Native Texan Livin': Destin, FL

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Destin, FL

Bo & I just got back from a couples trip to Destin, FL with Scott & Carrie.  We went for a 4 day weekend while my mom watched the kids.  We were also celebrating our 7 year anniversary so the timing was perfect!  It was so relaxing not to worry about anyone but yourself, but it still didn't stop me from waking up everyday by 7am.  Can't break old habits.

We started our trip at The Presidents Club at IAH.  Ooh la la!  We had a few free bloody mary's before our trip, which were quite delightful!  :-)

We got to Florida around noon & The Coombes picked us up since they arrived the day before.  We went to eat lunch at a local place called The Back Porch which is right on the beach.
Scott & Carrie
After that, we unloaded at the condo & headed down to the beach.  Carrie's parents have a condo right on the beach & they let us stay there.  Free = awesome!  :-)
Bo & Scott strolling on the beach.  :-)
That evening, we went to an Irish place called McGuire's.  It's pretty neat inside.  They have $1 bills stapled up all over the place...ceiling, poles, walls.  People write a message on them before putting them up.  I think it started w/ their first ever tip being put up & then it continued.  I think the best thing on their menu was the bowl of bean soup for only $0.18!  Bo & Scott might think it was the "Irish Wake" drink they ordered...which came in a mason jar.  :-)

dollar bills all over the ceiling

Friday, Bo & Scott rented a pontoon boat to go fishing and Carrie & I went to get a massage.  While it was very relaxing, I told Carrie that next time there's a fishing/boat trip she won't get an option not to go...we'll make her into one of the guys even if it kills her.  :-)  p.s. The guys didn't catch anything.  :-(
Brothers don't shake hands!  Brothers hug!

El Capitan Benito & Skipper Scott
Carrie claiming this is "the only time you'll ever see me holding a fishing pole"
Friday night we went to The Baytowne Wharf which is like a little French Quarter/Bourbon Street.  There are a lot of little shops, Fat Tuesdays, Acme Oyster House, etc.  We had dinner at Acme & then hung out at Fat Tuesdays after.  They had just changed to rule to "no drinking in the street after 10pm" so that was annoying since we got there late.
On the balcony at Acme

Saturday was an all day beach day. 
Who knew Destin was where Santa hung out in the summer?!?!  As you can tell, I was attempting to be inconspicuous while taking these pics, but I think I got caught!  Hope he doesn't place me on the Naughty List!  ;-)  I showed these pics to Izzy & she said, "that is NOT our Santa!  Ours looks different because he's not in his red suit."  :-)

Bo drew my name in the sand.  The "N" is in the shadow but it's there.  He even drew a heart later but we didn't take a pic.  You could even see it from the condo! 
Then he dug himself a sand seat to sun bathe.  As you can see, he had some help putting on sun screen!

We finally came in around 5pm to get ready to go to dinner.  We ended up at a place kind of like Kemah, but not as awesome.  We ate at AJ's Seafood & the food was disgusting.  We headed in early knowing we all still had to pack to leave the next day.
Popeye Lauren & Olive Oil Carrie
Sunday we headed out early to catch our flights home.  It was a great time with great friends.  I was missing my kids by the time it was over so I was happy to get home.  Now I'm already ready for another vacation.  ;-)

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