Thursday, April 13, 2017

Spring Break- Beach vacation

Thursday morning we headed out to Destin, Florida, for the last four days of spring break week. Late March and early April may not be the best time to be at the beach if you like to go in the water, but we had done our research ahead of time, and had planned some activities even before we left.

The first stop we made we we made it down to the Gulf Coast, was Stinky's Fish Camp for lunch. The restaurant has been recommended to us in the past, but it was our first time eating there.

We stayed at a hotel that was just across the road from the beach, with its own private access, so we headed to check it out not long after we arrived.

Then Bilal and I let Baba rest for a while, and I took him down to the pool for a swim. It may be an outdoor pool, and it may have only been March, but he thought the water temperature was perfect!

We took a trip to the outlets in the evening, and got stuck in a thunderstorm while we were there, but those couple of hours were the only time the weather wasn't perfect for our vacation.

Another trip to the beach, after finding Bilal the perfect pair of goggles.



Harborwalk Village was another great place to visit, with various activities to keep our guy entertained. Ziplining!



Rock wall climbing!

And lots of quaint shops to browse around the marina.

Lunch was funnel cake. Only on vacation!

In the evening we visited the Village at Baytowne Wharf, which we realized, is actually a lot more enjoyable in the summer even though the crowds are a lot bigger. Still the walk towards the Marina was lovely.


The next day, we ventured out  to a small amusement park called The Track. Go-karts and putt-putt golf, what's not to enjoy?



Another trip to the beach, and another day doing some shopping.

Plus a delicious sashimi dinner; the platter looked almost to pretty to eat!

Bilal enjoyed having Mama and Baba's undivided attention, without his older siblings around. But he admitted that it would have been more fun with them! Sadly, vacations as a family of five are becoming quite infrequent, since Safa is at school all this summer, and spring/fall breaks all fall on different weeks. In fact, for the five of us to all be under the same roof is not too common anymore. Such is life, when our children grow up.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Spring Break- the staycation

Spring Break was staggered this year; Safa and Hamza were back in college before Bilal even had a day off. That puts a damper in things when you're trying to plan a family vacation. However, this year we decided to go out of town for a few days, even if it would just be with Bilal. We decided to split the week, and stay home for the first half. I worked Monday and took the rest of the week off to hang out with the little guy.

On Tuesday, we put the dog and the bike into the car, and headed to Railroad Park. The weather was perfect!

As you can see, Atlas loves his occasional car rides (as long as he's not headed to the vet's office!) At the park I enjoyed a stroll with the dog, while Bilal zoomed ahead on his bike.

 We paused to watch the freight trains go by.



After the park, we stopped off for special treats on the way home. Oreo cheesecake milkshake for B!

Wednesday was spent packing, and mostly around the house. We dropped Atlas off at the kennel in the afternoon, and spent the evening walking around the neighborhood. Part 2 of Spring Break soon to come!

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