What Better Way to Spend Father’s Day

What better way to spend a sunny Father’s Day than on a boat?

Pretty Day

A little after 10 a.m., my mom, dad, Ryan and I took my parents’ boat out to cruise around the Gulf of Mexico and test out the new mask, fins and snorkel I got yesterday.

My sister was actually taking a scuba certification course all day, so she wasn’t able to join us. 😦 (We have a trip to the Keys planned in a couple of weeks and want her to be certified so we can enjoy some family scuba diving! )

Though my sister couldn’t join us, we did have a stow-away on board… 

Me & Shark Bait

(Apparently the above picture was taken mid-lick. 🙂 )

Family Photo

My dad did a good job of taking us to an area in the Gulf where it wasn’t too deep so I could test out my gear.

Captain & First Mate

I wanted a hot pink mask, fins and snorkel set but settled on a hodgepodge of neon colors at the scuba shop yesterday since they didn’t have my size in pink fins and the pink mask and snorkel sets were a weird muted pink.

Gearin' Up

I think I will try to get a variety of color into my scuba gear as I get myself some more supplies. I’ll be Rainbow Bright the scuba diver. 😉

Splish Splash

How Cool Do I Look?

Sadie got a little jealous of all the fun we were having in the water. Once she was suited up, she was ready to join us for a dip!

Ready for a Dip

Swim, Swim

Days on the boat are so much fun!

Why do we have to work? Every day should be spent like this! 😀


We arrived back home from a fun day of boating with hungry bellies.

We quickly made sandwiches and enjoyed some fresh fruit on the side.

I had a chicken salad sandwich on a multi-grain sandwich thin with a side of fresh pineapple.

Chicken Salad Sandwich

Taste of the Tropics

The pineapple was so sweet and perfectly ripe. I ate a bunch!

Once our bellies were full, Ryan and I packed up our bags and hit the road to head back to Orlando.

Now it’s time to unpack and get organized for the week!

Father’s Day Fish Cake

Happy Father’s Day to all the fantastic fathers out there (who likely are not reading this blog… but please pass along my wishes to the dads you love). 😀

I also want to wish Happy  Father’s Day to this special guy:

Proud to Walk with My Dad

Dancing Duo

In honor of my dad’s special day, my mom, sister and I made him a cake in the shape of a fish since he’s a man who loves the ocean, boating, scuba diving and spear fishing.

We used a box mix to make reduced-sugar yellow cake and I made chocolate cream cheese icing from scratch using this recipe from Cooking Light.

Homemade Icing

Cutting the Cake

On Second Thought, Maybe Mom Should Do It...

Fish Cake

Just FYI, those three little circles above the cake are supposed to be bubbles. 🙂

I think my dad liked his special cake!

Now we’re heading out for a day on the boat to get some sun and test the new snorkel, fins and mask my mom and I bought at a scuba shop yesterday.

Catcha lata! 😀