Rain won’t ruin my parade…or my Fireworks!

Well it was a fun-filled long holiday weekend in Crystal River with friends! We became experts at dodging (and getting caught in) the rain, but didn’t let it ruin the experience.

The Fourth of July started with a morning scalloping adventure. Despite my lack of strong swimming skills, I was able to find quite a few on my own (which is a sure sign of a great season!!), but my husband took the trophy setting a record of seven scallops in one dive! If you are not familiar with scalloping, it is essentially an underwater Easter Egg Hunt; you swim with a mask and snorkel in shallow water, and gather scallops that are sitting at the bottom of the sea floor. Although the meat is smaller than the scallops you typically eat at a restaurant, they are worth the labor of breaking and cleaning them to enjoy the delicious seafood treat. It should be noted…I took the trophy in this category – cleaning over a hundred of them for us to enjoy. YUM!

That evening, we attempted to view the local firework show from our boat, but mother nature had another plan as rain pushed us back to shore. Nonetheless, it was a fun evening that ended with a smaller firework show back at our condos.

Friday I took a break from the trip to show a new customer some awesome properties around Lakeland. Upon returning, the rest of the weekend was a perfect mix of relaxation, water, and quality time with family and friends. I think the holiday weekend was just what I needed to get re-charged. I am feeling refreshed and ready to take on a great week!

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The Fourth of July!!

The Fourth of July has always been one of my most favorite holidays. Going back to my childhood, I have very fond memories of going to local farm-league baseball games in Virginia and staying late to watch the awesome firework displays from the stands with an ice cream cone in hand, crushed peanuts at my feet, the scent of honeysuckle in the air, and my family by my side. I remember one year when my cousins and my younger brother had created their own names for each type of firework, and they yelled them out as each crossed the night sky. “JELLO!!” was my favorite one that they came up with, and I can still hear them yelling it out with excited childhood squeals like it was yesterday. I am so glad that Lakeland also has these types of community celebrations, so that I will be able to continue to build similar traditions with my husband and future family in years to come.

As for this year, I will be enjoying the opening weekend of scalloping with my husband and some of our friends in nearby Crystal River over the holiday (don’t worry – I will have a full description of my experience to share in my next post!). Until then – Hope everyone has a SAFE, HAPPY and SUNNY Fourth of July! 

A New Beginning…Falling in LOVE with Lakeland all over again!

After recently changing gears in my professional life and starting my new career in Real Estate (*Insert shameless plug HERE* — I am now working with the BEST realty company in town – Keller Williams!), I am realizing more and more with each passing day that I truly have a deep and genuine LOVE for living in the Lakeland area. This is a true passion that I want to be able to share with my friends, colleagues, customers, and pretty much anyone else who wants to listen (or read!). As such, I am starting this Blog to help chronicle all the great things that Life in Lakeland has to offer. I hope that you will find my writing to be entertaining (and grammatically acceptable), the information I am sharing to be valuable, and my perspective on Life in Lakeland to be just as exciting to you as it is to me. Come join me in my journey as I fall in LOVE with Lakeland all over again!