Papa’s World – SWEET 16 our grand daughter ELLA !

I remember the day all those years ago –

when her mother turned the SWEET 16.

Yesterday – it was Ella – our second to oldest grand daughter !

Ella Myers

When she was little – barely walking – she would run to me –

climb into my lap – or around company – hide behind my legs.

We almost lost her when she was really young –

She got something from a turtle –

and she spent almost a week in the ICU and hospital –

so small and so afraid.

A drawing of a Turtle eating a Strawberry
in Pencil drawn by Ella Myers

Now today – she has a roomful of turtles – pictures – memento’s

drawings – who would of guessed !

TINY as her dad calls her

Through the years – from broken foot – to sprained wrist –

To another broken bone in her foot –

She was stepped on in soccer ( her love)

To coming down the wrong way on it –

Sitting out two years of playing soccer –

to coming named as MVP on her JV team –

as a Sophomore –

Now she is once again ready for travel soccer !

TINY no more.
Almost as tall as Sherry who is 5 ‘ 9 “

Turning 16 – drivers permit

about to start her Junior year –

and after TWO YEARS of sitting out travel soccer

She tried out and made the team as a Midfielder!

And – like her sister – can run !

Without practice – she can run a sub 6 minute mile !

With her tiny admirers

In the picture above – a box of LEGO’S – special box –

And a letter from the both of us

She loves Star Wars – and this is a Star wars lego.

The note reads – you are going to Hollywood Studios in Florida.

You will board a airplane – fly down – stay a week with us –

And spend the day in the new STAR WARS AMUSEMENT PARK –

Reading the letter
A Taco holder made to look like a dinosaur

Ella – like Maddy when she turned 16 ( she swam with the Manatee’s )

will celebrate in Florida with us –

a memory they will both remember for a long time.

Sweet 16 birthday party

Today – her and her friends will tube down a river

Soon – in a few weeks – travel soccer practice will begin.

Her older sister will leave for college to begin her college soccer practice.

But – for one day – as it was those many – many years ago for her mother

SWEET 16 !!!!

ELLA ( tiny ) MYERS

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Papas World – Big Bend power & the Manatee's

Look closely in the water
there are hundreds
of Manatee’s

We took a trip to the West Coast Of Florida

To a power plant at Big Bend ( water power)

And in the cold weather –

it is a haven for hundreds of Manatee’s!

In the water
by the power plant

The water is also loaded with all types of fish!

The bay is calm –

the water warm from the power plant

There is a brand new
multi million dollar
state park viewing area
and it is all free!

The park is run by the state park service.

The walk way extends hundreds of feet out into the bay.

Sherry and Ella

There is also a tank where you can pet sting rays!

Looking down from
the observation platform

The bay is hundreds of feet across to the power plant

and full of Manatee’s!

You could watch them play

Jumping up and flipping over-

two or three together!

The walk way extended way out to the bay
The walk way cut through the mangroves!

I have no idea how anyone could walk through the mangroves!

You could hardly see through them!

Nature walk

There also was a nature walk of one mile

out through the mangroves and marsh land

to a very high ( 72 steps) observation tower!

The top of the observation tower
with Big Bend Power Plant
in the back ground
and the bay where
the Manatee’s were!

I felt the last twelve steps to the top! LOL

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High above the mangroves
and the water and marsh

WHERE FRIENDS MEET THE FAMILY!

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