Destin Beach Vacation-Part 1

Day 1:
Friday we loaded up and started our trek to Destin, Florida.  Our plan was to stop in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, for the night (which is about halfway).  We stopped about two hours out of town to enjoy some Texas barbeque before we were in the land of seafood.  ðŸ™‚

What is a road trip without a little junk food??  This is hands-down my favorite candy bar, but I only let myself indulge on long road trips.  Chocolate and peanut butter make everything better.  

Day 2:
We arrived in Baton Rouge, had dinner, and went to bed early so we’d be raring to go early the next morning.  These two didn’t disappoint.  They were up and at ’em jumping on the beds before 7:00!

Excited about FINALLY making it to the tunnel in Mobile.

We arrived!!!  WAHOO!!  Just in time for a late lunch at The Crab Trap.  

Ebby Lee and M

These crazy boys were pumped about being out of the car!

Pumped about spending a week with these cuties on the beach.

Absolutely love this view!!

Day 3:
These two were ready to hit some waves.

The big kiddos were ALL about the beach and ocean.

Just for fun…Tab and Nix on the beach in 2012.  When Nixon was two, he was NOT a fan of the beach or the sand.

We didn’t even take this on purpose, but Tab and Bowen on the beach in 2015.  Bowen at two wasn’t a fan of the beach or sand either.  haha!

Ebby Lee found a bucket full of clams and wanted to walk up to every single person on the beach to show them. 

This kid wasn’t digging it.  He got a little better everyday, so by Friday he could totally hang.

We went in for lunch.  Ebby Lee decided to have a wardrobe change, and then we hit up the pool in the afternoon.

Ready for round #2!

We all came in, got ready, and went to Harbor Dock’s for some yummy sushi and seafood.

So thankful for this guy!!!  He makes everything more fun.

Bowen fell asleep in the car on the way to dinner and stayed asleep until the food arrived.  That’s my boy!!  haha!

Again…just for fun.  In 2012, Nixon fell asleep at restaurants too!  

Our table was right above these docks.  We ordered our food.  Ebby Lee ordered fish (that’s important in a second).  Then a boat that had been fishing pulled in.  They cleaned and cut up their fish right in front of us.  So…when Ebby Lee’s fish arrived home girl could NOT do it!  Bless her heart!  Luckily, her brother ordered chicken and shared!

Our crew after dinner 🙂

Day 4:
These two were all about some boogie boarding this year.

They took a quick minute to pause for a picture.

Bowen was good if you were holding him.  No big deal to lug a thirty pound two-year-old around in the sand, right??

We hit up the pool a little earlier on Tuesday.  Thanks to Mrs. Sally, Bowen jumped and swam around the entire pool with his puddle jumper.

We cooked in on Tuesday and made Mix and Match Mama’s Bacon and Bleu Burgers.  They were DELISH!  Tuesday night was movie night on the lawn.  Our condos showed The Lego Movie.  Something makes an outdoor movie SO much cooler than watching it indoors.

And we ended the night with some crab hunting on the beach.  Can we take a minute to check out Ebby Lee’s face?!  hahaha!!  This picture doesn’t do the crab hunting justice.  We had a blast looking for crabs.  When we spotted one, we’d all scream and act like fools.  So much fun!

We can’t take credit for all those.  This was someone else’s bucket, but check out that BIG crab!!

We spotted this AMAZING sand castle creation.  I’m not sure who was responsible, but it was so cool!

Our beach vacation was off to a great success!!!  Part 2 is coming soon!

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  1. 6.22.15
    Unknown said:

    Ebby Lee's face in the crab hunting picture is HILARIOUS! Looks like y'all had a blast 🙂 Happy Monday!


    • 6.22.15
      Erika Slaughter said:

      What was up with her face?? Haha!!! Have a great day!

  2. 6.22.15
    Elizabeth said:

    It looks like tall had a great time! I loved going to Destin as a kid! What condos do yall stay at?

    • 6.22.15
      Erika Slaughter said:

      We tend to change it up every year because the number of people is always different. We stayed at the Villa Coyaba in Crystal Beach and loved it! Two years ago we stayed at a house off the beach. i can't remember the name and this year we stayed at Huntington by the Sea.

