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Good-Bye Rain, Hello Sun & Honey Bee Tees


It has been an absolutely beautiful week with lots of sunshine and cooler temps. The kids have had a blast on their bikes and Rover and I have put lots of miles on the stroller this week.


The Rover’s absolute favorite thing to do these days is line up all his Matchbox cars on the porch table. It has a rippled glass top so it’s extra loud, a bonus feature according to him. He drives cars on that table all day long. He goes back and forth between lining them up and organizing them by color. He’s very passionate about these cars and when he grows up, he’s “going to be a race car man”.


The girls are goofy and like to teach him random things… for instance when he does something that requires that he say, “Excuse me,” the girls have taught him that it is proper to say, “Excuse me, pack mule!” I mean, honestly, where on earth do they come up with these things!?


We opted for dinner “to go” on the boat on Wednesday night and found ourselves marveling in the beauty of this place. We know it’s a temporary home for our family and we are trying to take full advantage of what it has to offer. We find ourselves continually thankful for the opportunity to live among the Herons, Osprey, and Otters! Yes, Otters… we watched one eat a fish one morning this week on the bulkhead!




Here’s our little pack mule… calling daddy on the alligator tail.



We parked, ate our dinner and watched the sun go down…




And as the sun faded away Morgan and Justin drove us safely home.


To wrap up this week we’re headed to Sister’s to celebrate Sloane’s 2nd Birthday and it’s hard to say who’s more excited about Sloane’s birthday, Sloane or Rover. We’re all pumped because Mom & Daddy Boy will be there. We hope Daddy Boy will arrive safely because he bought an old Jeep Grand Wagoneer and flew to Miami to pick it up, and is driving it 11 hours to Erika’s house. Only Daddy Boy could plan up something as crazy as that. Let’s hope he doesn’t roll in on a tow truck. Speaking of tow trucks…


Honey Bee Tees has just been restocked for fall and in the mix are a few new designs… one of which is none other than an old tow truck! Lindsey snapped a picture of Grady {pictured below} acting squirrely in his new tow truck tee! The simple little tow truck is printed on a “rust” colored shirt.

Also new:

Long-sleeved Tee Pees
Long-Sleeved Off to the Bay
Long-Sleeved Happy Camper
Long-Sleeved Owl-o-ween {& short-sleeved too!}
Short-Sleeved Footballs {in NAVY, WHITE, or GREY}
and new… Busy Bags in small & large!

Grady is the middle child of our dear friends, Lindsey & Steven. Lindsey has been so kind to hold down the fort for me back at Honey Bee Tees headquarters, after my friend Tami entered retirement earlier this month. Lindsey and Steven, and their three children came to visit for a few days back in July and I never got a chance to post about our weekend with them. This is a picture of me and Lindsey on the dock before dinner one night. If you email or have questions about your orders, Lindsey will be in charge in my absence, handling the emails, orders, and shipment of your tees a few days a week… and that’s in addition to managing a household of 5 and homeschooling her children! She’s super organized and already has my inbox whipped into shape! She’s also a precious friend to me and I’m so thankful for her friendship and her help.


Headquarters is also in the process of being relocated to the almost finished, newly remodeled garoffice. Our detached three-car garage back at the brown house has been overhauled, heated and cooled, and painted. New lights and insulated doors with windows have all been installed and before too long Honey Bee Tees will fill it up! I served as the general contractor those 4 weeks I was home this summer. Just as soon as a few more things are in we’ll officially “relocate”! I snapped a quick picture before I headed back to the beach to show the progress. The three lights along the back wall will be above a kitchenette, behind the double doors to the right is a sitting room/playroom for kids and a full bathroom is behind the white floor fan. I’m so thankful we had this space and I’m even more thankful that Lindsey allowed me to sell everything that was in my garage at her yard sale.


Back to the t-shirts… this fall I’ve decided to switch manufacturers for the long-sleeved tees and this has brought a slight price increase with the long-sleeved tees but these {by Monag} are premium shirts, super soft and fit more true to size than the ones I used last year. So, if you were ordering up on long-sleeved tees last year, there’s no need to do that anymore!



Here are the busy bags. They really are great to fill with crayons, notepads, stickers, little books, snacks, treats, Matchbox cars… anything to keep children occupied! We take one on our walk with us and before we go I fill it with little things to keep Rover occupied while we walk… he loves it! They’re simple little cotton drawstring bags and they come in two sizes! They would also be cute as a gift with a Honey Bee Tee tucked inside. They come in large {8×10″} or small {4×6″}.

He was a little under the weather this morning on our walk {w/ a mouth full of graham cracker} but graciously held up his bag so I could snap a picture!


Ok, I think that’s it… hope you all have wonderful weekends!

