Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Trains and more trains, like a floating carnival and yum

- Monroe's second birthday party in Pensacola, Florida on Saturday had a train theme.  It's a six hour drive from Atlanta for me, but it was totally worth it - especially later in the evening when he called me "Aunt Wynnie."  His mom used to call me Aunt Wynn when she was a wee toddler, too, and later, when she could manage the L sound better, it changed to Aunt Lynnie.  She still calls me that.  Full circle. 

- A Sunday night stop at the Port of Pensacola yielded the astounding sight of this enormous ship - called Deep Blue.  I didn't get the entire ship in the photo, so clicking on this link yields better images.  It looks like a floating carnival from a distance, but in fact the 677 foot ship is the world's largest purpose-built ultra deepwater pipelay and subsea construction vessel.  It's in port for maintenance before it moves on.

- And then we moved on to dinner at my favorite restaurant on beautiful Pensacola Bay - The Fish House.  I ended up having fried Gulf shrimp twice over the weekend, but the shrimp here were steller - pecan crusted.  And I acted like a tourist and got a drink in a take-home commemorative glass.  :)

More photos on Friday - I had a lovely time.


Riot Kitty said...

That sounds like a lovely time indeed! LOVE Monroe's cake!

Elephant's Child said...

That sounds truly wonderful. And, like RK, I love Monroe's cake.

LL Cool Joe said...

That cake looks great. Actually seeing the name Monroe has reminded me that Mariah Carey's daughter has the same name.

Looks like you had a lovely time, and the 6 hour drive was worth it!

Granny Annie said...

Monroe is TWO?!! Gosh time fly's. The cake is wonderful. Reminds me of a cake my mom once made for my son. It was a bus. The little ones do like transportation themes.

Back from my Los Angeles trip I had way too many "Yum" experiences. Now I have had to duct tape my mouth closed. lol

Lee said...

There's nothing quite like dining by the water.

I'm glad you had a lovely time, "Wynn". :)

Snaggle Tooth said...

I loved the train phase of play for my grandsons- Looks like Monroe is a choo-choo fan too. Nifty cake!
I was here yesterday, unable to load comments- maybe the rain storm got in the way.
Cool looking gadgets on that ship-
Beautiful place to eat there-

sage said...

Neat cake! Trains, I'm envious!

Sara said...

I love reading your trips. You always something interesting to show. When I first saw the picture of the ship, it really like a carnival:~) Cool picture.

While I live in Florida, my favorite seafood is friend shrimp. Everyone laughs at me because I order every time we go to a decent seafood restaurant...and it has to come with coleslaw and cheese grits:~)

Happy birthday to Monroe. That's a lovely cake and it's nice you made the trip. I know what it's like traveling to Florida from Georgia. It's a long drive! I'm glad you had fun!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Lynn - what a fantastic trip to have been able to make to see Monroe and family ...

Lovely that you had that time together and will have such happy memories of him aged 2 - great cake.

Deep Blue and its similar ships sounds like a great success for the port of Pensacola ... interesting to read about.

Love seeing you all - cheers Hilary

Sparkling Red said...

Aunt Wynnie! Aw, that's so sweet. Cute cake, too.