Monday, July 23, 2012

Vacation: Carillon Beach, Florida

On Saturday, July 7th at 3:00AM (No, that is not a typo.)  the Palomino's, the McCullough's, the Aldrich's, and the Perrin's set out on a road trip to Carillon Beach, FL.  We pulled up to this little gem about 18 hours later.  This picture was taken the next morning since it was already dark by the time we got there.

Carillon Beach is a small gated and private community about 10 minutes from Panama City.  It has it's own private beach, 3 swimming pools, and village area. We discovered this jewel on VRBO (I highly recommend using this website for your travel needs!) The beach walk over was about 75 yards from the house.  I couldn't have ask for a more picturesque view.

Since all of the kids were with us, we wanted to have a day to take them and do something fun.  We searched on the internet and found a place called WonderWorks.  It is kind of like the Science Place but way cooler.  We ALL had a blast goofing around!

Of course, most of our time was spent on the sugary sands and playing in the emerald waters...

We found time to eat some amazing food as well. We ate the majority of our meals at home but got out a couple of times for the Florida fare. If you are on the hunt for some great seafood, Stinky's in Santa Rosa Beach is the way to go!  I had some fried green tomatoes on top of crawfish etouffee.  Jonas and Stormi had oysters and the Stinky's platter, that had a sampling of everything under the sun.  Here is a picture of the ladies in front of the restaurant.

On the last night we got cleaned up and headed down to the beach for some family pictures.  I love how they turned out.  Chelsea did an amazing job!! 

This was the best vacation I have ever been on.  We are truly blessed to have such amazing friends and family that surround us.  We were constantly reminded of God's grace and mercy throughout the week.  His loved shined through His beautiful creation and in the hearts He knitted together.  I pray that He continues to allow our families to do life together and make a lifetime of memories for His glory.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

A Teacher's Wishlist...

So here are some things that I would like for my classroom.  If you have any of these things that you want taken off your hands I will be happy to do so!!  This will make my blank slate classroom much much better :)  Not going to lie...It is rough starting from scratch!

Barstool with back...It would be awesome if it swiveled! I would also consider a rocking chair of some sort...I just feel like a barstool is much more versatile! 

Large kids rugs for my library :)  
It makes lounging on the floor during silent reading much better then cold tile floors! 

Bean bags or floor pillows also for my library and reading area! 

Extra storage...small bookshelfs and cube units are the most versetile and practical...
however if you have any milk crates lying around...
those work awesome too they are light and when ziptied are better then a cube unit!

 This is just what I have come up with so far.  I am sure once I get in there I will realize that I need a lot more then this.  I will also take all free and prayers sent our way.  We are in a pretty big transition as a couple and are awaiting several options for our future.  We have also been looking at apartments and hope to sign a lease when we get back from vacation! Pray God gives us discernment and wisdom to make the right choice for our living situation!

Thanks in advance! Beyond blessed. 

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