Monday, April 25, 2011

Our Babymoon...

So with an unexpected day off, James and I decided to say screw it to the plans of laying low for the entire pregnancy and instead, we got out of town for a couple days! We needed this little getaway and while telling one of my sisters about such plans, she got super excited and reminded me that this was our so-called Babymoon. I hadn't even really thought of it in that way, but I suppose that's exactly what it was -- one last getaway before a hopefully healthy baby boy!

While making plans for our little trip, we fully intended on taking the basset with us -- what's a vacation without Obie?!?! However, much to my surprise...bassets (or any dog, really) are not allowed on the beaches in Destin, FL. So much for that idea! I guess if we want to take Oba with us to the beach, we better head back to the west coast! A beach hound banned from the beach -- such cruelty...

So instead, we dropped Obadiah off at the local doggy hotel and headed on south -- just the two of us. I must admit, a long drive without the cries of a basset is just a little odd. I missed his pathetic ways, but knew he would be well taken care of where he was staying, so all was good.

After 3 1/2 hours, we were in Destin -- soaking up the fresh air and ocean breeze. For so many years, I was not a fan of the beach (I can't stand the fact that sand gets into everything!). However, I have definitely grown to love it -- the fresh air, the sound of the waves crashing in, and the relaxing nature of it all.

Being that I've been on modified bedrest (if you want to call it that) for the last several months, my endurance level is crap. Upon arriving in town, we stopped at the local outlet mall (James and I both love shopping at those), but didn't end up lasting long. I took several breaks just to sit and veg between shops. In the end, the only thing we came away with was a pair of GAP pj's for Sam. I don't know about you, but I love GAP pj's for little kids -- they make their chunky little tummies that much cuter.

After some gelato and shopping, we headed to the beach to watch the sunset. While we were hanging out, I couldn't help but think of how we were doing the same thing while pregnant with Olivia -- only we were in Hawaii at that time...

With no one else in the area that we were at, it was so nice to spend a quiet evening with the hubs...


Officially 29wks...


Soon after this, we were both starving so we headed to a place recommended by a friend for dinner -- definitely check out Cantina Laredo if you're in Destin! Great Mexican with a nice atmosphere. After living in the South for 7 months, it was nice to try a flour tortilla that didn't taste like it was fresh (or not so fresh) out of a store-bought bag. I'm not sure that they made their own at this particular restaurant, but they were of much better quality to say the least -- everything was for that matter. Yum!

We spent Saturday morning wandering around different beaches, shops, a pier, etc. Gotta love the colorful nature of beach towns...


Not to mention the peaceful nature of a beach at 8am...


When we settled down at one of the beaches, it was great to have it almost completely to ourselves. I guess most sleep in on a Saturday morning -- fine by me!


This was about the time when I locked away the nice camera and brought out the point-and-shoot. I'm not quite brave enough to face sand/waves with that puppy just yet...


I was a bit paranoid with the waves crashing in on Sam. Between my lack of balance these days and the forceful nature of the waves...I was a bit cautious...


With this being my first time to the Gulf, I couldn't get over how clean/clear the water was, not to mention how white the sand was. Loved it!




Big preggo belly...



Beautiful...


After a morning on the beach, we headed out for lunch at McGuire's Irish Pub -- another place recommended by a friend. Great burgers, beer (for James, obviously), and quite an interesting feel to the restaurant --there were dollar bills stapled everywhere.

The entire ceiling was full...


This is what you get when you use no flash...


Okay, not sure why these are turning out so grainy via Picasa...


Immediately following lunch, we headed out for a dolphin cruise. I don't know about you, but when I think of dolphins, I think of Ace Ventura -- more specifically, I think of Jim Carrey talking like a dolphin...good times...

As we left the harbor...




It wasn't long before we saw those cute dolphins...


James is a bit braver than I am. He wanted to jump in and swim with them...



Upon seeing these guys, James quoted Finding Nemo..."Get in my mouth if you want to live..." Ha.


So sweet...


As we were heading back to the shore, James and I agreed that at some point, we'll have to make another attempt at getting out there and swimming with them (preferably trained ones). We tried to do that while in Hawaii, but apparently preggos aren't allowed in the water with them. Perhaps if Sam makes it, we can wait a few years and try to do it with him...

Outside of James' comfort zone, I asked another tourist to get a picture of us...


This guy was there when we left the harbor and apparently never moved, as he was there when we got back, too.


We spent the rest of the afternoon/evening walking the harbor, beaches and ended up at PF Chang's for dinner -- not exactly a local must-have, but we love that place and haven't been in a very long time. Once we got back to the hotel, all I wanted to do was crash. I could barely move. That was one very long, full day for this preggo.

On Sunday morning, we had fully intended on spending another hour or two at the beach before heading back home, but I was too tired to do much of anything. So instead, we went to the beach for about 30 minutes before getting back on the road.




The aftermath of me turning my back to the water and getting my shorts soaked. James caught me laughing as I was walking back. So much for feeling clean on the drive home...


James was smart enough not to go any further than that...



Love the hubs...


So long, Destin. We loved your white (clean) sand, clear water, and fresh air!


Since James wanted to be back in the early afternoon to get a few things done before the work week started, we quickly soaked up the ocean breeze one last time and got on the road. Overall, it was a nice little getaway that I'm glad we were able to take before the end of this pregnancy! Hopefully, we can take Sam there in a few months. In fact, I might have to search for a dog-friendly beach so our entire family can go. Good times...

8 comments:

  1. I am so glad that you had a nice trip! Makes me want to go :)

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  2. It sounds like such a nice trip. I love the pictures. And I love your belly! I hope you will be taking Sam to the beach this time next year.

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  3. These pictures were so precious! So glad you guys were able to do this.

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  4. Oh girl, look at your BEAUTIFUL baby belly! The pictures are wonderful and I'm so glad you guys got a good getaway.

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  5. Glad to see the pictures (i'm so proud....) and that you had a nice trip!!

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  6. how beautiful!!! it looks like you guys had a lot of fun!! I LOVE THE PICS! 29 weeks!! wow!! time is flying...cant wait to see precious sam:-)

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  7. It looks like you and James had a great time in Destin! Your pictures made me miss Florida for the first time! :-) You look beautiful! <3

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  8. Oh man that looks wonderful! The only reason I have ever wanted to be stationed on that side of the world is to check out the beaches lol. The pacific coast beaches... Washington just does not do the ocean justice. I just want to see clear blue water and white sand and be warmmmm! You look wonderful, i enjoyed all of the pictures

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