Monday, October 29, 2012

vacation does a body good.


Well, normally it does.  This time around it took about 3 days just to blow the stink off and then once we got good and relaxed, it was time to leave.  Nevertheless, it was a much needed week on the beach with my lovely family {minus a sister}.  I didn't feel refreshed when I left, and to me that's a sign that one week is too short, which we say every.single.year.

The Alabama/Florida gulf coast is one of the most relaxing, beautiful, and comfortable places I've ever been.  We have been vacationing here for about 20 years, so naturally it's like my home away from home, even though it's a good 12 hour car ride.

Speaking of car rides, that's always the most fun part for me because we all pile into a big SUV, leave about midnite, snooze here and there while switching drivers, and just enjoy everything about it.  This time however, we took 2 different cars which worked out pretty well, especially since I had about 1/2 the gas cost as my sister in her big gas guzzler.

Once we got there we were so beat that we didn't even go to the Shrimp Festival to listen to Eddie freaking Money.  So sad I missed it, but none of us could bring ourselves to party that nite.  Actually, several of the nites we didn't feel like getting all gussied up, so we came in from the pool, got cleaned up, and chilled at the condo.  When I go to an all-inclusive, I'm all about the free drinks, going out til the wee hours of the morning, and living it up, but coming down here is always so much different.  I like it though because it can be such a slower change of pace.

Day in and day out we would watch the dolphins dance and play in the water as we sipped our tea & coffee in the mornings.  We had no agenda except to relax and keep our plans to a minimum.

Most days we went down to the pool and the beach, and other days we went sightseeing or shopping.  They have the best outlet mall that's always a major excitement factor in the trip.  I got a few things from Kenneth Cole, some new Toms, Gap, Eddie Bauer, and Fossil.  My bank account was crippled and told me I didn't need to go back another day.  

It was an awesome vacation, but like all, it went way too fast and I'm already planning my next getaway.
I have said it many times before, but the beach is the only place in the world that makes me feel 100% at peace and happy.  There is just something about the saltwater, sweet ocean air, and the glowing atmosphere.
I must move to the south one day.  I would just be a happier person all around! 













11 comments:

Live Simply- Live Well said...

Looks like y'all had fun. Great pics!

Stacia said...

Seriously. Coolest pictures ever!! Glad it was great :)

Susan said...

I absolutely LOVE the picture of you throwing sand in the air with the sun setting behind you. Based on your photos alone (not all the wonderful things I already know about you prior to this post) I can tell your heart is so incredibly happy by the beach. We need to get to the planning for our girls weekend getaway ASAP!! :)

The Pink Growl said...

Love those pics - especially the one of you throwing sand!! Glad you had a great vacay!

Nikki said...

LOVE peaceful vacations of nothingness! So relaxing! Im off next week and was hoping to do a whole lot of nothing but its looking like I will be cleaning up thanks to Sandy

Meg {henninglove} said...

you are right vacation does do a body good for sure.i frequently come back and already plan my next getaway, they are definitely needed! im glad you had an awesome vacation

Rach @ This Italian Family said...

Beautiful pictures! You are making me wish I was at the beach right now!

Janna Renee said...

Aww! My home!! I'm so glad you had so much fun ;)

Rachel said...

Isn't Bama the greatest!

Not to be all stalker-y but, I know where you were. ;) We spent our honeymoon there and have been twice this summer, once for my best friend's beach wedding.

Yelle said...

Looks like such a wonderful time! I adore going on vacation, and even the part when you come home is good because everything is reset a little bit.

Michelle said...

Love Love Love your pictures!