Thursday, August 27, 2015

St. Augustine Vacation - Day 1

At the beginning of the summer, Matt and I made a list of things that we wanted to make sure that we did.  One of the things that was on our list was to take the kids to the beach.  While we love the beach, it isn't something that we necessarily do every summer.  In fact, we haven't been since we went to Tybee Island with my sister for Ben's birthday 2 years ago.  

St. Augustine has always been one of our favorite places, so that's where we decided that we wanted to go this year.  We decided to go for just a quick weekend in July.  We left on a Friday and came home on a Sunday.  It was a quick trip, but we all had a blast. 

Headed out for our beach vacation!

When we got there, it wasn't time for us to check in to our hotel yet, so we headed straight for Old Town to walk around for a little bit.  We walked around just enough to get ice cream (it was so hot outside) and then we headed for the water/fort area.

Cooper was such a trooper.  He didn't sleep in the car for a nap, and we were walking around Old Town during when he should be sleeping.  So to be missing a nap and to be so hot, he did a fantastic job.

Finally, we all were just too hot to walk any more.  We headed back to the car and then drove to the hotel to see if we could go ahead and check in.  As soon as we got in the car, Cooper was out.  He didn't get much of a nap, but he did fit in about 30 minutes.

The hotel was ready for us to check-in, so we cooled off in our room and just relaxed for about an hour and a half.  We headed out early to go get dinner (and hopefully beat the crowds).  Before we left for our vacation, I asked friends on facebook for recommendations on places to eat in St. Augustine.  One of the places that was recommended was Salt Life, so we decided to go there our first night.  We opted to sit outside because it was no wait (vs. like 45 minutes to sit inside).  It was pretty warm, but not unbearable.  It's also easier for us to eat outside with our kids.  There's generally more for them to look at, and we don't have to worry as much about how loud they are and if they get up and walk around a little bit.  I will say this - for the most part, the kids did great at dinner.  Cooper is at a hard age to eat out with, but he wasn't terrible at all.  We also sat next to a table full of people who were deaf.  It was so neat to see them carrying on complete conversations using sign language!  

My men!!  Gosh I love these two so much!  And they both are just so stinkin' handsome.  My heart just overflows.

We ordered some calarmari for an appetizer, and I was so proud of both kids.  They both tried it and loved it.  I think they ate more than Matt and I did!  LL has really been branching out foods lately (she's even been eating sushi!) and I have been so proud of her for a least trying new things (whether she likes them or not).

Me and my best girl!

While I am not a super picky eater, I for sure like to stick with things that I like.  Especially on vacation.  I have a very fickle stomach, and sometimes trying new things is hard because I don't know how it will react.  I did try some pineapple teriyaki shrimp and rice at dinner, and it was decently good!  I don't know if I would order it again, but I'm glad I tried it!

Matt is a very adventurous eater.  As in, there's pretty much nothing that he won't try.  Seriously.  And he has a stomach of steal.  I'm pretty jealous.  He got a tuna sashimi bowl with avocado and loved it.

After dinner, we headed over to Fiesta Falls mini golf!  Since we went after dinner, it did start out hot but started cooling off after we played for a little while.  We decided that Matt and the kids would play, and I would just help out the kids and take pictures.  It was a perfect scenario!  This was Cooper's first time every playing putt-putt (or pup-pup as he called it), and he looooooved it.

Ready to go!  I'm so surprised that I got such a good picture on the first one of the two of them that I took!

On the first hole he let Daddy help him out.  After this, he wanted nothing to do with help and wanted to do it all on his own!

LL is a mini-golf pro!

Cooper's favorite part?  Chasing his shadow and running up the hills.  

LL loved the water fall tunnel!

Cooper was not one for sticking to the standard technique.  In fact, I'm pretty sure he used everything but his club most of the time.

Hole in one!

After mini-golf, we went back to the hotel for bath and bed.  We had a suite, and it had a big whirlpool tub right in the middle of the room.  The kids loved bath time!

There was a pull-out couch in the living room, and the kids did decently well sleeping with each other (especially considering they rarely do.  They haven't since our Disney trip in January).  I loved how they fell asleep in almost the same position.  

We all got a great night's rest and were ready for a fun day at the beach!


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