Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Somewhere on a Beach: Sandestin Recap

We are back from a wonderful beach vacation to Sandestin, Florida! 

We went with just our little family of four this year and, like last year, stayed at the wonderful Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa. The boys did wonderfully on both flights {special thanks to their Kids Kindle Fires and a short flight for that}, and our hotel was just fabulous. We actually had the same exact room as last year, which we absolutely loved. It's beach-front, so spacious and clean. Plus, it's such a kid-friendly resort {the boys had bunk beds!} and the food and drinks are delicious. (And the spa is amazing, too.) 



\\ SATURDAY:

+ I was up and at 'em at 3:45 a.m. CT to watch the Royal Wedding! (I wasn't a fan of Meghan's wedding gown, but thought the wedding itself was so sweet and special.) 

+ We got to the airport pretty early, got our bags checked and went straight to the Admirals Club for breakfast, mimosas -- and a TV so I could watch more Royal Wedding coverage. ;) 


Walker's shirt is from Target (sold out online) || Walker's shorts

+ Again, the boys did great on the flight there! I was so impressed with how well they did, especially since this is only their third flight. (Their first and second was last year on the way to/from Destin.) 

Knox's shirt is from Target (sold out online) || Kids Kindle Fire 

Walker's shirt is from Target (sold out online) || Headphones


+ Once we landed, we got our luggage and rental car, made a quick stop at Walmart to pick up groceries (which I had ordered ahead of time thanks to Walmart Grocery Pickup), and made a beeline for our resort

+ We had a late lunch at our favorite restaurant at the resort, Barefoot's, where we ordered our favorite fish tacos and Rum Jungles, and then quickly got up to the room to change into swimsuits and hit the beach for hours. Unlike last year, Walker jumped right in and Knox was the more hesitant one -- and he stayed that way until the next day. But, he enjoyed making sandcastles on the beach and dipping his toes in the water. And meanwhile, Walker loved jumping the waves with Brandon and was just a little fish! 

Walker's hat || Puddle Jumper (old, similar here) || Swimsuit Bottoms (Gap Kids, sold out online) || Rashguard || Sunglasses are from Target's Dollar Aisle || Kids Croakies 

Walker's hat || Puddle Jumper (old, similar here) || Swimsuit bottoms (sold out online, similar here) || Rashguard || Sunglasses are from Target's Dollar Aisle || Kids Croakies

Knox's hat || Puddle Jumper || Swimsuit bottoms || Rashguard || Sunglasses are from Target's Dollar Aisle || Kids Croakies



+ We ordered room service for dinner (which the boys loved!) and called it an early night. 

\\ SUNDAY: 

+ We had breakfast this morning (and every morning!) at Sandcastles in the hotel. They have a full hot buffet and my boys loved eating their fill of bacon, scrambled eggs, homemade waffles, cereal and chocolate milk each day. 

+ It was another beautiful day in Sandestin, so we started the day at one of the hotel's pools and then moved to the beach until nap time.




Brandon's swimsuit || Brandon's hat


My swimsuit || My hat || My sunglasses

Walker's hat || Sunglasses are from Target's Dollar Aisle || Kids Croakies || Rashguard || Swimsuit bottoms || Puddle Jumper (old, similar here)



+ Brandon and I spent the boys' nap time on the balcony of our room, and then we got dressed and headed to Seaside for dinner at Bud & Alley's Waterfront Restaurant. This was the only day we got rain and boy, did we get rain! We had to run through ankle-deep water in Seaside to get to the restaurant and were completely soaked for our dinner. But, we loved Seaside (such a cute little town!) and walked around a bit after dinner and got the boys some gelato at Heavenly Shortcakes & Ice Cream before heading back to our hotel. 

At Bud & Alley's, Brandon and I both ordered the Frosé, and then the boys shared a grilled cheese and some green beans while Brandon ordered the seafood stew and I had the grilled gulf grouper. It was all very good! (A bit overpriced, but good.) 



My dress || My shoes

Walker's shirt || Walker's shorts (sold out online, similar here) || Walker's shoes

Knox's Jon-Jon is from the Snips & Snails Facebook group || Knox's shoes

Brandon's shirt || Brandon's shorts || Brandon's shoes 



\\ MONDAY: 

+ We had a cloudy morning, so we hit the hotel's indoor pool for a while before going back up to our room to rest and shower for a little bit. But, a cloudy day at the beach is better than a sunny Monday at home! ;) 




+ The weather cleared up around lunchtime, so we headed downstairs to Barefoot's for a Rum Jungle and then headed down to the beach for some more sunshine and sand! 



Walker's hat || Boys' rashguards (sold out online, similar here) || Boys' swimsuit bottoms || Knox's hat 


+ We walked next door for dinner on the patio in our swimsuits at The Beach House, which had fabulous views of the Gulf! We had their famous "None Ya Business" Rum Punch (so yummy!) and then I had the fried fish tacos (outrageously good), Brandon had the shrimp and grits (which he said was delicious) and the boys shared a cheeseburger. It was the perfect lazy evening. 



\\ TUESDAY: 

+ It was Knox's birthday! We had fun singing to him over breakfast and immediately hit the beach for the morning and finished it up with some time at the pool before nap time. 

