We loaded up last Friday and headed down to the Alabama Gulf Coast for one last rendezvous in the sun before the year is over. Randall finished his harvest last week, so it was perfect timing.
Our first stop when we hit the coast was the Shrimp Festival in Gulf Shores. Henry loved the funnel cake and I enjoyed watching him eat it. He was covered in sugar. We have eaten them several times this fall at the fairs and such. He is a sucker for one...and so are we!
It is like they knew I was coming! I saw my name without an "e" in it. I was so excited, but I did not buy this...no worries! We did end up buying some wall art for the den and some other cute things. We are a sucker for a festival.
We then went to check into the Caribe. We love it there. We like the view of the bay and the gulf. We stayed in the exact location in May, just 2 floors lower. It is so clean, modern and quiet. The pools are great and the access to the beach is close.
Henry loves the elevator at the Caribe. The floors are voice automated and it is a real monotone, female voice. He loves to mimic it. He also loves to ride on the utility cart we use to load and unload the truck. It is truly the simple things!
We asked Henry if he wanted the beach or the pool first. He chose the pool. He loves to play in the water. We loved how little traffic there was at the pools this time of year. We played in all of them...alot!
We watched the sunset on the beach one night. It was so beautiful. It makes me wonder how anyone can deny there is a God who loves us and watches over us. Wonderful works of His hand for sure.
This little boy loved running and splashing his feet in the water. This face is what it is all about it. If ever I am having a trying or tired day I can see this face and all is right in my world. I wish I could bottle up the giggle that comes with it. It is the perfect noise.
Throwing sand quickly became his activity of choice. Randall had it dripping from his face and hat. I had it dripping from my shirt. Henry thought it was the funniest thing ever and wore himself out throwing wet sand at us. It was the perfect way to end a day at the beach.
While we were there we decided to experience Lulu's. We had seen it and heard about it alot but never braved the crowds. Since it was a slow time of year we went. It was a great atmosphere for Henry and the band was playing gospel music because it was a Sunday night. It was fun. Lulu is Jimmy Buffett's sister. It is a colorful and fun place. I am more of a Bubba's kind of girl though and think I will stick with that next visit. I like a quaint place with raw oysters. I am glad we tried Lulu's even though she does not serve raw oysters.
We try to eat out twice while we are at the beach and eat in the rest of the meals. We eat pizza, taquitos, pb&jelly sandwiches and all sorts of other junk. It is fun to just not care for a few days and Henry loves all the junk! We then pack a cooler with seafood before we head home. We love all the markets and the interesting seafood they sell. We can then freeze it at home and eat on it until our next trip.
It was a lazy and relaxing trip. We spent lots of time on this lazy river and laughed a lot. I love laughing with my little family. We even got tans. We were not going for that this time and scored big. It is funny how when we are trying to "rock a tan" we don't get one. Randall now has no farmers tan. What a great way to end harvest! I have on no make up today at work and look colorful. It is great.