Friday, August 10, 2007

Gulf Shores....

We left for Gulf Shores on Thursday 8/2. Without stops it's a 6 hour drive. I'm proud to say that we made it in 6.5 hours! Pretty incredible since we have 4 boys!! We arrived at my aunts (who we stayed with) in time to see my cousin before she left for work. My aunt and her husband arrived a little later, and we all had some yummy pizza for dinner. The boys were tired from having gotten up at 6 and from the ride, so we headed to bed pretty early (around 9 for the boys, 10 for us). Unfortunately not before Max crashed....

We got up the next morning (Friday), ate breakfast, and headed to the beach. We got there about 9:30 and it was perfect!! Only about 10 cars in the parking lot, and we basically had our choice of spots. So we started unloading the car, and putting sunscreen on the kids. Here are the boys waiting on us to finish...


And one of Miles waiting for his turn for sunscreen...

After what seemed like forever, we made our way to the beach. The weather was just beautiful and the water was perfect. Clear, no seaweed, calm. We couldn't have asked for a better day!! The boys all got right to work on some sand castles...


Max stayed in the sand most of the time, and Michael stayed in the water most of the time. I swear that boy is part fish. He loved every minute of it.

Matthew was in and out of the water. He didn't know what he wanted to do. Miles didn't know what to think. He did NOT like the water, and the sand was weird. So he hung out under the umbrella...



We hung out at the beach for a few hours and then we headed back to the van. We drove down the coast over the Florida/Alabama line and back, picked up some lunch and headed back to my aunts for rest time. The 2 younger boys took naps while the 2 older ones watched TV and relaxed. After everyone got home from work we headed into Perdido Key, FL (just over the line) and ate at The Crab Trap. The food was great, and it was right on the beach. We had a blast! After dinner we headed back into Gulf Shores to ride the Ferris Wheel. The boys were nervous, and SO WAS I! I do not like heights at all, and this thing is 108' tall!


Matthew was the most nervous of all and he kept his face buried in his hands the whole ride. Finally he started to enjoy the ride. I won't say that I liked it all that much, but it was ok as long as the gondola didn't start rocking and as long as I didn't look down!

When the ride was over we headed over to Starbucks and got some Strawberries & Cremes and then headed back to the house.
We got up the next morning (Saturday) and headed to Pensacola, Fl to the Naval Aviation Museum. We had a lot of fun here. The boys grew bored after an hour or so, but it was really neat! Lots of stuff to look at. Here's some of my fave pictures from there....



After a few hours, we left and we were STARVING so we headed to Lambert's Cafe. We really love this place. It's a lot of fun, and the food is fantastic!
KJ & Uncle Scotty
Michael, Matthew, Aunt Glenda, Maranda
Max, Miles, and Me (horrible picture, but I was hot and sweaty, ICK!)
After lunch we went back home for some rest. That night after we got Miles in the bed, Maranda babysat the boys and me, KJ, Glenda, and Scotty went out to LuLu's. This place was fantastic! We're taking the boys there the next time we go. The food and atmosphere were just really great.
Sunday we got up and the older 3 boys went to church with Maranda. The rest of us hung out around the house. Around lunch me, KJ, and Miles went to the store to restock our drink and snacks for the trip home the next day. By the time we got back, Maranda was back with the other boys. Everyone rested for a while and then we headed back to the beach for a few hours with Maranda tagging along this time. It was really windy this day, but it felt nice. The water was really choppy and lots of seaweed and a few baby jellyfish so we didn't play in the water as much. After a few hours we headed over to Surf Style to pick us out some T-Shirts. Then it was home to some yummy Sour Cream Enchiladas and then more hanging out and then off to bed.
We got up early Monday and left Glenda's by 6:40. We stopped and got gas and ice and then headed back to Lamberts Cafe to give their breakfast a try. After we were fed and had made our trips to the bathroom, we headed home. 6.5 hours later we were pulling into the driveway.
It was a great vacation, and we can't wait to do it again next year!