Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Summer Vacation 2012!

We recently took a vacation to Alabama (to see a close friend of mine and her family) and Florida (a getaway from our monotonous life that we live). It was much needed and very much enjoyed!

We stayed in Destin, FL @ a condo that we rented for the week. Most of our days were spent at the beach - Although we did venture out and shop, eat, and explore a few places! We had so much fun as a family. With Neil working so much (so I can stay home - bless his heart) the kids often go days without seeing him. So we had him to ourselves for 2 straight weeks! It was awesome! I could go on and on about how nice it was to relax, laugh, and enjoy the company of one another! So special. Here are a few photos from our trip!

Day 1: LONG DRIVE - To break up the drive we did a 3 hour tour at Mammoth Cave. It was so nice to get out of the car. We woke up super early that morning - hence the crazy hair and comfy clothes!

 Our family! (Too bad my camera died right after this and I didn't get to take pics of the cave inside.)

 FLORIDA! Finally we see palm trees and smell the ocean! :)

 We went to Fort Walton for the evening and went out on the pier - Little did we know we would be surprised with dolpins! They were so amazing and so close! They swam right under us!!!

 In Fort Walton - by the pier - the kids thought it was too cool!

 Standing under the pier. The sun was starting to go down and right in all of their eyes so Logan borrowed daddy's sunglasses.

 Looking at the sunset!

 A picture of the dolphins we were able to watch.

 My main man - He loved the beach! :)

 Me and my Gracie Girl at Wonderworks!

 My crew @ Ripley's Believe It Or Not - Panama City

The real Berlin Wall at Ripley's.

 Prehistoric Shark...

 My sweet kiddos @ St. Andrews in Panama City - Our favorite spot!

 Last night on the beach in Destin :)

 My sweet Emily.

 Gracie Girl

 Last walk on the beach (during this vacation).

My sweet friend and her family in Alabama.

The kiddos thoroughly enjoyed Alabama just as much as the beach! :) We are already planning a Summer's End Vacation. Cannot wait to get back to the beautiful mountains and waterfalls we were able to enjoy on our excursions! <3

We also have...wait for it...a weekend getaway in the works for Neil and I to Chicago! As much as we love spending time together as a family - it is extremely overdue to have some quality alone time! We are hitting up Shedd Aquarium (last time we went was right before Miss Gracie), Navy Pier, and all of the awesome food that we come across! :)

What have you done this Summer? Plans? Have a great one and stay cool!


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