Here is my Mom's blog and you have to check out Harper's french braid!
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So, this is the first attempt in 3 years for my girlfriends and I to go on a Girls Trip. We historically (we being 7 of us from College) have taken one or two trips a year. Beginning with Spring Breaks in College that led into a beach trip in the Summer and maybe a Gatlinburg getaway in the Fall. When we all started getting married, we had great excuses for Bachelorette parties coupled with great escapes. THEN, yes you know what I'm going to say, 13 kiddos later......it's just not that easy anymore!
Not that we don't want to that is for sure, we just have A LOT going on! Well one thing is for sure, some things never change and that is exactly the way I would prefer it. As a matter of fact, some things just get better and better. My girlfriends are basically like my pseudo sisters that know me inside and out. With only 4 of us this trip, we definitely made the most of it and it left me wanting more.
We had to admit that in our motherly overworked slumbers, we have evolved and "maybe" matured quite a bit in our progressing age. Exercise has been incorporated into our vacationing? Who would have thought! We are ordering Dessert? Seriously, I have to admit, it was a real deal grown up trip! LOVED it!
The Signature Room at the top of THE JOHN HANCOCK
A MAY ZING
with John Daly's to sip on.....ahhh, now we are talking...
Shopped till we dropped on Michigan Avenue..literally. We had to hang in the park for awhile and it was insane people watching.
My best bud Brian Breagel (the one who has been very sick) introduced me to Chicago (his hometown) in 1994 and I haven't stopped loving it since then. In the Summer, it is so beautiful and the architecture here is breathtaking. I only hope I did it a little justice.
We were so sad we didn't get to see Breags this trip. We hope to make it back really soon to enjoy the city with him:)
HERE IT IS, TANDEM BIKING....at its finest:)
Yes, 2 by 2 we got on our bikes and drove along Lakeshore Drive. It was hysterical and I can't believe we made it out with NO scratches or scrapes. I seriously thought I was going to pee on myself from laughing so hard. Oh let's be honest, what woman doesn't after she has a baby!
Although I'm pretty sure I have a few fresh laugh lines to add to all my other wrinkles!
Kelly and I
April and Whitney
Don't forget to stretch;)
PLANKING with Marilyn
Isn't this statue of Marilyn Monroe insane?
For those of you who are totally confused by what I just said or what I am doing in these pictures....You Tube Planking! It's the new craze.
Glamours on Magnificent Mile
We basically were in exercise gear the majority of the weekend.
Not sure if we were anxious to do so much we gave up on "getting ready", or thought we may fall asleep if we returned to our room before Dinner time:)
At least we did workout and "use" our gear versus using as a means of leisure wear!
SEACREST BEACH 2011
This vacation was packed full of the essentials. Lots of sand, pool time, lazy naps, plenty of delicious bites, bike rides, porch swings, dancing to live music, water parks, shopping, wagon rides, watching the same movie over and over, lots of picture taking, meeting new friends, sun kissed skin, golf golf and more golf, broken toes, sand fights, hots days with ice cold treats, and a gigantic turtle to top it off.
We had loads of fun on vacation but I think Harper Elle had the most out of anyone. She discovered lots of new and fun things that week and I adored watching her.
For some reason, Harper loved our driveway full of rocks!
Pretending to be a Monkey!
Hanging from the trees...?
Sun Kissed and Bleached Hair!
Harper was so tired from the morning at the pool, I looked over at her sweet face after lunch and capture the most exhausted precious face I saw all week.
Harper made friends at the pool and at the beach. Can't imagine the years to come, I remember my first friend I met on vacation and we became pen pals for the longest time. Maybe Harper can SKYPE with her friends in the future!!
Ahhhh, The Donut Truck.
Almost exactly 2 clicks from our house, Harper and I ventured down EARLY one morning to get our favorite doughnuts. Umm, well mine I guess because she doesn't have a favorite considering she's never had one. Well, not one like these anyway. I picked blueberry, glazed, lemon filled, custard filled, chocolate glazed....you name it and I got it. YES, I took some home to the others.
I loved the shots of Harper devouring hers! It's almost like she was telling me that she needed a moment to relish how good they were!
A few shots of where we were when we were not outside! Although it was beautiful all week, we got to relax in this amazing house.
192 Seacrest Blvd
Highly recommend it if you ever head down to Seacrest Beach!
Nana kept Harper and Bob and I ventured out to this amazing spot!
Ahhh, a night out to relax, it was such a treat!
WATER PARK TIME!
Don't you love these water shoes Nana bought Harper! She loved them too because they are PINK! Her favorite color.
We went into Destin to this massive water park and probably walked more than we were in the water. Of course we had a blast and Harper and I snuck onto a bigger water slide and we LOVED it. It was so fast and we were completely dunked at the bottom. She didn't know what to think but wanted to do it again. Fearless.
Harper really adored the sand and haning at the Beach.
We all would make sand castle and she would crush each one before you would have another built.
Hanging with Nana and a nice long nap.
She was such a good girl and loved being with the fam.
What more could you ask for?
Well, reading a good book with a cold beer would not be bad. I must say, there was no book for me but I did get a cold beer and it was delicious;0)
Yes, this is my Mom's broken toe. Bicycle accident!:)
I found this Gecko outside on our porch....he was sort of funky and cool. He let me get right in his grill....then he flared something red on his neck and I freaked out!
FINALLY, the gigantic Turtle! "TurtleMan"
We saw this beast of a float at a local market and as Bob was running in for something to drink, I of course spotted it and told him to check the price. $25?? No way, Get it!
Well, we barely got the thing in the back of a MiniVan!
Harper and I were cracking up at how big and funny this thing was.
AND then, we get home and the rain settles in!!! No pool for us! Ugghh, we had to wait until we got back home to hang out with Turtleman.
This was our last day and we made the most of it!
Harper indulging in Blood Orange Gelato....it was insanely good.
She quitely shoveled it in and drank the remaining sips by tilting her head back so far I thought she would topple over:)
I loved it, I miss it and can't wait to go back.
When we got home, Harper requested to go to the beach over and over.
I guess she is going to be a beach bum too!
3 Generations of Beach Bums!
This shot is pretty much indicative of my entire week. If I didn't have a camera in my hand, I was getting her food, wiping her bottom, keeping her hair out of her eyes, or applying massive amounts of sunscreen. Vacations are sure not as relaxing as they once were and undeniably more work than if you were at home, but what I will say is that they are more fulfilling with my daughter than I could ever ever imagine life to be!
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