Saturday, August 27, 2011

Destin 2011 {Part 1...oh dear}

We did it again.
Our current favorite vacation spot was hit up again.
We stayed 7 days & had a ton of fun.
Being together, as a family, with nothing but the beach to distract you, is one of the greatest feelings.

so, we make the 12 hour drive,

through 4 states, once a year, to make it to that wonderful place.

Entertainment in the car has gotten much easier with this big girl.
She was thrilled with her new Preschool workbook, & she was good at it.
Win, win.
I love that concentrated face she makes...

And, that book, Oh My Oh My Oh Dinosaurs, made him smile every time I pulled it out.
He would point to all the pictures naming things on every page.
It made me want to squeeze him.
Of course, entertaining a nearing 2 year old...not so easy.
Thankfully, they both love Veggie Tales & Nemo.

After that long drive, no one can wait to hit the beach house, change into swimsuits, & head to that happy place.
He loved every minute of it.
And got very good at shovel throwing sand at any target.
Birds, the ocean, buckets, bags, shoes, towels, his family.
I may or may not have been seen ducking & running from that tiny, innocent looking thing, when a shovel full of sand was being hurled in my direction.
Oh, but I love that boy.

Him too.
He's like a little kid on the beach.

Airs out a busy, overwhelmed mind to sit back & watch that.

Until sand was dumped on me again.
But I was still feeling peaceful, so I taught him to throw it only on mama's legs.
It worked...that evening.
And that P girl...kept herself busy building sand castles all evening.
It's all she talked about driving down.

We spotted a Little Caesar's on our way in.
Cheap, quick dinner on the deck at the beach.
Then off to the grocery store.
Even that's fun on vacation...sort of.

Day 2 included a picnic on the beach & a mom & dad who FORGOT to take pictures.
Does that happen?
Did that day...

We did get this annual shot.
Mitchel feet.

Dinner on night 2.
It's on the beach.
Open windows inside.
And a super cool picture spot.


Have I mentioned yet, that a certain favorite sister & brother-in-law were there?

With my Okee baby?
Who turned one already?
Who didn't love me nearly as much as I loved him?
I think by the time they left, he was relieved.
Just kidding...I hope.
Perfect, squishy, squishy boy.
We miss him. And them, too...of course.

Some of our favorite friends, the Dobberstein's were there too.
It was awesome to be with "family."
We love them.

Good buddies.
With a great big sis, who I want to take home with me.
It is so helpful to have a 7 year old around.

They make anything exciting...& keep us on our toes.
We're so blessed to have spent a week doing something we love so much with people who mean so much to us.
More to come...


Sherrie Kulwicki said...


The Lowry Place said...

Some are plumb and some are lean...Love that book we have it to.

Glad you all had fun, we are headed that way no to long from now.

The Mershawn's said...

Some are red, blue, yellow, & green:). Thanks Jalissa;).
Didn't know you guys were headed to Florida...thought it was the west coast?? Guess I was confused...hahaha!!

Shane and Kelly Daniels said...

So fun!! Looks like y'all had a great trip! I can totally relate to the sand throwing :) A favorite at our house (and sand box) too!