We flew out on Friday morning headed to Mobile. It wasn't a great sign when we got there and it was pouring down rain. We also got there in the afternoon holiday traffic so it took us FOREVER to get to gulf shores. We worried that our trip might be a bust but luckily - the rest of our trip just got better. We stopped in Foley and ate at Mellow Mushroom. It was SO good!
We got into our condo and unloaded and then headed to Wal-Mart. We knew this was a mistake because it was 8:30 and Harper was SO tired but we needed several necessities like diapers, baby food, sunscreen and well - diet coke. :-) Just as we imagined - Harper had a complete meltdown and was screaming so loud the whole store was looking so we had to hurry out of there. But first I ran into two bloggers who were there shopping. It was fun to meet Julie and her sister! They were SO sweet!
It was kind of like we had two vacations because we spent the first half with Scott's parents who came down and met us and then they left on Monday and our best friends Laurie and Steve came and met us. Scott's parents got there about 1 a.m. on Saturday morning. We waited up for them and we were all very tired come early Saturday morning when this little girl was ready to hit the beach!
So we headed down to the beach! Harper really liked the ocean. I had so much fun sitting with her right where the tide came in and letting her put her feet in the sand. When the water would come up - she would squeal and flap her arms!
We didn't stay out for long. I was so worried about her getting sun burnt even though I kept her in a hat and in the shade and with tons of sunscreen on. This was a VERY different beach trip than all the trips I have taken in the past where I mostly laid on chairs and read book after book relaxing in the sun. The only thing I read on this trip was my iphone and I didn't do much of that. And there wasn't a whole lot of relaxing. But watching my sweet girl enjoy her first taste of the beach - PRICELESS!
After the morning trip to the beach - we came back and got ready and headed to Sea and Suds for lunch. I have never been there before and it ended up being one of our favorite spots. It was right next to our condo so it was just the most convenient lunch spot. And they had the BEST hushpuppies EVER!
I already posted this picture! You were all wondering why I wasn't wearing red. Well - we weren't headed to a game but I did want to dress Harper in red to support the Hogs and Scott just happened to have on red too!
Harper was worn out from her first day at the beach and slept through most of dinner. I met three bloggers while I was eating there - Ava and her BIL Jeff (they were at the same condo as us) and Heather (she is from AR and we know a few of the same people! I recognized her right away!) We came back to the condo and watched college football. It was sort of strange to be at the beach during football season. I think maybe we were pushing it - too many of my favorite things all at one time: football, the beach, SWEET tea, southern people.........oh the happiness!
Sunday it was raining and nasty but Harper didn't care because she had her Grandpa to entertain her!
We decided to get ready and go eat at Tacky Jacks for breakfast. I thought Harper looked so cute in this little sailor dress. She passed out on the way to breakfast and slept through the whole thing.
It finally quit raining and even though it was cloudy - we didn't want to waste any beach time so we headed out for a little while. I got this little suit for Harper on ebay for 99 cents and then I had it monogrammed.
Sunday night we went to eat at Ribs and Reds. It was really good. They had the BEST sweet tea I've ever had in my life. I like tea that is so sweet it's almost dessert. I also have to add sugar to my "sweet" tea where we live because it is always SO not sweet. But this tea rocked - I drank gallons of it.
(and of course we have the cutest monogrammed ZEBRA cover to use - you will see it soon - but it took up too much room in the suitcase - we were limited)
Tomorrow I'll post about the rest of our vacation.