May 13, 2012

The Rest Of The Trip and Happy Mother's Day

So when we last visited, we had just entered our hotel room.  As soon as we unloaded the luggage cart,
Darbee Rae was ready to change clothes and that's just what she did!  She got right into her bathing suit and was ready to play in the sand.  
That's right where we went.
She had so much fun.  The weather was perfect!  It wasn't 
too hot and a nice breeze was blowing.  

After playing in the sand for a while, we headed out to explore our hotel.
It was huge and we wanted to see all it had to offer! 
We found a HUGE beach chair.  Of course, we had to take pictures.

We even found a mini golf course!  How neat.  We never made it here
to play...we stayed too busy in the sand and the pools.  Our hotel had 5 pools.
Plenty to choose from!

We headed out to Hammerhead Fred's for supper.  It was a really
neat atmosphere.  Darbee loved it.  Had to have her picture made with the shark. 

She wanted to do something fun, so we headed to Pier Park.
It was an open air mall with lots of neat shops.  They were closed, but the ride park
was still open.  She was able to get in a few rides.

She rode the big carousel by herself.  She was so happy to be able to ride alone.

Her favorite was the giant inflatable "pillow."  It was so neat.  It was really a 
giant pillow that you jumped on!  We had to visit here several more times before the end of the trip!  Smile.

She enjoyed the hand crank cars too!  They were a lot of work though.  She said, " arms hurt!" when she got off.  It was cute!

The airplanes were a lot of fun on another visit.  She had so much fun at this park.  
It was so much fun to watch her.  Made me happy.

The next day was the best.  We spent the better part of the day Gulf World.

It was the neatest place.  

We were able to see so many animals.

And soo many neat shows!  We watched a sea lion show, a bird show, a reptile show, and a dolphin show!

The dolphin show was my favorite.  It is amazing what those trainers can make those animals do.

Darbee Rae enjoyed this place too.  

Another fun activity was the arcade.  
I am a kid at heart when I go into an arcade.  I love them!

Darbee does too!

She is so fun to watch.  

We went back to Pier Park for shopping.  It was so neat...lots of cool shops.

Of course, we found something good to eat!

Do you think the icecream was yummy?  Oh yea.!!!

The evening was a good time to walk out on the LONG pier.  

It was nearly a 1/4 mile long!  Whew!  We were far out into the ocean!

I love this picture.  My loves.  Smile.

We spotted a HUGE something in the water.  We think it was a giant stingray.  It had to have been about 
6 ft. wide!  It was really big. Ugh....scary!

I couldn't believe all of the folks fishing out there!  It was unreal.
We enjoyed sitting and just watching all of them for a bit.

We ended the second evening with supper at Margaritaville.  What a fun atmosphere.  
We had a blast.

On our last full day, we took a ferry boat out to Shell Island.

It was so neat! 
Darbee Rae was so excited to hopefully find a lot of shells!

We were even lucky enough to spot a dolphin on our ferry ride out to the island!

It lived up to its name.  There were shells EVERYWHERE! 
They were not too big, but plenty of them to find!

Boy was it hot though.  
This is as good as the shade got....NOTHING.  
Good thing we loaded up on SPF110 sunscreen.  LOL!  

Darbee borrowed daddy's hat for a while to make sure her head didn't get blistered.

We only spent an hour out on the island.  We were too scared of getting cooked...literally!  hehe....

But...we did make it back with nearly a 1/2 bucket of shells and one happy little girl!

We had one final beach afternoon to enjoy... 

And some fun pool time.

The kiddie pool was lots of fun

But the lazy river was the BEST!  

WE enjoyed supper at Pineapple Willy's the last night and boy was it yummy!  
The best ribs ever.

We were up early to head home...wah...

Such a fun trip with my precious family!  It was so much fun.  

I want to wish all of you fellow bloggers a very happy Mother's Day!  I hope all of you have had a wonderful day.  I spent the morning/day with my mama and enjoyed a wonderful country breakfast with my favorite...home fried taters.  Hehe!  IT was such a fun day.  We have been going around all evening visitng with hubby's mom and my aunt Kakee.  

I am so blessed to be a mommy and to have a mama that I am so close to.  Many don't understand the relationship that we have and how close we really are but I wouldn't trade it for anything.  It is one I cherish and hope Darbee Rae and I can have one day.  

Until next time.........


  1. So happy for you! Loved all the photos!

  2. What a wonderful mama's day!
    And new treasured memories.

  3. It looks and sounds like you all had a great time on your trip. What wonderful memories you made!!

  4. What fun you all had. Enjoyed looking at each and every pic..but I'm with you on that something in the water thing..looks scary. Hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day. Take care, Janice

  5. What a wonderful time you all must have had. Darbee is just so cute in all her little outfits. It is a trip none of you will ever forget, no matter how many more times you go.

  6. Well, girls, the next time I want to come along~ looks like a blast!

  7. It looks like you guys had a blast! :) Love all of the pictures.