My brother and his family and my parents all got there on Saturday and we went up on Sunday.
An uninvited guest, Tropical Storm (later turned Hurricane) Lee was waiting for the crew when they arrived on Saturday. He brought strong winds, lots of rain and the biggest waves any of us had ever seen on the normally calm Gulf coast! It was actually really neat to see a storm like that at the beach.
I was glad Momma rented such a great house, though. She spent weeks picking out the perfect one and I think we all agreed, it was! It was gorgeous and made hanging-out inside actually enjoyable! Plus, with three stories, there was plenty of room for everyone to spread out and have their own space. A few pics from the floor we stayed on… Each level had a front and back balcony, too! Such great views!
AB, Garrett & Caroline waiting to head to the water!
Beau & Garrett
Sunday night, we went to the harbor and had dinner at Dewey’s…I was a terrible picture taker the first few days and I hate that I didn’t get one single picture of all of us. :(
The kids all watching a movie after dinner…
Monday morning, we woke up to find the back glass had been blown out of the back of Beau & Kristy’s car. Crazy, right?!?!? The guys made a makeshift one until they could get back to Georgia to have it fixed.
The kids got to play in the “sandbox” which was such a neat feature to the house. It was a covered, open-air sandbox filled with beach sand and beach toys… perfect for the kids. After lunch, Beau & his crew headed back home.
We had dinner that night at a great BBQ place and visited the Bass Pro Shop. AB LOVED the huge fish tank with the massive saltwater fish and DW shopped for some new binoculars.
I LOVED this board and block letters in the house. I’d love to have one! I made a little note for Lee on it! :)
Because of the dune restoration, you can’t access the beach right in front of the homes, you have to use a beach access, and while it was really close to the house, when you have a kid, you have A LOT of stuff… So, we borrowed my in-laws yard wagon to haul everything down to the beach every day. It was PERFECT and we were the envy of everyone on the beach. AB rode on the cooler every day and would say, “giddy up, ride ‘dat horsey!” on the way down to the water.
Our days were spent pretty much the same way everyday… beach, pool, nap, beach, dinner. Then we’d wake up to do it again the next day. Absolute Perfection.
Played in the sand…
Hunted for seashells…
And laughed at AB doing “Sneaky Pete” all week…
The pool was a shared pool by all of the houses in the Destin Pointe Community and it was PERFECT for AB! It had the gradual entry and one whole side of the pool was no deeper than 3 foot. She was able to walk all around and LOVED it!
She thought she was even more grown than she already does!
The neat thing about the clear water, too, is all the sealife you get to see… we saw a small school of needlefish, a pufferfish, & even SHARKS on the last day! We were amazed at how close they swam to the people in the water! (Not us, because once we saw them we were watching from the shore! Ha…) I was glad it was our LAST day! We also saw lots of jellyfish the evening of our last day…
DW had to head back home on Wednesday night, after dinner, but told us to just stay the rest of the week with my parents. I KNOW, I KNOW… I married a really great guy. We all hated to see him go, and missed him like crazy the rest of the week…
That night, after we’d had dinner at Longhorn (if you haven’t had the Wild West Shrimp appetizer there, get it…so good), and said goodbye to DW, we took a drive down the coast through Watercolor and Seaside. SUCH fun little beach communities.
The famous row of “Baked-Potatoes” in Seaside…everything from smoothies, to BBQ. I saw these in Southern Living a while back and had been dying to see Seaside in person!
It’s right on the water and was an open-air restaurant. The breeze was so nice and hearing the waves while you eat great seafood is pretty close to perfect.
We went out for a late dinner and started packing up…
AB riding with some luggage on the elevator. That might have been her favorite part of the house!