Sunday, July 15, 2012

Another Beach Trip and an Engagement!

After being at home only 3 nights, we hopped back in the car for another beach trip. This time, it was with Joel's family (I think we counted 26 family members or something like that) and we went to Tops'l in Sandestin. I was fun staying somewhere different since the only place I've ever gone to has been my parent's condo in Seagrove. The original plan was for us to not come home in between trips, but it just didn't work out with our work schedules. We had plenty of vacation, but too much work to do. Blah! Oh well, thankfully the boys did great on all car rides so it really wasn't too bad. And I just love the beach so I didn't really care what we did as long as we got to go!

Attempt at a family picture--at least everyone is looking!
Dinner at Mitchell's...

Hudson dug lots of holes with Pops!
Thursday, the weather was perfect. Friday and Saturday, it was kind of rainy off and on. We still got good beach time though so it wasn't too bad.
Friday night, we all gathered for a family picture on the beach. Imagine 26 or so people all dressed in khaki and white. We definitely got some looks! Here is the Reed fam...
All the grandbabies of the group (we were missing one).
I love this picture of Hudson and Uncle Jordan!
It's empty, don't worry! Ha!
Here are Anna and Jordan--little did she know that she was about to get proposed to!
And there they go on their walk!
So there was a little bit of an alterior motive for the family picture. It was a reason to get everyone dressed up and down on the beach because Jordan (Joel's brother) wanted to propose to Anna on the beach. Thank goodness the weather cooperated! It was a very sweet proposal and very well thought out. Joel's parents had scoped out a place on the beach earlier in the trip that was private and away from the crowd and just absolutely beautiful from what I could tell in the pictures! They had set up a blanket and a little table that had roses and champagne on it, and candles as well. There was a really cute basket that had several gifts in it about their relationship and of course the last gift was a beautiful ring! It was so sweet and the ring is gorgeous!!! We are so excited for them. It was hard for everyone to keep the secret, but we all did and she didn't have a clue!

We all waited at the pool for them to come back before having a celebration.

And here they come!

Jordan had one more surprise for Anna. Her family came down to be with her that night and this was her reaction when she saw them. I'm not sure anyone had a dry eye!
After hanging out at the pool for a bit, we headed up to one of the condos and had a little gathering with champagne and cake! 
It was a fun night and we couldn't be more happy for the two of them. I'm getting such a great sister in law and it will be so nice having another girl in the family!
The rest of the trip was filled with more hole digging and more swimming. I'm proud to say that Hudson didn't wear his puddle jumper at all in the pool this trip and he did great!
This picture about sums up the end of yesterday afternoon. Hudson threw the biggest fit! He was SO tired!
The rest of the family headed to a nice dinner late last night, but we just didn't think our boys could handle it, so we just went over to Baytowne Wharf and played for a while and ate an early dinner at Hammerheads. We had such a fun time!
Sweet sweet boy!
I can't believe Hudson did the jumpy thing. He used to be my cautious child, but now he is fearless! He loved it. He even wanted to do the zipline, but Joel wouldn't let him. Maybe next year!

We were all sad to leave today, but it is good to get back home for a while. It's hard traveling with small kids. They did great, but I'm pretty worn out! Poor Joel is leaving for Vegas tomorrow for the week, so I know we will both be glad when this week is over and we can get back to normal! It has been a fun two weeks of vacationing. Thank you to the Reed's for such a fun trip! We can't wait to do it again next year!

1 comment:

  1. Looks like fun! We were staying at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort at Beachside II at the same time y'all were. Y'all were pretty much right next to us! Wish we could have seen you!