Push Away the Screen: The Tampa Trio does Summer 2014

Summer time is quickly approaching. Actually, forget quickly approaching, it has arrived in Florida!! And before I know it the Tampa Trio are going to be out for summer break.

Having 3 VERY ACTIVE kids, I try to plan our days/weeks with as much physical activity as I can. It's good for me, and it's good for them.

Last summer we weren't quite as busy as I would have liked. Our community pool was closed for renovation, so we had to rely on a neighbor's pool, and we had to drive there, so we lost down time with the commute, and it also rained a lot last summer so often we'd pack up, drive to the pool, only get in a short time before the rains started and we had to leave to come home. And with it usually happening around mid-afternoon, it was too late for us to go and get other activities in. Ugh. I'd rather not relive last summer, EXCEPT for our awesome trip to North and South Carolina, now that was a great way to Push Away the Screen.


But this summer, this summer will be different!! Our community pool is up and running, I've got the kids enrolled in summer camps, my dad has plenty of space for us at his home near the beach, and of course, we have our CrossFit.

This summer I'll be able to continue my kids through their own CrossFit journey as CrossFit Kids will move to Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings through the summer. I work out in the morning. That means we'll be working out together, though with separate coaches. I LOVE this and we're all super excited by this opportunity to watch each other grow physically, and mentally because CrossFit is as much a mental sport as a physical one.

Ronin will also get double CrossFit luck when he participates in their weekly summer camp program. They only offer it for ONE week during the summer, so if you want to get your kid enrolled, now is the time to do it. They'll have 2 certified CrossFit instructors, but more than that, both of the instructors are moms, certified educators, and are comfortable and awesome when working with special needs kids. And I know this firsthand since they've both been working with Ronin for quite some time now.

But we won't be doing CrossFit all summer.  The girls will also be attending a week of Girl Scout residential camp! They'll be Engineers to the Rescue where survival skills meet science as they build and design water filters, wind-powered cranks, a message-carrying car, and safe shelter after an earthquake strikes the Camp!! How will they get out of this predicament? By working with their team and applying problem-solving and engineering design know-how!How cool is that?? And they'll also enjoy plenty of time canoeing, tubing, swimming, and doing other Girl Scout activities!!

While the girls are away, Ronin will PLAY!! He's going to attend one week of a sports-themed camp. He's still deciding on soccer or basketball, but space is still available so we've got plenty of time.

And our summer vacation is quickly approaching!! This year we'll be heading to Jekyll Island, GA! We've been invited to be special guests at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel!!  There is SO MUCH to do on Jekyll Island! Nature, cycling, swimming, SUP'ing, and so much more!!

We happened across Jekyll Island last year on our drive home from the Carolina's. We couldn't stay on Jekyll Island long as a horrible storm was moving in quickly and we were on a mad dash back to Tampa! But we loved what we saw and can't wait #PushAwayTheScreen and explore this amazing island!

We'll also be spending some quality time with Grandpa down in Venice. We'll look for sharks teeth, get in some AMAZING orange ice cream from Nokomis Groves and just relax and recharge! My dad's house has suddenly become a huge treasure trove for the trio and they love spending time going through his knick-knacks, playing in his greenhouses, and trying to catch minnows from his old wooden bridge.

And or course we have our normal plans like Busch Gardens, Adventure Island, and if when it rains, that will be our "down time" our re-charge time, perhaps our time to get some chores done!

We're all super excited for a busy summer!!

What are your summer plans??

Comments (2) -

  • Nice! Your summer plans sound wonderful! I'm excited for my summer plans - I'm going to Turkey with my sister for a week!
  • Sounds like so much fun! I'm still trying to nail down some dates for beach days and staycation dates. I love summer!

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