Last week, we packed up the car and headed south...to the BEACH! I can't even begin to describe how needed this trip was for our family.
Mr. S and I have been swamped with work lately...throw a hellacious CPA exam into the mix and talk about stress! But nothing a little sun and sand can't fix :) Oh and not to mention, we found out Slade passed his hardest portion of the exam the day before we were leaving...HOORAY!!! So proud of my man and his hard work.
Anyway, back to the oh so lovely beach trip! We decided to leave Tuesday night and drive as far as we (aka Slade) could make it which just happened to be Atmore, AL...home to the state penitentiary...good thing I did not find this out until later in the trip :) So glad we decided to make the longest haul at night. Lily slept the entire time and transitioned easily to her pack-n-play once we got to the hotel. The next day we had an easy hour and a half drive to the white sandy beaches of Orange Beach, AL!
Ignore the hideous flag behind us!
Sugar, Boss, The Lichters, Cody and Allie met us down and we had a great time. There was plenty of eating, drinking, playing, swimming, boating and just good QT time together. There also may or may not have been a night at the FloraBama for us "kids" thanks to Sugar & Boss babysitting :)
Cousin love...warms my heart!
This was Lily's first time to the beach, so we were all really excited to see her reaction to the sand and waves...this video pretty much sums it up...
She didn't seem to care either way...I think she preferred boating and playing in her blow up pool much more than the actual crashing of the waves on her feet...maybe next year her feeling will change?!?!
We went out on a boat for the day, enjoyed cruising the bay and stopping at some favorite bushwhacker spots...Pirates Cove & Flippers :)
Lily enjoyed being "Captain" for a bit :)
One thing I can say about the kiddos...they were awesome the whole time! Both were super flexible, never cried & found ways to get a nap or two in :)
Yes, my child is napping in the ocean...
Since we had two little ones with us this year, we decided just to do one dinner out. We went to Cobalt and it was delicious! The outdoor area is so nice for waiting and allowed the little man to run around and dance a bit :) while Lily enjoyed playing with her new colorful frog (thanks Boss!) and dancing with Sugar!
Rare to have a picture of just us nowadays!
To wrap up the week, we took some family pictures...
Not sure these kids could be any cuter...
however, I think Lily is already making teenager faces....we're in trouble!
LOVE this girl
Look closely...they are holding hands :)
The trip was just perfect! It was so nice to slow down, relax and spend some good family time together. We're already looking forward to next year :)