|Caroline, B & Pres on the beach|
We left bright and early on Saturday, and arrived just after noon. We quickly unpacked and headed straight to the beach to enjoy the beautiful day. The ocean was a frigid 60 degrees, so we didn't expect anyone to get in, but the kids all frolicked in the surf. However, after several hours, the kids were anxious to try out the heated pool.
That night Steve and I cooked dinner for everyone (17 people). The kids had fun playing together, and we had fun planning the week!
We enjoyed the day in style, and ended it with all of the kids at the Sugar Shak (an overpriced candy/ice cream store in Rosemary Beach that is MUST DO for every kid and teenager). It was absolute heaven for my two sweet tooths!
|St Patty's Day!|
|Our Sugar Shak Sweeties!|
|William burying Pres|
|Our pumpkins cuddling to stay warm|
|Carson, P, Mary Ellis, B and Caroline at Alys Beach|
After a couple of days we had created our routine: get up and enjoy our coffee, do a quick work-out, go on a bike ride with the kids (which sometimes included a lesson with B on two wheels), stop off at Alys Beach playground so the kids can burn off energy while the temperatures got warmer, and then head to the beach and/or pool. However, mid week we decided to switch it up a little. That morning, we rode bikes to Alys Beach and did the nature trail with the kids. Shanon had the bright idea of having a scavenger hunt, so all of the kids actually enjoyed the walk since they were so busy looking for items! It was sunny and warm on the walk, but by the time we got back to our villa it started getting cloudy and cool, and we were all hungry. We decided this would be the perfect day to drive to Panama City Beach's Dusty's for some of the best food I had that week! Pres fell asleep on the way, and continued to sleep while I held him for the first hour and a half. I finally woke him up when my food arrived. The girls did great, coloring and playing on their itouches. Shockingly, we were able to really enjoy ourselves for several hours with no unhappy children.
When we got back, the kids were itching to go swimming, so the guys took them to the pool while Christie and I started getting ready for our only night out without children. We had several Homewood Middle School students babysit the kiddos so we could dine at V in Seagrove. After a delish dinner AND dessert, we came back to our villa so we could release the girls. We all hung out a couple more hours, chit-chatting and telling stories. It ended up being our latest night by a long stretch!
The last couple of days were spent doing more of the same! Except for Thursday, where we finally managed to make it a beach afternoon and watch the sunset. We played in the sand and surf all afternoon, and then went home for warmer clothes so we could watch the sunset and play wiffle ball on the beach. It was such a fun day!
|Kids at Alys Beach playground|
|Pres hanging out in his tunnel|
|Sunsets at the beach are the best!|
|All of the girls!|