Let The Vacationing Begin!

We all left from different place to end up in Destin.  Justin, Sarah and Parker Ann traveled from Natchitoches to our house last night so we could begin our trek at 6 a.m.  David, Codi and Beckett started their journey from New Orleans this morning and Caitlin, Kevin and Holli hopped a plane from Cleveland.  The plan was for us to leave at 6 and make it to the airport in Florida in time to pick  the Ohioans up.  As fate would have it, I woke up at 2:15 and couldn't go back to sleep until after 4.  And then the alarm went off at 4:50 (sigh...).  We got up and were packed and on time when...the lights on the boat trailer weren't working properly (ugh...).  After making a trip to Wal-Mart to get new bulbs and gas our vehicles up, we were an hour late getting on the road. 

Caitlin and Kevin's plane landed early so David, who was ahead of us by a good distance, stopped and picked them up at the airport.  Justin made a wrong turn but still made it to the house before we did.  And then the boat had to be taken to the marina (whew...).  I was SO glad that Robby and I had decided to buy groceries before we left town this year because that is the worst part of getting to our vacation destination; traveling all day and having to go grocery shopping!
 Three buggies of food and about 1000 bucks later, we were ready for a week's worth of eating...maybe.
Poor little Holli Bug, our frequent flier baby, has taken to getting air sick the last couple of times she has flown.
Here's our home away from home for the week!  It takes a pretty big place to house 13 of us.  I don't know what we are going to do as our BIG, FAT FAMILY continues to grow.
         And here is the view from our room's balcony.  The beach access is right across the street.
The kids asked me for a shovel.  Apparently they found a planter full of dirt on one of the balconies and decided to have a little fun.
                  Parker's dirty hands did not compare to Holli's body covered in that dirt.
                       And Beckett?  Baby Boy was more interested in eating Cheese Puffs.

When Robby and Justin got back from dropping the boat off we grilled steaks and fish and cleaned those dirty babies up...
There was a good bit of playing between cousins and then it was bed time.  For the babies.  But I can sure tell you that I will not be far behind them.

Tomorrow we will hit the beach.  Well, at least the women and children will because I'm pretty sure that Robby will be going fishing!  That man loves to fish.
          Here's a Happy, Happy YaYa having almost all of her little chickies with her this week!

                                  WE MADE IT!!!  YIPPEE, YAHOO (and all that stuff...)

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