For Thanksgiving this year we went to Panama City with some of my family. Going to Florida for Thanksgiving was a tradition my grandma started in 2004. First we went to Destin, where Jonathan proposed on the beach : ), then the next two years we went to Navarre. That's if I'm remembering correctly. It seems like there was another trip to Destin somewhere in there...hmmm.... Anyhoo, that tradition stopped when my grandmother passed away in 2008.
When my aunt Dana called and asked if we would be interested in going back this year I was thrilled. Not only did I need a little sunshine but I was really happy to do something that I know my grandma loved to do with her family. And we had a wonderful time!
We couldn't have asked for better weather and the condo we all stayed at was beautiful. It was right on the beach with a huge balcony that spanned three rooms. Every room had a bathroom which was really nice and it slept up to 11 people. It was really nice.
Jon, Jareth, and I were the first to arrive so we had a full first day there. After unloading and a little unpacking we got in our bathing suits and went to the beach. Once Jareth's feet touched the sand, it was all over! He LOVED it! We couldn't keep him from rolling around in it and throwing it everywhere. Needless to say we were all pretty sandy every time we left the beach. I was really glad he liked it so much. He got super excited everytime I asked him if he wanted to go outside and play. He would point from the balcony and say "ocean!!!" He has always loved the water.
We cooked our Thanksgiving meal which comprised of two turkeys, a small ham, what seemed like a dozen dishes, and two desserts. And of course Jon made egg nogg. It was yummy! We also went out to eat a few times. My favorite place was Hunt's Oyster Bar. I think it was Jon's favorite too. He had 3doz oysters. I had crab legs and maybe one or two oysters.
We had a great time with our family. It was us, poppy, chad and Dana with the kids, and Shane and Cheri with Jake. It was a great group of people. I really enjoyed it and hope we get to do it again. Here are a couple of photos from the trip.