Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Vacation in Destin aka Where I Wish I Were Right Now!

Loved, loved, LOVED Destin! I thought I was an Outer Banks girl and I still adore the Outer Banks, but the beach in Destin is so amazing that it's now become my new favorite. In addition, the fact that there is a ton of shopping and tourist-y things to do make the area ideal for a family with a restless four year old to find activities to keep everyone amused.

Case in point--we took an excursion on this pirate ship. There was an actual pirate on board, a treasure chest, booty bags, a cannon, the whole nine yards. It was AWESOME. Oh, and Jonathan liked it too :)

Jonathan overcame his fear of the ocean in about 2.4 seconds but the pool was his real love. The $1 we spent on an inflatable Spongebob ring at Target before we left the 'ville was the best $1 I spent on this entire vacation.

Friends of ours were in Destin the same week as we were so we got to have date night at this incredible Italian restaurant. A bit of wine, a lot of fabulous Italian food and great company made this one of the better date nights we've had in some time. This is reason 147 why it is the best idea ever to take a grandmother with you on a family trip!

See, doesn't this look so much more fun than sitting in an office doing work!? I think I would like to live in Europe and get a whole month off for vacation.

Obligatory family self portrait--the expression on Jonathan's face makes me happy:

Jonathan had his first go at miniature golf. Sadly, I do not think we have an aspiring Tiger Woods on our hands. He thought he rocked it, though.

We had a bit of whining from Jonathan over the course of the trip, which was tiring, but, overall, it was so nice to be able to spend tons of time together as a family. Now if only we could win the lottery so we can actually relocate to a beach climate--this is definitely a lifestyle to which I could become accustomed!


Bryan said...

Jennifer made my put on a shirt EVERY time we went into a restaurant. I thought vacations were supposed to be shirtless. Apparently I have been significantly mis-informed on the subject. The ocean (Gulf) was so warm and calm I could have slept in it. Quite a relaxing place once you get used to having to wear a shirt everywhere. JBF

Martha said...

Hi guys!
It sounds like you all had a ball. I remember going to Rock City. You might also try Maggie Valley sometime. When I was a kid, there was an old west town on top of the mountain (it's in the Smokies). We all liked it there; plus the ride up to it was fun too.
Tell me more about the trip when I see you.

Alicia said...

I remembering you posting about this trip on facebook. Looks like a great place! I often have that "I-wish-I-could-win-the-lottery-so-I-could-live-here" feeling when I leave the beach. Cute, cute li'l family!

Paula said...

Looks like you had so much fun.

Kimberly said...

Man that water looks awesome!!! I'm glad you guys had such a good vaca!