Saturday, November 26, 2011

last day in paradise

our thanksgiving break has come to an end. we'll be heading back to reality tomorrow. this has certainly been one of my favorite vacations. i've been able to spend quality time with mom, dad, and playing with my kids. even better, i spent alot of time thinking about me....which i don't do very often these days.

mom has enjoyed her time so much that she's re-booking the condo for next year. dad loved it so much that he told her to book it for the entire week instead of just the thanksgiving holidays. silver dunes has great off-season rates!

the pictures below start with the sunrise at about 6:45 this morning. they end with the sunset around 5:00.

another day in paradise

again, we hung out on the beach for most of the day. another beautiful, sunny day but with gustier winds. we wrapped up around three to get ready for pictures. then off to Osaka for "swow white rolls". we look forward to destin each year for these rolls. now, we have mom addicted! after yummy sushi, we shopped for christmas gifts at the outdoor mall. they have a huge christmas tree with flashing lights. so strange to see when you usually associate destin with summer. even odder to feel such warm temps!

tomorrow will be our last day. i'm hoping to brave the cool water and dive in some waves. the weather is supposed to be even warmer than the last couple.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

thanksgiving in destin!

this year mom and dad invited us to spend thanksgiving with them in destin. how could i turn down an offer like that? we usually spend the second week of june here, but never in the fall.

so far we've been lucky. weather has been in the 70's during the day. water is cool, but it doesn't stop people from swimming. a bit chilly in the mornings and late evening, but overall perfect as far as i'm concerned. of course, it could be raining cats and dogs or snowing and i'd be completely content waking up to the sound of waves crashing and a salty sea air.

i spent the early morning wrapped up in a blanket reading a good book on the beach after a short walk. once mom, dad, and the kids came down we took a long walk and collected tons of seashells. the rest of the day we played on the beach and watched the sunset...gorgeous!

right now we're preparing our thanksgiving meal. mom brought everything prepared and frozen. although, i included my garlic mashed potatoes...mmmm! our condo smells divine! can't think of much better than being in destin having our family thanksgiving meal. so grateful for mom and dad and the invitation!

chris stayed home and is spending his thanksgiving with the allens. we miss him like crazy! hoping the allen's forgive us for not being there.