Tuesday, October 23, 2007

I visited my favorite grandson today! Since I haven't seen Grant for two weeks, I took advantage of the "grandmas can visit anytime" policy at the daycare today and spent several hours with him.
A lot changes in a couple weeks! When I last saw Grant, he was smiling a little, but look at him now! Seems like he grins all the time he is awake. What a sweetheart! He is a happy little boy and he is surrounded by happy little girls at daycare. It's a cheerful place. I think he is going to be very happy there - by the looks of that smile, I'd say he already is!
Thanks, again, to Mom and Dad for sharing. Anytime spent with Grant is always a joy!

Monday, October 22, 2007

One last walk before we head for home Finally found the pelicans I was looking for - they were fishing for their breakfast between "home" and Sugar Sands. Still smiling - even though I'm heading home.
One last beach photo!
Boy, I hate to say good-bye.
But, it was a little easier this time since I know I'm going back with Natalie for Thanksgiving.

Heading down the Choctawhatchie Bay Bridge - the last view of "big" water.

Thanks for coming along on our trip. We had a great time and are looking forward to next October!

Beautiful way to end a perfect day . . .

As the sun slowly sinks in the west, so goes the vacation. But, we had a wonderful time - despite illness, red tide and rain. We still had a nice week away from 'everyday' and got to enjoy time together and with Dad/Grandpa. Can't ask for any more than that. Life is definitely good!

Sunday, October 21, 2007

I don't know if sailors were delighted, but we were! Our final day on the beach was gorgeous!
With no waves, I was able to walk out quite a distance. The water was crystal clear and there were large schools of tiny, iridescent fish. I also saw one small (approximately 8") stingray.
See how clear and sparkly? It was a beautiful day!
While I was in the water, taking lots and lots of pictures, Gary was on the beach. I couldn't interest him in exploring. I guess the point of vacation is to do what you want to do - so we were both happy.
This was the kind of day I associate with PCB. This is how I remember the beach was when the kids were little. It was a picture perfect day. And, after all the rain, we really enjoyed it!
[In case you are wondering - Blogger wasn't working on Saturday night.]

Friday, October 19, 2007

Red Sky at Night . . .

. . . sailor's delight! Should be a beautiful day tomorrow. This sunset was our reward for two rainy days!
A good bowl of hot chili and grilled cheese sandwiches - perfect end to a nearly perfect day!
One more to go. See you tomorrow!

Friday, continuedFinally found a pelican!!
After our "strenuous" walk to Pinnacle Port and back, we took a few relaxing moments in the hot tub. Wow! It was hot!!
The sun is finally trying to peek through.
See the bird camouflaged in the tree?
Does this little bit of sunshine promise a beautiful sunset?
Stay tuned . . . .

Another Day in Paradise More rain today. Woke up to storms and had to forfeit our morning walk, again. So, after a breakfast of sausage and egg biscuits, courtesy of Dad/Grandpa, Gary and I went to Winn-Dixie and bought chili fixins. I put together a pot of chili to save us from going out in the miserable weather for supper like last night.After I got the chili started, Gary and I went for a walk. It was sprinkling when we started, but the rain stopped before we reached Sugar Sands. On the way back, I spotted this perfect shell in the water - about knee deep. So, I handed Gary my phone and waded in to get it. When I reached in, the sand gave way from under me and a wave smacked me down! I ended up sitting in water to my shoulders - laughing myself silly. I was wearing shorts and a tee shirt, so I really looked ridiculous! But, look at that shell - it was definitely worth it!After a ride down the beach in search of pelicans (no such luck), we came back and took a walk to Pinnacle Port. Look who we found! Looks like Roy Orbison really gets around - we photographed him in Topsail last summer!
We made it to Pinnacle Port! Dad hasn't wanted to walk that far, but the cloudy, cool weather combined with firm, packed sand made it a nice walk.
As you can see, the walk wore somebody out!
I took so many sunset pictures tonight that I will have to continue this to another post.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Another Beachless Day Woke up to rain, again, today. Since we couldn't take our morning walk, we left early for a ride. It wasn't raining in Rosemary Beach (threatening to rain, but not raining, yet), so we took a walk through the neighborhood. Dad was impressed with the name on the truck!
Postman in front of the post office!
There were reports of tornado touch-downs in the area, but we didn't see anything. Dad/Grandpa saw a waterspout out the window, but no damage anywhere that we could see. It sure rained, poured actually, all day long. The water is really rough and the beach is washing out in spots. All in all, an interesting day for sure!
After an uneventful sunset, we headed to Sonny's for supper!
How about this little guy?
Looks kind of like Matt's baby pictures here. What a cutie. Wonder how he is surviving without his Grandma? (Looks like he's surviving just fine, huh?)

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

A Gorgeous DayGood morning . . . the guys eating breakfast after Gary and I returned from our morning walk.
Beautiful day at the beach!
Red tide wasn't too bad - Dad was even able to sit outside to read.
Now there's two readers.
Clouds obscured the sunset, but the colors were still pretty.
After sunset, we enjoyed a delicious supper at Boon Docks tonight! Terrific way to wrap up a beautiful day.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Dreary DayThunderstorms rolled in during the night and we woke up to a dreary, rainy day. Didn't even get our customary morning walk.
We went out shopping and by lunchtime, the rain had moved out. The clouds didn't leave with the rain, but we still were able to enjoy the remainder of the afternoon on the beach - with only a little red tide irritation.

Sunset was rather uneventful, so we left earlier than usual for supper.
As we were zipping down Back Beach Road toward LaFiesta II in PCB, there was a beautiful sky following the sunset. Unfortunately, we didn't slow down enough for a photo, but even blurred, the colors are pretty. Red sky at night, sailor's delight.
At last check, the stars are out, the weather is warm and I was able to stand out on the deck for a while with no red tide symptoms.
Looks like tomorrow will be a great day.

Monday, October 15, 2007

The Tide Is Still Red . . .

. . . so we took a ride to Seaside today. (Note the mailman standing in front of the post office - not working! :)

After a stop to buy shrimp for tonight, we returned to Dad's where Gary cleaned said shrimp.

Next we went to Books-a-Million, because what is a vacation without a trip to the bookstore?? From there, we went down to the marina where we ate a lunch of carryout McDonald's (because we waited too long to decide where to eat) and did a bit of reading in the beautiful, breezy sunshine - without wheezing, coughing and sneezing. Too bad we had to ride so far to find a sneeze-free zone, but one does what one has to, I suppose.

This is the view from Dad's window. Notice how the palm trees have been trimmed up - hence, fewer picturesque fronds for the photographs. But, the trimmed trees make for a much better view of the water from the room. And, since that is a close as we seem to be able to get to the beach, we appreciate the beautiful view!

And, finally, the perfect sunset. Then, off to Pineapple Willie's for supper.

And, on the homefront - Grant has had a stomach bug and Whitney took him back to the doctor to make sure he wasn't suffering from dehydration. The doctor said that his illness was going to have to run its course and Grant would be fine. On the upside, he was weighed again this week and he weighed in at a whopping 13 lbs. 8 oz. Way to go Grant!