Monday, June 18, 2012

Ahoy to the ocean we go: Our First Family Vacation

Life is crazy as ever around the maven household. Hubbs work/business is super busy, my business is booming, I'm officially back in "school" busting my butt to finish up more degrees. So needless to say we needed a vacay! And a great old friends wedding was the perfect excuse to jet off to the sugar sand beaches of Rosemary Beach/ Seacrest Florida.... ahhhh.... Oh did I mention hubbs broke his arm 4 days before we left?? Umm yah, so that made for an interesting twist on everything, especially the airport fiasco with the giant double stroller, 2 carseats, 2 year old, 1 year old, 3 carry-ons, 2 checked bags, 2 connecting flights.... and ME, doing it all, by myself. I wouldn't recommend that to ANYONE, it was pure hell... no really.

The boys had no idea what to think of their first trip to the OCEAN!!! Oh wait that's right, they LOVED it. There was a lot of jumping in the waves, lots of sand castles, digging for crabs, and of course eating sand (sand diapers are quite the experience...) Rosemary/South Walton Florida is the most beautiful place, I was in awe! We decided we will be buying a house in Alys Beach, there are no words for the serene beauty of these little beach towns. They are so quaint, cute little shops, great mom & pop restaurants, beautiful architecture, and best of all there isn't a McDonalds in site, literally a 25 minute drive to get some McNuggets.

Our vacation home was beautiful and we will undoubtedly be going back!!! We rented bikes one day, which is "the" thing to do down there, everyone zooms around on cruiser bikes. We bopped back and forth between all the beach towns, over to Seaside for the Art Quest festival and ate off of the traditional airstream food vendors. Went over to Panama Beach one day for more sand and waves. Checked out Sandestin, Miramar, and Destin. Did a phenomenal dinner yacht cruise through the Baytowne Wharf... magical evening that was celebrating our 4 year wedding anniversary, even got to dance to our wedding song :) And of course we got to watch the jets zoom all around Eglin, HL was in LOVE!

We ate great seafood, we relaxed on the beach, we attended a gorgeous beachside wedding of a dear friend, we drank, we laughed, and we need to move to the beach now!!!


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