Saturday, June 20, 2015

Vacation part 2

On Wednesday morning we drove down to Pensacola Beach or really Gulf Breeze which is right outside of Pensacola. We stayed at Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville Beach Hotel and we loved it! It had been recommended to us but we weren't sure what to expect. It was very family friendly, even had pool games and craft times. It was great food, right on the water and convenient to everything. The water was a beautiful color and it wasn't crowded or busy at all! 


Our view from hotel when we got there. 

Frank and Lola love Pensecola. :) we heard a lot of jimmy Buffet music there. These two loved the sand! 
David Franklin likes to boogie board and got really good at it! 
I love when my babies nap on me at the beach and now all of them have fallen asleep in my arms on the water. It was wonderful, and so peaceful. 

We went to dinner at a great place called Flounders. A highlight for sure. Good food, fast service and an outdoor playground for the win!



His first time in the gulf. He seemed to like it. 





Contemplating.

Child's pose has earned it's name honestly... a little unintentional yoga on the beach.



Dad wanted in on the action too

Cheeseburger in paradise! A pic DF asked me to "send to Jimmy Buffet"

Nora and I got to take a little walk together on the beach one morning. I love walking on the beach with my mom and so it was a special time for me to share with Nora. She picked up seashells a lot and explored the shore. 
Flamingo swimsuit model 


Getting sleepy at the pool

The Westermans came to play on Friday afternoon. It was so much fun to play with friends at the beach. Patrick and I went to Gulf Shores together when we were around their ages so we couldn't believe we were there together again as the parents!

Last night on the beach. Poor DF was over picture taking and was ready to be in his tank top, Isaac got called a girl two times because of his outfit and Nora was happy because she got to wear lip gloss! Reality. 


A poor attempt at a family pic... me with the wind blown look.
Nora's curls got crazy tight and people were calling her Shirley, which of course she didn't understand or appreciate. 
There was the Landshark Landing restaurant next door to us which was part of our hotel with hammocks, play areas, and more. It was fun to go there and they had a sign "no shirt, no shoes, no problem" and since DF is a reader now, he read it and loved it.  He had me ask the waitress if it was true and it was so he loved that and ripped his shirt right off! 
A shirtless boy! ;)
Climbing totum poles
Key lime pie was a hit as always 

One of Franklin and DF's favorite things was crab hunting and they caught 22 one night! DF was a savage and wasn't using a net but was only using his hands. He got pinched but seemed to love that part too.
And then, the stars aligned and all 3 fell asleep on the way home.  It was so glorious and rare, I am tempted to frame this picture. And I they are more comfortable than it appears;  DF did spread out all over his baby brother, but Ikey didn't seem to mind.. as usual.

Vacation isn't really a vacation with little ones, but that is ok.  Things, expectations, and priorities have changed for us which is a good thing.  What it is for us now is great uninterrupted time together making memories and having fun!  Mission accomplished, and I would start the all week over tomorrow if I could.  

Family Vacation part 1

We went to the Grand Hotel in Point Clear, Alabama for the first part of the week with the Vaughts. We really missed Meme and Grandpa but we're happy to be with the Vaughts and the cousins had the best time playing together! We are so thankful for this time together and always enjoy the Grand! 

This was a typical scene on our travel days, one asleep, DF watching a movie, and Isaac just happy with his brothers feet for toys and entertainment. :)
Our first night swim at the Grand with the cousins. They also brought out a blow up movie screen and watched monsters inc by the pool. Fun first night!
Baby's first time to play croquet. 
They loved checking out bikes and riding them in the mornings. 
We had a fun dinner at the marina one night.
Now this is a swimsuit! Keeps that fresh baby skin beautiful. 
Robbie liked playing in the splash pad too. 
Dark, but this is a triple decker right here. LB, Hallie and DF on top. Robbie and Nora were also hanging on the side. 
I rode the bike with the baby carrier behind it with Isaac. He loved it and Nora soon ditched her bike to ride in it with him. Good thing it was a double. 

They loved digging and playing in the sand at the bay.
Robbie, Nora, and David Franklin went to Fun Camp one night and loved it. When we picked them up they were making really cool tie dye shirts and weren't ready to see us yet.
Nora followed the baby ducks
While the boys liked swimming in it and trying to catch minnows. 
Causal prom night, just kidding. We got a rare couple picture taken by David Franklin. 
What is a trip for us without having a sick kiddo? I would really like to know one day. Even our weekend to Fayetteville was marked with strep throat. Isaac started running fever on Sunday night at dinner and still had a temp on Monday morning. Franklin took him to walk in clinic and he was negative for strep but they wrote him a script anyway because his throat was red and he wasn't drinking or eating much... Playing it safe since we are on vacation. Well, Monday night was terrible. He screamed and cried and we saw every hour. Franklin even took him for a stroll at 3:00am to try to settle him down. Tuesday afternoon I noticed his feet were covered in red bumps, the pic above it from Tuesday and they only got worse. I looked in his mouth and saw a few blisters on his tongue and knew that it wasn't strep at all. He had Hand, Foot, and mouth disease. A virus that my others had and is very painful and you just have to let it ride. His feet seemed to be the worst, his hands didn't get much at all, and his mouth was pretty mild considering.  He was a real trooper! He hasn't drank much and hasn't been himself but he hasn't really cried or fussed much after 2 bad nights, seemed to enjoy the water and loved the sand! He is such a sweetheart.