Show & Tell Tuesday: Favorite Vacay Edition

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

I was stoked when I read what today's show and tell was about!  I'm blessed with a travel bone and I married a man with a pretty big one too.  Growing up, my parents would throw my brother and I in the car and we would just goOne summer we went west and saw everything between Arkansas and California (the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, etc...)  Another summer we headed east and saw everything all the way up through Virginia to Maine in to Canada.  I'm thankful for those summers and the importance my parents placed on traveling.  

But this little post made me a little nervous and sad because most of my pictures were going to be hard to find.  Unfortunately, due to Alli's first 5 years of life travel has been halted significantly and limited to places we can drive to.  Which means, most of the pictures from our really big trips are not digital, not saved in a cloud, somewhere in a drawer, and maybe not even developed (gasp....remember that word).   

But...I'm going to do what I can!  Here are some of my absolute favorite trips.

Sesame Place/Philly 

When Anna Claire was little she was obsessed with Elmo!  And I mean obsessed in that it walked the line of probably  needing intervention, but we all survived and she appears fine.  Before her 2nd Birthday we flew to Philadelphia to spend a long weekend touring the historic sites, the Philadelphia Zoo, AND Sesame Place, the Sesame Street Theme Park in Langhorne, PA.  Bet you didn't know there was a Sesame Street theme park, did you?!  

You're welcome. 

We had such a great time in Philly.  John and I are both big history nerds so it was fun to see the Liberty Bell, the National Constitution Center, Independence Hall, and we even made a trip to Valley Forge. 

We've always loved a good zoo trip!

Sesame Street was truly great!  Anna Claire was able to eat breakfast with Big Bird, Zoe, and Elmo, there were shows, rides, and we ended the day with the parade.  My favorite part were the characters made out begonias and various other plants.

Sesame Place was the perfect size and the perfect fun for our then almost 2 year old obsessed Elmo loving baby girl.  My how time has flown!




Disney was a fun trip!  We went on Anna Claire's 4th birthday and spent the week bouncing through all the parks.  Ava was 15 months old and I was pregnant with Alli so I should have had my head examined, but we still enjoyed it.  We're due back to Disney SOON!  I'm counting on it!  We have to get our princess loving Ava there before that phase is over.

Mickey's Very Scary Halloween Party was probably my favorite part!  The kiddos absolutely loved tick-or-treating with the characters and we got some late night roller coaster riding in.  Good times.

Hilton Head Island 

I'm a sucker for some Spanish moss covered oak trees and I'm a complete sucker for low country.  So much so that I would move there tomorrow, pending jobs, medical care, and schools all checking out.  ;-)  When we lived in Tennessee we made several trips down to the LC.  My brother also use to live in Savannah so I have spent many days on the coast between Charleston and Savannah.  I just love that area!

This was the girls first visit to HHI in 2011.  Alli was still in the NICU and at the permission of her dr's, John whisked us away for a Mother's Day long weekend.  This will always be one of my favorite trips.  From the the lady who rented us the condo (she also had a NICU baby and when she found out our story she bent over backwards to give was such a complete blessing) to just spending those precious days with our big girls who desperately needed that 1 on 1 time with us. 

Same island, new house, one year later....

We hijacked some poor girl's wedding venue and renewed our vows.  It wasn't just the tequila talking...I have and always will love this man of mine!

We're total beach people.  Our favorite thing to do is rent a house with a pool, find the local grocery store and fish market, and completely seclude ourselves for the week.  We do the same thing every summer on 30A.  HHI 2012 will also always be one of my favorite vacations because it was the first one as a complete family of 5!      


We have been going to the Florida panhandle since I was a baby.  My Dad's sister and her family lived there so we would always vacation and visit family.  We started in Fort Walton Beach and have slowly migrated all the way down scenic highway 98.  Almost 10 years ago we turned on to 30A and we haven't looked back, migrating all the way down from Santa Rosa, to Blue Mountain Beach, to Seaside, to Seagrove, to Seacrest, to Rosemary. with 30A.  I'm a big fan of the Caribbean, but 30A holds a close 2nd place.  And the fact that it's here in the US, makes it that much better.  

A few of my favorites from our years on 30A...

My favorite boys up early for a little fishing!

Hawaii 2004

I can't leave our honeymoon out!  Actually we were married and honeymooned in Maui.  There really aren't words to describe the sights and smells.  From the moment we got off the plane (an open air terminal) you could smell the sweetness of the place....sugar cane, pineapple, who knows, but the place smells ah-mazing!  The flowers were everywhere.  I'm a sucker for some hibiscus so you better believe I was in heaven.

 We spent two days in Maui before our wedding just playing....snorkeling, scuba diving, getting massages, and celebrating John's birthday at a luau.     

Yep, that's me!  How are you suppose to pose under water?!

Swimming with the turtle!

Daddy John!

I am in desperate need now to find all these pictures and preserve them.  How did our families raise us without digital pictures?!

Our honeymoon consisted of laying poolside and eating pineapple by the pound.  We did the road to Hana, which was like a dream, we hiked, climbed waterfalls, island hopped over to visit Pearl Harbor, and beached it up the rest of our time.  We must get back, ASAP!

Like the scrapbook page?!  Once upon a time I use to do this...the are pretty funny to look at now, but I thought I was so creative then.  ;-)

The Black Beach was absolutely amazing.  One of my favorite parts of the island.

I've been to Mexico a ton of times, but I could only find a few to share from our trip to Cancun in 2005 and Cabo in 2006.  Because of our business, we would always go in January and spend 2 weeks soaking up lazy days pool and beach side with good friends.

One of the most beautiful places in the world to me is found swimming through the coves, cenotes, and ponds at Xel-Ha.  This was my second or third trip to Xel-Ha and John's first.  We swam with all sorts of beautiful sea-life, but my favorite were the stingrays. 

I'm not sure who this guy is and what exactly we did this day, but I do remember it involved a boat (which we shouldn't have been on).  See pictures below from the previous night at Margaritaville.  No judging.  I didn't have kids yet.  ;-)

That's my man right there...wearing a hambuger bun during a conga line singing "cheeseburger in paradise."  Ahhhh, those were the days!

Cabo was one of John's favorite places!  Mainly because he caught a 10 foot Marlin that is now mounted in our garage.  Ha!  We spent the first week with our friends Phil and Teri (who we also vacationed with in Cancun).  The second week my parents joined us (their first trip to Mexico).  This was probably one of my favorite vacations (have I said that about them all) because it was our last vacay before kids.  Most people think AC is a Mexico baby, but she wasn't.  Pretty close, but she's Arkansas through and through.  :)

BUT, my absolute favorite vacation spot in the world is..... 

Turks and Caicos 

We went to TCI in January 2007 and 2008 and it is my absolute favorite beach destination.  Everything is pretty much right in the world when I'm sitting on the predominantly private beach, Taylor Beach.  We could walk out in the water for a literal mile and still only have water up to our thighs.  The water and sand are unreal.  It's literally like the pictures.  All day everyday.  Like I said earlier, we're truly beach people so Turks & Caicos is right up my alley.  

Oh, this Memory Lane has been fun!  I'm in BIG need of some sun and sand after sharing all of this!  There is NO doubt about it, I've got my work cut out for me finding and preserving pictures of old.  If this doesn't make me want to do it, I don't know what will.

Be sure to head over and see who else is linking up with Andrea for Show and Tell Tuesday!   

Happy Tuesday!


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