Vacation is My [Friday] Favorite

Hi friends!!! Well, I’ve been a little MIA this week and I gotta’ say, I haven’t hated it, but I’ve missed y’all. However, I couldn’t let the week totally go by without sharing a little and letting you in on a not secret. Vacation is my [Friday] favorite! Shocking! Right? LOL We are enjoying every single minute of our week at the beach.

The weeks leading up to our vacation, the weather was looking dicey, but it has turned out to be just perfect. #thanksbarry Sunday was slightly overcast, but the rest of the week has held nothing but bright, sunny days for us, filled with all things sand, surf, pool, seafood and of course ice cream. Basically the perfect ingredients for the best vacation.

The Oyster House, Coast to Coast

These four! We are so happy they could all come on vacation with us, even though Benny and Erin could only stay part of the week. #welltakewhatwecanget

Coast to Coast, Orange Beach, AL

They say you never feel your age and I am totally a believer. I feel more like these kids are now our friends, and besides that, it’s even stranger to think we are now, old enough to be taking our grown kids along on vacation. I’ve always hoped for this, and thankfully they are happy to oblige. Don’t tell, but Kent and I secretly talk about how fun it will be when we have some tiny people along on these trips. #notforawhilethough

We managed to find another beach dweller to take a family pic for us.

Y’all know I’ve never made a secret out of me not being a reader. Basically the only time I read is when I’m by the pool/ocean. I actually bought this book as a back up last year for vacation after a bunch of you girls recommending it. I’m almost done and I’ll tell ya’, y’all weren’t wrong. I’m really liking it. Thanks for the recommendation.

My (baby) brother (we’re only 13 1/2 months apart) and his family were here for part of the week, so it was fun to get to see them a couple of times.

Coast to Coast, Orange Beach, AL

I wanted to send my parents a picture of all the grandkids.

Coast to Coast, Orange Beach, AL

And of course it doesn’t take much coaxing for me to ham it up.

It’s not a beach vacation without a good game of mini-golf and some good natured ragging on each other.

Coast to Coast, Orange Beach, AL

Brought along my new beach towel and hat to keep the sun off my face. It really amazes me that even with SPF50 on my face and this new hat with built in UPF, my face still manages to get sun.

Wednesday night we met my brother and his family at a place called ‘The Yard’ for ice cream. They specialize in these crazy milkshakes. These things were $14 each. WHAT? My niece and nephews got these, but we just got scoops of ice cream and that were much more reasonably priced.

I shared this outfit on Instagram yesterday. I’ve told y’all before how much I love these jeans. They are so soft, stretchy and comfortable and the top is cute as a button. I’m surprised it’s still in stock. It runs big, so order a size down. Both the jeans and top are on sale.

The Nordstrom sale goes live to the public today, so if you haven’t been able to shop yet, now is your chance. Check out this post for my recommendations and some of the things I ordered. Several items are sold out, but returns are starting to come back in, so stalk the website and you might get lucky. Thank you so much for shopping through my links. You know when you do, I make a small commission. The more I make, the more I can try and share with you.

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  1. Kellyann
    July 19, 2019 / 3:42 am

    Awwww what a great trip! You look marvelous at the beach – it suits you my friend! Love the picture of you hammin’ it up! But what really caught my eye – the ice cream – or rather milkshakes. There’s a place in St. Augustine that makes those and they look so dang good! Speaking of looking good – your brother looks terrific!
    I know you’re sad vacay is over but what sweet memories y’all made!

  2. July 19, 2019 / 4:49 am

    Oh my goodness those milkshakes are crazy! Looks like such a fun vacation. I loved The Weekenders.

    • July 23, 2019 / 9:28 pm

      They are crazy. The week went way to fast and I loved every minute!!!

  3. Living on Cloud Nine
    July 19, 2019 / 4:58 am

    MY heart is so full of happiness for you and the memories made!!! Y’all look so relaxed snd happy!! Holy cow, those milkshakes. We’d have to work out for hours to burn that off, lol but sooooo delish! Your Bro and you are the cutest, heck your genes produce the cutest!!! Soak up the last minutes my love and safe travels back to Cali!! xo

    • July 23, 2019 / 9:28 pm

      My heart was full too. Loved every single minute.

  4. July 19, 2019 / 5:07 am

    You must be so happy with a full house! Those milkshakes though- yum! Have a great weekend Lisa 🙂

  5. Heather Bramlett
    July 19, 2019 / 5:07 am

    What a great vacation!

  6. July 19, 2019 / 5:56 am

    So much to discuss…little people make vacations so much fun!!
    And those ice cream concoctions….OMG!! My husband is over the moon for something like that.

  7. July 19, 2019 / 6:25 am

    I’m so glad you are having a great vacation! All your pictures are fabulous and make me want to go on a vacation right now!

  8. Gina Daily
    July 19, 2019 / 6:55 am

    Your vacation looks SO fun! Glad you are having such a great time with your kids and extended family. LOVE that striped top and I have eyed it several times on the website. It looks great on you (and pairs nicely with your new Miller sandals, of course!). And whoa to the $14 milkshakes! Those are some epic concoctions!

