We were all in desperate need of a little vacation. We had a hard time deciding where to go but ended up picking Gulf Shores. I wasn't too crazy on the idea of a beach trip because Bryson wasn't too crazy about the beach last year, but we found the best little condo down there at a great price, so that's where we ended up going. We were going to head down on Monday April 30 but the owner of the condo gave us a free night, so we headed down on Sunday. We were hoping that by picking this date that it wouldn't be too crowded since school is still in but Spring Break is over, and that it wouldn't be too hot. We were right! We didn't have to drive in traffic, wait to eat, or sit in the hot Alabama sun.
Our plan was to leave by 11am on Sunday since we couldn't check in until 4pm. Of course we were running late and it was about 11:40 before we left. We pulled into the Publix in Gulf Shores around 3:30! We made excellent time! We went ahead and got all of our food for the week, then headed to the condo. The great thing about the condo was that there was no key to use, just a keypad. We didn't have to carry our condo key with us everywhere. I loved it! As soon as we unloaded the car, Robert wanted to head on down to the beach, so him and Bryson went while I stayed and unpacked. I watched them from the balcony to see Bryson's reaction, and he loved it! I knew we were going to have a great week.
Since we had been driving all day, we decided to just stay in that night, order pizza and watch The Amazing Race before going for a night walk on the beach. We had a particular place in mind, but of course they were closed. We ended up getting Papa Rocco's pizza. It was ok, but not as good as the place we really wanted to go to. After dinner, we headed to the beach. Bryson was so funny carrying the flashlight. Once we got down there, he kept throwing the sand in the water. Then he would run to the water with daddy, then run back to the sand and jump on the sand. It was hilarious! On the way back to the hotel room, Bryson wanted to test out the kiddie pool. He hopped right in with his clothes on!
We had brought his Toy Story couch for him to sleep on in our room but he loved the bunk beds so much. We found a safety rail for the bunk beds in the washer/dryer closet and once we put it on the bottom bunk, it was just like his bed at home. He slept so good the first night in the big boy bed!