Despite the dark clouds over my early days in Pensacola, there were a few silver linings I want to remember.
Grace’s 7th birthday was the day after we arrived, and she didn’t let our less-than-ideal circumstances keep her from enjoying her special day. I was particularly impressed with her optimism, because she’s the kind of girl who, immediately after one birthday, starts planning the gifts and theme for the next one! LOL
We talked about the things that would make her feel special on her birthday and came up with hotel continental breakfast, swimming at the beach, Subway for lunch, opening presents, pizza for dinner and frosted angel food cake and ice cream for dessert :)
Free pony rides!
Free face painting! Cold slushies!
Sweaty smiling selfies!
Super dad :)
We explored a shopping area called The Warf, but for whatever reason, most of the shops were closed. I did manage to snap a few adorable pics of the kids though :)
Orange Beach, AL is a tourist hot spot so we figured it would be a good place to have dinner. We googled and yelped and after a LONG time decided on a place called Cosmo’s. We wanted a restaurant we could all enjoy and the kids sometimes make that challenging.
We passed an adorable ice cream shop on our way home and pulled over for a sweet night cap!
Tom Gwiazdon says
Thank you for your service!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Betsy Sheldon says
looks like a fun time. Way to make the most of a challenging situation!