Sunday, April 11, 2010

Spring Break - PANAMA CITY, FL

Growing up spring break vacations in my family usually if not always meant camping with some friends of ours.  We usually went to Old Man's cave or deer creek park.  Those were GREAT memories.  We always had fun and we looked forward to it every year.  The two most popular Spring Break vacations are camping and...GOING TO THE BEACH!

My best friend Jenn and I decided to take our kids to Panama City, FL this year for the beach vacation!  I have never been to FL and my kids have never been to FL.  The first time they ever saw the beach was Christmas 2008 when we went to North Carolina last minute and stayed with our friends the Wells.  They couldn't really play in the water or the sand though because it was too cold.  So I was super excited for them to ACTUALLY go to the beach and PLAY!

Due to ALL the snow days we've had this year the kids school district took away the first 2 days of spring break.  Jenn had already booked a condo for last Wednesday through Monday and we had already planned on taking them out of school that Wednesday anyway so when we realized we were going to have to take them out of school for 3 days we devised a plan....BOWAH-HA-HA-HA-HA!

I wrote notes to all the kids teachers letting them know that we were going out of town for spring break and that it was a surprise to the kids so please DON'T tell them.  And yes much to my kids dismay I asked them for any work that they might miss while they're gone.  SO the plan was to send them to school Wednesday morning for about 2 hours and then take them out of school and tell them, we thought you guys would rather go to the BEACH in FLORIDA than stay in school for the rest of the week!! And take off for paradise from the school parking lots!

Great plan huh?...well my van had another plan.  Fortunately I had my dad check my van over to make sure it would MAKE it all the way to FL and as a last minute thought I had him check the tires.  My van is EATING tires because of my axil.  ANYWHO turns out I needed 2 tires and there was NO way I was going to make it to FL and back without ending up on the side of the road with flat tires. BUT of course it was at the end of the day and no one could take care of it that NIGHT.  So boring van story short I ended up getting my kids from school at around 2pm.  SO we picked up our kids and then swung by our house to drop off all the backpacks and broke the news there.  (I actually have video of this but the video button is gone from blogger?! anyone know how to get it back?)

SO off to Florida we headed and finally arrived around 1:30 in the morning!

BUT when we woke up this is what we saw:

Because we were staying in a Condo we needed to hit up the local Walmart for some groceries.  But we couldn't just look at the beach and take off to the store!!  So we took a walk out onto the beach and got a taste of the ocean.

We couldn't get back from Walmart fast enough!  Here the kids are anxiously waiting for us to take them to the beach and play!  I LOVE the kids expressions in this picture.
from right to left: Christopher, Kayleah, Kaleb, Sarah, Emily, Gabriel, Isaac

And finally...the beach
Emily and Isaac were SO funny together...and cute.  They got along REALLY well the entire trip-PHEW!

After we played on the beach all after noon we decided to try out the indoor/outdoor pool area under the resort.  The kids LOVED it!  There was a huge dumping bucket that was loads of fun!  Kayleah was HILARIOUS in these pictures Jenn took...she and I laughed SO HARD when she showed them to me!  The picture of Kaleb and Liah on the bottom right is pretty funny too.  Liah wanted to sit down where Kaleb was and she looked at him and said "Kaaaaleb" in that "you know what I want you to do" voice.  TOO FUNNY! And YES, he was a gentleman and moved. *wink* When we got back up to the condo to make dinner the kids were WORN out.  Then off to bed...Liah tried to sneak into a big bed *wink* she's too cute!

And then our first sunset in Florida.  Breathtaking.

...and that's the first day.