During the second week of October, we had a wonderful family vacation to Destin. This has become our favorite week of the year since we have discovered fall break at the beach a few years ago. This year, the trip was extra extra special, since Nana and Buddy and Nanny all got to go with us.
Nanny last went to the beach with my family when I was a little older than Sydney-between 25 and 30 years ago :) She and I have always been very close and I remember her travels with us when I was little. Every trip to the beach since then, I have missed her.
I was very thankful that she could go with us and the kids this time.
I was also so thankful that Nana & Buddy could go.
The kids love spending time with family.
I never want to take granted of our special times together.
They all three got new boogie boards on the trip and loved putting those to use:
waiting for the big waves,
and then taking advantage when the time was right!
We had the most perfect weather for the week. It was never too hot, or too cold, even early in the morning. We hit the beach every day between 7 and 8 with our early risers.
They enjoyed morning walks with Buddy, who made a special kind of follow the leader game for them:
Building sandcastles was also a favorite.
And they seemed to have almost as much fun knocking them down...
1, 2, 3...jump!
Another reason the week was so special... we vacationed alongside three of our close family friends.
We were able to hang out all week alongside the Hunt, Gable and McGuinness families.
We also got to meet up with the Hales one night for dinner.
Our kids played for hours and hours and hours(!) every day.
They got along so well.
They hunted (and captured) sea creatures, went for walks, played in the sand and ocean, pool, lazy river and just enjoyed hanging out.
Jeff and I are blessed to have such wonderful friends and the same goes for our kids.
Another thing I will not take for granted-Christian family friends.
Riding our boat was another favorite pastime.
It had to be replaced mid week thanks to some huge waves
JJ loved it when I would bury him in the sand
Luke and JJ find each other to be hilarious.
These two especially loved just sitting and playing/digging in the sand for hours upon hours.
When the beach day was over, we had some great
dinners at some of our very favorite restaurants.
One night, we took a trip to the Track for gokarts and rides.
And we returned another night to play putt putt with Buddy
It was the first time ever for Sydney and Luke to play putt putt.
She got a hole in one on the very FIRST hole, and the last one too :)
It is hard to imagine a better place for a family vacation.