I tried to get my pictures in order, but since I was using more than one camera on vacation, the pictures aren't in order on my computer....bear with me.
I told Antonio that I wanted to stop when we saw the FLORIDA sign so we could take a picture, so we set the timer on the camera and got a rare family photo...
The sunsets in Florida were BEAUTIFUL!!! This was the picture I captured the first night that we were there.
It poured down rain teh afternoon we got to Florida, but we were thankful to wake up to a beautiful, clear day the next morning. Mateo was more than ready to go outside to play.
This is our view from the deck of the condo. I LOVE that we are directly on the beach. It makes life with kids a little easier.
I am so thankful that Tatum and Mateo play so well together 99% of the time. I must admit that Mateo was not a fan of the sand on Day 1, but he warmed up to it fast. I think we took him out at naptime and that didn't help either.
Okay, out of order pics...here is how we rode in the car. The back was packed and the kids enjoyed their movies on the way down.
On our way down, we decided to break our trip up and stayed in Montgomery, AL. Mateo was teething and not feeling well. He had actually been sent home from school Thurs and Friday and we left for Florida Friday night. He had 4 teeth coming in. For the most part, he was a trooper and did well, but he did have meltdowns from time to time.
Tatum decided she wanted to model for us and asked me to take her picture. I took about 20 that look similar to the next few pics, but I thought these were so cute. She can be as sweet as she wants to be, but sometimes she is a handful.
We ate at What-A-Burger on the way down, and the kids loved it.
This next picture was taken as we arrived to our condo in FL. It was beginning to thunder and Tatum does NOT like thunder.
Here are a few pictures from the 1st floor of our condo. We love this place and have stayed here for 3 years now. It is 3 stories...4 bedrooms...4.5 bathrooms(each bedroom has its own bathroom)...washer and dryer....directly on beach...etc.
My brother, Matt, and his wife Stephanie went to Florida with us. We went out one night and road go carts. (Thanks Mom for watching the kids.)
Matt is in LOVE with his Nutella. I must admit, I had never tasted it until Florida, but it was pretty good.
Do you see teh FULL MOON??
We went out to a fancy dinner one night and it was SO GOOD! Matt has always thought that he was allergic to shellfish, but he recently discovered he is not. This was his first time to eat lobster, crab, and shrimp and he was excited.
My cousin, Hannah, her son and friend came to stay with us for a few days. Her little boy is about 2 months younger than Mateo.
Matt and Antonio went deep sea fishing one day while we were down there. This meant that Matt had to get up early which is something he didn't want to do on vacation. That evening, I sat down beside Matt and asked if he meant to wear 2 different shoes...ya know, is that some fancy trend now that his flipflops are different designs. Apparently, he has the same flipflops, just different designs and did not realize he had on one of each set.
Here are some pictures from Matt and Antonio's successful deep sea fishing trip.
After a LONG day of fishing, Matt, Antonio, and Stephanie cooked the fish that they caught for dinner.
My grandmother's sister and bro-in-law live in Panama City, so they came out one night to visit. It was great to get to spend time with them.
This was another night of an unbelieveable sunset, so Antonio and I grabbed the camera and used the self-timer to get some pics.
Our crazy attempt to get a family picture...
...but Tatum was in a 'mood', so the pictures weren't too successful.
My dad wasn't able to go to Florida with us because he had to work, so we decided to go see him on the way home. He got off one day while we were there and we decided to drive around some so he could show us some of the sites to see.
The first place he took us was to show us his favorite place to eat. Too bad it was closed or else we would have tried it.
and yes, I am serious, he said this is his favorite place. Here is a picture of the restaurant...
Mateo was enjoying the drive in grand-daddy's truck.
THEN, he fell asleep.
The town where I grew up has a Strawberry festival, so I had to take a picture of this town's sign that also has a Strawberry Festival.
Out of no where, it started raining....really raining. My parents said everytime it rains, the streets flood like this because it's Lousiana. I was shocked at how fast the water accumulated.
We ate lunch at this 50's Diner.
Antonio had to get a poboy since we were in LA.
What a look from Mateo! Wish I had a clue as to what he is thinking in this picture.
And here is a picture of my yummy sandwich!