It’s that time of year again. Summer Vacation. And, if you read my previous post you’d know we go home to Florida and Alabama every year.

This year we spent 2 weeks back home and had a…***We interrupt this relaxing, low key (Unfortunately, that was an $1800, 3 day fix but luckily we have coverage so the van was fixed for free.)

***We now continue with our regularly scheduled vacation***

First off let me tell you that vacation to us doesn’t mean packing activities into every single day.

Vacation to us means taking a breather.

A well deserved break from reality and every day life.

So much of a break that when we return home, it didn’t feel like work. We do just enough to enjoy ourselves, but not so much that we’re all exhausted when we return. Some vacations leave you needing a vacation from THAT vacation.

This wasn’t that vacation. This was our vacation down that long dirt road….trip to tell you about the car trouble we had right as we hit the Mississippi state line.***

The dirt road to Nanna’s is paved with lots of summer dreams…

After 9 hours on the interstate with 4 kids, what better way to start the trip off than with seafood?

My mom loves The Original Oyster House in Mobile and since we all love seafood, we weren’t arguing. 🙂

One of the very few pics I took with all 4 kids
One of the very few pics I took with all 4 kids

We filled up on shrimp and cheese grits and Aubrey asked if we could go shopping (sure, why not? Who doesn’t love to go shopping on vacation? Not this girl.*eye roll*). Every time we pass the HUGE Bass Pro Shop along I10 in Louisiana, Aubrey wants to stop, but we never seem to find the time, so we decided to go to the one near Mobile.

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The little kids practiced their fishing skills and rifle aim on the games while Nanna shopped. They loved looking at all the cool fish they have inside and outside the store. It’s actually a really neat place even if you don’t hunt or fish.

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We then spent the next few days at Nanna’s…feeding the goats…


performing impromptu dances and porch swingin’ in our pjs…


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…learning to drive the golf cart…Pawpaw would be SO proud…

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the second we turned on to that dirt road, seat belts come off and the windows go down.

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We took rides on the Viking around Nanna’s property, finding sweet surprises like heart shaped rocks and baby frogs…


We rode down to the creek where Pawpaw carved the kids initials into a tree.

I told my mom we should cut it down before the loggers come and remove it. What a bittersweet memory to have.


My mom found a really neat place where water literally “springs” from the ground. It’s called Red Hill Spring.

It sits alongside a country road about 30 minutes from her house. The kids loved drinking right out of the pipe!

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We rode a little further up the road to a place called Fort Mims. It’s a beautiful old Fort where they hold weddings.

It was SUPER hot, but the little kids didn’t mind. The teenager? She stayed under the picnic area the whole time. 🙁

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We took a short trip to Pensacola Beach and stayed a couple of nights…

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this is what the teen did most of the trip 🙂

When the 4th of July rolled around, we always do something with our family. For the past couple of years, we’ve gone to my aunt and uncle’s.

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The kids love going here.

They swam under beautiful blue country skies…and unfortunately, poor Paige got stung on the finger by a wasp and Emma got stung on the NOSE! 🙁

Thankfully that only slowed them down for a few minutes. They got to swim with 2 of their cousins that they rarely get to see.

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We grilled hamburgers. We ate watermelon, boiled peanuts and homemade ice cream. What more could you ask for?

My Uncle Gary does his best to make the trip a memorable one for the kids, so he always takes us on a hayride through his fields, down to the duck pond and a visit to feed the cows those watermelon rinds.

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and no trip home is complete without a visit to Pawpaw…

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we sure do miss you Glenn


As always, we had an amazing time. Though it seems we did nothing, we did much.

They ran in the green grass and played under the tall pines. They breathed that early morning air while drawing chalk figures on Nanna’s patio.

They swung on porch swings while swatting at mosquitos.

They ate boiled peanuts until they had belly aches.

It’s hard to describe the feeling you get when you’re able to give your kids a taste of what your childhood was.

I know my kids have a lot of the suburbs in them and most days prefer the air conditioning over the sun, but even they appreciate a summer in the country.

Thanks Nanna for putting up with us for 2 weeks!! We love you!!

“Some of the best memories are made in flip flops.”

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2 thoughts on “#summervacation2016

  1. I am so glad you were able to turn the vaca around after the whole van situation! But not glad as I am to have you back in Texas!

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