Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Destin 2012 Day Two

This morning we woke up to have breakfast.  Greg was sitting on the other side of the bar and said, "Can we play diner and we can pretend you are the waitress and you could give me a cup of coffee? Your name could be Flo".  I said "Kiss my grits".  Greg and I thought it was pretty funny, but the kids had no clue what we were referencing.

 I thought I would check out Facebook a bit while we ate breakfast and woke up.  I noticed a grade school/college friend of Greg's, Steve Thoma, and his family were vacationing close by.  After a few comments on Facebook, a couple texts and a phone call we had it set up to spend the day together.  It was so fun seeing them again.  We talked and we think it had been nearly 8 years since we had seen one another.  Way too long!

 We has some beach time before the rain moved in.

 Anthony took some pictures...

 New hat because I forget to bring mine every time we come to Florida

A very large storm moved in and chased us off the beach.  We waited until the very last second, thanks to Steve and Greg wanting to play in the water a few more minutes.  We were soaked by the time we made it back to the condo.

We dried off, ate, caught up on lost time.  Jonah played card games/magic tricks with Maddie and Meredith while Nick played Halo with Michaela.  The rain had eased up after a while so we packed up and went back out to the beach.  

Even Jonah and Nick joined us...

 and passed ball too....

The boys met some girls on the beach, how could they not since they looked so cool..

It started to sprinkle again, but who cares when you are already wet in the water.  We had a blast!

We worked up an appetite so it was time to get cleaned up and go to dinner.

 Group picture take one:  Maddie isn't in the picture..

Group picture take two: we gain Maddie but only Steve's eye is in the picture.

Group picture take 3: Greg stands up to take picture, I told Steve to REALLY lean in this time.. ha ha

Can't put into words how fun it was to spend the day with these great friends.  To sit at this table and reminisce about the days prior to marriage, prior to kids was so fun.  Then it was overwhelming to look at the beautiful faces of the kids at this table 20 plus years later.  Table of 4 grew to a table of 11 all because 4 silly college kids fell in love. :)  Thank you Thoma family for joining us today.  Lets not wait for another 8 years to catch up!

As we were leaving it was raining again so Steve and Greg went to get the cars while the rest of us stayed dry. Sonny and Cher's song I Got You Babe was playing and none of the kids knew who Sonny and Cher was... we felt old.  Jonah was trying to pick up a 50 year old woman, gotta keep an eye on that kid.  She smiled and chatted with Jonah like he was her age, unbelievable!

Once we said our goodbyes we went back into the condo for dessert... frozen fruit bars and Drumsticks.  I made the mistake of only purchasing ONE box of Drumsticks.  There are 8 in the box and there are 6 of us.  There was discussion about who would get the other 2 drumsticks.  Greg said it would be based on merit.  I then made my second mistake by saying I didn't really care for Drumsticks and didn't want mine.  All 5 of them yelled at the same time " Dibs" or "I'll take yours".  To end the yelling I yelled "Okay, okay... I want mine".

Greg and I went upstairs to go to bed, watch a little TV and read.  Within minutes all 4 kids were standing in our stairway.  Leslie was laughing and was trying to speak at the same time but all that was coming out was high pitched squeaks.  She was trying to tell me Anthony did not have a blanket for his bed, he had been wrapping up in a fitted sheet like a cocoon the past 2 nights.  Anthony was then trying to say he didn't WANT a blanket because he would get hot and he actually liked his fitted sheet cocoon.  I asked him if he would at least like to have a flat sheet to cover up with and he declined.  Leslie asked me if I could sneak down in the middle of the night and take a picture of him all wrapped up.  I think Anthony felt this would be creepy.  These kids are so much fun, mucho laughter all of the time.
Good Night!

Destin 2012 Day One

We woke early to head out to the beach.  Greg and Anthony set up our canopy prior to breakfast so we were all ready for a great day.   Jonah and Nick slept in so they didn't join us until later.

Sunscreen was applied, walks were taken, relaxation was experienced by all.

After a great first day on the beach we were ready for showers and food.  Nick had requested Whataburger yesterday prior to arriving to our condo, but we were all tired and just wanted to get to our destination.  Greg promised him we would go the next day.  Nick was sporting his new shirt and was feeling like he looked pretty cool, which he did.

                           But then dad came down with the same shirt on.... not as cool

After much pleading from Nick, Greg changed shirts.  (At least that is what we THOUGHT he did) He actually put a shirt on over this shirt so once we got to Whataburger he could take it off and still have the same shirt as Nick.

So, off to Whataburger we went.

After a much too long of a discussion about whether or not we could all fit around the circle table booth, Greg grabbed a chair and sat at the end.  THEN we fit perfectly, no legs, knees or arms were touching.

Conversations again were not of the norm.  Leslie and Anthony shared as story they heard of a drive by pooping. Jonah commented that he felt in certain situations it would be okay to poop on a girl, no one agreed.  He tried to explain himself, but nothing could get him out of the very deep hole he had already dug for himself.  See, not normal conversations, especially at dinner. 

I told Nick to put his face in the window so I could take his picture under the writing on the window.  He looks at me and says "But there is a bush right there". It took him a few minutes to understand that THIS is what I was going for.... no bush involved.

 Greg threatened to take his shirt off each time Nick said or did anything.

After dinner we drove to all of the cheesy Florida gift shops.  Leslie and Anthony found citrus trees, but they were all dead.  They really wanted to purchase a tree so we drove to several Alvin's Island stores trying to find an alive citrus tree... which we found none.  BUT, we did find these super cool hats...

Nick was looking for cool sunglasses...

Greg enjoyed playing the quarter game...

We found a store advertising live shark feedings daily.  This was the shark....

 Greg said he would have been really mad had he driven a far distance to see this shark feeding.  They made fun of him and called him nerdy shark with bucked teeth.

After driving to a few more Alvin's Islands to look for trees we headed home to call it a night.  It was a great first day and we look forward to what tomorrow might bring.