Welcome to our little space on the net! This blog is just about our family life, and began as a way to keep family and friends updated on what was going on with my pregnancy with our first son, Gage. We've since added Evie to our family, and I continue to blog about family life, car seats, spina bifida, and anything else that catches my attention.

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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Ford Family Beach Christmas

We weren't able to get together with my dad, stepmom, and brother at Christmastime, so we decided to get a beach house, and do it in Feb.  We left home last Wednesday, in the driving snow, and headed to Jackson, MS, then to Navarre Beach, FL.  We had a blast!! It was pretty cold while we were there.  The highs were in the mid 50s, with a pretty cold wind at the beginning of the stay, low 60s on our last day.

Tony and Dusty got Dollar Store kites from Santa.  Dusty's became The Flaming Kite of Destiny and stay flying for hours on end (he tied it to a for sale sign).  Tony's broke almost immediately.

Friday we went to the Naval Air Museum in Pensacola.  Wow!  If you have even a slight interest in planes or the military or history, then make it a point to go. It was awesome.  Better yet, it was FREE!  The museum was amazing and interactive.  You can also get free tickets for a trolley ride/tour of the back lot, with a lot of other planes.  We got to go into the repair hangar and see some works in progress, too.  The guide was a former Navy pilot and instructor.  He really knew his stuff and made the tour interesting. 

Girls can fly too!!

The beach was gorgeous!!  There were very few people there (obviously) and we all but had it to ourselves.  There were shells literally in piles where the tide came in.  I've never seen so many shells on a beach before. 
Evie liked playing in the sand and watching the waves wash in

Dad took some AMAZING pics of our trip on his new to him awesome camera.  I NEED those images!
These are my favorite.  Enough said.

Some of my pics of Gage didn't upload, but I'll try again.  This is him sporting Addie's sweatshirt after inching too close to the water and getting hit in the chest by a wave.  He loved every second of that icy experience.  He was totally covered in sand, and thought throwing sand and shells into the surf was the greatest. 
We also went to the little zoo in Navarre.  I was pleasantly surprised!  When we walked in, I thought it was going to be pretty lame.  That turned out not to be the case.  You were closer to the animals than most zoos.  There were Macaws not in cages, and monkeys on islands.  You could feed the giraffes, goats, sheeps, pics, etc.  There were several peacocks and turkeys strutting around.  Then, we got on the train, which I thought would just take us around the animals we had already seen.  Nope- it took us to a part of the park that you can't see without a ticket to the train.  Our engineer had to get out of her seat to run an emu off the tracks.  We got up close with some zebras and deer-like animals.  It was really neat.  Of course, Gage was just obsessed with the fact that he was on a train.

We headed for Memphis Monday, and had a follow-up appt with Gage's neuro Tuesday.  It went really well!  We just have to have another MRI and appt in May to check the progress of things!


Cassie said...

Wow, that looks like so much fun! The beach was beautiful.

Jamie said...

It looks like an amazing time and I love all the cute smiles :)