ALABAMA 2017 PART TWO: FLORIDA

Our friends enjoy the ocean as much as we do, despite one of them also being a sunburn-prone ginger, so of course we had to drive down to the gulf while we were there!

We stopped at a beach shop an grabbed some floats for the kids to use. We even had a guy there fill them up for us, and managed to just barely fit them into the car.

Zack tried (and tried and tried) his hand at surfing. He enjoyed it! I think if we ever live by the ocean he’ll give it a real go.

We all felt this way the entire day! ^^^

We stopped in to check out the gators. We saw a small one napping. It was terrifying.

1, 2, 3- LOOK UP!!

We explored the area, climbed trees, observed gorgeous landscapes, and attempted to poach some stubborn palm leaves. No dice, but she gave it her all.

We also ate at a Greek restaurant before leaving town. Delicious!

Everyone came home with a sunburn. My lips, the girls’ under-eyes, Zack’s entire body, ha! Worth it.

ALABAMA 2017 PART ONE

Possibly Definitely the most fun trip we’ve taken in our 12 years together. Our children being old enough to take care of themselves contributed to this, but really it was the people. Our favorite people.

Endless hours of popcorn on the trampoline, water balloon fights, eating frozen yogurt in the heat, dirty feet and not a care in the world. The Stevens’ know how to make the middle of March feel like summer vacation.

We felt right at home the moment we arrived. Helped ourselves to the fridge, our girls shared with each other without hesitation, and there was *no fighting all week*!! Eight humans, happy as can be in each other’s company. We would make for terrible reality television.

Mae got sun sick one afternoon. Poor girl. I got snuggles out of it, so it wasn’t all bad!

Zack and I took a ride in Jonathan’s red VW bug. Very cool! I mean, look how close I got to be to Zack!!!! We may just need to invest in a punch buggy. Anything to get a little more shoulder contact with that man!

My dearest friend took me out for an entire day, just the two of us! Food, shopping, and plenty of catching up!

(KBC has incredible food, and Dothan Ice Cream has the best homemade ice cream and popsicles!)

They took us to family day at the art museum. We got to create faux stained glass pictures to take home, and did a scavenger hunt around the galleries. The whole experience gave Zack a lot of ideas for his classroom. (The art was all made by kids grades K-12. They even had a section of art made by blind children!)

I still have two posts to write about our time with them, but this image of Rae, the morning we left, sums up our general mood. Sad.