  9. July 19, 2019 / 7:15 am

    It looks like you had a great trip, I’m so glad. I’ll have to check out that book, it looks like a great beach read.
    x, Julie |

  10. July 19, 2019 / 7:15 am

    It looks like a great vacation! I love that new beach towel. I burn really easily so I understand needing all the sun protection on your face, I will have to check out that hat.

    • July 23, 2019 / 9:28 pm

      It was awesome! Even with al the sunscreen and the hat, I still managed to get sun on my face. Good grief. LOL

  11. July 19, 2019 / 7:49 am

    Looks like you had a wonderful time, Lisa! I keep thinking it will be nice when we have little people, too, but like you I also think it better be awhile down the road – lol! $14 milkshakes?! Wow. Have a wonderful weekend!

    • July 23, 2019 / 9:28 pm

      We most certainly did! Yeah, I’d love to have tried the milkshakes, but couldn’t see paying that much. HA!

  12. Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom
    July 19, 2019 / 2:44 pm

    I’ve never had a crazy milkshake, but these look GOOOOOOD!!!! I’ve read 1 1/2 books so far! Probably will finish the 2nd book on our flights home.


    • July 23, 2019 / 9:22 pm

      I would have loved to try one, but just couldn’t stomach paying that much for a milkshake. LOL

  13. July 19, 2019 / 4:55 pm

    There are several pictures in this post that I hope you consider framing! Especially the first one with all the kids and the one with you and Kent! I’m so glad the weather worked out and y’all had a delightful stay at the beach! Happy safe travels home! xoxo

  14. July 19, 2019 / 7:15 pm

    We went to a place with crazy milkshakes similar to that! It was really fun! But my husband, Avie, and I all shared one! And Claire even ate some too!! It looks like you had so much fun!!

  15. July 20, 2019 / 1:37 am

    That looks so relaxing! And I love mini golf! Haven t played it for a long time now. Enjoy the rest of the Summer!

    • July 23, 2019 / 9:22 pm

      We had a nice friendly competition with lots of light hearted teasing.

  16. Debbie
    July 20, 2019 / 7:05 am

    We love Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. We are looking for accommodations in Sept. any suggestions you can share?

    • July 21, 2019 / 7:22 pm

      Hi Debbie!!! Oh how fun. The place we stay belongs to a friend and they rent to people they know. I did find these listings in the same complex though. It’s a great location and quiet complex. We love it. There are also a TON of resorts in the PHOENIX family. My brother stays in those every year. Hope this helps.

  17. jess
    July 20, 2019 / 9:06 am

    Hi Lisa, Looks like you all had a wonderful time at the beach. Loved all the family photos! I am working on my beach vacation post. I finished a book too on the beach too, loved it! Boy, those ice cream milkshakes look sooooooo yummy!
    jess xx

  18. July 20, 2019 / 9:58 am

    I am so happy ya’ll are having a great time and the weather is cooperating. Those ice cream sundae mugs look beyond decadent! I LOVE that beach towel and now must look for one that reads “Fierce!” Oh, grands are wonderful!!! I had mine overnight again last night–warning, you get a LOT more tired 25-30 yrs. down the road ? !

    • July 23, 2019 / 9:22 pm

      It was the best. A beach towel that says FIERCE would be so fun!

  19. July 20, 2019 / 11:23 pm

    Wow I’m loving the crazy shakes! It’s nice to see how much fun you’re having on your family holiday!

    Hope that you are having a great weekend 🙂

    Away From Blue

    • July 23, 2019 / 9:22 pm

      Thanks Mica. It’s such a blessing that our kids enjoy being with us and all together.

  20. July 21, 2019 / 8:33 am

    Looks like you guys are having a blast! It was 88 here at 11:30 last night, so I could definitely go for some sun and sand! (And a looot of sunscreen, haha!) And those milkshakes–whoa! You have such a beautiful family, Lisa! xoxo

    • July 23, 2019 / 9:22 pm

      We had the best time. Just wish it would have lasted longer.

  21. July 21, 2019 / 4:35 pm

    What a fun family vacation and yay for the weather cooperating! Those milkshakes look insane! The Weekenders is such a great beach read! Love your beach towel!

    Jill – Doused in Pink

    • July 23, 2019 / 9:22 pm

      Thanks Jill! Now I wish there was a sequel to The Weekenders.

  22. Erin
    July 23, 2019 / 1:03 pm

    My family and I were also down in OBA last week! The weather was perfect! The kids and I LOVE the milkshakes at The Yard! Glad y’all enjoyed it!

    • July 23, 2019 / 9:07 pm

      How fun!!! We got lucky with the weather. Where do y’all stay?

      • Erin Cauthen
        July 26, 2019 / 7:50 am

        We usually stay at The Beach Club down Fort Morgan Rd. It’s one of my favorite condos down there, but this year we were on the other end of the beach at The Enclave. Where do y’all usually stay?

        • July 29, 2019 / 9:03 am

          We rent a condo from a friend at Romar House. We love it!

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