Saturday, July 3, 2010

Vacation at Rosemary

When our plans to go to Gulf Shores got nixed because of baseball {and the condo was booked for the rest of the summer at the time}, we booked a carriage house in Rosemary Beach.


We got settled in on Saturday & had an action packed day on Sunday. We shopped at the outlets in Destin, ate an afternoon ice cream snack at Sugar Shak & had some evening beach time. The day was perfect!
































Most of the rest of the week, we ate in at the carriage house. Inspired in part by Once a Month Mom, I had a menu planned for the week & even cooked some things ahead of time to bring with us.





We were glad when we woke up to RAIN Monday morning that we'd spent Sunday like we did. Especially glad that we had gotten in some beach time. It ended up raining at least part of the day for the rest of our week, which was okay. It allowed us to really take it easy.



We snuggled under blankets to watch TV & movies.



The kids had their moments of sweetness where they really got along - no fighting - and even had us giggling with them.


We played games.


We went back to Sugar Shak. {And even made homemade chocolate ice cream at the house.}




We swam when the weather allowed - usually once a day, sometimes twice. {We also decided Grace might have a future in a science lab since she LOVED wearing her goggles so much. Or maybe she'll just be a good swimmer. Same difference...right?}




Pete & the kids made a trip or two to the Donut Truck. The truck with hours of 6:00-12:00 which is really 6:00 until they sell out. Get there early or you don't get any...







We spent a few hours at Pier Park one afternoon when we had a long rain-free stretch. We shopped some, ate ice cream {vacation, remember?} and walked out on the pier to watch surfers and fishermen.



I enjoyed watching surfers when we were in Hawaii, so to see the waves were big enough to bring out surfers was exciting. I caught this series of shots about halfway out on the pier.



Sam had a great time splashing around in the puddles...something he doesn't normally get to do...


Once it seemed like the weather would cooperate for us to ride bikes, we rented bikes.
We went on several bike rides around Rosemary Beach. And even rode in the rain. That was fun! Over a few days, Sam got a good bit of practice riding. He's riding his new bike {that he got for Christmas} at home much better now.




The weather was finally good enough at the end of the week to get another day in on the beach. Pete & Sam worked hard to build a castle. Grace worked hard on tearing it up before they could finish. And Sam & Grace worked hard to not smile when I tried to get a picture of their castle. Maybe they were over vacation by then? Or maybe just tired of the camera being in their faces...


Like I mentioned, we mostly ate in while we were there {well, other than the ice cream...}. For a change, Pete picked up pizza & tomato/mozzarella salad at Wild Olives one night. It was really good! No fussy kids, no dress up required. {We did dress up one night & go out though.}


Did I mentioned that we napped? Every day. Even the grown ups. It was nice!




We had an awesome week. It was just what we needed. And I think we've found our new favorite {non-Hawaii, haha} beach. We'll go back...Rosemary is calling.

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