Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Destin 2012!

we just got back from a week vacation at the beach!
it was MUCH needed.
i have never appreciated a vacation so much before.
getting away from 'reality' for a week was needed by our whole family, even the girls!
for a week, i could forget about cleaning, running errands around nap time, fixing dinner, and the biggest being not worrying about work, mainly my work schedule (which right now is my biggest headache).

but that's enough about that.

we decided that we would try driving overnight with the girls so that they would sleep most of the way, well not so much.  the drive there was a disaster.
the drive home much better, we didn't wake them up early, we just let them get up on their own, packed up and headed out, stopped 3 times for each meal so that the girls could get out and play a little (plus potty breaks in between). 
it was a bit of a longer drive home but it was a much happier time for all.

the beach was fantastic.
best weather i've ever seen in the past 6 years of going (2 were missed due to having babes over the summer).
it wasn't too hot, nice breeze everyday, and the water/beach were so pretty and clear this year.
we would go out in the morning after breakfast.
during this time, ellie would usually take a little morning nap on my lap (or nana's) and i would read or just relax and listen to the ocean. (papa even got in on the napping:)

caraline was busy playing in the water with her dada or running around on the sand.
she loved the water, i was concerned that she wouldn't be a fan, but she surprised me!
ellie would play in the sand a little and in the water a little but she didn't love it as much as caraline.

after lunch the girls got put down for naps.
they took great afternoon naps everyday we were there but one.
mommy and daddy took advantage of nap time.
we headed out to the beach with a drink in hand (my favorite during vacay was a skinny pina colada)!

we laid in the sun, put our feet in the water, and i got to read a lot, tim even did a little reading himself.
after nap time we had a snack and then headed back out to play through the evening.
when we were done at the beach everyone headed in, showered, dressed for dinner and the kiddos played some more.  caraline and ellie loved vacationing with their cousins!

dinners are always amazing!
tim's dad and bro-in-law do some great grilling while we are there!
we did enjoy a couple of the fantastic seafood restaurants for lunch too.
first day our family was the first to arrive and we couldn't check in to our condo yet so we headed to the outlet mall to shop a little and then to The Backporch for lunch.
it is great! i had the fish and chips while we sat by the ocean and watched the parasailing!
i also had the best fish tacos i've ever eaten at Pompano Joe's!
i definitely recommend these 2 places if y'all are ever visiting Destin, FL.

it was a fantastic time and as much as i was ready to not be covered in sand 24/7 (like even in the bed).  i was not ready to get back to reality.  so glad that i took a full 2 weeks off so that i had time to settle back into 'life' before returning to work.

 we are so thankful for tim's parents taking the whole family on this vacay every year! can't wait to go back!

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