I’m falling so far behind here on the blog… I started this post weeks ago and I’m just now sitting back down to (hopefully) finish it up and get it posted.
At the end of August, we squeezed in a quick trip down to Florida to see our families before the summer ended.
Much of our time there was spent swimming and splashing in Mimi and Pop Pop’s pool. The kids are getting so much more comfortable in the water and it was fun to see their confidence and swimming skills improve just over the few days were were there.
One day, we visited a small inlet that had plenty of hermit crabs for the kids to catch.
Tim was convinced he saw a shark swimming around out there.
We also went to the beach and played in the white powder sand and crashing waves.
I prefer lounging to playing.
We don’t typically do a lot of touristy things while we’re there, but this time, we were determined to make our trip feel more like a real vacation for the kids, with plenty of fun memories. We called it our Summer Bash and we splurged on things like sno-cones, ice cream, go-cart riding, and putt-putt golf.
We had some nervous kids before riding the go-carts, but afterwards, they all agreed it was the highlight of their entire vacation.
And since there are only two of us and we have three kids (Hudson rode with me), we persuaded Uncle Jared to come along and be a go-cart driver too. I’m pretty sure he didn’t mind. He and Tim got pretty competitive out there on the track and they gave the two bigger kids quite an exciting ride. (Hudson was content to NOT have such an exciting ride, so we set our own pace!)
Putt-putt was high up on the kid’s fun meter too. Guess who was the ONLY one to get a hole-in-one?! …. H-man! He was so excited. We celebrated afterwards with sno-cones.
One evening, Tim and I and Jared and his girlfriend, Megan all got away for a night out while the grandparents watched our kiddos. We drove over to Seaside to eat dinner and then went out on the beach to watch the sky turn pink and orange while the sun sunk down below the horizon. I miss those sunsets over the water! Afterwards, we ended up reminiscing, laughing, and talking while we wandered through the backstreets and quiet neighborhoods of Seaside as the last of the evening light faded into night. Then Tim’s internal gps failed us all when he thought he knew a short cut to get us back to our car. All of a sudden, we found ourselves lost in the dark woods and stumbling over tree roots in our flip-flops with only our measly cell phone flashlights to light our path. We eventually found our way out, but it was one of those funny mishaps that ends up making the best memories.
And before we knew it, it was time to load up, give big hugs goodbye and get back on the road for the long drive home.
On the way home, we made a quick stop near Atlanta to eat donuts with one of my best and longest friends, Becca and her kids. So fun to see them! It’s been years since we’ve seen them last, which is just completely too long.
Somehow, we made it through our entire vacation without getting any pictures with my side of the family, but we did get to see and spend a few days with them too. So glad to see everyone all in one trip!