When I heard there were umbrellas in the sky in Pensacola, I was #soexcited. Kid-at-Christmas-Can’t-Wait-To-Get-Over-There EXCITED.
Umbrellas in the sky?! From Portuguese artists? Oh this has my name written all over it. Be right there.
Noooot so fast. Pensacola is far, I’ve got kids and school pick-ups and all the things. Better wait till the Holiday Break. Yeah, holiday Break. It will be glorious! I’ll be the family road trip hero, and we’ll get the New Years card photo while we’re there! Book it, Dano. It’s happening. We’re coming to Pensacola.
Planning that type of trip with my two kids is basically like planning for Europe for two weeks; they both need roughly the same about of packing and prep. But I’m up for the challenge!
Or at least I thought I was.
Enter the reality of mom life: Day 2 of our highly anticipated holiday break brought a raging stomach virus through our house. It started with my youngest, and then like dominoes we fell one by one.
Now, being sick over Christmas is tough enough, but when you’re like me and put off even TAKING THE PHOTO for the New Year’s cards until the week of Christmas break, illness poses an even bigger problem.
Ever persistent, and committed to seeing my umbrellas, we finally ended up well enough to leave the house and drive over the weekend after Christmas. No coordinated outfits. No hair accessories or color scheme. It was more like “Pack your own snacks girls, and let’s hit the road!” I gotta say, it was really fun. And just what we all needed after being cooped up in the house for so long.
We grabbed lunch at The Tin Cow while we were there–awesome burgers right around the corner from the umbrellas–and then drove back via the Gulf Islands National Seashore. Which I cannot recommend enough if you go out that way. Always take the scenic route!:) Hands down my favorite stretch of beach around.
It is now the third week of January (ahem. Who’s counting right?) . New Years cards are made, and at my current rate of approximately 2 cards addressed per glass of wine after dinner, I should have this all wrapped up by spring break. Cheers!