Wednesday, July 8, 2015

2015 Destin, Florida vacation

I made it to Kidz Bop on Saturday evening but things went downhill from there.  The pain from my surgery really kicked in and I wasn’t able to do much walking without serious pain.  I was supposed to go to Raleigh for work meetings on Tuesday and on Monday I knew there was no way I could go.  Drew was also headed to Annual Conference on Wednesday.  The original plan was for Mimo to come watch the kids while I was in Raleigh and Drew was at Lake Junaluska.  Turns out Mimo got to watch me and the kids while Drew was at Lake Junaluska.  I finally turned a corner on Thursday and was able to walk!  Yay!  It was just in the nick of time as we were leaving for vacation on Friday.

Mimo got the car loaded up and she drove us to Hickory to meet up with Drew.  Drew left Lake Junaluska and met us in Hickory.  Drew got in with us and Mimo drove Drew’s car back to our house.  Mimo was super helpful that week taking care of us and then she offered to stay at our house and puppy/cat/house sit till Tuesday.  Thank you Mimo!  When she left on Tuesday we had another puppy/cat/house sitter come stay with Jack and Aidan.

We left Hickory and started the trip to Destin.  We were vacationing with my parents, my sister and her family and her best friend, Shelly, her boyfriend, Chris, and two of his kids, Abby and Eric.  We headed out and made it to Atlanta near dinnertime and we stopped at the Varsity for dinner.  The first time for Will, Lindy and me.  It was yummy!  We headed on and spent the night in Columbus, GA.  We got up Saturday morning and did our last minute beach shopping at Walmart and Sam’s and then explored a bit in Columbus.  Turns out Columbus is a cool town and we want to go back.  We headed out from there and hit Eufaula, AL right at lunchtime.  We’ve been driving through there for years and have always wanted to stop at the Cajun Corner.  We finally did it this year!  We stopped and had a yummy lunch and headed to Destin.  We got there right in time to get in the house. 

We started the week by celebrating Father’s Day on Sunday.  It was nice to spend the day with my dad and Drew and the kids.  The kids had made gifts for him at school so I brought those with us.  The kids and I are lucky to have such good dads in our lives.

We spent the week playing with cousins on the beach and in the pool.  We had good weather most of the time.  We had a few pop up showers towards the end of the week.  One in particular broke the tent. 

We ate good, each couple cooked dinner one night and then we did a joint night.  We also ate dinner out one night. 

Different people in the house went out for different activities.  Drew played golf one day – although he didn’t enjoy it.   My mom, sister, nieces, Shelly, Eric, Abby and the kids and I all went on a Seashell Cruise on Tuesday afternoon.   This is the third time we’ve done it.  We had the same captain as we had two years ago.   The past two years we’ve come home with buckets of seashells.  This year we didn’t.  This year we saw tons of dolphins super up close.  I think Lindy may have even seen them.  They were pretty fun to watch.  We all found some seashells but not many.   It was a fun outing.  I did a little shopping and Drew took Will to play putt putt two times. 

Will mainly spent the week playing with Rylee and Eric.  They played a lot of hide and seek around the house.   Lindy spent most of her free time overdosing on screen time.  Obviously rules are much relaxed on vacation.  

Destin did not disappoint this year.  Good weather and fun times with family!  Thanks Mom and Dad for the trip!

Sunday was Father’s Day and I brought the treats that the kids made in school for Drew.  DSC_4726DSC_4728DSC_4731DSC_4733
Papa and the grandkids.DSC_4734DSC_4736
Look at that white sand!DSC_4738
Will loved the calm waters and just laying around on the boogie boards. 
Waiting to leave on our seashell cruise.  We sailed on the Sand Dollar.
Super close dolphins we saw!DSC_4821DSC_4839DSC_4843DSC_4869DSC_4880
Captain Jesse was helping the kids at first.IMG_6217DSC_4881DSC_4885DSC_4889
Of course we had family picture night.  Everyone – especially Drew – had a great time.DSC_4968DSC_5021IMG_6503DSC_5029DSC_5051DSC_5078DSC_5136DSC_5152DSC_5186DSC_5216
Love this picture of them!DSC_5236DSC_5273L
Love this picture with my mom and sister!DSC_5320
There were a few nights of LCR.DSC_5336
Rylee won the first night and Lee won the second night.  It was rigged.  Two Beavers winning?!  ha haDSC_5341DSC_5344IMG_6084
Most meals were eaten on the deck.  Perfect for the kids.IMG_6403IMG_6411
Will tried his hand at boogie boarding too and had a few big spills.  After the 3rd one, he was done!  Here is one ride – before he flipped over his board!

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