Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Allen Family Beach Vacation 2013

We spent the last week of summer at St. George Island. Cory was in the middle of a big project deadline at work (his first big project!) so he had to stay behind for the majority of the trip, but Amelia and I were more than happy to pack up and spend a few days soaking up the sun with the family. And, I might have had too much fun shopping for a teeny tiny baby bathing suit. While I was at it I couldn't resist a little pair of sunglasses. They were too big, but I still don't regret that purchase.

We stayed in a family friend's new beach house and it was beautiful. There was a little boardwalk that led straight out to the beach and we got to know it very well.

Yea. One of those things is not like the other. Namely: Terrifying. Apparently it wasn't an aggressive breed of shark but, I would argue that any amount of shark on the beach is too much for my liking. We took a break from the water after they released him.

 One morning we drove down the road to Apalachicola. Just a tiny little beach town with fancy shops, local art, and sea sponge for sale. 

There was a very, very cute little chocolate/pastry/gelato shop that sold chocolate covered oysters. We didn't buy one the first time we went, but when Cory came for the weekend, I took him back and told him we had to get one. I just couldn't live with myself knowing I passed up an opportunity to eat something that sounds so disgusting. Everyone tried to talk me out of it. The shop owner even gave me a laundry list of rules I had to follow if I was going to buy it (I can't eat it in the shop, I can't chew it,  I  have to have a napkin ready for when I spit it out...) but I decided to buy one anyways. That's how I live my life. You guys. If you ever get the chance to try one, take it. And thats all I'll say about that.

When Cory and I took a little date to Apalachicola (he wanted to look at the alligator heads and I needed to buy that chocolate covered oyster--we're pretty romantic) we found a tiny bookstore tucked in a corner. We went in and oohed and awed over pretty books, and bought one for Amelia. Perhaps we'll make book buying on vacations a tradition? Perhaps if we do this we should actually buy books that relate to the vacation we took? We shall see.

Every morning Craig, Amelia and I were the first ones up. Amelia loved to snuggle and watch the sunrise with Grandpa, and I didn't hear any complaints from Grandpa so I let them be. And by letting them be, I mean I took sneaky pictures out the window, obviously.

On our last night there, we had a surprise party for Grandpa. The big 50 this year. It was really surprising because his birthday wasn't for a another two weeks, but by then everyone would be off to school so we partied early. 

So long sweet summer. We miss you already.


Becca said...

It's probably rude of me to admit that the thing I am most excited about in this post is that Lemony Snicket book, "The Dark." Wishlisted.

But after that, I LOVE it that you bought a chocolate-covered oyster. Is the shell in there? I have GOT to try one, too!!!

And all of your pictures are so fabulous: of Amelia (what a doll!), of the beach (even the shark) and of the quaint town of Pasamaquoddy (or whatev).

Thank you for blogging. Don't be so long again, my dear--you have a gift for story-telling and you'll never regret adding words to your pictures to your life!

The Hargretts said...

The bathingsuit and sunglasses are adorable!!! Oh my gosh, totally a great buy.

You are one brave woman eating that chocolate covered oyster. But I bet it wasn't TOO bad.

My favorite store in Apalachola is The Green Door. I'm not sure if you had a chance to go in there but it had the cutest things I think. We got some fabulous place mats from there and some peach smelling soap.

Yes, so long sweet summer but hello fall and Amelia next to a pumpkin hopefully in the near future =)

Tanya said...

You couldn't pay me to eat that oyster! I'm surprised with your gag reflex you were willing to try it!
Also, I love that teeny baby swimsuit! So sweet. And the fact that she was sans swimsuit in most of the pictures. It's just easier that way.
And now I want to go to the beach.

freya said...

ohmygosh beeeach! looove these pictures! amelia just gets more and more adorable!
ditto to tanya about the gagging and the oyster. i need more details on this story. when we were there last month i was so sad to discover that shop doesn't take credit! what the heck! does he realize how much money he's losing because of that! we scrounged enough car change to buy two pieces of fudge! and they were sooo worth it. :)