Gulf Shores 2015

Even though June is the half-way point during the year, I always feel like the July 4th holiday feels more like half-way. Even though the summer temperatures stick around for a while, kids are getting ready to go back to school and fall enters my brain.

This year, we spent the 4th at Gulf Shores with my parents and close family friends. Lucky for them, they were able to stay the whole week but due to our works schedules, Chris and I went down on Wednesday and returned on Sunday. Even though it was a shorter trip than we would prefer, it was still great to get away!

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We drove down late Wednesday so Thursday we had the entire day on the beach. Everyone except Chris and me decided to rent jet skis for the day. We stayed on the beach and I had a chance to catch up on my reading. I The Andy Cohen Diaries for my birthday and have still not been able to finish. As bad as I hate to say it, I think his first book was SO much better!

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So proud of his float!

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Thursday night we ate at Live Bait. I got the steamed shrimp but after trying a bite of Lori’s shrimp and grits I have decided that will be what I order next time.

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Most of Friday was spent like this. Chris got burned Thursday so he only stayed on the beach about half the day.

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Friday night we ate at Doc’s. I think they have some of the best fried shrimp around! After dinner, we picked up a piece of fried cheesecake from King Neptunes. So worth every calorie!

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Saturday we woke up to our last full day on the beach. I have never seen so many American Flag bathing suits in my life!

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I wish this picture did justice of how big the red fold up chair was. It was HUGE. I’m almost positive me, Kelton, and Chris could have all fit in it comfortably.

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We spent all day on the beach and decided to just walk to dinner at Sea-n-Suds since it was next to our condo and we wouldn’t have to get out in the 4th traffic.

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Chris and I had found these awesome shirts at Martins for 2/$12 and knew they would be perfect for the 4th. Kelton and Daniel’s shirts are both Walmart specials 😉

Sunday, we got up and made the 6 hour trip home.

I think we are all counting down the days until our next vacation!

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Weekend Get-Away

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Last Thursday, I met Chris when I got off and we headed south to meet his family at the gulf. They had all left earlier Thursday and beat us down there by several hours. With one quick stop in Prattville for gas and Chick-fil-a, we finally made it there at about 11:15pm.

Friday morning, we awoke to a slight drizzle and temps in the 40’s. We were so excited to see Miss Bonnie and the rest of the family. Some spent the morning trying to feed birds while others failed at trying to take selfies.

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Rainy, cold days make for the best movie days so the women headed to the Wharf to see The Boy Next Door.

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 After the movie, we went back to the condo to freshen up and then headed to Nolan’s for dinner.

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We started our meal with an appetizer of Bacon Wrapped Shrimp. I selected the Grilled Shrimp as my entree while Chris chose the Grilled Ahi Tuna.

Nolans has an area in the back of the restaurant that they call they call their Lounge. After dinner, we moved back into that area for some live music. Bonnie got her groove on with her G-Daddy and we all split a piece of cheesecake and creme brulee for dessert.

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Saturday morning the weather was gorgeous! Chris and I sat on the balcony for a while and he even complained about being hot. We decided to put our toes in the sand again and joined everyone on the beach.

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Chris had done got hot so decided to show off some skin 😉

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Bonnie missed all of the group pics because she was having too much fun to pause.

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After our time on the beach, it was the mens turn for a movie. They chose Taken 3. While they were gone, Angela and Bonnie napped and Trish and I decided to do a little shopping.

Later that evening, we all met back up at Cosmo’s for dinner.

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After dinner, we hit the outlets up for a couple of hours where I scored some great deals, as in the most I paid for anything was $13.50, at the Ann Taylor outlet!

We packed up and left out early Sunday morning.

Even though it was such a short trip, we enjoyed getting away and are already looking forward the next chance we have to take a mini vacation.

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