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Florida Still Has a Hold On Us

We’re in this “off the highway” little RV park, a quarter mile from the mechanic, called Casey Jones RV Park. There are mainly year-rounders here, but there is a large center section of grass with full hookups intended for transients like us. And really, it’s just us. Another fifth wheel pulled in when we did, but they’ve left already.

This is what the off-season looks like.

The people here are super nice, even if there isn’t much to do. It does allow for focused school days and work days. And attempted fixing of general maintenance items – aka leaks.

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Slight Detour to Florida

We made a quickie (or so we thought) detour back down to Florida for our oldest to take his Driver’s Permit test. I picked a podunk town just over the border that I hoped wouldn’t have too long of a wait. In Florida┬áthere are DMV offices and then there are Tax Collector offices that perform some DMV services. This was the latter.

Florida requires quite a few hoops to jump through for taking the test. First you need to take a course (FLVS offered this course for free) which is advertised at $40. Then you need the certificate from the course, birth certificate (or passport), social security card, both parents present, 2 proofs of residence (for a kid this is nearly impossible but we did have a bank account statement that had just arrived) or 1 proof of residence and an affidavit from parents that he lives where he lives. Then he gets his picture taken, does the eye exam, signs in blood…just kidding, but he did have to sign electronically. Now he gets to take the first test, the road sign test. You need to get 15 out of 20 correct to pass. And then he takes the road rules test, again 15 out of 20 to pass.

HE PASSED!

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Tallahassee, FL

We stayed at a cozy little park very convenient to downtown Tallahassee, appropriately named Tallahassee RV Park. Many of the residents were long timers; our neighbor had been there 3 years. Its a private setting with trees along the perimeter, but the rigs are packed in tight together. With awnings extended they miss the rig next to you by an inch or two. However, the majority of the 60 sites are extra long pull-throughs.

Mr. S loved this place because of the quantity of skinks. He spent his free time trying to catch them in the perimeter getting nothing but mosquito bites for his trouble. He was able to capture one on camera.

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A Brand New Smile!

Today is the day our oldest has been dreaming of for the past two years. The day his braces come off.

It is an all day affair since the removal appointment is at 8:40 am, an hour away from the grandparents’ house. Then there is an additional 4:10 pm appointment to fit the retainer. So that means spending the day at the library working and educating to kill time.

He has 2 permanent retainers and nighttime removable retainers and, except for ice and jawbreakers, no more food restrictions. He’s requested a caramel apple :)

I think this smile has been worth the wait!

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Back at Orlando Thousand Trails

Still chilling out in Florida, spending the week at the Orlando Thousand Trails in Clermont, waiting for the weather to stop being so fickle so we can start heading north. We had planned on going up to Atlanta before Easter, but it may have to wait until after Easter. On second thought, that may be Spring Break week so we may want rethink that…stay tuned.

The velociraptors are still here, only now they have a little fluffy addition (with really long legs). I had to stalk them to get a good picture, but they didn’t seem to mind. Meanwhile, we were able to meet up again with Mr. S’s friend, Matt, and they’ve been happy hunting pals hanging out daily. I’ve been a little lenient with him regarding his schoolwork when he has a friend around because for him at least, hanging out with a friend is just as important as school. I love it when they are together because his friend is very outgoing and therefore Mr. S winds up talking to more people outside his comfort zone. For example, today they played Foosball with an older couple.