Wednesday, June 20, 2012

More fun vacation pics

I have too many fun pics of other vacation stuff not to share! Papaw brought along some binoculars, and one of Ella and Cade's favorite things was to stand on the table on the balcony and see what they could see.
 It was vacation, so all rules flew out the door! This meant Ella and Cade could help themselves to as much junk and pop as they wanted. They took full advantage!
Harper and Pap
 We drove to Grayton Beach for dinner one night. We had a room all to ourselves, which was a good thing with our crew! Love my two boys!
 Me and Little Miss Personality
 Mom and Jared
 Harper enjoyed herself.
 Just because he's too cute!
 Mom and Dad offered to watch the kids one night so Chris and I could have a DATE!! Just another reason I love vacation! My sweet boy wanted to go along, too.
 Me and my honey
 Sunday was rainy pretty much all day- boo! We decided to drive down to Seaside to check out the town. I had heard Seaside was a neat place, but, again, we were blown away. Imagine the perfect, little beach town with beautiful homes, food stands on the corners, artist shops everywhere, kids riding bikes- that's Seaside. If you remember The Truman Show, that movie was filmed in Seaside and that's pretty much the way it is. It was so fun just walking around, checking it all out.

 Cade loved running the streets.

 We hunted down the Truman house so Jared could get a picture.
 And this is the home I picked out to retire in. My hubby said he'll make it happen. =)
 Our family
 Uncle Jared and the kiddos
 My dear friend, Andrea, and her family were staying not too far away in Okaloosa Island the same time we were there. I was so excited to find this out!! We met up for dinner in Destin one night. It is always so great to get to spend time with each other and our families.
 Abby and Ella would be such big buddies if we lived in the same town. Mom and Dad kept saying, "Look at little Andrea and little Melissa." They're just a tad younger than Andrea and I when we first became friends.
 My awesome parents. Love these two so much!
Our last night at the beach, we stayed in and enjoyed a shrimp feast on our balcony. Cade was excited to try his first peel and eat shrimp!
I enjoyed my time with my family sooo much! 
Fun memories
My little sweetie (can't get a picture with her eyes open to save my life!)
We were a little bummed to have to pack up and head home. BUT, we are so, so thankful for the opportunity to go on vacation and for all the great memories made.
My favorite things about vacation: time spent totally focused on my kiddos, having my husband around, no housecleaning, no school work, no clock watching, RELAXING!
I'm begging my husband to take me back next month! ha!


The Utley Crew said...

Waaaaaaahhhhh...I want to go back! I am SO glad our vacations crossed and we got to see you all! We have to get Abby and Ella together again soon! Love you and love all the pics. SO glad you had a great vacation! We will have to plan again but get a little closer so we can have some beach time together, too!! :)

Jill said...

Looks like you all had a blast. We just got back from vacation to and I am SO ready to go back! :)

Terry, Leslie, Noah & Allie said...

Looks like a GREAT vacation! How cool that you got to see Andrea & fam!!