  3. 6.22.15
    Mix and Match Mama said:

    Yay! I'm so glad you have your vacation pics up! And I'm so glad you guys had so much fun!! The beach and your view was gorgeous!!! Love, love, love this post :).

    • 6.22.15
      Erika Slaughter said:

      Thank you!!!

  4. 6.22.15
    Unknown said:

    Do you still put your kids down for naps while on vacation? I have a 2 year old and I'm curious of this because I'm always so afraid of ruining those perfect naps when we get home haha. Also, do you let them stay up later than their normal bedtime while on vaca?

    • 6.22.15
      Erika Slaughter said:

      We all came in and rested one day but that was it. All naps and bedtimes are out the window for us on vacation. That's why they fall asleep at dinner but we just go with it. Bowen didn't want to miss anything to stay in and nap. I get it, so we embraced naps at dinner. 🙂

  5. 6.22.15
    Dawn said:

    Looks like a fun trip!! 🙂

  6. 6.22.15
    josehilary said:

    Looks like a fabulous family trip! How lucky you get to go every year and create these traditional memories with them 🙂

  7. 6.22.15
    Unknown said:

    We are headed to Florida this year too. Normally go to Connecticut but excited for change.

  8. 6.22.15
    Anonymous said:

    What a fun trip!! Glad you had such a great time!! 😍

  9. 6.22.15
    Unknown said:

    How fun!!! Love all of the pictures!!!

  10. 6.22.15
    Sheaffer {Pinterest Told Me To} said:

    I'm so glad y'all had so much fun, but I'm so glad y'all are home too! Those pics of your kids sleeping on you are so sweet. Carter used to do that about once a month. He would fall asleep on the car ride to dinner, sleep on one of us through the meal (not even eat), and we would just transfer him to his bed when we got home. Crazy!

  11. 6.22.15
    Heather Keahey said:

    Looks like so much fun! I am jealous! I grew up going to Destin but two years ago we stopped going because my youngest son is not that great traveling in the car. 🙁
    Where did you find your swimsuit in the collage above? It is so cute & exactly what I'm looking for!

  12. 6.22.15
    Kimm said:

    I love that Ebby Lee ordered fish but after seeing how it goes from ocean to ate she couldn't eat it…so funny! Glad you guys had a great time

  13. 6.22.15
    Christina Lea Loves said:

    This looks like such a fun place to spend a week! I’m with Bowen, I wouldn’t have wanted to miss any of the activities for a nap either! Looks like you had fabulous weather too.

  14. 6.22.15
    Katelyn Sloan said:

    Such a cute family!! Looks like so much fun!!

  15. 6.22.15
    Unknown said:

    I love your family updates! Thanks for Sharing

  16. 6.22.15
    Anonymous said:

    Jealous of all your seafood dinners! Nothing beats a good beach vacation!!

  17. 6.22.15
    Hanna said:

    Where did you get your cute bright pink top you are wearing at dinner? Love it!

    Have fun!

  18. 6.22.15
    Sarah Shaneyfelt said:

    I love Destin! I live in Alabama so we always vacation on our gulf beaches, but I went to Destin one year and loved it! Looks like y'all had lots of fun and good weather!
    Sarah at MeetTheShaneyfelts

  19. 6.22.15
    Shelly @ The Queen in Between said:

    Ahhh…I'm so jealous! That has been my favorite family vacation ever. Looks like a super time.

  20. 6.24.15
    C, mom of Z said:

    I just got back from there, too! I SWEAR I was behind you on Saturday about 7:45-8:00am just before the toll bridge as you're leaving Destin 🙂 When will part 2 of your trip be posted?

    • 6.24.15
      Erika Slaughter said:

      Really?! That's crazy! You probably were. We left our condo at 7:30!! Part 2 is up next week. 🙂

  21. 6.25.15
    Andrea - Momfessionals said:

    That sand castle in the last picture is AMAZING!!! So cool!

  22. 6.25.15
    Kenra said:

    We love Miramar Beach! A movie on the lawn would be so fun!

  23. 7.2.15
    Anonymous said:

    What brand/color is your light pink nail polish? Thanks!

    • 7.2.15
      Erika Slaughter said:

      It's Essie Ballet Slippers.