When I was working, I came home saying "I need a vacation" every day. Not because I didn't like what I did but sometimes life just needs to be put on pause. Since becoming a stay at home mom I don't say it as much but who doesn't want a vacation!
Jeremy has been working so hard for us and I know he needed one. So we finally went! We went to Panama City and stayed at a hotel on the beach. It was soo nice! I was a little worried (okay I was mad at myself) at first because there wasn't anywhere to park when we first got there. I didn't think they would be busy in September, however I forgot about fall break! I was also mad because when we got to our floor it looked like we weren't going to have a room with an ocean view. I was SO mad about that… Until we got to our room. There is a bedroom and a living room so the living room had the ocean view. It was beautiful and I was relieved :)
It was dark when we got there so we saw the moon on the ocean but that's about it. Jeremy told me not to look outside until we were all awake and we could do it together. I was so excited, I woke up at 4:45! I couldn't go back to sleep! So I laid there, checked my email, cruised around on Facebook and finally got up and took a half of a second peek outside. I didn't look at the water, just at the sky. It was REALLY fast, I couldn't even tell you what it looked like. And yes, I admitted this to Jeremy later!
So Richie FINALLY got up at 6:30 and didn't hesitate to wake Jeremy up :) So we went and looked outside. GORGEOUS! The sand was my favorite part! I was excited to go put my feet in it! So we went down and had breakfast then went to walk the shoreline. AMAZING... The sand, the water, the sting ray, the weather, the sun… It was perfect!
We walked a little while then went back to our hotel, got our swimsuits on and went to play in the sand/ocean. It was perfect. Richie was the most excited about the….. POOL! We couldn't get it through to him that the ocean was what we were there for. So we went back and forth between the pool and the ocean. We also went down to the pier. Lots of people were fishing which was kind of annoying to me because I wanted to go to the end and look in the water but we had to keep dodging the hooks flying around.
Then for lunch we went to Dick's Last Resort. That's the place where they aren't there to be nice to you like every other restaurant, they're there to tell you how it is, and it's hilarious! They don't make your food customized. They make it like it says in the menu and if you don't want something on it then pick it off. When I was deciding what I wanted to drink she told me to get my life together! Haha! She toned it down of course, because we had Richie, but it was still hilarious. Then she made us hats… Richie's said "I have skid marks", mine said "I should've swallowed" :(, and Jeremy's said "Big shed, small package". The group at the table near us was feeding it right back to her. She told them to holler whenever they were ready to order, so they did. She yelled back to shut up, they weren't the only people there! One lady said something to her and she told her to Shut up and take her hair back to the eighties!! And she told them that if anyone has any allergies to tell her now because she doesn't give mouth to mouth to males (she was clearly a lesbian). It was so funny!! If you can take a joke and need a good laugh… go there!
They also have a really good alligator appetizer! yuuuum!
Then we went walking around and did a little shopping. Richie and I got souvenir shirts and they had a collegiate store there so we got some Longhorns things!
Then it was nap time! I only took a 20 minute nap, Richie took a 2 hour nap and Jeremy watched football.. typical Sunday at home too!
Then we went to the pool and ocean. I think Richie liked the pool because he could actually swim. We walked out a ways into the ocean but it was still only calf/knee high water (to me and Jeremy). Plus there was Jelly Fish on Sunday so we didn't get too relaxed in the water. Every time a big wave would get water in Richie's mouth he was say "SALT WATER!" They way he said it was priceless.
For supper we went to Dusty's. It was delicious also! There was a long wait so if you ever go there.. go early. I had clams and fried pickles… YUM! And Jeremy had oysters… he said they were good. Richie had shrimp.
Then we went back to the hotel, goofed around for a little bit then sent Richie to bed, and I was soon after him. We were tiiired!
Monday morning we ate breakfast, went for a short stroll on the shoreline then went back to get our suits on for some time in the pool. It was a little chilly but Richie didn't care! Then momma went and got a massage!! The boys went shopping around a little and got some more sand toys. For lunch we went to Shuckums. It was good too. I got a Philly Cheesesteak (not to Jeremy's amusement), he got oysters and Richie got chicken strips.
Then we went to the hotel for nap time. Richie took a good nap and then we went swimming some more. There were lots of places to eat but not enough days so our plan was to go to one place for appetizers, one place for dinner and one place for dessert but we were so full! We weren't even snacking, we were just full from all the delicious food! So we had a Calamari appetizer, Richie had chicken strips and then we went walking. They had a little train running around so we went and found it so Richie could have a ride. They also had bungee cord/trampoline things but it was $10 and Jeremy didn't feel like it was worth it (Richie has done it before) so we just went and got ice cream instead. Then we went to the hotel. It was late at this point.
Tuesday morning we got up and around and went for a boat tour. We searched for dolphins but only saw a few. Then stopped at Shell Island (during the boat tour) and searched for star fish and sand dollars.. two things we hadn't seen yet! We never found any :( Then headed for some lunch at Dat Cajun Place. It was okay. Then headed home. Richie and I crashed for 2 hours in the car. Poor Jeremy! We all had a really good time and we can't wait to go back!! There's lots more that we want to do!
Heading out of town! Jeremy was cracking a sunflower seed lol
Someone was on the beach blowing off fireworks. They only did a few though.
He went inside because it was too loud. They were right in front of our room..
Such a sweet sleeper :)
Our first time seeing the ocean! Don't mind me.. we just got out of bed lol
Feet in the water :)
He loved it!
Do you see the sting ray?
My boys <3 p="">3>
Overload of pictures from our balcony..
He loves that daddy!!!
9/21 Looking at his seashells
I told him that these little ones are shark teeth :P
In the midwest we use mulch, in the south we use pine needles, on the coast we use clams!
I love my family!!!
I love this man <3 p="">3>
There's no telling…
Overload of sunset pictures...
This was while we were waiting for the train…
On the train!
9/22/.… last day we played frisbee while waiting to get on the boat to go dolphin searching
Searching for star fish and sand dollars
Richie gave our "captain" a tip and told him "Here's your sand dollar!"
Completely wiped out on the way home...