Well, how in the world do you sift through 300 vacation pictures and find the ones to blog???
Here goes.... (I, of course, tried to not include grown ups other than Lonnie and I in our swimsuits; pretty sure our friends would not appreciate that!)
So we left on Saturday night (June 16) and drove about 5 hours to McGeehee, Arkansas and stayed overnight. We got up the next morning and drove about 4 hours to Jackson, Mississippi and stopped for church. After church we drove the last 4 and a half hours to Gulf Shores, Alabama.
All 4 of us got our first ever ferry ride. It was quite an experience! The boys loved that we got to drive the van on the big boat, and liked riding it. It STRESSED me out big time! Eli is so wiggly and wanted to be independent (not held), I was sure he was going to fall in to the Gulf of Mexico.
Our first day on the beach! The boys discovered that the waves were a little rough and scary, and pretty much stayed on the land to build sand castles and dig holes for most of the vacation.
After several hours on the beach, we'd all come in and have lunch. It was quite a sight to see! 8 adults and 9 kids.
After lunch we'd take naps, then usually go back out to the beach while dinner was being cooked. After dinner we'd have group bath time, of course! We gave the 4 youngest boys a bath in our tub most nights.
After bath time...play time! So glad we brought some toys to keep the kids entertained!
On Tuesday, we went to Waterville, USA. I don't know how it began, but WE LOVE WATERPARKS!!! Lonnie and I have been hitting waterparks since our honeymoon in Mexico and have gone to as many as we can since then, and have gotten the kids hooked on them, too. The boys especially loved the wave pool, the lazy river, and the kiddie area.
Thanks for the great memories, friends! Can't wait for our next group vacation.