Sunday, April 7, 2013

Spring Break and Easter

We just finished up a fun but abnormal Spring Break.  Our family of 3 went to Gulf Shores with my dad for a few days.  We left on Saturday and traffic was terrible, and it was raining.  After a LONG day in the car, we arrived in Gulf Shores, got a few groceries, and settled into our condo.

Sunday was a beautiful day!  The high was around 70.  The water was cold, but the sun was shining.  A few crazy kids got in the pool, but I promise that water was like 50 degrees.

The ocean wasn't much warmer, but we got in for just a few minutes.

Luke likes to spend his beach time in the water jumping waves.  And of course he doesn't want to do that alone.  And the adults were freezing in the water.  Fortunately there were some other kids in the pool he played with for a little while.  He was pretty proud of himself for making some new friends.

Sunset was beautiful!  We enjoyed a yummy lunch at the Shrimp Basket (my favorite) and a beautiful afternoon and evening outdoors. 

Monday and Tuesday things were quite different.  The mornings were COLD.  We bundled up and walked on the beach each day, but temps in the 30s and a windy beach, brrrrr!

But we found lots of cool shells.  This is just a few of our finds!  Much easier to find shells when the beach is pretty much empty!

But cool temps didn't stop the fun.  We had more great meals at The Original Oyster House, DeSoto's and Mikee's.  Yum, yum yum.

The Oyster House has lots of fun things to do while you wait (and we went at 4 p.m., so we didn't wait long).

We played 4 different mini golf courses.  We cashed in the free game Luke one last summer at Pirate Mini Golf.  We had much discussion over which course was the best.  We really liked this one at Waterville (and it's $3 to play one round, $5 for two.  Best deal in town!)  We also really like Adventure Island in Orange Beach.

Wednesday was a little bit warmer, so after mini golf round 4, we headed out to squeeze in a few minutes of beach time.

It was 57 degrees and we had our toes in the ocean.  Brrrrrrrr!

We're huddling together to stay warm.  It was a gorgeous day and we had fun, even if we didn't last that long.

Luke only posed in 1 photo booth this trip.  He's cutting back I guess.  Lamar was kind of sick the entire time we were at the beach.  While Luke was posing in this photo booth, Lamar and I were standing outside talking about the trip home the next day and if he would feel like driving.  When Luke emerged from the photo booth, he was crying because it was the last day of vacation.  He cried all the way back to the condo.  He LOVES vacation.

He was able to dry his tears when I reminded him we had to get home for our glow in the dark Easter egg hunt.

Once again this year I stuffed glow sticks into plastic eggs and taped them shut.  Of course I have to wait until right before the egg hunt to fill the eggs, so the they'll still be glowing when it's time to hunt.  Thankfully Lamar was home to help me this year.

Here are the happy hunters.  It was raining and muddy, so the egg hunt was in our upstairs, with all the lights out.  The kids enjoyed finding the eggs.  Each child had a designated color.  They hid the eggs a couple times for the adults to find.  Then they moved onto Kinect and funny youtube videos.  Guess they might be growing up a little.  I think this is our 6th or 7th egg hunt.  A fun tradition.  Maybe next year we need a scavenger hunt.  :)

The bunny found us and brought us some loot. 

Luke's early morning scan of the basket's contents.

Easter was a good day.  We went out to eat with my dad.  Being our first holiday without my mom, we thought we'd change things up and go out for lunch.  The restaurant crowds were pretty low on Easter, at least at Chili's.  Chili's is not Easter tradition for too many families I'm guessing.

The weather if finally warming up a little here in TN and Luke's got some allergy eyes going on.  I guess spring is finally here!

1 comment:

Unknown said...

I had been wondering how the vacation had gone. Was killing some time, Kees is cooking supper, and just thought I would check your blog. So thankful that you had a great time at the beach, even if it was very cold. Love to all, Jan