We’ve been home from our vacation for just over a week now and I think part of my heart is still on the beach. I wasn’t sure how I wanted to go about recapping our trip, but I knew I wanted to share it on the blog. This trip was so special for our family. It was the girls first road trip over 4 hours and their very first time to see the ocean. This was the first time in 5 years that we have been away from home for a week and it was exactly what our family needed.
So where should we start?
How about at the beginning.
Our trip started on Saturday Sept 10th at 4:37 a.m. Yes, we woke up at 3:45 to get an early start, crazy I know. There was motivation behind the madness I assure you. #1 We had no idea how well the girls would travel. Keep in mind the longest they have been in a car was 4 hours. #2 The further we got earlier in the day the better. #3 We REALLY wanted to be there before it got dark.
We drove and drove and drove and DROVE. Across the entire state of Arkansas, on small highways, past cotton fields, down the brown highways of Mississippi, We almost ended up in Louisiana when we had a navigational mishap (and no cell service naturally). We crossed the Mississippi river, drove through the long leaf pine forests of Alabama, across the Mobile Bay and headed to the Gulf Coast where the beauty all around us was breathtaking.
It took us 13 hours and 50 minutes. Our girls, our girls were amazing completely blowing all expectations of how they would travel out of the water. Sometimes we can’t make it across town without a fight so nearly 14 hours in the car seemed impossible. Boy did they prove us wrong.
After we arrived we made sure we were able to get into our condo and headed straight to the beach. My eyes welled up with tears seeing Marissa run for the ocean. Emily was a little unsure about walking through the sand but she quickly caught up with a little encouragement from Russ.
At first I just stood there in awe. In awe of the beauty, in awe of the moment, and in awe that a moment I had waited for my entire life was happening. I quickly grabbed my camera and snapped a few photos wanting to capture this moment in time.
The rest of the night was unloading a car, finding somewhere to get a pizza, giggly-giddy girls and sweet dreams.
Now comes the next part where some of you will once again call me crazy. Anyone who knows me well, knows I am an early bird. Sunrises are my jam. I wasn’t about to let a week of ocean side sunrises slip away from me so I woke up every day with just enough time to get dressed and head to the beach. Yes you read that right. Through our whole vacation I woke up early #worthit.
The best part was I was never alone. Every day Marissa joined me and I will never forget watching those sunrises with her, especially on our first morning there. On that first morning we saw the prettiest sunrise we would see all week, dolphins swimming, and a beautiful rainbow.
After sunrise we had a lazy morning at the condo and went to Publix for some food to have around the house. Which reminds me, I love Publix.
That afternoon we headed to the beach to get some sun and splash in the waves. The girls also discovered the joys of burying and digging in the sand. They had so much fun.
After our fair share of fun in the sun we ended up at the Gulf State Park Pier. It was awesome to be on such a LARGE pier so far out in the ocean. We even watched the sharks swimming all around us, CRAZY!
Dinner that night was ‘The Gulf”. It was a super cool outside restaurant made from shipping containers that had way better views than food. The food wasn’t terrible but the views were amazing.
After another sunset stroll on the beach and ice cream before bed we put the girls down for the night. Russ and I stayed up way to late dreaming and talking on the balcony, easily my favorite spot to hang out the entire week.
And that was day two.Recapping Days 1 & 2 of our #beachvacation today on the blog! #orangebeach Click To Tweet
I can’t wait to share more details from our trip with you in the coming weeks.
I hope you enjoy reading about it just as much as I love reliving the memories.
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