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Our first trip down to the ocean—just to look—ended up with two totally soaked kids! We weren’t surprised.
Me and Gramma Jean could NOT get the twirly sticks to fly. Tom was easily able to.
I looked up and Owen was just standing the ocean with his hands in his pockets. LOL
Gramma Jean took this awesome picture of Katie. I think I’ll be hard pressed to take a better one this week.
Thanks to Gramma Jean and Grandpa David…a wonderful week in Fort Walton Beach!
One of the two things* I wanted to do on this vacation was look for Petoskey stones in a target-rich environment…so we headed to Petoskey State Park! The kids were super excited to go to the beach and Grannie and Papa met us there! Unfortunately I didn’t take many pictures because I forgot the waterproof camera and didn’t want my expensive phone out in the sand and water!
Eating lunch after the grandparents left:
The stone hunting was fairly pathetic as we were obviously in a well-populated and well-picked-over area right on the main beach…plus we were in knee-deep wavy water trying to dredge stones from the bottom. This was all we found after about four combined hours of searching:
But the kids were having fun!
So we talked to a park ranger who told us where there was better stone hunting…so Tom went to scope it out. He came back about a half hour later with full pockets…so we packed stuff in the car then took off walking down the beach. It was quite a walk but it was the place to be—we filled about 2-3″ of a 5-gallon bucket in another two hours!
Unfortunately, Owen lost his goggles (even after I specifically told him to put them around his neck) and we hadn’t thought we’d be gone that long so we didn’t reapply sunscreen…so Owen’s face was pretty red and both kids had a little too much pink.
But! Both kids were amazing while we were out there—they stayed close, Owen mostly played in the water and Katie mostly played in the sand running between me and Tom (we were about 20-30 yards apart), and they listened well and weren’t cranky!
Of course, I’d forgotten how much I hate the beach—sand, sand, and more sand in every crevice of the kids’ bodies. Ugh. I pulled Katie’s bottoms off and literally a half cup of sand fell out (in addition to what was stuck to her). We were all done at that point (we’d been in the sun for six hours!) and had just trudged (guessing) 1/4 mile back along the beach to the car (with me carrying 20# of stones and Tom carrying Katie on his shoulders) and we just didn’t have the energy to go get them showered.
Within two minutes of starting the car:
Within 25 minutes:
So overall it was a good day…even though we can already tell we’ll be sore tomorrow.
*The other was to see the start of the canoe marathon.
They were a lot closer to shore this morning and they hung around for probably 10 minutes off and on!
While this was also happening on the balcony:
He said he was going out for a short walk and Katie said she wanted to go, too! So off they went while we watched from the balcony!
The sunset (you had to peek around the corner of the balcony—the railing you see is the neighbor’s):
My dad and stepmom are also in Florida for a few months—about six hours away. Since we couldn’t take enough time to stay with both sets of parents, my dad and Linda came over to stay for the week. After they arrived and came to our room, we decided to head down to the beach…
Katie building her castle. Yes, it’s just a bucket of sand, but to her it was a castle!
This is one of her favorite things to do—fling sand.
Katie was so excited to see them coming she had to run to meet them!
Owen was a bit tired so he tried to rest.