Wednesday, August 24, 2011


We are leaving for the beach today, for a little Spooner Family Vacay with some friends. We're headed to Gulf Shores, Alabama. I've only ever been to the Florida part of that coast, so I hope it's as nice. We're meeting some friends down there who are driving in from Arkansas.

It's a pretty long drive and it will be interesting to see how Charlie handles it. I've got the portable DVD player, crayons and sketch pad, books, cars, magnadoodle.... oh I hope I can keep him busy enough. Oh and snacks. Mom's got snacks.

Tomorrow night we're staying in Auburn at some Marriott. I'm sure it will feel like we're there all of 10 minutes since we'll fall asleep as soon as our heads hit the pillows! Brad planned the trip and I'm not sure I even know where we are staying on the trip home.

I'm excited to take Charlie to the beach now that he's old enough to enjoy it. He's been to the beach twice, once at 2 months old and once at 6 months old. Needless to say, he didn't get that into it! This time there will be two other kids and one of them is almost his exact age. It'll be awesome to let them play and the parents can all kick back and relax.

Speaking of relaxing, I've packed The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo to read. One of my neighbors gave me all 3 books for my birthday with promises that they are awesome. I tried a few months ago to get into the first book and couldn't. I'm going to give it another try. I also got the new In Style fall mega-issue. It weighs more than Charlie - have you seen that thing? Anyways, I hope to have enough down time to enjoy both.

Going to the beach at the end of the summer has it's privileges. I found a bunch of Melissa and Doug beach toys today at a local toy store for half off. So I may have gone a tad crazy and gotten just about everything. Maybe. I also found cute beach towels for Charlie at Pottery Barn Kids marked down to $7. I love a sale. Woohoo!

I also found a really neat tent-thingy to take to the beach for me to sit under. I can't really have my incision scar out in the sun for long yet. You know, that whole melanoma thing. I've also really always preferred to be in the shade on the beach. It gets so hot! Under an umbrella with the breeze and the sound of waves crashing and a good book - that's my idea of heaven.

I'm going to try and get a lot of cute pictures of Charlie on the beach. He's such a character these days. I am way overdue on a post of all the funny little things he says.

Ok, we'll catch you on the flip side!

1 comment:

Lindsay said...

I've been wanting to try Gulf Shores. Should be less pricey than Destin, right?

Your idea of heaven? Mine too. I got through GWtDT, but it wasn't my fave. I thought the first book was best.

Have fun!