Mom Me_Sunken Gardens

Mom, me, and daisies at Sunken Gardens.

I hope all of the readers in the U.S. had a safe and wonderful Independence Day weekend.

And to all of my readers, Happy Blogiversary! LivingDaringly.com has been up and going for three years now!

My mom came up from Ft. Lauderdale, and we celebrated the holiday weekend with a mix of touristings, yoga, walking, meeting up with new friends and with family, eating out, and of course, watching fireworks.

Saturday afternoon, we drove to Largo to meet-up with a friend of Mom’s who moved there from Ft. Lauderdale. We hung out with and their family, doing the traditional 4th of July BBQ. We threw tennis balls for the dogs that were there and ate brats. Mom and I both suck at the ring swing game. Maybe it’s genetic…


Ring swing game. Harder than it looks!

After we went to karaoke. We each only got to sing one song each, since the KJ kept playing dance music in between each and every singer. I won’t be going back to that particular locale for karaoke… 

Sunday we took a trip to Sunken Gardens, a 100-year old botanical gardens nearly in the heart of St. Pete. It features gorgeous flowers, but also parrots, flamingos, koi, waterfalls, and a medium-sized alligator snapping turtle. It was fun getting pictures there.


Sunday evening we got together with my uncle for sushi, the 2nd most patriotic of 4th of July foods. It was good seeing him, and it was nice to get part of the family together for the holiday.

Monday was all about the fireworks. Mostly we stayed in and stayed cool until it got close to time to head down to the bay. It wasn’t as packed as I thought it was going to be, and Mom and I got a nice spot right on the water front. I took my camera to see if I could get some good pictures. Some of them came out Ok, even though I didn’t have a tripod.

This holiday looked a lot like a stereotypical 4th of July celebration, which isn’t always the case for me. It was nice to spend time with my mom, and to share my new apartment and neighborhood with her. It was also nice to meet new friends, and reconnect with my uncle.

I hope you had a fantastic weekend, no matter what you celebrated.

And here’s to 3+ more years of LivingDaringly.com!! 

**P.S. – All photos in this post were taken by me. Please don’t use, share, or distribute these photos without giving me credit for them. Thank you!


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5 Responses to Celebrations

  1. Mike B

    Happy blog Anniversary!

  2. Julie

    Happy Blog Anniversary. As I have been following your outings around St. Pete, I have caught myself saying, “Oh, I should ride my bike over there. Oh, it has been too long since I was there. Darn, I really thought I would make it there tonight.” I was “shoulding” on myself, heading into the shame pool for having not done what I said I would. But, I am more and more discovering what it means to be an introvert and how to take care of my soul shamelessly and shouldlessly, and that I don’t take my beautiful city between the Bay and the Gulf for granted. I love seeing your pictures and reading your stories. Someday, we might cross paths on the trail! Hopefully at Cycle again. Happy Sunday. Back to Susan Cain’s book, Quiet, for me.

    • Christy

      My blog is never meant to put people into “Should Land.” It’s more me sharing my story to encourage others to live daringly in their own ways. When I’m not out and about, I’m reading, napping, watching reruns of old shows (e.g. Star Trek, Downton Abbey, Dr. Who). Sometimes I’m painting or making other things. But if ever you do want to get out and also want some company, shoot me a message! We can go check things out together. 🙂

      • Julie

        I feel your intent to share your life through this blog, and I appreciate the chance to engage with it! My own growth has been catching the “shoulds” in the act and turning them into coulds and cans, or even, “nahs, that’s not me and that’s fine.”
        So, yah, we could go check out some things together, especially now that my bike os fixed. Thanks for living daringly.