The second weekend of the month I made a quick trip to Panama City. Honestly, I floated in the ocean the entire time and I left my phone at the condo, so no photos of this trip. It was short and sweet.
The next week I went to Gulf Shores with my parentals, sister, and her friend. I have lots of food info and trip details on that one in a few...let me finish covering my location for the end of the month first.
The weekend after I came home from Gulf Shores I was suppose to make the trip down to Panama City to be with my other family. My parents are divorced, so I have double everything. The two families plan their beach trips around the same time every year. I decided against going for two reasons. I was exhausted from going non-stop and also because some people will be negative until the day they die and felt the need to create some gossip about me. To avoid an altercation I decided to stay home and have some me time.
On a side note, I have debated on saying anything to the creator of the newest addition of the lies floating around about me. For my own good as well as my families I am going to only call you out on my blog. Since you don't care about me, I figure you won't read this anyway, but hey maybe some of those people from your "grapevine" will get the message back to you....please only spread TRUE statements about me....maybe even run them by me before you get your gossip train rolling...oh any maybe say something believable...HA,you pay for something for me??....in my 22 years when has that happened!?!?!? Righhhtttt, so for any of the people on this said grapevine that has been told a juicy story about me, sorry sweets it isn't true...think about the info and your source...don't even bother listening to that!
Ok, now that I have called out the person who always brings me down I can get back to my FAB month!
I spent the entire weekend floating and sunning. I went to church and then hit the water again. I didn't speak to a soul for hours. This weekend I plan on having some girlfriend time, so we can catch up. This is a crazy change for me. I am always super busy and going non-stop. Part of my promise to myself was to make 2013 about me! I am doing things that make me happy, I am weeding out the people that bring me down, I challenge myself to be the best I can be, and I make my decisions based on what I want. I stopped being pushed around, I quit leaving my fate in everyone else's hands. The result, I am happier than ever, so I don't feel bad about vacationing the month away.
BACK TO GULF SHORES.....
A lot of lazy river, pool, beach time as well as shopping was part of our trip. I'm sure the part you all want to know about is my food. We ate at many different places that were all so yummy! I'll show you some of my choices....
The first night I picked up Bubbas for us girls. We were a little late getting there because I let the learning driver get us an hour in the drive (we didn't get too far in that hour). I had gumbo that night. I didn't do anything, but sit on the beach and talk to my friends until I was ready to go to sleep.
The second night...
This is Kimberly, most people call her Kimber, but I call her Lucy...she is the sister! The older she gets the more like me she sounds, she can be witty. She's a bit of a hippie or a tomboy...I'm not quite sure yet. She gets whatever she wants from me; yes, I spoil her. She will always be one of the loves of my life!
Kimber, Myself, and Abbie
These two are super quiet...it made for a long ride down. Haha!
I am starting to miss these chicks...girls night soon!
This night we went to the Original Oyster House. This is my favorite restaurant...ever! Dad and I love their salad bar and pickled okra. I didn't touch anything on the left side of the plate. Yummy Shrimp Scampi and Fish. (I think Mahi Mahi...can't remember)
The next day was all about catering to Lucy...
I thought she would kill me, but I talked her into some orange lipstick for about three minutes, uhh such a tomboy.
I love bringing some color to her life first thing in the morning.
Told you she was a hippie. The girls got lots of goodies at the Happy Shack.
I'm might not ever get as small as Lucy, but I am catching up.
They make me proud! Your mommas raised you right. ;)
Went out to the Wharf for a light show...very pretty.
The kids had a blast dancing...
Bubble baths, balconies, and books is what this next day consisted of.
This little guy always reminds me of my friend Chris.
I had a lot of quiet time to myself this trip. This is the first time I went alone in many years.
More shrimp...Hey I like my protein! Didn't have the roll or rice.
This trip was during Father's Day weekend! The man in the red is my hero, role model, and STEP father. I love my mother with my everything, but the fact that a man raised me as his own and taught me so many things makes him mean so much to me!
He didn't have to put in the time with all of my school projects, driving lessons (starting from the age of 2), house projects, prom decor, just spending time with me etc. Not to mention I was a sick child, he didn't sign up for all the work, but he never treated me any different. If anything I was spoiled by his family as much as my blood relatives.
A couple years ago he had a stroke that turned out to be much more serious than we originally thought. I can remember sitting at my office as tears streamed down my face. Devasted is an understatement...like you are watching your life in a car crash. We are so lucky that he is still here and even if he is tiny, he's still my daddy! The man that will walk me down the aisle...if I ever jump on that ship.
When I think of a man that I would want to spend my life with I think of all the qualities my dad has. I am so lucky to have both of my parents in my life that love me as much as they do, so even if I get down about the people that don't love me the way they should, I just think of the people I do have!
Random yes, but hello check out that D!
This was in front of my mom and I. Maybe I am old school, but this isn't ok. I wouldn't dare allow someone to do this. He was grabbing that thing like he was exercising his hand...true story!
The girls spent a lot of quiet time reading....told you they didn't say much.
Every night when we were downstairs the security guard would come sit and chat with me. The last night I was sitting on the edge of the pool alone, in the dark, hiding out. Well what would you know, Mr. security guard found me! He gave me this jacket to take home to a child. I couldn't get him to let me say no, but I couldn't take it home. I left it for the cleaning service. They can take it to their children or take it to lost and found.
Gumbo and Seafood potato from Blue Marlin...It's a must in my family.
This was my cheat meal. I only ate 1/4 of it, but it was super yummy. I never eat carbs anymore...I could barely eat any of it.
Kimber had peach cobbler and that hamburger back there....I don't see where she puts it all.
She also had this while we were there. Hope's Cheesecake.
I got home and brother came to visit me. He didn't get to come with us this trip. His name is Brock, I call him brother. I get it from my grandfathers family. They all call each other Brother and Sister. Yesterday I heard him call me sister, so I guess we are carrying on the tradition.
If you haven't noticed, my brother and sister are both thin and blessed! I am working very hard to be healthy and maybe in that I will one day be closer to their size.
Out of 5 grandchildren I am the one that was overweight. I haven't touched fried foods since 2007 (never liked the stuff) and don't really care for sweets, but that's how the cookie crumbled. I was the one kid that has been sick for years, but I thank the good Lord for putting all the sickness on me and not one of the other four. I know I am strong and can overcome what is thrown at me. I don't want any of them to deal with all the years I went through. I can honestly say I am stronger than ever and feel really good! You can beat any battle if you don't give up!
A few things changed this trip from the one in March....March I lost 50 lbs. This trip I am at 70 lb down! That's only 20 lb in three months, but I will take it. I aim for 2-3 lb a week. I stalled a little while in May, so I'm not complaining.
I feel so much better and I am the happiest I have ever been. I am not home yet, but I'm making great progress.
Be the best you can be!
(Week of Dinners coming soon)