Blog Challenge 19 is to talk about a fun memory. I could actually talk about a lot of fun memories. Number one, because I really like to talk and number two, because I try to find fun and happiness wherever I can. It doesn’t always happen that way, but at least I try!!!
Truthfully, most days with my children are going to be some kind of fun. I say most, because none of us are perfect and we get hateful sometimes just like the rest of the world!
The fun memory I am pulling out today is our beach vacation three years ago. We spent a glorious week in Perdido Key, FL and this was a big deal to me, because previously I was not in love with the beaches of Florida. Sorry all you Florida people. You can blame it on the fact that I had only been to about five places in Florida at that point and they mostly all involved some sort of not-so-fun vacation or event!
We’ve always heard good things about the Gulf Coast, but neither of us had ever been. I guess we were feeling adventurous or maybe it was because it was Spring Break and we figured April water in Florida wouldn’t be as icy cold as it was everywhere north of Florida. I’m not even sure how it all came about, but we found a condo we could afford for a week and off we went.
It was a long week, so I won’t go into extreme detail. Instead, I’ll just hit a few highlights.
1. Whatever route my husband and the GPS chose, took us mostly through Alabama. Traffic on that road is nothing compared to traffic on I-75, especially through Atlanta. I wouldn’t care if we always drove through Alabama!! Any amount of traffic would’ve probably been worth it though. Gorgeous!!
2. We ordered pizza and had it delivered to the parking lot of our building. Then we had a pizza picnic on the beach. Best. Picnic. Ever.
Waiting so patiently for pizza! Their skin is not red from sun-burn, it is red from the pounding of the icy cold surf that day. And it wasn’t storming behind us. It was fog. It stayed like that almost the entire day. Creepiest thing I’ve ever seen. Here, I’ll show you another one:
3. We watched the Blue Angels practice at the Naval Base. WOW! Even though they did almost give us all heart attacks when we first got out of our vehicle (they took off right at that moment…so, so loud!), it was a sight that everyone should see at least once.
(The Super Trooper was trying to horn in on some poor GI’s action!! Oh how I wish she had been automated. Teehee!!)
4. A couple of nights we ate dinner in Perdido Key. One night we ate dinner in Pensacola. And a couple of nights, we ate dinner in Alabama. We all thought it was fun to drive a few miles and be in a totally different state! Sadly, I didn’t get pictures of that.
5. My kids have never cared whether there was putt-putt or an amusement park. They just love the water. So we pretty much stayed on the beach and in the ocean. The pool was colder than the ocean was anyway!
6. Someone had started digging a hole and abandoned it, so my children took over and made it much deeper. Then they spent several days playing in it. On the last day, someone cabbaged it before we could get there. I’ve never seen anyone so sad about a hole in the sand before.
7. We were lazy a lot. We slept in, we walked on the beach, we played card games, we watched a movie or two, we watched the dolphins, we built sand sculptures (I’m sorry that your sand turtle washed away, little seagull), and we talked about what it would be like to own a big fancy boat. (I’m pretty sure somebody said if they owned a big boat, they would feel like the “king of the world!!!”) I think it was the most fun and relaxed we had ever been on vacation and nobody really wanted to come home.
I know I was sad to leave and I’ve been scouring vacation rental sites since then–wishing things would stop having to be replaced (i.e., tires, transmissions, appliances, etc., etc.) so that we would have enough leftover for another fun beach vacation! Maybe someday soon we can go back. And maybe someday you can tell me about your most fun memory!