We stayed in a cute little house called The Teacher's Lounge and it was right in the midst of Seaside. I LOVED that. Everything about that place is so charming. It had 4 bedrooms, one with bunk beds and my niece and nephew thought that was great.
It takes close to 7 hours to get there from home and this was Eloise's longest trip to date. She did wonderfully! She did not love every moment in her car seat, but she was easy to entertain with books, toys, songs and the occasional made-up story. And when she took a nap, Jason and I would chat about this and that as we always do on long car rides together (one of the reasons I don't mind them when riding with him).
We arrived Saturday afternoon, checked into our cute little house and picked up our race packets. We walked around a little and the rest of the fam grabbed some dinner while Jason and I enjoyed our usual night-before-the-race meal of peanut butter and jelly on a bagel.
Sunday was race day (see the previous post for that) and then we had a delicious lunch at our FAVORITE place - the Taco Bar. Oh my word. The Baja style fish taco is something I dream about all year. It was very cold, cloudy and windy that day so we didn't really hang outside much after that. I hadn't brought super warm clothes for Eloise so we rested inside for the afternoon until around 4:30 when we got ready and headed into Panama City to visit a cherished place so dear to my heart. Jenks Ave. Church of Christ.
|Playing with cousin Caleb|
|A fun pack of peeps on the couch|
My hope and prayer is that they saw it in my face, in our brief moment together, and felt it in my hugs as I'm sure I hugged all of them tight! My family stayed in town to eat while Jason and I drove a very tired little girl back to Seaside.
The next day was GORGEOUS and warm. Mom and I went for a 5 mile run that morning to shake out our tired and sore legs. Actually, I think hers were just fine, although mine were a tad stiff. We took it slow, enjoying the sunshine, the scenery and as always, the conversation. I took Eloise out in the stroller after that and got a delicious iced coffee from Avida Coffee Co (super expensive, but super worth it!). It was so nice to walk and sip in the sunshine!
After that, I had another sweet visit to look forward to as my sister Jessi and her husband, Nate came to visit and brought their three girls - the newest being only 2 weeks old! I was so thrilled to see them and meet all of those precious, funny, spunky, cute girls. Lilly, Layla, and Lenora won my heart as I knew they would from all the pictures and it was wonderful to talk with Jessi and hug her neck. We walked down to the very windy beach and took a few pictures before walking back, the kids playing the entire way. Eloise went to sleep, so I kept her snuggled close in her blanket.
|The sisters and their kiddos|
|The youngest bundles|
|All the kids (Eloise was not super excited since it was nap time!)|
|Eloise's first trip to the beach.|
|On a bench in Seaside|
The next day it was time to pack up and go home. It was even warmer than before and I enjoyed a short solo run down the Seaside path before getting in the car to head home. Again, Eloise was a good little traveler and put up with her car seat pretty well. We were glad to be home once we got here and I gave Eloise a nice warm bath and sorted all the laundry from the trip (there is a LOT more when you have a baby along!). We took a few more fun family pictures before heading out. It was another wonderful trip to Seaside and I am already looking forward to next year!
|Grandparents and all their grand youngins|
|The runners and their well-earned bags|
|Looks like something special came in Jason's bag!|
|Maybe this is what you get for placing 3rd Over all.|