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Hello! Last time you heard from me, Matt and I were heading to Jackson for Pop’s birthday party. But what you didn’t know (if you haven’t heard by now) is that we surprised them by having my uncle, Alan, cousin, Chrissy, and her son, Chase fly in from Wyoming. And indeed, they were surprised! Here’s a picture of everyone we took that Sunday:

Pop, Allie, Granny.

3rd row: Tim, Gregg, Matt, Alan. 2nd row: Cayce, Julie, Chrissy, Chase, me, my mom. 1st row: Pop, Allie, Granny.

If you’ve looked at my tweets lately, you might have noticed that I can now make tasty Middle Eastern food. At least a little, anyway. I bought and roasted eggplant for the first time (actually for veggie lasagna, but I only needed half) and had an avocado on hand. So with a side of couscous I made:

avocado hummus

avocado hummus

and

pita bread

pita bread

The pita was especially delicious, and pretty easy to make. I baked it on the pizza stone Rachel gave me (thanks Rachel!). Click here if you’d like the recipe.

In other news, I’m headed back to Jackson again tonight, because tomorrow we’re going to Arkansas. To what is apparently bridal utopia, otherwise known as Low’s. It is the third largest bridal store in the country, and from what I’ve heard if you don’t find a dress there, you may as well stop looking.

While my mom and I (and possibly Granny) are frolicking in the land of bridal gowns, you can spend some time looking at the new pictures I just put on flickr. Of the turtles, of course! Piper was a little camera-shy. Michelangelo, on the other hand, thinks he might go on to become the new face of Abercrombie and Fitch.

Back in Martin

Things are almost back to normal around here (although I haven’t unpacked everything just yet). I did set up our turtle tank on Sunday, but the very next day read that aquarium gravel, which I had used on the bottom, was dangerous to small turtles who might accidentally eat it. So I ended up buying some rocks at Wal*Mart. Those were some expensive rocks! Five dollars for a bag, and I got two. And I didn’t even use half of them…well, they’ll come in handy whenever Piper and Michelangelo graduate to a bigger enclosure.

Piper and Michelangelo's new house.

Piper and Michelangelo's new house.

In case you didn’t already know, we actually brought back three turtles from Destin — one for Granny and Pop. We couldn’t decide what to get them and then started thinking about how much they like it when a frog or something shows up in their fishpond… So what better present than a turtle? His name is…um…Destin. And I hear that he’s doing just fine. This is a photo that Pop sent me yesterday.

Destin hanging out on his lily pad.

Destin hanging out on his lily pad.

In other news, Matt and I are heading back to Jackson on Friday to celebrate Pop’s 80th birthday. Julie and her family are also driving up from Memphis, so this promises to be a great birthday party!

– Karen

Destin, days 4-5

Hello again! I somehow forgot to blog yesterday, so now you get two days worth of blogging for the price of one.

Yesterday morning we went parasailing. There were 10 other people on the boat with us, but we were the first ones up. Once we were in the air, it seemed like we were hardly moving at all. The whole trip was a lot of fun, even watching everyone else go up. We didn’t do too much the rest of the day except shop a little, and plan for our snorkeling adventure…

We got down to the docks around 9:00 and were shuttled to the snorkeling boat. We swam out by the jetties for most of the morning looking for fun fish and avoiding the jellyfish (which there weren’t very many of). We tried taking some pictures with the underwater camera, but unfortunately none of them turned out very good. We also walked over to the other side of the jetties where the waves were, and I proceeded to get stung by jellyfish three times. We took the shuttle boat back to the docks around 1:00.

On the way back, we stopped at a beach store to pick up some friends that I’d been waiting for. One of them is a present from Destin for Matt. (Hi Matt!) I’ve always wanted one of these little guys…

On the left is Michaelangelo the yellow-bellied slider. On the right is Piper the red eared slider.

Michelangelo (left) and Piper

Michelangelo is a yellow-bellied slider and Piper is a red eared slider. These silver dollar-sized turtles are excellent swimmers and will spend most of their time either playing in the water or basking under the special UV bulb I got for them. They’re tiny now, but they will get bigger eventually.

After getting the new turtles settled into their temporary house we got started on our trek back to the other end of town for supper at The Lucky Snapper. Happily, they offered lots of vegetables and a view of the harbor. We even got some pictures of a sailboat and a seagull nest.

Later we took a few pictures on the beach and then walked down to Pompano Joe’s for key lime pie (which was very good). Tomorrow we are swimming at the beach for the last time and possibly renting sea kayaks. Let’s hope for no jellyfish in the morning!

– Karen