Road trip to Panama City Beach

Hello! Happy Spring! It’s finally starting to get warmer here, though I say that lightly since even though today is supposed to be 60 degrees (amazing!), it’s back down to the thirties after that. This winter has been awful and long and cold and snowy and awful, have I mentioned awful? As it happened, there was a free place for us to stay in Panama City Beach in January, so we hit the road in search of warmer weather. While we knew it wouldn’t be that warm, and it wasn’t, we at least escaped the bitter cold, had a few warmish days, got outside and had sunshine. So while we will not go back to that location at that time of year in the future, it was still worth it (and would go back to Panama City Beach when it’s hot there, it was great).

It was a loooong drive down, but luckily Henry is basically addicted to Curious George and was in heaven when he got to watch it for hours straight and caused us no issues. It also helped that we stopped twice on the way down and once on the way back to break up the drive. We left on a Saturday and drove the seven hours, in part through basically a blizzard, to Bowling Green, Kentucky where we stayed with my sister and her boyfriend. Sunday we drove the hour to Nashville and stayed there for a day/night since we had never been and enjoyed some good food, country music and (watching) line dancing. We finally arrived in Panama City Beach early Monday evening and were greeted with the first of  many amazing sunsets, sand as fine as flour and a gorgeous condo to stay in. While there we hit the beach a lot, soaking in all the vitamin D we could get, despite less than ideal beach temperatures, shopped and ate a ton (yay for ultra fresh seafood). And during nap time I had nothing to do except read books and browse the internets, I loved it. It was so exciting to see how much Henry loved the beach. Like, threw himself down in the sand to “swim” in it over and over again loved it. It really made the trip worth it. Henry picked out a shovel at the souvenir shop and it barely left his hands; he had to carry it down to the beach himself, it was too cute (and has since slept with it a couple nights at home). And let’s discuss sunsets again. OMG sunsets. Breathtaking. Judging by the amount of pictures I took of them I’m a teeny bit obsessed.

So here’s more pictures than you ever wanted to see of someone else’s vacation. But dang it, there were great picture taking moments and I just couldn’t cull down any more.

blizzard

car waves Hen Jen fish kayakhotel bed nashville Nashville Wild Horse

balcony Henry view kitchen living room {Henry is taking a business call; also, LOVE the table}view greeting us 2 view greeting us {that chandelier, mmmm hmmm}master bedroom {master}master master bedroom_bed master bath bedroom 2 {2nd bedroom}bath 2 third bedroom{third bedroom; bath not pictured}mom henry b&wtoes in water{first time with his feet in the ocean}

henry ryan sunsethenry mom beachhenry beach playing in sand sand playing sunset shoulders superman pool pool beach pier running naptime

walk {walking with a stroller on a beach is impossible}sunsets panama city beach palm trees oysters henry glasses condo beach shoulder ride buried 3 buried 2 buried 4 buried daddy digging chase carry shovel Beach modeling Beach modeling 2 digging 2 digging dolphin toy henry beach sky henry beach sky 2 ice {yea, it was pretty cold during a morning walk}in hole justine & henry sunset sunset walk sunset shoveling ryan & henry sunset shoveling shovel carrying sandy mouth sandcastles getting buried drinking in bed

breakfast sleeping in bed {Henry slept in real late the day we left, the week of sun wore him out}sleeping

Gosh I love vacations. And sunsets. And my boys.

Have a great weekend!

{Justine}

2 thoughts on “Road trip to Panama City Beach

    • Thank you, Janice! The place really was great, I didn’t even miss sleeping in my own bed. Getting away once in a while is definitely needed for the soul, especially in winter :)

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