Knox's hat || Boys' rash guards || Boys' swimsuit bottoms (monogrammed by Ashley) || Walker's hat || Walker's Puddle Jumper (old, similar here) || Kids Croakies

My hat || my sunglasses || my swimsuit || Brandon's hat 

Brandon's swimsuit

+ We ventured over to Baytowne Wharf, where we had dinner at Slick Lips Seafood & Oyster House, which was good, but not my very favorite. The boys shared the kids' fried fish, I had the fried shrimp tacos, and Brandon had the grouper. We did start with the garlic herb Parmesan chargrilled oysters and they were so delicious! 

After dinner, Brandon and I grabbed a Bushwacker to go from Fat Tuesday's and let the boys ride the carousel and feed the fish. 



+ I then made us hightail it back to our hotel to take some sunset pictures on the beach. Thankfully we had a guy who knew how to do the burst mode on my iPhone and thanks to that and a few taken with portrait mode, we were able to get some pretty good ones! I may or may not just use this for our Christmas card this year, ha! 

Brandon's shirt || Brandon's shorts || My dress is from a boutique in Scottsdale || Knox's bubble is from the Snips & Snails Facebook page || Walker's shorts || Walker's shirt (old, similar here)








\\ WEDNESDAY: 

+ We started our day down at the beach for our last full day, which was a great decision. We rented two chairs and an umbrella from our hotel this day, which was very nice to have since it was especially warm this day! The boys had fun building sandcastles and playing in the water. 


Brandon's swimsuit || Brandon's hat || Walker's hat || Walker's rashguard || Walker's swimsuit bottoms || Walker's Puddle Jumper (old, similar here) || Knox's hat || Knox's rashguard || Knox's swimsuit bottoms (monogrammed by Ashley) || Knox's Puddle Jumper 

My hat || my swimsuit || My sunglasses || Brandon's hat || Brandon's sunglasses


+ We swam for a bit before the pools had to be cleaned out to to a child...ahem, using the pool as a bathroom. So, we made the best of it and ordered the boys a Shirley Temple and us our favorite Rum Jungle and sat out by the pool for a bit to dry off before heading upstairs for naps. 


+ After naps, we were greeted with the most precious birthday cake and sweet note from the Hilton! We were so surprised and Knox loved his cake (as evidenced by the three fingers he shoved in the icing before I could even get a picture, ha!). So thank you, folks at Hilton Sandestin! 


+ We then went immediately back down to the beach and stayed there in our beach chairs until the rain rolled through. It was a quick shower, so we ran back next door to The Beach House and ordered the exact same meals as we did two days prior -- and it was perfect! 


\\ THURSDAY: 

+ We got on a flight home and thankfully, we were all on time leaving Destin and landing at DFW. But, after almost a week away, Walker felt exactly like we all did. ;) 


+ I did three loads of laundry when we got home, picked up our groceries from Walmart and we all went to bed super early. 

It was a fun and fabulous vacation, and we hope we are able to get back there next year again! 


Linking up with Jessi and Jenn

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Friday, May 18, 2018

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday, y'all! 

-ONE-
I'm so excited that we're heading to the beach this weekend! We had such a ball last year that we decided to go again this year. I can't wait to get there and enjoy some time away with my family!


Hat || Bathing suit || Sunglasses (sold out; similar) || Knox's hat || Knox's rash guard 


-TWO-
In case you missed it, I shared our master bathroom reveal yesterday. You can see it here



-THREE-
Speaking of our master bathroom, we had two wall spaces that were just bare and needed something on them, and the bathroom needed something to warm it up so it wasn't so "cold." 

We ordered this sign to go in between the two mirrors:



And this piece to go on the wall above the tub with this wreath on top of it for layering: 



And finally, these topiaries to add some color: 



-FOUR-
I posted about this on Monday, but I wanted to share again. If you're a boy mom, you need to read this book. I'm currently re-reading it, and I must say, it's just as eye-opening and encouraging the second time around as it was the first. Dr. James Dobson isn't afraid to break the culture mold and I'm so thankful for that. 



-FIVE-
Who is getting up early tomorrow morning to watch Prince Harry marry Meghan Markle?! I am for sure! (And am thankful it's on a weekend and not in the middle of the week like Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding!) I can't wait to find out what their official titles will be; I'm going for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. I will be making myself a cup of tea and can't wait to see this precious fairytale come to life like a modern-day Grace Kelly. 


-SIX-
Precious Knox is going to be two years old on Tuesday and I honestly cannot believe it! These two years have absolutely flown by. I'm so thrilled that we will be at the beach celebrating him on his actual birthday. I love this sweet, funny, adorable, smart boy so very much! 

We haven't taken his two-year portraits yet, but can't wait to get them done next month by my friend Liz, who has taken his pictures since he was born. 


Newborn portraits
(C) Liz Haas Photography


One-year portraits
(C) Liz Haas Photography

I'm taking the week off to enjoy some time with my family, but will be back after Memorial Day. Have wonderful weekends and weeks, friends!

Linking up with: April, Amanda, Andrea, Claire and Katie

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