1600+ miles later and we are finally home! It went way too fast. Although our family vacation to Pensacola was just last week, I already feel it was ages ago. After downloading 500 or so images, I now have the task of culling & editing. As I started to go through all of the photos, so many fond memories flooded my mind, so here are just a few things that caught my eye. I will try to post more in the weeks ahead.
My oldest boy looking all miffed that I am making him wait to go to the beach. He didn’t want his picture taken that morning at all. I love that his hair has grown out, makes him look more beach-y.
Countless sand dollars, bits and pieces everywhere, but we never found a whole one. And believe me between my husband and my middle son, if there was a whole sand dollar on that beach, they would have found it. Pretty much everyday, both of them were bent over searching and searching.
We watched this guy for over an hour casting out each of his lines in hopes that he would catch something. Nonetheless, it made for a pretty picture as he paddled his kayak back to shore.
The boardwalk to our condo. Not sure the allure of getting this shot, guess it just screams beach to me.
Like a fish to water…. this girl loves the waves! No fear either.
Sandy toes. On a side note, after washing our vacation clothes yesterday, I am still finding sand in pockets and in my dryer. This stuff gets everywhere!
Endless pushes by my hubby! Everyday, he was out there, helping each child catch a wave. 3 kids x 4 beach trips x 3 hours per trip = sore muscles. Poor guy would walk down the stairs of our condo in the morning groaning at how sore he was.
Joe Patti’s is a must if you visit Pensacola and want the freshest seafood around.
Speaking of Joe Patti’s, our friends came over to the condo one night and we feasted on grilled oysters, BBQ shrimp, and grouper. It was delish! About as quickly as it came off the grill, someone was putting it in their mouth. We grazed the entire evening.
The National Naval Aviation Museum was another big hit with not only the kids but also my husband and I. My husband’s dad was in the Air Force and my daddy was in the Navy. Sooooo much stuff to see. Tremendous amount of history preserved in one place. We watched an IMAX movie about the history of flight and about the Blue Angels. So wished we could have seen them fly in real life.
Oh the sunsets! They transform into so many colors in Pensacola from pinks and purples to fiery oranges and reds. It’s mesmerizing.
Beach warnings. For the most part the waves were easy and fun but the last few days of our vacation the yellow flag was flying and it sure was rough. Too rough for the kids; I was a very nervous Momma. We ended up building sandcastles and sticking close to shore on yellow flag days.
Oochie shells – well at least that is what we call them. I’m sure there is an official name for these little critters but for simplicity sake we call them oochies. When the waves come into shore, these shells get tumbled about and after a few seconds they turn themselves pointed end down and “ooch” themselves back into the sand. Hence the oochie shell got it’s name in the Pulver family.
Souvenir shop embarrassment! I just had to do it! He was reluctant to pose but he did it for me! Love that boy!
One of my middle son’s favorite things to do – karate chop sand balls. Tirelessly packing wet sand into a perfect sized balls, toss and chop! Hours of entertainment!
The dunes! Neat area, full of tall sea grasses and wildlife. Signs are posted that people should stay off the dunes so that they stay intact and to help preserve the animals that make their homes there.