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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Family Vacay

Get your popcorn ready, there are a TON of pictures from our trip to Gulf Shores. I took 890 pictures and had a terrible time narrowing them down because I love each one. We loaded up the Sunday after Caroline's Fancy Nancy birthday party (that post will come) and hit the road to Gulf Shores. We decided to break up the drive and stop in Vicksburg, Mississippi. The girls were awesome in the car to and from the beach. My parents let either Reese or Caroline ride with them which was wonderful. In Vicksburg, we visited the battlegrounds and played at the park to keep the girls busy. We also stopped in Monroe to visit the Duck Commander because Steve is pretty much obsessed with the show. The got to Gulf Shores on Monday and stayed an entire week. We rented a house directly on the sand... it was beautiful. It is so nice to be directly on the beach with the kids. It makes lugging toys, umbrellas, etc... that much easier. One of Caroline's favorite things about the house was the bunk beds. She got to sleep on the top bunk while Reese slept on the bottom bunk, they were so cute. I cannot tell you how much FUN the girls had. We built sand castles, dug holes, turned Caroline into a mermaid, made a sand alligator, sand snowman, went boogie boarding, saw crabs, jelly fish, stingrays, went for walks, swam in the pool, had evening adventures and made alot of great memories. Uncle "B" played non-stop and made all sort of sand creations. Our girls truly adore him and fight for his attention. I'm not sure what he is going to do when Allie is in the mix too... I can already see one on each hip and one on his shoulders. Aunt Peggy flew in Tuesday and stayed with us all week too... what a treat. We love spending time with her and so happy she was able to come. One of the highlights of the week was a show put on over the ocean by the Blue Angels everyday. They would fly over and do all sorts of tricks. Reese loved watching the planes. We went bumper boating and go karting several times. My mom and I were bumper boats pros.. I laughed so hard the entire time I had tears rolling down my face. Caroline go to drive a go kart by herself.. we were all shocked that she drove and steered without any help. Uncle "B", Grandad and I all took Caroline in the fast go karts and she absolutely loved it. Steve took Reese and that was a sight to see... Reese was laid back with her arm out the side of the go kart and her curls just blowing. Reese and Caroline will both ride anything, we love that! We also got to celebrate our BIG 5 year old. I still cannot believe Caroline is 5. We had a great day celebrating her birthday at the beach. We went on a dolphin boat ride... it was absolutely amazing to watch them jump out of the water and be so close. Allie also turned 4 months old. She was an absolute trooper. She was so happy and just went along with everything we did. We packed so much into our week at the beach, it was one of the best trips I have been on. Plus, I got to go boogie boarding with my dad which I haven't done in YEARS! Lots of laughs, good food and nothing better than spending time with my family. Thank you Mom, Dad, Uncle "B" and Aunt Peggy for an amazing trip. We can't wait to go back.

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