Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Seagrove Beach 2015

This past week, Ryan, Peyton, and I were lucky enough to accompany the rest of the Smith clan down to Seagrove Beach in Florida. This was our first vacation since Aruba in February and Peyton's first vacation ever! 

We left rainy Georgia after a weekend filled with a Marietta high school homecoming event, two GT alumni events, and two weddings. While we loved attending each event, we were more than ready for a little vacation! 
So great to see some of my besties from Marietta! 
Peyton #notimpressed during her first Ramblin' Wreck experience! 
At Charlie and Laurie's beautiful wedding! 
At Lauren and Ricky's beautiful wedding! 

Some photo booth fun from the wedding:

We got to the condo Monday evening, got unpacked, did some grocery shopping, and ate some delicious pizza from Pizza by the Sea before calling it an early night. Peyton, sensing she was on vacation, decided to sleep for 10 hours straight, so I woke up feeling pretty refreshed and ready for the day on Tuesday (and really needing to pump.) The first few days in town were pretty rainy, so we spent a lot of time indoors, driving around Seaside and down 30A to explore. When it wasn't raining, we did get out for some walks on the beach! Peyton fussed a lot going into her Baby Bjorn, but as soon as we started walking, she passed out hard and wouldn't wake up until we got back to the condo. 

Some highlights from the trip (other than Peyton giving us a few AWESOME nights sleep!): 

Around midweek, the sun came out and the ocean calmed down (it had been a double red flag the whole first half of our trip, meaning the beach was closed to swimmers.) Brandon and Rachel bought some kayaks for their condo and almost everyone had a good time taking them out into the water. On Friday, while we were hanging out on the beach, Susan noticed some dolphins jumping just off the coast. The kayaks were taken out immediately to scope everything out up close. Apparently, the dolphins were just as curious and the kayakers were and came about a paddles length away from the boats when Brandon and Rachel had them out. So cool! 

The best beach baby invention ever. Kept the sun and sand out while she played/napped. 

Cousin Smooches

On Thursday from 12-6 p.m., a local restaurant called the Marketplace Cafe, closed their doors and hosted a blow out party to celebrate 66 years of business for the community. It was free to attend and the restaurant handed out free food and drinks the entire time. We went around 4 and got loaded up with shrimp po-boys, grouper sandwiches, cheeseburgers, fries, and tons of beer from Grayton Brewery. It was quite the score! We will miss you Marketplace Cafe! 

Our last day of vacation was Halloween. The shops in downtown Seaside were hosting a Halloween event and passing out candy to trick-or-treaters. We dressed Peyton and Leah up and walked around Saturday night collecting candy! I felt kind of bad collecting candy on behalf of Peyton that she clearly wasn't going to eat... but obviously it didn't stop me. Parents deserve some halloween candy just as much as the kids! While Peyton slept through most of the experience (#notimpressed again), Leah seemed to enjoy herself and it was fun to see all the cuties dressed up in their Halloween best. Leah was an adorable scarecrow, and P was a little Ladybug! 

Nana and Pop with their girls! 
Thanks Smith family for another wonderful vacation!! 

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