We left out for the beach on Friday, September 2nd for a WEEK LONG TRIP. It was the first time that my mom and I had been at the beach together since 2005. Adam joined us later Friday evening and stayed until Wednesday morning.
The first 3 days we did hit the beach for a little while but the weather wasn't great. Lee was hitting in Louisiana and we got some rain, but it was really just off and on and never got too bad. The last 4 days were great! Perfect weather. No humidity. It was awesome.
We went out to eat a few nights and cooked in a few nights. Adam and I had one date night alone. But this trip was really designed for RELAXING! I never got super dressed up. I never stressed about what to wear or what I looked like. I actually completely lost track of what day it was, and THAT is exactly what I needed.
We took Addison to Pier Park. She LOVED it. She got to ride on a Choo Choo Train and on a carousel. It was precious. She danced around to some music. She was in heaven, getting to run free and wild. We did a little shopping but not much. It's hard to do with a toddler that HAS to be moving at ALL times.
I have to share one HILARIOUS story. (Try to picture this as you read-it makes it funnier) It's a long story but I am going to do my best to shorten it! So we decided we wanted to go to Shell Island. And we decided we wanted to rent a boat instead of doing a tour. We were going to rent one while Adam was there but because of the waves, they wouldn't let us until Wednesday and he was gone. So we decided to anyway. After all, we used to have a boat and I know how to drive one. We got the pontoon boat, drove about 20 minutes to Shell Island. Addison was exhausted so she napped on the beach for over an hour while mom and I relaxed and looked for shells. We rode around on the boat, we saw HUGE jellyfish, dolphins, sea turtles. It was an awesome day. Addison was amazed at all she saw. It was precious. So things were going smooth right? YES! UNTIIIIIL... we had to have the boat back at 5:00. So at 4:40 we headed back. Well, my mom thought we needed to go right into a channel or water and I said left. But I went with what my mom said because, well, I am directionally challenged. WRONG DECISION! We are driving along... probably 200 yards away from the shore line and BAM we hit bottom.
Overall, the trip was great. A HUGE thanks to my wonderful mother for taking us. Without her, the trip would have been ABSOLUTELY impossible. You're the best mom!
Here are some (unedited) pics from our trip. There's a lot but I happen to think my kid is so dang cute, so it's picture overload. Enjoy :)