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  • lauren
    September 9, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    ooohh. just seeing those little lines of cars made me realize that my little grayson hasn’t done that in a few months. i miss finding those traffic jams around. 🙂 and the boat dinner??? amazing. 🙂

  • Brittaney
    September 9, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    Yay for no more rain and more honey bee tees! Oh and Rover with his cars. You should get some of those magnetic knife holders from IKEA and let Rover line them up on those:)

  • Cherish @ Southern Soul Mates
    September 9, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    Sweet pictures! I think it’s fabulous that you get to experience such a thing as “dinner to-go on the boat!” What wonderful memories y’all are making! I’ll be saying a prayer for you dad and his jeep adventure-cracks me up! Have a blast with your sister celebrating Sloane! I love the tees and I wish I had some little ones that I could order some for. Maybe someday! Your new work space look fabulous!! Have a blessed weekend!

  • Stacy
    September 9, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    The more I hear about your dad the cooler he becomes!

  • Abby Maddox
    September 9, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    We’ve been without internet for a week now (and were at the lake before that) so I’d gotten WAY behind on my blog reading! I just read the last three–from McBeach, to the storm, to the T’s–and feel thoroughly happy and caught up. Such great pictures and so much fun.

    I can’t believe you took four kids to Gulf World. Did you want to kill Erika?! I took four (older) kids to the park and Mary Aplin nearly got run over (no seriously, remind me to tell you the story) in my flustered state.

    Jeremiah is supposed to get his first pay check next week. After that, I have some fall honey bee tees on the top of my to-do list. I feel like we’ve been waiting for this check our whole lives…oh wait, we sort of have 🙂

    I’m still a little disappointed that the stupid hurricane ruined our trip–I could have helped put a definite dent in that freezer stocked with fish 😉 Only two more weeks until girl time!!!

    I should have just emailed this. Oh well.

  • kat
    September 9, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    Such a gorgeous place, y’all are so lucky to be able to live there, if only for a short while. Love the new garoffice. Love that word too. Looks like a fabulous space for your thriving business!

  • Amy
    September 9, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    I just ordered some tees and that Lindsey is a keeper. Had my order ready to ship a half hour after I ordered it! Your garoffice is going to be great. Can’t wait to see the rest of the photos!

  • lindsay
    September 9, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    Love the tees. The Owl one is so cute!! What size bag would be best to tote library books back and forth, probably the large? Also, where did you get your black and white top in the picture with your friend? I love it!

  • kristen
    September 9, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    Gorgeous pictures…just breathtaking! Wish we were there. And don’t you love being able to wear a long sleeve shirt and wrap up in a blanket? Dothan has had some beautiful weather this week as well. Happy Weekend!!

  • Mary
    September 9, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    Sweet post, sweet tees, and sweet top you are wearing. Please share where one might find it:)

  • carrie
    September 9, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    aww! so glad lindsey is able to help! she is an awesome friend!

  • Lauryn
    September 9, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    So glad to see HBT growing Darby! This might be none of my business, but will the girls go to school in the district of your temporary home? Just curious! Loving that your back to blogging! 🙂

  • Jen
    September 9, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    Love your blog…love your black and white shirt!

  • Lindsay
    September 9, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    What a great new office! Hope your dad makes it safely in the *new* car!

  • Kate
    September 9, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    Such a beautiful place to live! Love Rover and his cars. My little boy in the same way with trains, he has the most serious plot happening on his own Island of Sodor and different voices for each train (hes 2 and a half) and one of my favorite things is listening to him play when he doesnt know it. They are amazing aren’t they? congrats on the new space and growing business!

  • melissa stover
    September 9, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    jeep wagoneer is my dream car! seriously I have wanted one forever.

  • Mommasissy
    September 9, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    rover and sloane have the same toes! Can’t wait to see you. Love you.

  • Jessica
    September 10, 2011 at 2:11 am

    My daughter, Kennedy, could be Rover’s best friend! She is obsessed with Matchbox cars! We have them scattered all around our house. I cannot wait to see your garoffice finished! That is wonderful you have that space for Honey Bee Tees!

  • Daddy S Boy
    September 10, 2011 at 2:38 am

    […] Good-Bye Rain, Hello Sun & Honey Bee Tees | Fly Through Our … We're all pumped because Mom & Daddy Boy will be there. We hope Daddy Boy will arrive safely because he bought an old Jeep Grand Wagoneer and flew to Miami to pick up and is driving it 11 hours to Erika's house. […]

  • Sara
    September 10, 2011 at 10:52 am

    I can ‘hear’ the happy in your ‘voice’ again. I am so glad you enjoying your time there while you can, and love the new tees.

  • Sherry
    September 10, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    My guy was a car man when he was little…miss those cars lined up all around my house. The bags and tees are so cute…I can hardly wait to buy some xmas presents soon 🙂

  • Melissa
    September 10, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    My little guy (6 yrs) still plays with his cars, trucks, and transformers that way. He lines them up anywhere….table, couch, down the hallway and moves a few at a time and it takes forever to get them where they need to go! You could have this for a few more years…..enjoy it! I’m not ready for him to grow out of it yet but we are getting very close.

