i've had a desire to go to seaside, florida for YEARS.
i read about it before sawyer was even born...but knew it was a LONG way away and too far for our family to travel with babies.
earlier this year, i brought it up again...and pat agreed to it!
at first we were going to go during spring break. but wanted to make SURE we had warm weather, so decided to go the first week of the summer!
i don't know how to separate the town and all it is, from just pictures of our family. so i'm going to make this the longest post EVER and do it all together. if you're here to read about seaside, sorry about all the cute pictures of my amazing husband and kids :-) if you just want to see our crazy family, sorry about all the town and amazing water pictures.
ok. here we go!
this is one of my most favorite moments from the week...that moment when you go over the rise and see the ocean for the FIRST time. and THIS ocean took our breath away EVERY time we caught a glimpse! the color was incredible...the most gorgeous blue-green water...against the softest white sand. incredible!
as i mentioned in a previous post, i was having bad insomnia...and it continued the first night in seaside. even in paradise! ;-) boo. the stress of the previous few weeks, plus getting ready for this trip, plus just traveling, did me in the first couple days there. i couldn't sleep, was just wanting to curl up in a ball and read a book or something...but i knew i was "expected" to be ON and having fun. it was hard. but we got to bed early the first couple nights, and once i got some decent sleep, i was good to go! the first couple days were really a struggle for me, though. just keeping it real!
the first morning, pat had to spend a few hours at urgent care. on our trip down, rebekah started complaining about a sore throat. she felt BAD. and she isn't a complainer. so one of us had to go to urgent care, and the other had to take the other 5 kids to the beach. there wasn't even a discussion. even though it was father's day :-(. pat would NEVER choose to take 5 kids to the beach by himself!
but, when i woke up, pat wasn't in bed. i found him on the front porch...just sitting and reading. it's such a gift to see this man that works SO hard for us, get to just BE sometimes!
spent a couple more hours at the beach. this is the only picture i have of him on father's day...so here you go! THE most amazing dad to my kids. so thankful he's mine (obviously for LOTS of reasons ;-))
these 2. they have such a unique bond. he loves to just be close to her. and she loved reading this vacation and did more reading than playing...she's getting older...
my morning buddy the next morning. he happened to be going to the bathroom when i walked in the door from running. so i asked him if he wanted to walk to town with me. in his pj's. he did :-)
for the most part, we all went to bed at really good times each night. it was so so nice! and made us all happier and was just good for us!
the next day (thursday), when we walked over the beach walkover, the water had changed color! it was still super clear, but was most green than blue. and it stayed that way til we left. i was SO glad that we had so many days with it blue! and didn't know it would/could change. i was glad we took so many pictures before and didn't wait til the end of the week!
we brought almost ALL our food with us. we bought 4 things at the store when we got there: bananas, salad, milk and eggs. brought everything else: lunch meat, cheese, bread, chips, watermelon, strawberries....we had 2 coolers and it all stayed cold and even frozen (the stuff that was!) even through the night at the hotel! we brought the coolers into the hotel and refilled the ice in the morning!
we ate all our breakfasts and all but one lunch at home. we ate out a few nights...but also ate simple dinners we brought (hot dogs and kielbasa, taco's)
getting their bikes out to ride back home!
one last run in this amazing town!
if you made it this far, you deserve a gold star :-)
it was an AMAZING vacation. in so many ways. good for our family. such a beauty of a town. we loved it. i sure hope we go back one day!