Monday, July 24, 2017

WISH YOU WERE HERE ~ Picture Postcards From Florida ~ Part 2

On the beach, you can live in bliss. ~Dennis Wilson of the Beach Boys
(and he would know)

Sunday, July 23, 2017
Beautiful day in the neighborhood 
Kelly and Kerry took a walk
Shelby claimed her spot in the shade of the umbrella
Knox wanted to build a sand castle here, but the sea continued to rush onto the shore, creating rivers and lakes and leaving our beach bags and towels soggy. Two or three times we had to rescue flip flops floating away like boats down the beach. High tide indeed.
Grandpa always agrees to help build a sand castle (which they had to relocate to the dry sand behind the chairs).
Elijah skimming the little river running behind the chairs
And Grandpa always gets abandoned to build the sand castle alone after grandson Knox loses interest and moves on to more exciting adventures. Nice job!

Lunch!
A sign in desperate need of commas. Don't even think about bringing your glass pets to the beach.
Fly

Sunday was another great day to be in the water ~ not as calm as the water on Saturday, though. The waves this day were fun to ride until an unpredictable giant rose up and smacked you upside the head, or in my case, completely washing over my head.
Boogie Boy Elijah
Sure did enjoy the blessings of this day.

Monday, July 24, 2017
Kimbroughs ~ Kelly, Kerry, and Knox


Moi and daughter Kelly ~ our tops make my eyes go all googly
A flock of pterodactyls pelicans
The sea was angry that day, my friend. Red flag. We didn't venture into the water what little time we actually had on the beach this morning before the rain came.


Neil and Elijah practiced some pitching and catching

Three and a half men ~ Kelly tried to get them to all hold hands together, but they wouldn't agree to that for some strange reason. 
Group shot ~ Kelly had only 3 seconds to run back into the picture before the shutter clicked
Group shot II ~ So she set the timer for a good 10 seconds for this one
It Came From Under The Sand In The Sea ~ a creepy crawly beach creature ~ looked like a crab to me but what do I know?
We took a picture of each other taking a picture of each other
Beach Dude Knox
Straight Outta Destin
Beach Peeps Shelby, Knox, and Elijah
Sis and Bro



When it rains on your beach parade ~ video games! And then you go shopping at the Commons
Get a load of these vacationers ~ 30+ flags ~ someone wants everyone to know where they stand on everything from sports teams to branches of the military to America in general. I love a Patriot. LSU, not so much. Don't tread of me, y'all.
Neil, Kelly, and Shelby headed back down to the shore late this afternoon after we got back from the shops. Sun was out. But the sea was still angry, my friend.
I love the beach. I love the sea. All my life I live within - in front of the sea.  ~Rafael Nadal

Saturday, July 22, 2017

WISH YOU WERE HERE ~ Picture Postcards From Florida

Don’t grow up too quickly, lest you forget how much you love the beach. 
~Michelle Held

Friday, July 21, 2017
Grandpeeps Elijah and Shelby at our fave place to stay at the beach
Elijah, Shelby, and Neil and our fave view



One of our fave places to eat
Mahi Mahi
Crab Legs!!! I shared a few
Salad for Neil and shrimp for Shelby 



Do Not Disturb ~ he's on vacation
Sunset swimming
Little Mermaid Shelby

Saturday, July 22, 2017
The warm water of the Gulf of Mexico doesn't get any better than this
We had our little plot of beach real estate pretty much to ourselves this morning. (Transition day, people leaving.  And the people coming in would be late in the afternoon check-ins, so not so many here at this point.) The water was calm. Added bonus: no seaweed! 
Elijah says Hi!
Beach Boys grandsons Knox and Elijah


Early afternoon. Somebody was snoring ....
Beach clouds are the best clouds



World's Largest Sand Dollar
Early supper at another one of our fave places to eat ~ Mellow Mushroom
Kosmic Karma ~ I'm the only one who loves this one ~ more for me!
Peeps Kelly, Knox, and Kerry
Jerry Garcia always hangs out at the Mellow Mushroom no matter where you go ~ I'll bet he likes the Kosmic Karma
"Nothing left to do but smile." ~JG
"So grateful not to be dead." ~KR
Daughter Kelly thought it would be funny to send this picture to her sister Holly ~ Holly was not amused 😂 ~ She knows we're kidding. They're both mom's favorite, of course.
Night Life ....
.... and a killer sunset

Sunset swimming revisited
Water Babies
Neil and Elijah made a Walmart run for supplies (as did the rest of the tourists here apparently~Neil said it was crazy. All those incoming check-ins I mentioned earlier.)
They also hit Krispy Kreme. Neil said those doughnuts you see there being slathered in glaze came right off the line and into the two boxes they brought home. Oh yummy!
Get in my belly!
I ate two while they were still hot. No regrets.
We came all the way to Florida for these doughnuts.
We finally got our own Krispy Kreme doughnut shop where we live about a year ago, but we never go there. I guess because we have two really good local doughnut shops we enjoy. 
Never fails, though, that when we have the opportunity to visit Destin, we always have to have a box or two of Krispy Kremes. It's a beachy tradition.