Ginny and John Michael got into town late on Friday night, so Saturday morning we got right down to the business of vacationing. Chris and I made a breakfast casserole for everyone (which looked oddly inedible, but turned out to be pretty good!) and after we all stuffed our faces, we stuffed ourselves into bathing suits.
Ginny and Gracie Girl were as fashionable as ever. Although, Gracie seemed to have put on a few pounds. Girlfriend was wearing a size 6-9mo bathing suit because none of her 3mo suits fit anymore. My little Chumbawumba…
Our condo was only three blocks from the beach, so we all walked together.
The beach was just what we all needed. We did a little relaxing…
… a little water playin’…
… a little kite flyin’…
… a little soccer playin’…
… but mostly we just took it easy and enjoyed ourselves. We had dinner reservations in Savannah that night, so we were only on the beach until early afternoon. Afterwards, we all came home, showered, and sat around for a while until everyone was ready.
When we were finally all ready, we headed into Savannah for dinner at Paula Deen’s restaurant, The Lady and Sons. We got to Savannah a little early so that we would have time to wander around for a bit. It’s such a pretty Southern town. I always love visiting and it had been a long time since I’d been there.
We grabbed margaritas down by the water and shopped around for a bit.
And we all took turns pushing The Bus around. I love my double stroller for a lot of reasons, but one of the biggest is that it is really narrow, so it fits into small places pretty good. Walking around those tiny, cobblestone Savannah sidewalks made me appreciate it’s mobility even more. Those sidewalks are small, crowded, and tilted at an angle, but The Bus took it like a champ!
By the time we arrived at Paula Deen’s restaurant, we had all worked up an appetite and were ready to chow down! It had started raining a bit, so we ducked into the gift shop to spend the last few minutes while we waited for our table. I was so excited about going to The Lady and Sons, and it didn’t disappoint. Paula’s merchandise was everywhere and her signature, “Hey Ya’ll” was monogrammed on anything that would sit still long enough.
Finally, it was time to eat. The restaurant is three floors full of seating and we were on the third floor in the bar area that was sort of set apart of the main dining room. Which ended up being perfect because in the hour or so that we were at dinner, both my kids had two or three epic meltdowns each. Bean was a total turd during dinner. We had TWO time outs in the ladies bathroom during the meal – TWO! I think he was overtired. And full of sweet tea, thanks to Nana. Oh, and he’s two years old. So that pretty much explains it.
If it weren’t for his crazy awesome smile and fat little arms around my neck saying, “I’m sawy, Mommy,” I’d have given him away on the streets of Savannah.
And just when I’d get back to the table after one of Bean’s meltdowns, Gracie would start crying. It was a disaster!
I was exhausted! But the fried okra and fried green tomato appetizers made it all better. Fried okra is one of my favorite foods in the whole wide world and Paula did not disappoint. She had this chili spiced remoulade sauce with it and I would just like to state for the record that I would like to be buried in that sauce when my time comes. Just batter me, fry me, and dip me in that sauce, please. My taste buds were SUPER happy!
For dinner, I had the buffet so that I could try a little of everything. It was the best darn fried chicken I’d ever had. And the veggies and sides were just perfect.
I think my favorite part of the meal, though, were the hoe cakes. They are like cornbread pancakes and they were out of this world, ya’ll. They were so good, Chris got carried away and tried to feed one to Gracie. She turned them away though. I think she was holding out for the banana pudding.
The only thing better than the food that night was the company. We had a great time – mostly laughing at how exhausted Chris and I were from our screaming children. It was so fun to all be together.
After dinner we rubbed our big ol’ bellies…
… and walked off dinner a bit on our way back to our cars.
The next morning, we had to be out of the condo by 10:00am, so we all packed up and headed out for one more meal together at The Breakfast Club. I actually liked this place better than Paula Deen’s! It was the best shrimp and grits I’ve ever had – and I’ve had a LOT of shrimp and grits!
By the time breakfast was over, we were all ready to get on the road and head back to our own cities. I’ve been blessed with an abnormally happy, thoughtful, fun, supportive family. We all have our flaws and we duke it out from time to time over various things, but there really are no other people that I’d rather spend a weekend with. The goal when we’re together is to laugh enough then to carry us over until the next time we’re all together and I’m certain we did that this weekend!