We always break up the drive a bit. 13 hours in the car is looooong, so we made the trek from Dallas to New Orleans. The eight hours in the car (along with the help of books, coloring, games, snacks, and movies) isn't really that bad. Jeff likes to do the driving, so I get to read and keep the girls happy.
|Breakfast at Starbucks|
|Crossing the Mississippi|
|Made it to LA|
This was our first year to stay at the Corral Reef Club, but we will definitely be staying there again. Our condo was on the first floor with it's own 'yard' and just a short walk from the beach. This is was nice especially with little ones. Running back to the condo to grab a forgotten snack or toy was no big deal! And at nap time, I relaxed on the porch with a book while the girls rested inside.
Our condo was a one bedroom. It had a 'jack n jill' bath with a shower/tub. The girls shared bunk-beds in the hall. (This was a big hit!) There was a door separating the sleeping quarters from the family room/kitchen. Which was so nice in the evenings- we could close the door and watch tv and talk while the girls slept. The kitchen had everything we needed. And most importantly, there was a washer/dryer, which we used a lot!
We ate breakfast in the condo each morning and had coffee on the patio. Then we played on the beach for a few hours. For lunch, we came back up to the condo and ate a simple lunch on the patio. Some days Maisy would nap after lunch, but mostly she kept up. We spent the rest of the afternoon on the beach. Around 3 or 4pm we called it a day. After showering and laying around a bit, we headed out for dinner. Eating out every night was a treat for the girls-- and us!
This year we ate at:
-The Broken Egg Cafe (we had lunch here on a rainy day)
-The Crazy Lobster
We definitely made the most of the beach. I couldn't keep Afton out of the water! And Maisy loved splashing, floating and even running along the shore. We were on the beach all day- in the water, on the sand, under the umbrella. When we booked at the Corral Reef, we knew they did have a pool, but only a small one. This was fine with us. We swim in the pool at home, we drove to Florida to do the beach!
Besides the usual floating on waves, boogie boarding, and making sand castles, we also flew kites, went on shell hunts, and dug for buried treasure. We also ate a lot of snacks, met a few new friends, and took some 'cat naps' under the umbrella.
At night, after dinner we got ice cream, played mini-golf, and the girls jumped on trampolines. My favorite evening activity was walking on the beach. After it got dark, we grabbed flashlights and buckets and went searching for sand crabs. They were white, the color of the sand, and so tiny. We chased them with the flashlights and then Jeff scooped them up in the bucket. He even caught a few that were not so tiny. At the end of our walk, we let them go and watched them run back into the ocean.
The weather was beautiful, but we did get about 1 day and half of rain. On our rainy day, we played board games, went out to lunch, and shopped for souvenirs. We enjoyed our little outing and then just relaxed on the couch and watched the Olympics. After the rain, we took a walk on the beach. The water looked beautiful.
The trip was just what we all needed. We spent a lot of time together and really enjoyed not having a schedule. The girls didn't even want to come home!
I put together a movie of our trip-- click on this link to see it!