It is hard to believe but our summer break is now (more than) halfway over. Too many fun things coupled with deceptively cool weather has lulled us into the lazy, carefree summer rhythm.
One of the highlights of this summer will be the family vacation we just returned from. My immediate family attempts to congregate in a new location every summer and this year we chose Rosemary Beach outside of Panama City, FL. As far as vacations go, this had to have been one of my favorites. Easy beach access, sugar white sand, huge pool, beautiful (and beautifully decorated) beach house, bike rentals, too many good food options, frozen yogurt/sno-cones nearly every evening, and outlet shopping (always a family vacation must). Plus, Rosemary beach and neighboring Alys Beach have lots of visual appeal with their spendy homes and amenities. Of the two, Rosemary is the well-established, classic choice while Alys is her tonier, new-money sister. We enjoyed several nights just walking and biking through the sidewalks, gawking at what we could peep at from the lit interiors.
As hoped, by the end we were so relaxed we were nearly catatonic. I guess not cooking, mowing, cleaning, laundrying, and erranding will do that to you after a week. In their favor, the girls vacationed well. The flights (and 5 hours layovers!!!!) both went as smoothly as possible. MG could have spent nearly every hour digging in the sand and we learned that after Bea got over her desire to eat and drink it, she enjoyed floating in the water. While down there, we also ran (literally, ran) into some good friends and caught up with them with the roar of the ocean in the background. Our evenings were spent walking or biking, followed by book discussions and family Jeopardy. It’s the same old, comfortable family vacation routine we’ve fallen into, but we have no desire to change it.
I’m working on a vacation video (which always seem to capture the feelings better than words and pictures), but in the mean time, here are a few teaser pics: