Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Destin Florida 2010

This was our 3rd year to go to Destin as a family.
Each year has been different from the previous.
Our first year, Parker was 3 months old:).
Last year our trip was with a 2 year old.
Now...this year. A sweet baby boy joined our journey from the prairie filled Texas, through the swamps of Louisiana, the quick hops through Mississippi & Alabama, & finally to our beach friend, Florida.
And he, along with his big sis, did awesome.
But, why would we expect any less?

Alright. Here we go...

On the road.
Any road trip with me MUST include a stop at DQ.
Mmm...heath blizzards.
I agree with the cup: mighty good.


Once we arrive in Destin, we hit the house, unload, unload, unload, get somewhat situated, then get into some swimsuits!

Tuck's first time to dig his toes in the sand.
He really loved it.
He also enjoyed the waves.
And eating the sand. Ick.

That girl was awesome.
Last year was great with Miss P at the beach, but this year, she would've lived down there...
until she got hungry. She'd come home for food...I think.

Our quick trip to see the beach before dinner, & we got to see a crab.
It was oh so exciting.
Parker kept her distance as she squealed.
Tuck watched the birds.
Mitchel almost had his finger pinched off.
Good times.

Pizza after the beach...
ahh. When can we go back?

First full day...Day 1.
Oh Donut Hole...how we love you.

That WAS a good donut, wasn't it?
They even had red velvet this year.

Not sure what happened to the beach pictures from our first full day???
But, we ended the day at Fuddpuckers.
Don't say that 5 times fast, you'll get in trouble!

There are real live alligators to see here.
Miss P was all about that.
And also, all about sitting on that giant one with her brother & I.

That's just a giant shark jaw.

Hello beautiful.
We miss you.

Day 2.
Hangin' in a hole,

that you can also get buried in.

She has great sand talent...
or maybe her dad does:).

Don't look at my chub...

Oh sweet boy...
you need a tissue.
I love that baby.

And those babies.

Desserts at Shakes.

Sorry bud, none for you.

We hit the docks after dessert for some fish feeding.

Tons of little silver fish hang out waiting for sweet little hands to toss them their dinner...

and a big, smart bird hangs out on some jet skis waiting for sweet, little hands to feed them, so he can get some dinner too.

I just couldn't leave that out.
Yeah, I squished them I after I took that.

Day 3.
More beach fun.
We had awesome weather the whole time we were there.
This was my morning with Miss P on the beach.
She's a great beach buddy.

That night we cooked our own fish then headed to the beach for pictures.

We stayed right across the street from this bridge out to the beach.
It was perfect.
We had our dinner out there that night.

Day 4.
P wasn't into the picture that day.

That girl is sweet.

We ended that day in Panama City with a free Chris Tomlin concert.
Yep, you heard right.
It was cool.

It was really humbling singing to the Lord in front of the ocean.
You feel so small. He was there.
It was really cool.
And, I love watching our girl sing those songs. Makes my heart full.

Day 5, we shopped.
And, had lunch at Johnny Rockets.

He's so silly...
But that was dang good.

Dancing with dad the next morning.
Day 6.
Last day.

Calm waves, no sea weed, awesome weather...
the kind of day that makes you want to pack up all your stuff & move in.

A hermit crab found by my scavenger husband.
She touched him. Over & over.
She was very proud.

Hmm...being chased:),
in my grandma suit!
I'll be getting rid of that one now.

That was a really great day.

Yeah. We went back.
They're really good.

We went back to feed the fish one last time & a couple was there catching fish to use for bait.
He let Parker catch one. It was really nice.
One of those moments that makes a mom tear up, because her baby is so happy thanks to someone else. Why do we do that?
Then it was home to bed. We packed up, then headed out the next morning.

The kids were awesome all the 12 hours home.
We're very blessed.

Hello Texas.
It did feel good to be home.
And now it feels like we were hardly gone.
Time to start planning next year:)...hehe
If you made it this far on this post, congratulations, you've reached the end!
This was long, long, long...


Sherrie Kulwicki said...

Loved sharing your vacation with you! Precious memories. Hugs!

~SHO~ said...

That looks like a wonderful vacation! The beach looked awesome! Love the famiy pic w/ you in the black suit...Great coloring.

Tina Certain said...

I agree with Sho...I love that picture too! So glad y'all can get away as a family and have such a wonderful time. Great memories!

Liz said...

O how this has made me so jealous! So sad we couldn't go with ya'll this time! :( BUT we must make it there next year with ya'll??? I def want to go back next year! Let's book it now so our husbands can't say no!!!??? hee hee I love all your pics! You're so creative!

dana said...

oh man. Destin Florida?? I need to go there. Sorry, don't mean to be stalkerish here...what part of Texas are you in? I've been wanting to take the kids to florida but I fear the drive. We're in Austin. I'm thinking about 14 hours for us...
And funny, Lucy has that same yellow Target Swimsuit and we have that same Ikea beach umbrella! I'm happy we love the same stores :)

dana said...

okay, one more comment.
I really want to go here for the week of Christmas. Wondering if you can recommend some places to stay. Do you rent a condo? We have a whole week between Christmas/New Years and I can't figure out what to do. This would be perfect!
Any info you have would be great. Thanks :)
- dana