August 20, 2012
Okay, so initially I thought I would be able to bust out the whole recap of our beach vacation in a post or two…yeah, there is no way. Going back through the pictures I took over the week, I have whittled 475 pictures down to 350 or so, but that isn’t including the pictures from my Mom’s phone, her camera, OR the beach photo shoot pictures we had done. So! To talk properly about all of the wonderful, amazing, and awesome moments on our vacation, it’s going to have to take a few posts to tell/show it all. Bear with me 🙂
We departed from Carl Junction after breakfast on Friday(8/10) morning to start our long trek to Destin, FL! My parents rented a giant 12 passenger
bus van, we stopped for gas and Starbuck’s(grande vanilla nonfat with whip latte, please!) and were on our merry way. My mom( Grammy) put together an awesome princess bag full of all sorts of goodies to keep Abigail occupied. She would get to open a new item when she started to get restless and when I was trying to postpone the inevitable dvd viewing.
By the end of the trip Abigail had acquired some new books, two new DVD’s, a mickey, minnie, and pooh bear stuffed animal, a couple small disney princesses, a few sticker packs, crayons, and paper dolls.
Back in April, when we went to Vera Bradley Abigail discovered the wonder of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. At the time, there was only one episode on demand called “Daisy Bo Peep”. She watched it over and over again that weekend, learned the hot dog dance, and what a sheep says. Well, Grammy got Abigail a MMC dvd with a few different episodes on it and that particular episode happened to be on there. Amazingly, Abigail remembered that episode and spent the entire rest of vacation asking for “Baa”. Which, considering that episode actually taught her what a sheep says, she asked so politely, and it kept the peace and quiet for a glorious 24 minutes, there were quite a few viewings of ol’ Daisy Bo Peep over the past 9 days.
An exciting event happened as we were driving through Alabama. Jim had recently taken the wheel and I was in the passenger seat. A tahoe drove past us in the left lane and total Final Destination style, kicked up a 2×4 which then flew up the hood and smashed into the window.
Fortunately, it didn’t break through and the window seemed to be holding. We were able to make it to Jackson, Mississippi for the night without any further excitement(except for when my dad forgot which hotel we were staying in. We all unloaded at the Hampton Inn only to discover we were actually staying at a Hilton about 6 miles back the way we came)
Abigail slept great in her pack n play at the hotel, Jim
loudly quietly munched on popcorn, and I cheerfully stewed myself to sleep!
We started Saturday morning fresh and ready to go. We hit up Cracker Barrel for breakfast, Starbuck’s for the road, and we were on our way to the beach!! It wasn’t too long before we arrived. This was the awesome condo we got to stay in.
(Look at how crowded that place is!! har har)
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