Sunday, October 12, 2008

Our vacation

There is just no better place for me to sit and relax than the beach. The ocean smell the sounds of the waves crashing along the coast....music to my ears. We began our 11 hour journey last Saturday morning very early...4am to be exact. The kids slept and me and Scott and my sweet mother (who joined us) drank our hot coffee as we traveled the long dark early morning highway. Our van was packed to the hilt with suitcases, bags for the kids, coolers, snacks reading materials and everything walmart has sold in beach toys/swim toys. We also had packed movies, and CD's to listen too. We had a nice drive down....lunch at a Mc Donalds in Alabama so Miller could run and stretch his legs while we ate. And he tuckered himself out with a nap finishing our trip which ended up at about 3pm finally there. We loaded the van onto 2 luggage carts and headed up to our 3rd floor 2 bedroom condo. We stayed at place in the west end of Panama City Beach where its not that busy and loud anymore....our amenities where pretty cool with a water park inside the area and a lazy river....it was cool. Miller and Madison loved it...we also had a bowling alley.
It rained on Tuesday and Wednesday and we had lunch out and drove one day to Mexico Beach and to Tyndall Air Force Base where we once lived and Madison was born and hung out for the day. And the next day we drove to destin to shop....which we did. We went out to beach at night with flashlights and the kids had a ball looking for sand crabs....we swam at night and stayed up too late....we cooked breakfast in the mornings and ate on the baloney.....it was all so nice.
We ate wonderful...Margaritasville one night and Cheeseburger in Paradise one night..yum yum! We did quite a bit of Sea food....and Carrabbas too. We hit target the last morning ad Starbucks a couple of times. Along with the tiki bar with many Strawberry Margaritas and a few Pina Colodas. The sunsets where breath taking and the stay too short.
I hate to leave the last day....I hold on to that last sunset and sunrise....
The kids had so much fun. They played and we all enjoyed our stay. Mom and I had some alone time to talk about Aunt Glenda and laugh and cry. It was good for us.
Our journey ended yesterday coming home taking us 13 hours as we got caught in Nashville in a 2 and 1/2 hour pile up.....not a good subject but at least we can laugh at it now....thank God for DVD players....lol.
We had so much fun and I love going to the beach each year. A wonderful highlight to my life. Tomorrow is back to normal. And that is fine...with fall in the air.....it will make it easy for me.
It's always good to be home!

7 comments:

Trailboss said...

Indeed....there is no place like home!

Karen said...

I'm so glad you had a good time. How nice that your mom could go with you! I agree, there's no place like the beach. And no place like home! Welcome back:)

Lesa said...

Glad you had a safe fun trip! Our fall break starts tomorrow. We are staying around here close. Maybe a day trip or two to Paducah or Owensboro. Nothing too exciting - just restful!

Bev said...

The entire vacation sounds wonderful, start to finish. Welcome home!

Christy said...

I am glad you had fun!!!

Tina Leigh said...

Jen I'm glad yall had such a good time. Sounds like you had no trouble finding gas either. I'm just not much of a beach person...I want to go to the mountains... but it is always good to get away from it all...spending time together...making memories with your family. Sounds wonderful. I missed your posts all week. Glad yall are home safe and sound.

KrisinTN said...

I am glad you had a great time! I am glad you are home...we missed you!