I think it’s safe to say that our sweet girl LOVES the beach. We took her to the beach for the first time this year over Memorial Day weekend. We were able to spend the weekend with family in an awesome beach condo in Panama City.
We left about 5:30 or so on Friday morning. The sun hadn’t completely risen yet so baby girl was able to go back to sleep for a few more hours. I really like leaving early for trips like this since she tends to sleep for a little longer in the car (which cuts down on bored/whiny time).
After she woke up we stopped at Cracker Barrel for breakfast in order to get her out of the car for a little bit. Then we hit the road again. We ended up making it into Panama City around 2ish. We picked up some Whataburger (yumm!) on the way to the condo and then hit the beach.
I thought maybe she wouldn’t like the sand or that the waves would scare her. Boy was I ever wrong. She had absolutely no fear! Here’s her first time in the water – she’s lovin it!
|She had to wave at the planes and helicopters every time they flew by. Sweet girl!|
|Taken from the back patio. The view is awesome!
*Also, this is one of my favorite outfits! Pretty girl!*
|Raley and Gigi|
|Sweet little side pony|
|Bucket full of crabs|
|Live star fish|
That afternoon we did the same things as the day before, This time I gave her a bath before I put her down for her nap. She slept til about 4:30. I’m thinking this will be the daily routine for our next trip too. I think it works out better than going back out and her getting all sandy again in the afternoon before dinner.
That night we ate at Schooners, which was within walking distance on the beach. She loved getting to walk on the sand. We took our family pictures right outside the restaurant when we got there. The food was pretty good there but it was super loud because of the live music. I’ve never been a huge fan of live music in restaurants because it’s loud and hard to have a conversation. (On the other hand it drowns out the sound of a whiny baby;)
On Monday we got up and decided not to worry about getting yucky on the beach before it was time to head home. So we packed up the car and then went to Whataburger (yes, again) for lunch and got Dairy Queen for dessert. (This pregnant girl loves that Pops is an ice cream guy!)
We stopped at an outdoor mall and did a little bit of shopping before heading home. Raley did really great in the car. Although I’ve got to give some of the credit to Frozen – I have Frozen and 101 Dalmatians downloaded on my Disney Movie Anywhere app but “Dogs” wasn’t working for some reason. So we watched Frozen through twice on the way home. I didn’t much mind because she loves the movie and its adorable to watch her try and sing along to all the songs.
We finally made it home at 10:30 Monday night (we got stuck in traffic just south of Birmingham) and needless to say, we all crashed. It was definitely an exhausting but amazingly fun trip! Can’t wait to do it all again in a few weeks with the Houghton side of the family! 🙂