After the traffic we encountered last year trying to get to the beach on Saturday, we pushed back the schedule by one day this year so we headed out the Saturday after the 4th of July. Our destination on Saturday was Hattiesburg, MS, which would give us a relatively short day in the car on Sunday. The week before vacation, Florida had a lot of rain and storms so we definitely had our fingers crossed that vacation would not be a complete wash especially since we went through rain all Sunday morning. After taking a bit of time leaving Hattiesburg on Sunday, we hit Pensacola just in time for lunch. Fortunately it was about this time that the rain started tapering off a bit and when we checked into our hotel a short time later, the rain was pretty much done. The kids were ready to hit the pool immediately so we headed down for a little swimming. They did indulge Brad before dinner with the obligatory photo on the balcony and it is unbelievable how much they have changed since our first trip to Florida.
Emma wanted dinner at our favorite place, Crabs on the Beach so of course we indulged her. They had hermit crab races and all the kids got to choose a crab to race. Josh did not pick well and his poor crab barely made it to the final round. Unfortunately neither of their choices made it out of the center and to the edge first so no t-shirt, which left poor Josh in tears. Somebody was a little tired. They did enjoy playing on the playground and sitting in the lifeguard chair. Brad and I enjoyed our Voodoo Juice while watching them play. After dinner, we walked back to the hotel along the beach and started the immense collection of shells that we brought home.