! (Oh, and if you pay attention to the conversation in the background I am sure you will get a laugh!)
Sounds of the day