Our first summer vacation with Gavin was also my 32nd birthday. I have to say...so far it was the second best birthday ever (the best birthday was my 27th birthday when Gary proposed) As we were getting ready to leave for the resort, Gary, dad and Ellie decorated the dining area and bought me a cake. They sang a very melodic, yet off tune version of "Happy Birthday" and we had cake. I had two pieces of the yummy red velvet with cream cheese icing.
Then, off we went to the The Grand Hotel in Point Clear, Alabama. Love it!!! There was so much for us to do there. The day normally started with breakfast and feeding the ducks. We did that every morning. Towards the middle of the week, Gavin would wake up saying, "quack, quack". Some of the ducks were really aggressive...one snatched the bag of food out of Gary's hand! Most of them were very cute and some even ate out of our hands.
Most of the nights ended the same. We went to dinner and then walked back to our hotel. Most nights we walked back along the board walk area that faced the water. It was really beautiful. Gavin even had his first experience with sand and the beach. I think he liked it!
One night on our walk back, Paw Paw decided to dump his coffee out and catch a fish for Gavin in his cup. He didn't catch a fish, but he did find a hermit crab shell. Later on that night, we heard some "scratching" noises. Turns out, the hermit crab shell was occupied. Paw Paw returned the little crab back to his home on the rocks.
Dada and Gavin on a hammock on one of our walks home.
Our days were spent in different ways, depending on the weather. Most of the mornings were overcast, but not raining so went down by the pool. The pool was great!! It had an area that gradually got deeper with a couple of splash areas. Gavin loved it!
We also went for walks down by the marina, bike rides and played "chase" in the room when the weather was bad. We ventured out a bit, too, to eat and to walk around the really cute downtown area.
I only wish there was more sun. We got a couple days of sun at the end of the vacation. It was probably a good thing, because nobody got terribly sunburned.
We went to New Orleans at the end of our trip to say hello to N gee and grandma. We made a visit to one of our favorite places, Lucy's, and made a trip to the New Orleans children's museum.
Over all, it was a great trip!! Gavin did sooo well on the plane rides, and he slept like a champ! He even slept through the fireworks that the July 4th weekend brought. I think he got a little homesick and was ready to come home. He sure was happy to see his Jack Jack!