Friday, July 28, 2017

WISH YOU WERE HERE ~ Picture Postcards From Florida ~ Part 4

'Our memories of the ocean will linger on long after our footprints in the sand are gone.'
(Corny but true)

Friday, July 28, 2017

Breakfast with a killer view ~ Shelby on deck

The guys went back to the arcade this morning ~ Elijah didn't fare too well yesterday winning tickets ~ He made up for the deficit today ~ check it out ~ 7000+ tickets ~ winner winner chicken dinner

We've been blessed with awesome weather during our stay here ~ there was only part of one day that we got rained out

The water was choppy this morning

By this afternoon, the waves were in the mood to chew you up and spit you out ~ true story

The sea was pretty rough ~ the waves slammed into the shore and spread rivers under our chairs all afternoon, washing away flip flops and whatever else that got left sitting in the sand
The sand was too wet to build a sand castle ~ the only dry sand was way behind the chairs up toward the condo ~ But can't really complain ~ It's the beach ~ It was fun 
Blogger Kay ~ Does this picture make me look blurry? ~ pic courtesy of Neil

The last supper, so to speak ~ We'd never eaten at a Whataburger before and now we have ~ The burgers are huge, as in Wow! What a burger! Really good

Stopped by Destin Commons one last time ~ You have to have your picture made with the Bass Pro shark ~ It's a law

Jaws ~ looks like he's drooling

Kerry and Knox enjoyed ice cream ~ Knox has that sugar-glazed stare going on

That time we went to Starbucks ~again~ and gave the barista fake names ~ hilarious, I know

Kelly forgot to join in the hilarity

Back to our home away from home one last time
Packing it up
Heading home in the morning
I think we're ready to go
Even if school starts in four days
And it's back to reality
We had a great time here
We always do
So long, Destin
Hope to see you again sometime

WISH YOU WERE HERE ~ Picture Postcards From Florida ~ Part 3

"For whatever we lose (like a you or a me) it's always ourselves we find in the sea."
- e.e. cummings

Tuesday, July 25, 2017
A flock of seagulls. I know. But somebody had to say it.
Elijah and Shelby on a beautiful laid back Tuesday at the beach

Neil and Kelly read while Shelby burned
Kelly stirred up the gulls for a photo op then had to duck when they came flying in her direction
Beachy smiles

Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Wednesday morning, Neil, Kelly, Kerry, and Knox arrived early to ride the go-carts. Shelby wanted a sleep-in morning. I guess I did, too. So we did.
Go-cart pics courtesy of Kelly

Boys of Summer
Gorillas of Destin
They had a great time at the arcade ~ Elijah came close to winning this game

Kelly and Shelby Snapchattin'
Another beautiful day at the beach
HarborWalk Village in Destin is always a fun place to meander about ~ especially if there's fudge involved ~ this is the before when the fudge is hot and liquid ~ they gave us a sample of this ~ yum!
Here's the finished product ~ we did buy some (not this kind, though)
It's fudge time!

Life is good, y'all

Thursday, July 27, 2017
Thursday morning, the guys went back to the arcade where Knox (with Kerry's help) hit the jackpot on this spin the wheel game (kind of like on the Price Is Right?) ~ the wheel landed on 100 on two spins in a row which gave him 5000 arcade tickets ~ another spin and it landed on 1000 which gave him a thousand more tickets ~ and on a side note, Knox lost a tooth the other night as you can see in this picture
Took about 20 minutes or so for the machine to spit out all those tickets ....

.... which he traded in for all this cool stuff
Meanwhile ~ that head sticking up out of the Gulf is me ~ picture courtesy of Kelly ~ one of those days where the water is calm
Lunch bunch selfie

Reading and snoring time
My little Canon Power Shot has some cool settings such as 'fish eye' ~ makes me sea sick just looking at this picture

Beach Buddies ~ our constant companions

Kelly's panoramic capture
Kelly's 'mannequin' shot outside Starbucks Thursday night ~ frozen people drinking frozen drinks ~ except Elijah who had hot chocolate .....
.... and Knox and Kerry who had ice cream
We checked out the Southern Living (magazine I guess) store here in Destin Commons ~Shelby tried out the perfect reading (and/or sleeping) spot ~ we all wanted this swing ~ I wanted one of everything  in this store but didn't have a gazillion dollars to buy it ~ however, if I had a beach house/condo here, this is where I'd buy all the decorations ~ not gonna happen ~ but I can dream