  • Dianne
    September 11, 2011 at 11:28 am

    Thank you for sharing your adorable family. You make my day!!!

  • Elizabeth
    September 11, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    Darby, have you gotten a new lens since the first one you bought?

  • Shawna
    September 12, 2011 at 1:34 am

    Love your garoffice — mind me asking where you got the lights from for above the kitchenette?


  • Perfecting Pru
    September 12, 2011 at 2:49 am

    It looks like such a wonderful time. And those sunsets! I can’t wait to see the finished new office.

  • Kellie
    September 12, 2011 at 9:23 am

    Love it all – enjoy your time on the coast – what great memories those kiddos (and parents) are making!!!! Glad Lindsey is there to help you out – she’s super organized – I miss my old friends – maybe I can plan a trip down there to catch up with old ones and officially “meet” new ones!!!! 🙂 Great idea to enclose that garage- it looks fabulous!!!

  • Katie@ Noodle and Boof
    September 12, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    These boat sunset photos are gorgeous!

  • Taylor@WiseFamilyLiving
    September 12, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    I love the new garage. And I am a little jealous. I am dying for a similar space for play things and homeschooling. I dream of a glassed in porch.

  • Ashley
    September 13, 2011 at 9:07 am

    That scenery is oh so gorgeous…precious family! I envy the boat dinners! 🙂

  • Meredith
    September 14, 2011 at 9:33 am

    The pictures are so pretty! Loved the dinner cruise!

  • Amy Wolff
    September 14, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    Just found your blog…… have read Erika’s for a while now.

    I am really confused, maybe you can help.

    So…. you are keeping your old house but staying at the beach house for a while- and then going back to your old house…. PLEASE HELP!

  • Today's Letters
    September 15, 2011 at 6:32 am

    I want to shimmy across those concrete floors! Tim and I call the garoffice playroom as our sleeping headquarters when we come visit.

  • Misha
    September 15, 2011 at 7:02 am

    Goodness, those t-shirts are terribly cute. I’m so picky about what my son wears…I kinda want those, actually…

  • designchic
    September 15, 2011 at 7:09 am

    Your children are absolutely precious…images don’t get better than these!!

  • MamaofThree
    September 15, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    My little boys(4 and 2) play with their daddy’s metal matchbox cars from when my husband was their age. I looks like your little boy is playing some of the same ones, is that the case?

  • Kirsten
    September 17, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    Your first picture in this post with your son and his cars made me laugh. I did this post here https://walk-in-our-shoes.blogspot.com/2011/04/obsession.html on my blog about my sons obsession with cars and his constant lining up and organizing on our dining room table. It can cause quite a stir if anyone touches them so we’re working on “other plans” for his convoy…boys are so fun =)

  • {hooked on hickory}
    September 18, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    what a lovely post! the tee’s are to die for!

    {hooked on hickory}

  • liz
    September 22, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    Wow. Your pictures are absolutely incredible. I love the sunset kid shots.

  • Lauren
    September 28, 2011 at 11:58 pm

    Precious beach and boat pictures. And I love your little Rover with his cars. Boys love cars don’t they — our 2 year old loves anything and everything that has a wheel! Cute new t-shirts — I need to order some of them one of these days!!

  • Shannon
    September 29, 2011 at 7:42 am

    Looks like you are really having fun and enjoying family time. (I can’t say I blame you – living at the beach and all!) We miss you around these parts (ie Blog Land) and hope to hear from you soon! I always look forward to updates about you and your family.


  • Kerri M.
    October 2, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    I miss reading your blog! I hope you and your family are well!

  • Jenni
    October 3, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    Sure do miss your posts…but hoping it just means ya’ll are just having too much fun!!!

  • ginny
    October 4, 2011 at 9:25 am

    where oh where did you go? i miss my favorite blog 🙁

  • Maegan
    October 4, 2011 at 9:29 am

    Wow, I’m one of those stalker girls…. Hope all is well….

  • kathleen
    October 4, 2011 at 10:17 am

    Perhaps, the fact school has started, there is the class room mom syndrome starts to set in. Book fairs, field trips , volunteering to help with bulletin boards, count box tops, soup labels, help with a fall carnival, organize a brownie troop, the list goes on and on then add soccer or volleyball or t-ball to your schedule, visits to the library ,grocery store , church, laundry going to the market, or making time for family and friends ===a blog, a blog that’s for someone that, well , that’s for someone that has an assistant to blog about all the things they do — you know Martha Stewrt’s sister blogs for her . Laura does a great job we should go she what L’s sister is up too LOL

  • Diana
    October 4, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    I was at lunch today and saw a little boy in your cute green tractor Honey Bee Tee (I live in Dallas). I recognized it right away. I enjoy reading your blog and miss your posts. Hope all is okay!

  • Amy
    October 4, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    Darby! We are missing you so much!! I know you must be busy busy, but still miss your musings!!