Hope all is well with each of you. The Grassos just got back from Gulf Shores, AL
. As I’ve mentioned before, the Texas Grassos meet us there and we spend a week in the sun and doing other fun stuff, like riding three story go kart rides and seeing new movies like Kung Fu Panda
and The Incredible Hulk
(I recommend both, but only Panda for younger kids).
Many consider Gulf Shores the ‘Red Neck Riveria’ but that is off putting. It is a great location where the seafood is good and everyone smiles. Sure, there are plenty of tags from the ‘Heart of Dixie’ but I’ve also sat and chatted with folks from as far away as Canada (albeit, this guy was a Mobile, AL native from years before). Another interesting thing is that alot of kids do summer programs from around the world there. We’ve met kids from as far away as Russia, Jamacia and Mexico (and no, they are actually doing management internships and such…don’t be that way).
Still put off? Well, if you like Destin, you’ll like Gulf Shores, just a few miles away. I recommend it greatly. Just don’t pre-judge. We stay at a great little resort area (all family owned houses) with a private beach. Again, check out Martinique here.
Now, what is you really want…pictures!
Demetrius playing in the sand dunes at the beach
Maya heading into the waves, one more time…I have a picture of her the first year we went with a swim diaper on. How quickly things change…..
Demetrius and our friend, Joseph Carragher (little Joseph) on the beach
Kim, Demetrius and Joseph about to Boogie Board at the Beach….
Maya pulling out for her first go kart ride…by herself…..
Demetrius drove like an old pro…that said, he would periodically stop and just look around. He was only in a hurry when he decided to be in a hurry….
There were all these little guppies swimming around us one day. And when Aunt Francine went to take a shower….look what fell out of her hair. Now if you knew Aunt Francine and her head of hair….this wouldn’t surprise you. Lets just say she’s got great, awesome, Italian hair that most women are jealous of….and the kind of hair that can catch and kill guppies
We decorated the golf cart. Here sits Aunt Francine, Maya, and Hannah. Who is Hannah? The little girl that lives next door to the house we rented. Maya and Hannah became friends fast, and couldn’t be separated during the trip. Leaving was very hard and sad. They were, as they say, two peas in a pod….and bonded quickly
Jerry and Kim trying to catch some waves…..
L2R: Grandpa, Nonni, Joseph, Demetrius….
Group dinner: L2R: Grandpa’s head, Elaine Carragher, Joseph (Senior) Carragher, Me, Nonni, Kim…poor Aunt Francine and the Carragher’s nanny Janice had to sit at the bar by the kitchen….
The last night at the beach we went ‘crabbing’. My guess is that crabs don’t have ears…because if they did, they would have heard our loud zoo crew approaching from 10 miles away. The crabs were tiny, which made them less scary. Here is a photo of one that’s about five inches long…which was a big crab for this beach!
All good things must come to an end. Big smiles on the faces of Demetrius and Joseph. They’ll see each other in the very near future, I’m sure. But look at Maya resting her head on Hannah’s shoulder. This is a friend that will be missed. Thank goodness for email and Skype. We’ll chat soon, I’m sure with little Miss Hannah in Gulf Shores…..
A couple of other things:
- The kids go for a swim in the morning before we pack up and go, but my folks have a longer drive so they head out first. When Demetrius got back from the pool and he realized they were gone he went and laid down on their bed and said he missed them alot and he didn’t want anyone to leave the beach. What better testament could anyone leave for what the trip meant. My words can’t give justice to those Heminway-esque words and actions
- I’ve loaded some music onto the kids new iPods. So I was looking at the playlists on what songs they like. Some of the favorites are obvious…such as Hannah Montana. But both have basically ‘gorged’ on Gloria by U2. It has to be the melodic voice of Bono. It isn’t like they hear that song often, so I found that interesting.
- Today they are off to their first week of summer camps. I’m actually working from home (well, if I’m blogging, am I really working?) and it is really quiet. I forget what it is like when they aren’t home. Too quiet in ways….