Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Destin Family Vacation

One would think that with Mikayla at school and Gavin being much happier to entertain himself than Mikayla ever was at this age, that I would have so much more free time to do things that I enjoy (i.e. blog).  This is not the case though.  Things are starting to settle down though and we are figuring out our routine, so I should [hopefully] have a little more time to do some fun things. 

The week before school started we went to Destin with a very large number of my extended family.  My grandparents rented a house that would fit my mom and my uncles entire families.  We had a great time together that was filled with many wonderful memories.   We also have TONS of pictures from this week.  I am glad to have so may memories documented.  We spent a lot of time at the beach and at the pool that was at our house.  The kids had a fabulous time together ( and so did the adults!).   As our families grow and we spread out across the nation is becoming increasingly difficult for us  to all get together.  I was so grateful for this opportunity for us to spend time with one another.  A big thanks to Grandma and Grandpa for this opportunity – without them, it would have never been possible!

IMG_0363 Gavin had a great time playing in the ocean.  It took him a little bit to get used to the salt water though…the goggles helped him through that. IMG_0366 IMG_0368 My two favorite boys – a precious little boy and one hot hubby! :)

IMG_0370 IMG_0373 IMG_0374 We (er…Jeremy, the kite expert) had fun flying some kites with the kids.  Mikayla had an Ariel kite and Gavin had a Buzz Lightyear kite.  The had a lot of fun with this activity.IMG_0379 IMG_0384 IMG_0386 IMG_0393 The kids had a great time in the pool, too.  It was a salt water pool, which I just fell in love with.  It was so much kinder to your eyes and skin.  If for some reason, I ever have a pool, I will definitely will try this one out. IMG_0396 Mikayla tried her hand at some boogie boarding – it proved to be a little harder than she thought.IMG_0399

IMG_0405   IMG_0412 IMG_0415 They had a lot of fun playing in the sand, too.  No big sand castles were built this year, though.  They were more interested in playing in the water.IMG_0473 My cousin’s husband found this hermit crab (plus other wildlife prizes) out at the sand bar.  The kids loved watching him move around in the bucket before he was taken back to the sandbar to swim free. IMG_0416  IMG_0430 IMG_0431 IMG_0433 IMG_0437 IMG_0439 IMG_0440 IMG_0443

These are just more random pictures of my sweet children.  They had a great time and definitely love the beach. 

IMG_0421  My mom found this great volleyball net that the guys set up in the pool.  They loved it and had may very serious tournaments out there after the kids went to bed.

I could not have asked for a better vacation.  It was the perfect combination of quality family time, relaxing and memory making.