COOP’S FIRST BEACH TRIP – PANAMA CITY BEACH, FL

Ahh, vacation is over.  That was fast.

At the very last minute, (I’m talking booked a condo at 5pm, packed, got ready, left the house at 8pm) we (Mac, Cooper, and myself) decided to go to Florida.  Destination: Panama City Beach.

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We drove around 5 hours that night.  We stopped at around 5 exits before Birmingham, Alabama to find a hotel for the night, but no such luck!  We ended up driving 25 miles past Birmingham before we found a hotel.  There was some type of ball tournament in the area that had hotels BOOKED.  We finally laid our heads down around 2am in Alabaster, AL.

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Next morning, we hopped up outta bed and headed straight for the Waffle House.  We don’t travel without at least one stop at the Waffle House.  Walmart was our next stop and then back on I-65 towards Florida.

We arrived around 2:30pm! WOOHOO!  At our home away from home. Thanks to Joe at Panhandle Getaways for giving us a good deal!

Our 4 nights and 5 days at the beach were pretty awesome!  The morning we were to head home, it was storming, but other than that the weather was perfect.

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Cooper loved riding on the golf cart down the streets of PCB!

All of the food was amazing!  We ate at Harpoon Harry’s, Pineapple Willy’s, Another Broken Egg Café, Whataburger, Waffle House…. and lots of ham sandwiches!

Cooper squalled a lot of the way there and back, but nothing we couldn’t handle 😉  Our DVD player died 70 miles before we got to Panama, so that was one of the first purchases on our list.

FLMacCoopAshSee ya next year beach!!  Or maybe not!!

 

The Craziest Weekend Of 2013

Let’s just start off by saying that maybe we shouldn’t have come out of our house this weekend.  It has been the craziest weekend of 2013!

It might have possibly started earlier in the week when I ended up with the stomach virus on Tuesday.  That should have been my cue to just stay in and rest over the weekend.  Then Friday, Carter had the stomach virus.  Poor, lil’ sick feller.  He was pitiful.  Come Saturday morning though, he was all better and ready to go!

Mama, Daddy, Hali, Carter, Mac, and I had planned for weeks to go to Nashville on Saturday, Dec 14th, and take Carter to see the lights in Opryland Hotel (which didn’t happen), shop a little in Opry Mills, and eat at The Rainforest Cafe.  We were so excited, but I think Carter was most excited out of all of us.  He talked about Santa Claus the whole way there.

The Craziest Weekend Of 2013

We left pretty much on time and swung through Glasgow to pick my sister up.  On our way to pick her up, we come upon a wreck, which just so happened to be my childhood best friend’s mom.  We immediately turned back around and went back to check on her.  She was fine, just a little shaken up.

While turning around, a cup of juice ended up spilling every where in the front console.  A half a box of Kleenex, a wash rag, and a Wal-mart sack later, the mess was cleaned up and we were en route to Nashville.

1 1/2 miles before the Opry Mills exit and we were dead stop!  Oh great!  Traffic was so backed up.  What kinda bright idea had we had planning this trip sooo close to Christmas?!  After a 30 minute wait, we were finally off the exit and in the mall parking lot, trying to find a spot.  My daddy and mama was out fighting for a close parking spot (okay, not really, but mama was standing in a parking spot so daddy could get a closer one) and Mac, Hali, Carter, and I headed inside the mall to put our names in at The Rainforest Cafe.

Yup, TWO HOUR WAIT!!!  Oh my gosh, I was so hungry!  We decided to do our shopping during the wait, which turned out pretty good.  I picked out the rest of my Christmas presents from Mac =D  And Carter got to see Santa.  Santa even waved at him!

The Craziest Weekend of 2013

After Santa waved at him. You can see the excitement in his little face.

It was finally time to eat!  Carter seen a huge snake hanging from the ceiling and it snapped at him, which made him cover his eyes and cry.  He was scared too death!  I thought he was going to love it after seeing the beautiful fish tanks.  Boy was I wrong!  The monkey/gorilla show started and bless his little heart, he was terrified.  We will never be back there with him!  He is still talking about those monkey’s today and when I ask if he wanted to go back he said NO!

The Craziest Weekend Of 2013

The Craziest Weekend Of 2013

Also, while shopping and eating, my sister was hit with the stomach virus.  What a miserable trip for her!  Actually it was kinda miserable for all of us on the ride home… listening to her in the back.  =|  Sorry, Hali!  You know it was bad!  I’m praying that we don’t end up with it.

Heck, that is all just Saturday’s adventure!  Let’s get on with Sunday!

Sunday morning, Mac headed to his work to check in and get things in order for Monday.  To his surprise, they had a break in this weekend and lots of tools were stolen.  Probably thousands of dollars worth.  Ugh, people make me sick these days!

While he was dealing with that, I was out getting our grocery shopping done for the week.  I was checking out at Wal-mart, using some gift cards I had with different amounts on them.  The cashier (who was so nice) accidentally dropped one of the gift cards down in the register.  After 15 minutes of looking for it, they finally took my name and phone number.  I was told they would call me when it was found because they were going to have to take the whole register apart!  I definitely learned a lesson from that – always know how much is on your gift card.  I could have easily lied because they ask me multiple times if I knew how much was on it, but that’s just not me.  The sweet cashier even tried to pay for the remaining balance, which was so, so nice, but I didn’t want that.  I knew it was an accident.

And if you have made it this far, thank you so much for reading about my crazy life.  🙂  The End.