Having a Gameplan... & Adventure Island  

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What a fantastic week we are having! I am ashamed to say that I have not been on my computer much at all. I guess when you are on a laptop 'for a living', then not HAVING to be on it for a full week is part of what makes a vacation such a wonderful thing! So, I have not posted yet about our trip, except for Jehoshaphat's "choir". But, we have had a wonderful week which has included spending a beautiful morning in Auburn (Joe's alma mater- a special post on this is to come later), lots of time out by the pool soaking up the rays, some time at the ocean marveling at this amazing creation, going to LuLu's (our fave restaurant in Gulf Shores), and our annual trip to 'Adventure Island'....

For those who DON'T know, AI (not American Idol, but Adventure Island) is basically a money trap for parents and a virtual wonder land for children! We spent Tuesday evening there and so that 'official visit' is over for another year- HOORAY!!!! YIPPPEEE!! AI has it all- for a child, or a child like soul- go-carts, mini-golf (or goofy golf as Anna Grace & Austin call it), Lazer Tag (haven't tried that part yet) and, last but not least, a gaming arcade where you put in endless quarters to play games to 'win' tickets, to turn in for 'junk', um, I mean 'prizes' (picture my hand signals doing the air quotes like Joey did on a great episode of Friends) to take back home! Again, can I get another HOORAY-- we don't have to go back for another year!

But, Anna Grace and Austin grinned from ear to ear the entire night tonight as we played putt-putt, rode go-carts, and played in the arcade. They had a blast. They have been asking since last Thursday, when we left town, when we would get to go to 'Adventure Island'. The smiles on their faces were worth it all. Now, we will start saving up again for next year's trip to the money pit, um, I mean Adventure Island.

No, really, the weather has been beautiful, our condo is fabulous, our photographer AMAZING (another post on Jenny Ruble and her husband Lance, of Sand Dollar Photography, will be posted later), the pool simply refreshing, and the ocean just as beautiful as the last time we saw it. It has been a much needed break from our daily routines.

I do have to share a story that describes Anna Grace perfectly! We arrived in town on Friday evening around 6 PM. You know the routine for the first night at the beach--- a van to unload, bags to unpack, and a grocery store trip to be made. Well, we had to do all of that AND get something for dinner. The 4 of us were rather hungry. So, Joe and I kept talking about how to best accomplish all of this in the most efficient way. Oh, yeah, and we had 2 children simply BEGGING to go to the ocean or the pool or something FUN!!! After all, you don't come to the beach to go to the grocery store!! So, I sat down with Joe in the living room of the condo and he said, 'We need to come up with a game plan for tonight.' Then, we started planning. The kids were doing their own thing - coloring, talking, whatever- in a different room of the condo. But, only a minute into our conversation, Anna Grace walked over and she said, "Mommy and Daddy, I have a 'game plan'. Here it is!!" And the picture you see below is what we saw...

(If you can't read her handwriting, she wrote, and I quote, "Grocries, Food, Ocean.... Gameplan", and she was pointing at the most important part of the plan, the ocean! We just had to laugh because that is SO Anna Grace!!)

I have included some more of the pictures from our week below!

Our first stop--- Auburn... This one says it all, Joe loves Auburn University!

Joe, Anna Grace, & Austin under the famous 'Toomer's Corner' tree...
Joe walking his children towards Samford Hall on the Auburn Campus (I love this picture)

Joe & the kids at the main Auburn sign

Austin and his cousin, Houston, enjoying a lazy day at the pool...(I KNOW-- they are both names of towns in Texas- we've heard all of the jokes before. And, no, we don't know where Dallas is!!) Gracie having fun in the pool, too.
Austin & Gracie at the beach
Austin, Daddy, & Gracie enjoying the pool also!

Anna Grace & Austin posing for mom before a day of fun in the sunAnna Grace, Chelsea (our neice), Austin, & Houston (our nephew)

Getting ready to enjoy a night out at Lulu's

The view of a sunset sky from Lulu's... BEAUTIFUL!!Austin is ready for his night of fun at Adventure Island...Our 2 'Goofy Golfers' here...

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awwww...you're having so much fun!!! We missed you last night, but know that family and fun is before girlfriend's and bible study!!!
love you,

Wed Aug 06, 07:53:00 AM 2008

I am so glad y'all are having a good time. It makes my heart happy when my friends are happy. Also, very relieved that you found a photographer- I can't wait to read the post on that because I know you were stressing over it. Have tons more fun! We'll see you Sunday!!

Wed Aug 06, 09:32:00 AM 2008

Those pictures are too cute. I love the brother and sister love.
Glas you are having a great time.

Lacey H

Wed Aug 06, 10:38:00 AM 2008

Wow, looks like you guys have had a great time. I love the pictures...even the Auburn ones (just because of you Joe)...and that sunset is beautiful!!!

Thanks for sharing your fun with us.


Wed Aug 06, 11:56:00 AM 2008

Oh, the wonderful memories you guys are making!

Thu Aug 07, 06:16:00 PM 2008

I'm so glad you all had a fabulous time. You take awesome pictures. Thanks for sharing. I've missed you!

Sun Aug 10, 09:41:00 AM 2008

What a marvelous trip! Mega family memories!!
Great pictures.
Missed you guys.

Mon Aug 11, 11:39:00 AM 2008

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