Florida Trip Part 1

Sorry I've been a little MIA around here this week but whew!! Between vacation, my best friend's wedding and catching up at work and at home, I'm exhausted!!  I have lots of recapping for you all and I'm going to start with part 1 of our Florida trip!  My grandparents go to Florida each fall and it's been 5 years since I was able to go with them.  We originally weren't going to go on any vacations this year but couldn't pass up the opportunity to sneak away for a few days now that our crazy summer is over.  It was much needed.  It has been a trying summer in a lot of ways (I'm sure I'll share why one day but just trust me, we needed a break).  Some time in the sun, quiet time with my husband and some quality time with my grandparents couldn't be passed up!  We are so thankful they invited us to come along and had such a great time!!

Florida bound!  Please excuse my no-makeup look.  Our flight left at 7:15 in the morning so we were up early!  We flew Southwest each way and had great flights!

We flew into Orlando & drove to Daytona Beach so we rented a car to use while we were down there.  They told us to pick any car we wanted in the row and of course we decided to have fun with it and got this truck!  It was a Nissan Frontier and I now officially want one.  It was so nice and had a much smoother ride than my SUV! 

The Steak 'n Shake in our town closed years ago and Jared and I had just been talking about how we wanted to try one again.  We were starving after our flight so when we saw an exit with one I suggested it and we gave it a try!  So delicious and cheap!  That's a win-win :)

Ahh :)  We haven't been on the beach since our honeymoon and it was instantly relaxing.  Does anyone else feel like some quiet time away observing God's creation just heals your soul?

We flew down a day earlier than my grandparents and spent our first night at the Hilton.  Our room was super nice, the pool was great and all the food we ate there was delicious!!

Love this guy so much!

The view from our room.

After several hours on the beach, we cleaned up and had dinner at Bubba Gump!  We love Forrest Gump and the food there is always delicious.  The decorations and trivia inside are super fun too :)

After dinner, we went to the sports bar restaurant at our hotel to watch the Louisville game.  True fans find a way even on vacation :)

The next morning was Sunday so we took full advantage of the hotel restaurant, Doc Bales Grill, to indulge in their delicious breakfast.  It was so good and we were able to look out on the ocean while eating which is always a plus in my book.

Beach necessities :)  So excited for another beautiful day on the beach!

I finished my first book and started on this new one!  I will be sharing a book review soon with my thoughts on these and a few others!

My grandparents arrived later that afternoon and we checked into our new room at their resort.

We gave Ocean Deck a try for dinner and it was great!  My fried shrimp was some of the best I've ever had and my non-seafood eating husband found a great sandwich to eat!

Looking down at the pool area on our first night!  My family has been staying at Ocean Walk for 15 years and we love it there :)  If you are going to the Daytona area, I highly recommend it.  Multiple pools, a lazy river, water slide and a shopping center next door with movies and restaurants have always kept us happy and entertained.  Not to mention it's very private & clean.  We LOVE it there!

So that's our first two days of vacation :)  I'll be recapping the next 2 1/2 days next and then we'll cover the wedding whirlwind!! 


  1. So glad you guys were able to sneak in a great vacay this year and spend some time with your grandparents. The beach is always good for the soul <3
    Green Fashionista

  2. Wow, your vacation looks so fun and relaxing. There is something about the beach that really calming and peaceful. What did you think of Andi Dorfman's book. I have that Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World. I haven't picked it up yet. Would love to hear what you think.

  3. How fun! It seriously is amazing sometimes to just sit at the beach and look around, appreciating it!

  4. Beach time is always refreshing and rejuvenating!
    Sarah at MeetTheShaneyfelts

  5. Isn't the beach the best? 2 weeks in detox and I want to go back. I just booked another trip for FL for December because I need SUN, Tan and beach!

  6. I agree--the beach just does something to you. It rejuvenates the soul! Glad you were able to go spend time with them and have those memories. AND the beach time is an extra fab plus! I haven't been to Daytona in years.

  7. What a great start to your vacation!! It looks so relaxing and I'm so glad y'all were able to get away and have time away from work!