Monday, August 25, 2014

Party at the Alabama Pool!

On July 11, our Poole Party packed up and headed down to Thibodaux so that we could leave the following day with Nana and Paw for ORANGE BEACH, ALABAMA!!!!!  Of course, eating is one of the BEST parts of vacation, so we stopped at The Shed, a "barbeque and blues joint" in Ocean Springs that was featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives with Guy Fieri!  Pulling up, it didn't look like much...

...and then they brought out our food and we were officially IMPRESSED!
Ribs, chicken, brisket, pulled pork and sides with sweet tea... oh. my. gosh. YUUUUUMMMM!!!  If you get the chance, you HAVE to stop by!!  The experience itself was worth the stop... totally laid back, picnic tables and gravel floors, incredible food!  SO FUN!

And an hour later, we had to stop for dessert at the Burris Farmer's Market!  Homemade Apple Dumplings with Vanilla Ice Cream on top...  of course, this was my favorite part!!!  This place is like a hidden gem and their fresh, homemade desserts are even more of a surprise! If you are ever going that way, STOP. It's my best piece of advice for the beach! You can forget the sunscreen, just don't forget the dumplings...

Home, sweet home for the next 8 daysssss!

Hahaaa, Grant in this one makes me laugh out loud!  He was so happy to be out of the car!!

Our view of the pools...  can anybody spot the water slide in the corner??  That's pretty much where the kids lived for the week! 

On our first night, Wade and I put the kids to bed and sat out on the patio for a long time before we went to walk the beach!!  With 3 kids and 1 on the way, we have to be creative in finding time alone together, so to take a moonlit walk was SUCH a treat!

That same night, Savannah and Andrew came down with a horrible case of puking and throwing up.. we were up pretty much every hour of the night.  The ONLY silver lining to that black cloud was getting to see this view at 6am...  Good morning, Lord!!  You are SO good!!

The kids were totally fine during the day... their sickness only hit at night! So weird, I know!!  I was thankful  for the respite and we brought the kids down to the beach - their first time to go in 2 years!

The older they get, the more they enjoy the beach!!  They still didn't want to play in the sand all day, but we lasted for more than 30 minutes which was a huge improvements from 2 years ago!


Our view from the room!!  We never saw any sharks, but we did see a few sting rays and LOTS of dolphins!!

Baby Grant's first time at the beach!!  He was just so-so on it... didn't love it, didn't hate it!  But at least he didn't scream the entire time, so I was appreciative, ha!

Our TWO Poole babies! ;))  Here I am at 16 weeks pregnant!!

Baby Grant in his big-man jammies!!!!

HAM!!!!

Ready for a 10 PM swim! :))


On Thursday, we had our best beach days of the week!  The kids were so happy playing in the sand and swimming in the waves, building sand castles and digging holes for each other!








Digging with Paw!


Getting buried!


Two beautiful mermaids!!!


After the sand, we headed to the pool to swim and to lay out!  And to snack. ;)




It's not an official Poole post until there's more than one picture of food. ;))
Wade and I snuck away during nap time and headed to a local restaurant called Fiddlefish!  I got the loaded seafood potato.. ohhhhkayyyy!  Fresh crawfish, shrimp, and crabmeat in a loaded baked potato.. one of the greatest. meals. ever!!  It was topped only by Cafe Grazie.. our favorite restaurant of all time and the absolute one place we have to go when in Gulf Shores! 

Time to move out... :(((
But at least we get to bring the cutest part home with us.. all these babies!!!

Another tradition - stopping at Lambert's on our way out of town!  I got the chicken and dumplings and it's probably the first time that I've absolutely loved what I've gotten at Lambert's, besides the rolls!  Again, the experience is worth the stop!  The waitress asked Savannah if she wanted what was in her pot... and then pulled out a POSSUM! Savannah and Andrew giggled.. but as soon as she walked away, Savannah looked at me and said, "Mom, why would she do that??  I don't like when people play tricks on me..."  Hahaaa, poor baby!!  We will try this one again next year with hopefully a little better sense of humor! ;))
What a sweet, sweet trip!  We had a wonderful week, although next time, we would prefer to go without the kids having a pukey/poopy virus, ha!!  We went shopping at the Outlet Mall, stayed up way too late once we had the kids in bed, spent lazy days on the sand and at the poolside, and enjoyed just being together as a family.. and the kids enjoyed riding home with their pirate shirts, stuffed mermaid and turtles, and shark-tooth necklaces!  :))
 Until next time, Orange Beach!!  We will be back!

3 comments:

  1. How wooooonderful!!!! What a sweet sweet time together and such fun memories! Same time, same place next year?? I'll be packed! :)

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  2. Ahhhh, so much fun!!! Y'all are the cutest beachgoers ever!! I love that Vannie said she doesn't like tricks being played on her. Haha! Tell her, Van! And seriously, all that food?! That potato?! YUM!!

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  3. I'm sure the food was great! It is always fun to have a date night at the beach! The water looked pretty!

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