Monday, March 25, 2013

Florida Spring Break Recap

WOW! Our trip to Florida was AMAZING! We stayed at Maravilla Condos in Miramar Beach which is in the Destin area. This is a GREAT complex. My favorite part is that beach set-up service in included in the rental fees. That set-up includes 2 comfy lounge chairs and a large umbrella. This allowed me to stay at the beach long hours and not get sunburned. I burn easily, so this was great. My son got burned pretty bad on his face the first day, so we got some thicker sunscreen and made sure to really cover him up. Those spray on sunscreens are handy, but you don't really get a good application! We mostly hung around the condo & beach the entire week. We took nightly sunset strolls along the beach or boardwalk. We ate at 2 nearby restaurants of which Captain Dave's was my favorite! We also hit up some local thrift stores a few mornings that were too chilly for the beach.

I just went through my trip photos and I picked 58 that I wanted to share here. No way am I going to take the time for 60! Many of the ones are share are on Instagram.  Check them out. I am going to go weed through my favorites right now and post a handful below.
built in bunk beds in the condo
my daily paradise

my daughter wrote this
destin florida sand castle
cool sand castle we found
new favorite photo of me & my hubby
crystal clear gulf waters
panorama beach florida destin
fun panorama with my iphone
destin florida spring break
spring break sunset florida
miramar beach florida sunset
couldn't get enough of the sunsets
my daughter drew this after the trip
That was tough to narrow them down. I took so many sunset shots. I just can't get enough! We came home right before the winter storm that dumped a foot of snow on us. I don't's temporary!
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Diana is a crafty creative Midwestern work from home mama of 3. She enjoys playing with PhotoShop Elements, sewing & crafting, creating fun for family & friends, camping, and reading. She is the owner & operator of Custom Blog Designs.

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  1. I am so glad you had a great time, Diana! Love all your photos, but the sunsets are amazing and the water looks so inviting :-) Lovely pic of you and hubby!

    1. I found the water a little chilly, but still dipped into water.

  2. Wow, Diana, you did have a grand vacay! Great sunset pics, too! Haven't clicked on your instagram pics yet. You sure had a great time with your family! Welcome home now!

  3. Isn't a winter getaway the best? You all look so Florida relaxed. Gorgeous pictures. What will you do with the free time generated by eliminating the posting of two shots?

    1. Haha! No free time! I came back to a crazy big to do list, but it was worth it. I am not even stressed!!

  4. We vacationed in Florida this month too - but in Orlando...this looks lovely - I might check out the area for next year!

    Cheryl @ The Creative Me and My McG

  5. Love the photo's. Beautiful scenery.

  6. Welcome home! I totally agree about the spray on sun screen. My poor step-son got really badly burned on his back one year because his day-camp counselor sprayed him in stripes. His poor back looked like a zebra! Great photos! Those sunset pictures are enchanting. Glad your vacation went well!

    1. I think the only way to get a good application with the spray is the spray into your hand and then wipe on!

  7. Beautiful photos! My husband lived in Florida for a few years and loved it! He has wanted to take me back there, I would love to visit, too. Looks very lovely :)

    1. I have never been interested in going to Florida due to the heat & humidity. Same thing with Hawaii & Texas, but I lived in both. This trip was so refreshing! I would not want to be there in the summer.

  8. Welcome back, Diana! So glad that you had such a great vacation. Those sunsets are beautiful. It's hard to believe someone would abandon such a sand castle work of art...but how do you guard it? I guess you don't!

    Thanks for stopping by at my Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop!
    Sinea Ducks ‘n a Row

  9. Hi Diana,
    What a great trip. It looks like it was so much fun. I love the pictures and the one of you and your husband is great. Happy Easter.

  10. Looks like you had an amazing time! I bet you enjoyed the warm Florida weather. Ha, it isn't very warm right now. I live in South Florida and we had to turn on the heat last night!

    Hope you have a good evening and weekend.

    Julie @ This Gal Cooks

  11. Gorgeous photos!! Thanks so much for sharing your fantastic vacation with all of us! :)

  12. What a nice trip! I need to be somewhere warm :)

  13. What a fun trip! I love all the pictures. Your daughters picture is so cute!

    I'm sorry you came home for snow, but glad you had a wonderful trip.

  14. Glad you enjoyed your trip :)
    Beautiful photos and some are even breath-taking

  15. Looks like a fantastic trip! So pretty.
    Thanks so much for linking up at Real Family Fun.

  16. Love the sunset pictures! I love the beach.


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