I was quiet this week because we were on vacation and I didn’t want to blow my whole vacation being on my phone. So I only used it for pictures and google maps mostly.
We went to Pensacola, as we always do. We think this may be the last year we go there. The kiddos are getting bigger and starting to enjoy the hikes and the looking around and so hopefully we’ll go explore some new places next year.
We stayed the first half of the week at Fort Pickens. It’s a fort that was used to protect the coastline in Florida and was also used as a Union station during the civil war.
It has a beach, and so the kiddos liked being able to walk to the beach. (Granted, its sort of a far walk…)
My crazy boy.
And my sweet girl reading her book (It’s a book of knock knock jokes… We heard jokes all week).
We toured Fort Pickens and my kiddos loved it!
“Is dat a cannon? Dat’s a BIG cannon.”
And then more beach. It wore little guy out.
And turned Lucy into a mermaid!
We went crab hunting.
We ate some good breakfast.
We toured the Naval Aviation Museum (always a hit with the kiddos).
We went down the board walk.
And Lucy held a fish! (Don’t tell her that was the bait…)
And then Mawmaw had to leave us because work (boo!). We had a blast with her though and we were all glad she could come for even a little bit of the trip.
We changed campgrounds the day after she left. And it rained off and on, so in between rain, we played cards and rode bikes.
We had never toured Fort Barrancas, mostly because we didn’t know it was there. (We aren’t so great at history and whatnot.)
Fort Barrancas was further inland than Fort Pickens and was originally a Spanish Settlement. Where Fort Pickens was built by slaves and maintained by slaves, and was built for use, Fort Barrancas was built by the Spanish, then maintained by slaves, so it’s much prettier and much more ornate. We also thought it was odd that the Union used slaves to work in their forts during the Civil War. Contradictory, huh? Fort Pickens was a Union fort, and Fort Barrancas was a confederate fort. They did have combat and they were very close to each other.
And then we hung around and watched the Blue Angels fly from Fort Barrancas. We felt super National watching them fly over us on a fort surrounded by American flags and cannons.
And then back to the bay. We spent a whole afternoon on the bay in Big Lagoon. The kids loved the shallow water and the non-waves, except by occasional boats.
We hunted for Hermit crabs.
And I won. I found the biggest one we’ve ever found.
The hermit that was in there was much too small for the shell. He must’ve just moved in.
Then of course, with my two, there was a sand fight (that I didn’t partake in).
And then of course some time for me to warm little guy up. The water felt great, as long as you stayed in it.
The last day we were there we played at Perdido Kids Park. The kids always love it there.
We got Ice Cream.
My kids learned that I’m relentless with a camera and posing them.
They also learned I’m pretty handy with a self timer.
And then we made it home in plenty of time and now we’re all tired and we’ve got the Okatoma Festival today. So.. WHEW!