Gulf Port – Last Day

Our last day was spent on the beach in the morning and at the pool later in the evening. Overall we had a fun little trip – the kids really enjoyed the different atmosphere

So what did Mr. Harley Marley do while we were gone? Our neighbor, Aunt Connie, took care of Harley. She spoiled him rotten! She would come get him in the morning, put him in her car, and then let him play at her house all day with her pup. I don’t think he minded at all – just look at him – king of the front seat!

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Gulf Port – Day 2

We woke up to rain on Day #2. What are girls supposed to do while it’s raining? Have a makeup lesson of course :)

It didn’t rain for long, and the kids got to enjoy the pool all afternoon.

A true diva even poses in the water…

I think Jules ate at least 7 freeze pops this day…

Around 5:00pm each night, something really cool happened with the tide. Where the gulf was once waist deep (on adults), the water would become really shallow. It sort of looked like a huge sandbar that you could walk on into the middle of the gulf.

Here is the edge of the water BEFORE

…and here is what would happen every evening

This would only happen for a couple of hours in the evening, then the water would slowly come up again like normal. I’m not a tide expert, so I’m not going to try to tell you how or why this happens, but it was really fun to play in. This was one of my favorite parts of our trip!

Gulf Port – Day 1

Since Seth and I are going on a big trip next month for our 5 year anniversary, we didn’t go on the 7 day beach trip with the kids like last year. Instead we opted for a mini vacation to Gulf Port, MS…the kids don’t know the difference, right!?

We left on a Wednesday evening when I got home from work. The plan was to spend the night at Harrah’s Casino in Biloxi, then have breakfast in the morning and head to the beach. The kids were excited to leave! They watched Frozen TWICE on the way…

The plan was to eat supper and let the kids swim in the pool as long as they wanted. We arrived at the pool at 7:55pm only to be told that children weren’t allowed in the pool area after 8:00pm. Really!? The girls were so disappointed. So we headed back to the room with nothing to do. Seth became creative and made the girls a “camp”. They LOVED it.

The next morning we left bright and early and stopped for breakfast at Waffle House. The waitress gave Kennedy & Jules hats to wear…

Finally we made it to the beach! Even though the water was not as pretty compared to where we normally go, it was perfect for our little getaway. There was some seaweed near the edge of the water, but no one seemed to mind.

I love this picture of Jules. It shows her white creases in her legs. Jules has a naturally olive complexion that tans easily (I’m jealous). She has her daddy to thank for that. Her creases don’t see the sun, so she has white lines on her arms, legs, and neck :)

Two other couples came with us… along with my brother and his wife. So, we had good friends to enjoy the lazy days with…and the girls had fun playing with their friends and cousins.

Before we left home, my mom told Kennedy to bring a seashell back for her. My girl didn’t forget…she searched and searched until she found the perfect shell for her Nana.

That night, we opened the sofa bed and let all the kids watch Frozen (of course).

Day 1 was a success!

A $20 Hissy Fit

A couple of days ago, I noticed Jules had been very cranky and pulling at her ear. After home remedies didn’t work, I asked my mom to take her to the doctor to check her out before we leave for the beach. We surely didn’t want a cranky Jules at the beach!

So when my mom picked her up from daycare yesterday afternoon, the teachers told her that Kennedy had not been herself either. They said Kennedy had been crying all day and was just very irritable. So I asked my mom if she would bring Kennedy in as well, just to make sure she didn’t have some type of infection or virus.

My mom said Kennedy was crying in the car and asking for “momma.” I felt terrible since I was at work. What if she has the flu? What if she has strep? She seemed fine the past couple days…I need my babies well for vacation!

Jules was up first…ear infection and sinusitis. She was given an antibiotic. Whew. Ok, I can live with that. I can bring the antibiotics on vacation.

Next up was Kennedy. Our doctor checked her out…eyes, ears, nose, throat, stomach etc. The diagnosis was…she is perfectly fine. What?! She has not been herself and keeps crying for no reason – something must be bothering her!

So my mom asked her why she had been crying all day at school. She looks at my mom and casually says, “I just want to go to the beach!”

Really kid? I just paid a co-pay for all this drama?!

This is why I can’t tell my kids we are going somewhere exciting until we are actually leaving.

Tangled

If you have a daughter(s) you learn real quick what a pain it is to brush hair in the morning. When her hair is short, it’s not so bad, but when those beautiful locks begin to grow, the tangles and knots in it just multiply.

Kennedy has really long hair, and it gets knots and tangles if you just look at it the wrong way. It was a crying fest every morning to try to brush through it before we would leave the house. I was contemplating cutting it short just to skip the struggle.

Then I have Jules – who has extremely curly hair. When she gets out the bathtub we HAVE to brush it some, or it would just stay looking like a rat’s nest. Trying to brush through knotted curls is NO fun. I had to find a better option.

One day on Zulily.com I came across the $10.00 brush that would change our lives (literally). It’s called The Knot Genie.

The “technology” behind it is the different lengths of teeth on the brush. When brushing, they bend just right, to gently untangle the hair.

Now, on other sites, I see it priced for $20-25; however, Wal-Mart sells it for $10.00. This was the best money I have ever spent. I simply spray some detangler (brand doesn’t matter in my opinion), and then comb through with The Knot Genie.

I then came across a similar version at Wal-Mart (Goody brand), so I bought that one as well to keep in our bag. This one was about $4.00. Both work VERY similar. I can’t tell the difference when using either one on my own hair; however, my diva Kennedy always picks The Knot Genie one for me to use on her hair.

So if you or your girl has extremely curly or knotty hair, I highly recommend this brush! We went from screaming fits to no tears when doing hair in the morning!