It's been 2 & a half weeks since we've been back from Florida so I guess it's time that I finally edit & post my pictures. I took lots of pictures while on vacation, so even though I chose some to show you, be prepared... This post contains A LOT of pictures!
So without further ado... The Hoosier Family Florida Vacation...
The view from the back porch at the Highlands House, our rental house
Santa Rosa beach
Alex was happy to out of the car (after a 9 hour drive) & at the beach!
Before leaving for Florida, I said all I really wanted to do was go to the beach! I didn't care about shopping or sightseeing, I just wanted to spend my whole vacation in the sand & the surf. And that's basically what I did! On Monday, we spent the morning at the beach, came back to the house for lunch, then once again headed back to the beach & didn't come home til dinner time! It was a perfect day!
Monday morning... Alex & Clark playing on the iPad on the porch, still in their pjs
Addy was ready to ride in the raft.
And here they go!
Boone, Brooke & Baby Charlie
Peyton, CiCi & Hannah
Molly & Clark having a water gun war
Peyton & Chloe
Chloe playing in the sand
My little family playing in the waves
Petyon, Chloe & Alex playing in the raft on the porch. The kids LOVED these rafts!
Peyton (I love his hat!)
CiCi & PopPop
Peyton & Jeff playing football
Alex loves Hannah!
Alex is one cool (& dirty) dude!
Thanks Aunt Molly for the M&Ms! They didn't last long, lol!
Playing with sparklers
On Tuesday, we spent the morning at the beach. We played in the waves, rode in the raft & tried to build a sandcastle. After lunch, CiCi & SuSu jumped on the bikes while Kelci, Brooke & I walked & we headed over to a small shopping area across the street from the house. After our small excursion, we all went back to the beach until dinnertime.
Addy put on Jared's snorkeling gear. She was ready to go!
Relaxing in the raft (See, I told you the kids loved the rafts!)
Hannah riding a bike
Chloe loves the iPad!
Addy liked to stay just on the edge of the beach & get her feet wet but didn't really like to go out in the water.
Starting to build a sandcastle
I buried Alex & myself in the sand.
Peyton spelled his name with seaweed
CiCi & SuSu bicycling
The shopping area across the street from our house was called The Artists at Gulf Place.
Love this painting!
And this one! (I see a craft project in my future!!)
Cool sign. The words are cut from maps.
Love this too!
Brooke's, Kelci's & my feet & a really cool floor.
Addy playing in the sand
This boy LOVED the water!
Building a sandcastle
"Push me Hannah!"
The kids had a lot of fun with the sparklers so we bought more & did them again!
On Wednesday, we made our way back to the beach. We buried Alex in the sand, made a sandcastle & played in the waves. Tropical Storm Debby was just starting to make her way into the Gulf & you could really tell by the current & size of the waves! After lunch, CiCi, SuSu, Brooke & Kelci & her family went to the small town of Seaside, just a couple of miles from where we were staying. Nick & I loaded the kids up & drove to meet them, but both our kids fell asleep in the car on the way. So instead, we turned around & went back to the house & relaxed while the kids napped. At sunset, we took a walk on the beach with the kids, Hannah & Kelci's family.
Buried in the sand AGAIN!
My little water bug
Good times at the beach!
Ice cream with chocolate syrup in the bottom of the cone!! (Nick's secret recipe)
Sunset at the beach
Addy, Alex & Nick
Me & Nick
Jeff & Kelci
I love this picture!
Walking on the beach at sunset
My sweet girl & my sweet husband
And my sweet boy
Late night game of Back Alley Bridge - Nick & I lost by 2 points in the very last hand!!
Friday was check out, but we decided to leave on Thursday afternoon instead. So we spent Thursday morning playing at the beach. Alex, Hannah, & Peyton helped bury me in the sand & then I buried all of them. And then after lunch, it was time for us to say goodbye to our family & the beach & head home.
Alex & his beach ball
Peyton trying out the skim board that Jeff bought in Seaside.
Digging in the sand
Game time at the beach
I was completely buried in the sand, everything except for my head!
We were trying to make it look like my head was Hannah's head.
Alex wanted to be a mermaid so I used seaweed to make him a mermaid tail.
Hannah buried in the sand
Peyton buried in the sand too!
As you can see, we had a fun 5 days in Florida! I wasn't ready to leave & can't wait to go back!