This weekend, we packed up and headed back out of town again. This time we went to our hometown of Pensacola, Florida (well, technically we’re from a barrier peninsula just off the coast of Pensacola called Gulf Breeze). My sister’s mother-in-law, Shirley, threw her a beautiful baby shower. (Shirley, by the way, plans parties, showers, and weddings professionally, so email me if you are looking for someone in the Pensacola area!)
Shirley’s house looked beautiful, and it was the perfect place for seeing old friends and celebrating new babies!
While we visit in Pensacola, we always stay with Chris’s mom, Jackie. She’s great with the kids and always has everything we need for our visit. Bean even has his own trundle bed in the guest bedroom, complete with Lightning McQueen sheets, pillows, and blankets! I especially love staying with Jackie because she and her boyfriend, Charles, are super healthy people and so they always have healthy food for the kids to eat. Plus, I can always count on Jackie to go running with me while we’re there. This trip, she took me with her to her running group that she and Charles lead. I ran in Charles’s faster-paced group and thought I was going to die. But I didn’t! Also, speaking of running, on Sunday night I went for a run and broke through my 4 mile block! I ran 4.2 miles and could have easily kept going except that it was so dark that I had to call Chris to come pick me up. But I felt great, and was so excited to push through my barrier!
While we were in Pensacola, we went over to Gulf Breeze to visit Chris’s dad’s family. Chris lived across the street from his grandparents growing up, so their home was practically a second home for him. He loved being able to take the kids there and play off his granddad’s dock, just like he did while he was growing up. I love that we live close enough now to be able to share these things with the kids. And I especially love how happy that makes Chris.
While we were in Gulf Breeze, we met up with Sarah and her sweet cousin, Jill. Sarah and her husband, Scott, go out of town all summer every summer, so this was my last chance to see her for a while. I’m really going to miss having her around, but I think the kids might miss her more! Aunt Saywah is a fixture around our house!
We originally planned to go up for the weekend, but ended up turning it into an extended vacation for ourselves. I’m so glad we did. Good weekends with family and friends should always be extended!