This was a first for me. I'm usually up packing/cleaning until 1am, but not this year. I was packed and ready to go the day before leaving for Florida.
I was so excited for vacation this year. And the older the girls get, the easier it is to pack. Taking babies to the beach = lots of stuff. The older they get, the less they need.
We left at 6am.
My girls are not early risers, as you can tell by this picture of Amelia.
My SIL gave me the idea of making snack boxes for the trip and they were a hit.
I filled them with a bunch of their favorites. I used bead boxes from Michael's and cheap stickers to personalize them. It was a lot easier than handing snacks back to them the entire trip.
We took our time getting there. We needed to stop 5 times for bathroom breaks and lunch.
The girls did great for being stuck in car seats the entire time.
The key to happy travelers is lots of stops and if you can't make it the entire way - just stop and get a hotel room. :)
We were able to drive the entire way on Friday. We were happy to see this sign!
Alex booked us a room at a fantastic resort in Ft. Walton for Friday evening.
We couldn't check into our condo in Destin until Saturday afternoon.
Our room overlooked the pool and beach!
It took us about 30 seconds to throw on our swimsuits and head to the pool!
We decided to eat poolside.
Alex took the girls for a swim while we waited on our food.
We swam and watched Toy Story after dinner.
The girls loved it.
We all slept great after a 12 hour trip in the car and lots of swimming.
We woke up the next morning and the girls had one thing on the brain...more swimming!
So we ate breakfast poolside!
They loved the lazy river.
It would just pull them around in the pool and made them feel like they were really swimming.
They cried when it was time to leave.
But it didn't take long for them to perk up, once we told them they were about to spend an entire week at the beach with their cousins!