Happy 4th of July! by Zoe -- July 4, 2018

On the 4th of July, we walked all the way to the top of the bridge in Fort Pierce. It was fun! We saw boats going under the bridge and there was a boat parade through the marina. We were so hot from walking that we got a slushie! And was really, really cold. Later that evening, we saw a cannon. They blasted the cannon off every hour. It was very loud. Then we went to eat our favorite gelato as a special treat.

At 9pm there were fire works over the water. It was so beautiful. I could not imagine it being any better. It was a great day!

Things to do in Ft Pierce -- June 2018

With 2 kids on board Exit Only, we are always on the lookout for things to do. We have discovered several interesting and fun places to visit in the Fort Pierce area. This area is known for its citrus industry. Just 50 years ago, this entire area was covered by orange groves and had little development. We visited a citrus farm called Al’s Farm which was just on the edge of town. The girls and I learned about how oranges are grown, harvested, and packaged. We got to taste lots of delicious oranges and fresh juice.

Just down the road from the boatyard is the FAU Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute. They have opened a very nice Ocean Discovery center in the last year which is free to visit. We have been able to visit multiple times and the girls have had a great time. Zoe was very excited to visit because the researchers here were involved with the rescue of a special dolphin named Winter. Winter is the subject of a fun movie called Dolphin Tale that Zoe has seen multiple times.

Inside the Ocean Discovery center, we were able to learn about the different types of research being performed at the FAU Harbor Branch facility -- everything from marine agriculture to immunology. They have some wonderful graduate students who help to run the visitors center and give tours. The girls were able to feed fish, taste seaweed, learn about the local dolphin community and learn about helping our oceans stay clean. They have a guided tour into the facility and you can actually see some of the submersibles that are used for research. We haven’t yet done the guided tour as it is a little longer and costs about $15. But I highly recommend this free and wonderful visitors center to anyone who is in the area.

Fort Pierce also has a Manatee center right on the waterfront that is perfect for a day visit. You can often see manatees in the canal right next to the Manatee Center. The volunteers at the center are very knowledgeable about the local Indian River Lagoon. Just across the south causeway bridge is a small aquarium, great parks/playgrounds, and beaches.

We also enjoy almost daily visits to the library while at the City Marina. They have a very nice kids section and a lovely librarian, Ms Giselle. Storytime and STEAM activities are scheduled twice a week. Over the summer, they have had several kid friendly projects and activities. We learned about tectonic plates while making smores and had a local park ranger visit to teach us about the locks leading to lake Okeechobee.

Once we are sailing, we may not have access to this variety of activities. But we sure look forward to meeting some other boat kids and learning all about the new places that we are visiting.

We Gotta 4-Year Old in the House! -- 8 April 2018

And just like that we have another birthday! I can’t believe that Jocelyn is turning 4 years old! She’s a spunky girl with a flair for the dramatic and an eye for fashion! With a twinkle in her eye, she knows just how to bring a smile to our faces. We are so thankful and blessed to have her in our family!

1. Nicknames: J, Joss, Jossie

2. Favorite color: Blue and Pink

3. Favorite book: Giraffes Can't Dance

4. Favorite TV show: Masha and the Bear

5. Favorite Movie: Frozen

6. Favorite Outdoor Activity: Swimming in the pool

7. Favorite Food: Macaroni and Cheese

What did I do on my birthday? I had cupcakes with blue frosting and fishies on top. I swam in the pool with Daddy and auntie Wendy.

What Did I Do Today? -- 30 March 2018, Ft Pierce FL

730 AM – get out of bed and wake up mommy and daddy

800 AM – have my favorite breakfast, eggs and toast

830-1030 AM – start school with my daily sentence and spelling review; after that mommy and I work on my weekly Bible verse and story. I really like math. Today I had a math quiz on multiplication and got 100%!! I am reading a story about Cowgirl Kate and her horse, Cocoa. Cocoa is funny. I am learning about American symbols. I have learned about the American flag, the Statue of Liberty, the Bald Eagle, and the Liberty Bell. The Liberty Bell cracked when it was first rung! I am making a fact book of all the American symbols.

1030 AM – snack time

1100 AM – this is usually when we run errands; sometimes we go to the park; sometimes we will have field trips.

1200 PM – lunchtime … today we tried out a fun local restaurant called Mrs. Mac’s Filing Station. It was fun because we had our food in paper cars!

200 PM – visit the boat and see how things are coming along. Today I helped take off the barnacles on the hull of Exit Only.

300 PM – time to hit the beach or the pool if the weather is good.

600 PM – dinner time

700 PM – it’s movie night! We like to eat popcorn and watch a movie together.

Birthday Girl

March 25, 2011 a beautiful baby girl was born! So hard to believe that she is turning 7 years old this year! How time is flying by! How thankful I am to have this time together as a family! We are blessed to have this wonderful girl in our lives! Her helpful heart is apparent to all! She fills our days with her laughs and boundless energy. Can't wait for Zoe to experience all this next year has to offer as we cruise as a family!

Some Questions for the birthday girl ...

1.Nicknames: Zo, Z, Zoebug

2.Favorite color: Green

3.Favorite book: The Magic Treehouse

4.Favorite TV show: Masha and the Bear

5.Favorite movie: Moana

6.Favorite food: Pizza and ice cream

7.Favorite outdoor activity: Jumping in the swimming pool.

8.What do you want to be when you grow up? A scientist.

9.What did you do on your birthday? We had a yummy ice cream cake. Then we went to the Zoo. The mast came and I got to watch it being put it.

Zoe and Joss Go Sailing

I am Zoe Abbott. I am 6 years old. I love to learn and try new things. I love to play and swim. I have never been sailing before. I can't wait to live on a boat with my family.

I am Joss Abbott. I am 3 years old. I love to laugh and play with my big sister. I am curious about living on a boat. I will have to share a cabin with my sister but I think that it will be fun.

Living with kids on board will be a whole new experience. There has been so much to consider ... safety, schooling, sanity! I think that most of all we are looking forward to spending time with our kids and sharing our passion for sailing and traveling. The big over hanging question at this point is how will they handle sailing? They have never experienced any ocean cruising and have had limited sailing on a small lake back home. Exploring new places and making new friends ... no problem. But bouncing around on the ocean? I think my secret fear is that they will be horribly sick and hate the whole experience! Mostly we keep our focus on the positives. I believe that if they can see how much their family enjoys and values this experience, if they can feel that they are a part of something bigger and have a role; their transition to the cruising lifestyle will be much easier.

What am I looking forward to the most?

Written by Zoe and Joss Abbott on March 10, 2018.

Zoe: I am looking forward to living on the boat because you never know what is going to happen or where we will go. I think that we will eat sandwiches on the boat. I know that Mommy and Gaga will cook good food and that I will help. I look forward to my jobs on the boat. Daddy says that I can help clean. I want to help Daddy clean the hull. For fun on the boat, I will play in the water and go new places. I would like to catch my own fish, but I am not sure if I will eat it (I keep telling Mommy that I only like salmon). I want to see coconuts growing in the trees and meet a kangaro. I've never done school on a boat. I am not sure what that will be like. I know that I will learn a lot.

Joss: I will wear parayos and swimsuits on the boat. I want to see Mommy catch a Mahi Mahi fish. I will have sweeping as my boat job. I want to learn how to kayak. I am not sure what we eat on the boat. I want to eat chicken nuggets. I think that I will have lots of fun on the boat.