We planned to visit DisneyLand before Hattie turned 3. Turns out airfare to LA from here is prohibitively expensive… so we decided to drive to Orlando and see some of the southern sights. Our first stop was Covington and New Orleans. We visited NO and got to visit John and Jen for a couple nights. Jeff also got some work in at the office there. We had fun!
We started with beignets at Cafe Dumont. We decided to sit down (as all they serve is drinks and beignets) and made a giant mess eating our way through some delicious breakfast treats.
After walking around the French Quarter a little, and a quick picture at Bourbon Street, we headed to a Steamboat ride down the Mississippi. It was a great trip and the girls had fun eating delicious chips and seeing the paddle plug away through the water.
The next day the girls and I went swimming at the Club with Jen and her kids, had lunch. And then later went to their super cute house for dinner. The kids played Mario Kart and we enjoyed some delicious tacos. And I, sadly, only took these few pictures! Too busy catching up!
Fun coincidence. On our way out of Covington we stopped at Chic-Fil-A for lunch and ran into Jen and the kids, again! The kids played for a long time together in the play place and we got to chat a little longer before heading to the coast. Off to Destin, FL.
While driving to Destin we took a couple stops. First in Gulfwater, and walked the beautiful white beach for a little bit. Then we stopped at Beauvoir the home of Jefferson Davis. We took a walking tour, and ran into a whole TON of Pokemon players.
We arrived at our hotel in Destin, and we noticed a ton of families on the beach with flashlights. We figured we would head down to the beach and see what was happening. Turns out, at night, all these little white crabs come out and people were trying to catch them. the girls had a great time catching them, and then watching the fireworks afterwards over the water.
The next day was spent boogie boarding in the waves of the perfect Gulf temperature water. A nice lady gave us her boards as she was leaving and the girls had a lot of fun playing all day long in the water and the waves. We will definitely be returning, it was a great place to play.
After all the fun in the sun it was time to head towards Orlando and our theme park fun. We arrived after dinner to Orlando and decided to go into Universal Studios for a few of the rides that Hattie would want to ride, along with one or two runs on the Hogwarts ride. An hour of fun time before the park closed and before we started some serious ride riding and walking around!