Thank God For Zip Off Pants and Surf Instructors
Trip Start Mar 28, 2013
56Trip End Jul 31, 2013
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Topsail Hill Preserve State Park
The boys have been working very hard on their home school curriculum but to encourage them along we told them every workbook they completed they would earn a prize. OK fine, we're bribing them like any other good parent would do! Cohen was overjoyed to finish his workbook on our drive to Destin. When we stopped for a picnic lunch at Troy Springs State Park he was awarded his prize of blow up Avenger boxing gloves. For those of you that know Aimee well, you know that this was a big deal as we usually stay away from any toys that would encourage our children to physically attack each other! Cohen was very excited and finding out the prize encouraged Caleb to finish his workbook too so he can receive "his gloves" as well. Needless to say, they can't wait to "spar". Every Mothers dream!
We stopped at a Target to get some groceries before we arrived at our next campground. We have not ever been in a Target without the boys asking for the gigantic container of cheese balls. In general, our family tends to eat pretty healthy so in the past it has been an automatic no for the cheese balls. When on vacation we do tend to stray from some of our healthy habits and they finally wore Aimee down so, we got the cheese balls! They were in heaven sitting in the back seat stuffing their little faces full of cheese balls, orange fingers and faces to prove it!
We spent our first day at Topsail relaxing at our campsite. It was so nice to just sit out in our lawn chairs with a couple of drinks while the kids rode their bikes around. Clare has learned to ride her tricycle all by herself and loves to try to keep up with her big brothers.
Both boys had expressed an interest in learning how to surf so we thought Florida would be a great spot to sign them up for surfing lessons. Their surf instructor, Dylan, was your typical surfer dude and the boys couldn't have thought he was any cooler. He was a great guy and was really good with kids. He was born in Hawaii and had been surfing since he was 6. His family owns the local Billabong store so as part of the lesson cost they received Billabong T-shirts and surfer ball caps, which they want to wear all the time now. We couldn't believe how well they both did.
The rest of our time in Destin we spent at the pool, eating at a great seafood restaurant, shopping at the outlets (Caleb loved the Pro Bass Store), and playing at the splash pad at Destin Commons. We have also been having family shuffleboard competitions. The curlers in our family have a new favorite sport and team Bruce/Cohen haven't faired so well. They've been doing a lot of table setting, cooking, and washing dishes! Everybody loves a little side wager!