With the World Cup going on I really didn’t take the time to tell you about our vacation a few weeks ago. Back in June we went to Treasure Island, Fl. It is located on island a short drive out of Tampa. It’s in the same area as Clearwater, St. Pete Beach, Madeira beach and St. Johns Pass. We took the whole week off and enjoyed some great weather and beach time. It really is beautiful down there. I would not mind going back again. The water was so calm and warm in the Gulf of Mexico which is a big difference from being on the Atlantic Ocean side. We could relax and just enjoy the water without battling waves. It’s also an amazing area to look for sea shells if you like to collect them like we do 🙂
About a month ago, hubby told me we had a little extra and we could plan for a quick trip to the coast (it’s a 6 hr drive so not a major undertaking) and spend a couple of days. So for the last month we planned everything to make sure we could swing it and we decide to go for it. Last week we spent a couple days down in Orange Beach. It was a really nice quick trip. We got to go see the USS Alabama in Mobile and all the tanks and airplanes they had on display. After that we went over to Orange beach and spent 1 day and 2 nights in Orange Beach directly on the water 🙂 We got see jelly fish, a little sand crab, and a blue heron as well. It was great to have that quick trip for a refresh
We made it back in one piece..lol!! It was an amazing trip. The kids got to see things they learned about in their history books and read interesting facts about each of the many monuments that we visited. I had went many years ago with my parents and did the same. It was nice to be able to do it for our kids as well. When you get up to these monuments, you really feel the magnitude of the history that they represent.
We did go see other place as well through out the city. We went to several of the city parks and saw some of the local historical marks.
As for the second part of the vacation we went to Six Flags America. It was a lot of mindless fun that we all enjoyed. We spent the entire day there, riding the roller coasters and other rides. By the time we got back to the hotel we were so exhausted we couldn’t see straight…lol!!
On the whole it was an amazing trip. We got exhausted in a good way and got to see things that everyone should see. This was one of the better trips we have been on. Hope you enjoyed the pics…until next time 🙂
Ok yes I know there was a week in there that I skipped. Those of you who read my blog should know I have not been home and to be honest, wanted a break from my computer as well. I have been on vacation since 6/28. We all went to Washington DC and had an amazing time there. We all went the traditional route and saw all the monuments as well as went to Six Flags America. The kids had a blast in both locations. Me and hubby did too…it was a great family time for all of us. But like with every vacation we had to come back home and come back our normal…which is pretty good too 🙂 I can’t tell you how happy I was to get back and sleep in my own bed…lol!!
On the flip side though, my diet suffered. I did not lose any weight but I did not gain anything. Which I guess considering how much junk I ate on this trip I guess that was pretty good. I did my best to avoid as much bread as possible but when you are eating a lot of foods that qualify as “junk food” it is really hard to completely avoid. So I “limited” the amount of bread I ate and drank a lot of water while on vacation. I think the biggest thing that prevented me from gaining any thing back was how much walking we did . As anyone who lives in the big city knows…it’s easier to walk to a location then it is to drive. So walk we did. We walked to the monuments, we walked to go eat…etc. When we went to Six Flags, we walked some more…lol!! Overall I think I got more exercise during this trip then I have on any other trip.
Well today is the last official vacation day until Spring Break. Of course, with homeschooling my kids I have the opportunity to take them places for field trips that helps with being stuck sometimes….thank goodness!! But regardless this is officially the middle of the school year and when I look back I see where my kids have come from and see a bright future for them. I am grateful for the opportunity I have had this year so far and for the years coming. I hope to have moments like this where I am actually eager to get back to school work with my kids and have them as eager as well. So here’s to the end of vacation time and back work. Spring Break I know you’re coming and we will be glad when you do but until then here’s to the start of the second half.