Monday, August 8, 2011

Destin Sweet Destin....

So can you tell I'm at my "happy place"... the BEACH! Don't mind the dark clouds in the distance... we decided the thunder wasn't going to stop us! We take a trip to Destin almost every year at the same time - the first week of August. It's the cheapest week to rent the condo we love... and probably the HOTTEST week of summer! Crazy... what we don't do to save a buck.

See my lovely orange chair... not only is it a backpack chair... it has a COOLER and a SNACK BAG attached! Seriously... it freed up two hands! Of course, after the kids buckets, shovels, towels, and body board thingies... I decided next year I need one of those cheesy carts people use to drag all their junk down to the shore. It's quite ridiculous!

This year we spent almost all of our time at the beach and pool rather than other random touristy things. We did go on a dolphin watch boat ride... holy hurt the broken tailbone. Kind of ruined it for me. We did see a pod of dolphins with a BABY! WOOT WOOT... very cool.

I thought this picture (not staged at all... ha...) captured the perfectness of my children and the love they share for each other...


sweet, eh? Fakers. :) They love the beach as much as we do... PERFECT! They could dig for HOURS!

This last one is in honor of my dear, sweet husband. He LOVES the concept of surfing and paddle boarding. Being that we live in OH... not near a lake, he takes full advantage of anything "surfing" related when he has the opportunity. So... while we were in Destin, he whipped out his "mini-surfboard" (seriously... that's what it is) and "rode the waves". Fun stuff... keeps him occupied and makes him feel like a stud!

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Good times! Next year we might try the Atlantic shore... NC or SC. Not sure yet... any suggestions???

has it really been since MARCH!?!?!

HOLY SMACKERS... they say time flies when you're having fun, but seriously... it's been since MARCH!?! YoWzA! Life sure does come at ya fast, eh?

Things have been crazy around here the last few months. Obviously the kids finished school for the 10-11 year (and they happened to start the new school year TODAY!!), we took a couple vacations, I had parvo (don't ask... pure misery) and broke my tailbone (even more misery... again, don't ask). The last two really put a damper on our summer plans.

We spent a few days in MI and a week in Destin, Fl. LOVE LOVE LOVE the beach! Wish at time we didn't live in central (no lake shore near by) Ohio. Kind of depresses me at times... something about hearing the waves is beyond refreshing and soothing to my soul.

I read some great books... "the Help" being my favorite fiction and "Give them Grace" being my favorite not fiction. I'm still reading that one though... trying to absorb as I read.

Now that all three Schwadlings are in school full-time (I feel like I'm in the first phase of being an empty nester) I'll be able to blog about nothing (HA!) more often! :) Lucky you!!!

One last thing... can I just say... how did I ever live without DVR? WOW... great stuff!

That's all for now folks....