Monday, May 28, 2012

Where Have You Been?

Yeah, I've been neglecting my blog.  I've faced some challenges in the last few months that took me away from several of my "favorite things".  But, I think I'm recovered and ready to jump back into my life again.  :0)

So, I decided to share where I've been recently.  This really was one of my favorite trips.

My husband came home from work one Saturday morning and said, "Let's go to Pensacola!"

Stunned, I said something brilliant like, "What?  We can't go to Pensacola!  The boys have soccer games.  And, I have to do laundry!"

Wow.  When did I get that old?  Spur of the moment trips used to be our specialty!  Of course that was before we had six kids.  Well, really it was before we had Baby Number Five.  That kids was a horrible traveler, from the hospital trip home until, well... now.   Anyway, after the soccer games were over, and I came to my senses, we packed some bags and took off on our adventure!

We like to make getting there as much fun and being there, so we stop along the way.  A lot.

This is the amazing Biloxi Lighthouse.
It was flooded with 21.5 feet of water when Katrina hit in 2005.
It cost over $400,000.00 to restore it!

 This was some random shop in Gulf Shores, Alabama!
I kept seeing sign on the highway depicting a giant sharks mouth
and I was excited that "we'd found it!"
Yeah, it wasn't the same shark, but I chose to believe it was.  ;0)
And I spent a small fortune on souvenirs.

Even though Jay didn't feel great, 
he still managed to have some fun.  
He's part fish, I think.

On the second day of vacation 
we found an Urgent Care Center and
took him in. Poor baby had a 
massive outer ear infection.  
Thank Heavens for antibiotics.
And Children's Advil.

The electricity was out at the Pensacola Lighthouse.
That made for a dark and slightly scary ascend to the top.
Have you ever tried to climb 176 spiral stairs 
with a terrified 7 year old clinging to your leg?
You should try it.  It's a hoot.

Love the view from the top!

Now it's my turn to be terrified!
Me and water....
Not exactly BFF's.
Don't tell my kids.  
They think it's FANTASTIC!

This punk has no fear.  Well, not from the ground.
Here he's looking down the barrel (is that the right term?)
of a civil war cannon.

My Darling Girl.

Seven year old Punk.
I love him.

Waiting for the ferry to go across Mobile Bay.

Being on a ferry is a weird sensation.
Especially when you drive your car on, 
and the boat starts moving.

It's also very windy on a ferry.
Just try to take a picture without your hair in your face.
Ain't gonna happen, sister.

Poor kids.  
I torture them trying to get the perfect shot everywhere we go.
Jared just wasn't having it.

Jay knows to just cheese it up and get it over with.  :0)

This girl is always a beautiful subject and a willing model.

So, there's the trip in pictures.  We went to Biloxi, MS; Gulf Shores, AL; and Pensacola, FL.  Gulf Shores was our favorite.  

Where have you been?

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