Summer vacations are always one of the highlights of our family’s year. Even when our oldest two kids were babies, we always managed to take a summer vacation with them. Granted, some of those vacations weren’t what most people would consider fun, like tent camping on a blazing hot Texas night. 🙂 But we have always made the best of them. Our kids are 17, 14 and 9 now. For the past several years, our trips have been to the beach but sometimes we go to Pennsylvania to visit family. Last year we were able to do both, which was incredible.
When I lost my job this March, I wasn’t sure we’d be able to go on our regular family vacation. Being unemployed for the first time in seventeen years has been an adventure…to say the least. It’s been a rough few months in other ways too. Our youngest daughter was diagnosed with a disorder in April that’s turned our world upside down. But I feel blessed to be at home so I can take her to her twice weekly appointments. God has a perfect plan for everything. So far, we’re navigating it all and I feel doubly blessed that we got to go on vacation this year. Especially since it’s the summer before our son’s senior year.
Here’s an Instagram recap of some of our favorite moments of the trip.
We pulled out of Dallas early Friday morning and made a pit stop at Duck Commander in West Monroe, LA. No Robertson family sightings but it was still a lot of fun!
After driving most of the day, we stopped to spend the night in Mobile, AL. Here’s a view of the Mobile Bay from our hotel room window.
On Saturday, we crossed over the state line into Florida. Welcome to the Sunshine State! Well, maybe not. 🙂
Unfortunately it was a sign of things to come. Most days the Destin radar looked like this. 🙁
But we made the most of it. Ava hosted a tea party for me one afternoon, complete with strawberry Pop Tart scones. Yum!
We also celebrated her 9th birthday while we were there. The two on the left (our son and his friend) are the rarely seen species called teenaged boys. They spent much of the trip staying as far away from the family, and especially photos, as possible.
I started every morning with coffee and devotions on the front porch. One of my favorite times of the day!
Finally, a perfect beach day! Aubrey took advantage by making some sandcastles.
She was joined by her dad. He’s a kid at heart and I love that about him.
Back flips in the sand.
Our last day at the beach.
We stopped in New Orleans on the way home. Here’s our crew on Bourbon Street.
We had some yummy seafood at a place on Decatur.
Sunday morning, we pulled out of New Orleans after an unsuccessful attempt to get beignets at Cafe du Monde. Too busy this time, but maybe next time. 🙂
Despite the less than ideal weather, it was a relaxing week and some great memories were made. We were all that much more appreciative that we were able to continue this family tradition for another year.
It’s Your Turn: What’s your favorite way to spend a family vacation? Do you have any traditional trips?
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