Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Summer Fun, Week Three: Part Two

Dear Ian,

Man.  That title was confusing.  What I mean by that is after we wrapped up Week Three of summer fun, we topped it off with an awesome weekend in Destin with your Graves/Brooks family.  And boy, did we have a good time! 

We packed up on Friday morning and headed out around nap so that way you could sleep in the car (which by the way, you only took a 40 minute nap.  Sigh).  After 446 times being asked if we were there yet, we finally made it.  And when I say all of your Graves/Brooks family members were there, I mean it!  Grandma and Grandpa Brooks were there, rounded out by Uncle Ryan, Aunt Andrea, Uncle Kurt, Aunt Stacey and Abigail.  Add us three in, and that's a pretty sizeable group.  But then on top of that there was Great Aunt Martha, Great Uncle Steve, and their kids Sarah, Erin and Joseph.  Sarah had her hubs, Tim, with her and their two kids, Patrick and Isabel were also in attendance.  Then Erin's new hubby, Scotty, came too.  So grand total, there was ton of us: in all! 

Anyhoo.  We all arrived safely at the Destin Army Rec Center and got checked in.  I made dinner that first night (a shrimp boil) at Grandma and Grandpa's cabin, and I'm thrilled to say that, even despite the shrimp, you liked it!  Which is good; we can still be friends. 

The weekend was filled with fun like playing in the splash park, spending TWO HOURS in the pool, a pontoon boat ride out to the bay, dinner at McGuires and The Backporch, mini-golf, and all in all an awesome time.  Here are a few shots of our weekend in Destin.

After our shrimp boil dinner on the first night, you and Aunt Andrea both got a special treat from the ice cream truck that drove through the facility!  You were so excited about the truck; it played music and everything! 

You playing in the splash park on our first morning at the center.  I am sad to report that trying to keep you up later and that short nap on the way over did NOT help you adjust to Destin being in a later time zone.  Every morning you were up around 5:30am Destin time.  Which yes, I know, is about the same time you get up in really Tallahassee time, but seeing a five in front of the time was really bad for Mommy's morale. 
After some time in the splash park, we headed out on the pontoon boat to Crab Island. It's a great shallow place to anchor boats and swim. Believe it nor not, this is actual bay water, not pool water!  Look how clear it was!!  It was amazing, and you had a fun time floating along in your starfish floatie.  And there was an ice cream boat.  And you got an ice cream sandwich.  You, my boy, are one lucky kid.

Sadly, I did not get any pictures from dinner at McGuire's.  I was far too busy eating the Reuben Egg Rolls to take photos.  Man those are good.  Aannnddd, now I want one.  Man.

Sunday was Father's Day, so after feeding Daddy his favorite breakfast and giving him his gifts and cards, we let him do his own thing for the day.  He went off with Ryan, Scotty and Joseph and played his Star Trek game, and you and I entertained ourselves.  After nap we went and played mini-golf!  It was a lot of fun, and you did really well!  You actually shot some legitimate twos and threes on some of the holes.  Since it was just the two of us, I didn't bother to keep score or anything, but it didn't matter anyway.  We were just having fun.  Then we stopped off at a crazy tourist store, and I let you pick out a souvenir with some money that you brought from your piggy bank.  You picked out a shark tooth necklace and were so very proud of it.  After all of this fun, it was time to meet the family for dinner again. This time we went to The Back Porch, which is right on the beach and so yummy.  You and I managed to arrive 30 minutes early, so we walked through the candy store next door, and you used your remaining money to get a ring pop. 

 You in the giant chair outside the restaurant with your ring pop. 
I think after all the togetherness, early wakings and commotions you were finally starting to lose your cool.  So you and I took a walk down to the beach.  You love the water, so you probably could have stayed there all night.  But we went back to our hotel and finished up our evening with a walk down the dock, exploring crab traps and finding fish.  We also found some hermit crabs!
You and a hermit crab friend.  You did NOT like it when he started to come out of his shell.

The next day was Monday, and we spent the morning packing up and getting ready to head back to real life.  You did get to play in the pool one last time, which made you happy.  But then we were back in the car and headed home.  And I am happy to report that this time you did sleep almost the whole way home. 

We had a fun weekend with you Bear, and we love you!
Mommy and Daddy

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