This blog was inspired by 31 for 21 & is about my wonderful family.

"As a mother, my job is to take care of what is possible & trust God with the impossible." ~Ruth Bell Graham

"Never look down on someone, unless you're helping them up!"

Monday, July 11, 2011

Our vacation

     We had the most WONDERFUL time last week on our first family beach vacation!  We went to Jacksonville Beach, Florida because it is very special to us.  That's where Mack was stationed at while he was in the US Navy & that's the first beach we took Chancey to when he was the same age as Troy is now.  We arrived around 11:30 a.m. so we decided to hit the beach (because we couldn't check in at the motel until 1:00 p.m.)  At first Troy was a little scared of the ocean.  But when he realized that it was water, he was so excited!  He looked at the ocean & signed & said "bath!"  We let his little feet touch the water because he had his clothes & diaper on, instead of his Little Swimmers & his floaty suit.  He decided to go a little deeper & got SOAKED!  Then he wanted to sit down & play in the wet sand.  We played for a while until it was time to check in at the motel...we needed to bath Troy & get our suits on.  While we were there, we would tell him that we were at the beach, so he learned to say "beach!"  And for the very first time, he learned to say "water" instead of "bath!" 
     We also took a trip down to Daytona Beach & played in the ocean there...mainly because Chancey wanted to go there.  We were able to play in the ocean & on the beach before the rain started.  We wanted to do the tour of Daytona International Speedway (since we're HUGE Nascar fans), but we couldn't in the rain.  Chancey wanted to ride go karts, but he couldn't in the rain.  So we did some shopping & headed up A1A to St. Augustine.  It was rainy there, as well so we couldn't tour there either.  :(  We wanted to go to the fort, since we took Chancey there when he was 5, but it was closed.  We headed back to Jacksonville via A1A, so we could see the beach the entire time.  The next morning, it was the day of the very last space shuttle launch for NASA, so we went to the beach to see it.  But it was too cloudy to see anything.  We headed back toward Georgia...I wanted to go to Savannah/Tybee Island.  Man, Tybee Island was more crowded than Jax & Daytona Beaches put together!  But, Jax Beach is by far the most beautiful beach!  We ate at some AWESOME places, too...Dick's Wings, Salt Life Food Shack, Mama Mia's, Whattaburger, & Western Sizzlin....YUM! 
     We try to go on a little vacation each year, but we normally head to Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge, TN.  It's special to us, too....that's where Mack & I were married! ♥  I don't like to get too far from home with Troy's heart.  But I prayed about it for quite some time.  I also made sure his cardiologist said it was safe before booking the trip.  We really wanted to take our boys to the beach!  Chancey & Troy both just LOVE the water!  I think they had a blast!  I know that Troy won't remember this vacation, but I took TONS of pictures to show him when he gets older (Chancey is at that age where he doesn't want his picture made, so I had to either bribe him or sneak pictures when he didn't notice)!  If you want to see my pictures, check out the album: Vacation 2011 on my facebook page.
     We don't look like we've been to the beach...I COVERED everyone with 50 SPF sunscreen (we went through 2 1/2 bottles of sunscreen).  Chancey did get a little sunburn because he got in the pool while Troy was napping, I was putting on makeup, & Mack was scoping out what to do when Troy woke up.  I got a little sunburn on my back, but that's it.  I wish we could've stayed longer, but our dog was REALLY missing us, so we came home.  Four days without us was too much for her!  Chancey was really upset that she was having a hard time at home without us...so he wasn't enjoying himself the last day.  But, I appreciate my FIL & MIL house sitting for us & trying to help our dog cope.  They're AWESOME!  :)  I had such a wonderful time with my perfect little family, we made memories that I'll cherish forever. 

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