Destination ’15

It’s time to FINALLY recap our April adventures in Destin, Florida!

 

E and I flew out of Indy at noon on Easter Sunday. Last year was a struggle getting all of our gear into the airport, and this year was no different. Suitcase, carseat backpack, carry-on, stroller, and toddler!

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The check-in was going smooth, until we got through security and I realized that Mo the Monkey was missing. He must’ve fallen off my carry-on on the walk in and I was not about to attempt to go through security again to find him (too many variables). After some ugly cries in the terminal and a few texts with my hubs, I ordered a mini-Mo replacement online while E’s daddy (god love him) made a special trip to the airport parking garage for monkey retrieval. Turns out he was a few cars down from mine and some sweet person had set him on a nearby bumper. Not exactly the start I had anticipated!

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Safe & sound

The first leg of our trip was awesome. We had a great seat-mate on the plane who retrieved E’s matchbox cars off the floor and didn’t mind our toddler activities.

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After a quick layover in ATL we were back on another plane for the 45 min flight into Destin. E hadn’t napped all day so about 20 minutes into the flight, he decided it was time for a snooze, which lasted all the way til we met Jaime, Luke and Jacob in the parking lot!

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Because we were joined by another family this year, we ended up going with a larger condo right on the beach. It was perfect and the balcony views were GORGEOUS!!

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Celebrations continued straight away!

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We spent the majority of our days down by the pool, where the kiddos could swim freely without the worry of an undertow.

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Emery is still taking one nap a day, so most days we would head up to the condo around noon so he could have a bite to eat then catch a few z’s. We had a little issue with him not wanting to nap in his pack n’ play, so this was the typical nap time scene,,,

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& while he napped, I retreated to the balcony. Not a terrible scene.

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Most of our meals were in the condo, due to the efforts required to corral, transport, and entertain all five children in one place. But we did make a few special trips out to eat, including The Crab Trap and Margaritaville.

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Last year, we went on the Seablaster dolphin cruise, which was one of the highlights of the trip (falling 2nd only to wine and DQ ;)). We knew for a fact that we would do it again this year, and obviously all the kids were game. We chose the 1-3p time slot, which I knew was going to be iffy given that it was nap time. But I had high hopes since ride started out strong!

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&& quickly went south,,,

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And before I knew it, I had a snoozer. Total dead weight. Apparently picture perfect weather, pods upon pods of beautiful dolphins (+ babies!!), and a blazing sun was recipe for a speed boat siesta.

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Thank goodness for bottomless beer :)

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Eventually all us mamas had a sleeping babe in our arms/ laps. It was perfect, once again. Save us a seat in 2016, Seablaster!

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I made it out to the beach/ boardwalk for a couple runs during our stay.

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Our digs!
Sparty!
Sparty!

 

And after both runs, I was greeted by Aunt Jaime & E on the balcony, eagerly awaiting my return. The cutest.

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We made it down to play on the beach a few times too! E was a fan of the sand.

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And of course we took group trips to the finest food establishments in Destin. Only the best.

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No flu bugs could keep us down, though they sure tried!!

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Our five days in paradise SPED by in the blink of an eye. It was almost unfair when Friday morning came to the tune of a 5a wake up call. Made even worse by the 4 hour airport delay in ATL. Thankfully I had a tired babe on my hands who went from this,,

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,,, to this!

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The flight home went just as well as the way down, with the help of the iPad. As always, we were welcomed back home with open arms.

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Oh! And Mini Mo (aka Mee-Mo) made it to Florida on Tuesday and safely back home as well. Phew!!

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Thanks to Jaime, April, Luke, Avery, Jacob, and Isaiah for yet another awesome adventure! Cannot wait for next year!

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