Kids started off with corn dogs for dinner to go! :)
Our plan was to drive several hours and get a place to stay thru the night before finishing the drive on Wednesday morning! I don't know what big events go down in South Arkansas, but there were NO HOTELS for hours! Finally, a little after 3:00, we drove up on this doozy!
And lucky for us the sign said Vacancy! I almost refused to get out of the car! Kaylor has been awake the entire car ride, and Lucy Jane was ready for some good sleep! We unloaded, killed some bugs, and tried to rest for a couple hours!
We headed out Wednesday morning and drove and drove and drove. We stopped at a fruit stand and got some fresh produce to bring with us! It was a great break for Kaylor, and a neat little "southern" stop! The name of the store was "Taters and Maters" :) Lucy Jane was riding with the Stevens at this point and they drove right past us accidently! When we finally called to check in, they were ahead by 50 miles! :)
We made several stops and a few wrong turns before finally making it to The Hangout in Gulf Shores to eat and play!
Lucy Jane was feeding Kaylor a sausage biscuit at our first gas stop!
This is a happy place for Lucy Jane! She loves all the activities they have for kids, and even danced to a song or two! The poor kiddos were so tired and we still had an hour and a half to go before getting to pensacola! (Lord, help us all)
BUT we made it!!!!! Rich and I were up early on Thursday, and I was so anxious to get out in the water! The kids slept and slept! Lucy Jane and Charley play so well together! Their plan was to share the loft room, but they have ended up passing out in the parents rooms because of exhaustion!
He napped on my lap all morning, and spent the afternoon laying on my chest! I tried to tell him it was hard to work on my tan while holding him, but he didn't care! :) Lucy Jane was so busy playing that I didn't get many pictures the first day!
Friday morning, the guys took Lucy Jane and Charley to the market to buy seafood for supper! Kaylor was napping so charity and I stayed in the condo with the little boys! The girls had a blast with their Daddy's!
The afternoon was spent lounging in the sun! Lucy Jane and charley played in the sand all afternoon! My favorite thing to do is play in the water! Lucy Jane had a ball jumping in the water alternating between me and her Daddy!
Excuse the hair! She won the battle of wearing her hair down!
Kaylor thinks if he is at the beach he should just be laying on me resting, napping, and totally relaxed! This was really sweet the first day, but now I have some really awkward tan lines!
I laid in the pool and he slept on me for two hours underneath this towel! :) poor Rich accidently had his phone in the ocean while filling up the pool, so he's out of service!!!
The kids have played so well together! Wrestling in the floor, giggling, and playing! :)
Rich had the bright idea on Saturday morning to go parasailing! We thought we could talk Lucy Jane into it! She wouldn't ride with her daddy, and the weight minimum is 200 pounds combined so her and I couldn't go together! So we rented a jet ski instead! She hated it! She had rather play in the water, so after renting it for an hour and riding only 10 minutes that's what we did! She met two little girls and they played all afternoon! They jumped off the pontoon boat and swam all day! She had a blast!!! We ate lunch outside and I soaked up our last day of beachy sunshine!
They had people painting faces and making balloon art for the kids! Lucy Jane loved it!
We left early in the morning to come home so that we could get all the driving done in one day! No more nasty MOtels for me!
I am truly shocked at how smooth the ride home went! Lucy Jane crashed out and took a nap!
And Kaylor stayed awake THE ENTIRE trip! This boy didn't sleep a wink, but thankfully was happy and smiley most of the trip!
So glad my kids are able to have these memories! They loved it so much and it made my heart happy to see them at my favorite spot ever!!!