We spent two weeks in early July back down South. We got to go to the beach with Bech's family and stay in both Brookhaven in Jackson, so lots of family time!
We flew into Jackson and hopped in the car the next day to spend a long weekend at the Beach Club in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Bech was able to come last minute so he flew into NOLA and drove over with his brother.
Which means I flew by myself with both boys. It was as bad as it sounds. Actually, it really wasn't, but it definitely wasn't a fun experience.
We all had the best time at the beach! Gil is a big beach fan, and Jack prefers the pool (mostly because he can practice his swim skills!). They went to bed completely wiped out every night.
And of course they loved getting lots of time with grandparents, aunts, and uncles.
When we got back to Jackson, we spent the rest of the time back in forth between it and Brookhaven.
This is the first snow cone that has been only for Gil. He only ate half of it (is he even my child???), but he sure is cute here.
Jack on the other hand ate his in 5 seconds then begged for some of mine.
Also that is an old soccer jersey from a team my brother coached. Also known as Jack's favorite new shirt. Forget designer duds, just give him jerseys.
Jack's favorite Brookhaven tradition is making donuts with my grandmother. It's my great-grandmother's recipe, and my Nana has been making them for us since as long as I can remember.
One of my favorite Brookhaven traditions is spending as much time as possible on the front porch, at least when it's cool enough. My parents live in a victorian house built in 1904 that has a large porch out front. I drank coffee there every morning while the boys ran around. And on this night, mom and I made drinks and listened to Anne Bogel's What Should I Read Next podcast (obsessed much?).
We were even able to visit with some cousins who drove in for the day. Tricia and I both think Millie and Gil look alike, so it was fun to have them side by side!
Doc (my dad) took us all to a Mississippi Brave's game one night.
It was SO hot, but these boys loved it! Gil would pump his arms up and down or clap every time something good happened in the game. And Jack was so serious about it all.
I drove up one day to meet my bed friend Courtney, her husband, and her son for lunch at the Council House Cafe (where I had the best BLT of my life). I loved getting to meet Baby Matthew for the first time!
I love this picture. Just a snapshot of Gil trailing after my Nana while she waters the plants. I was lucky enough to have a great grandmother until I was 14, and I love that my Nana and Papa are able to be a big part of my little boys' lives!
Jackson, MS, has the BEST children's museum. Seriously, it's right up there with The Magic House in St. Louis. We were able to go there our last day (our flight was late afternoon).
The museum had a visiting Thomas exhibit. Jack loved it, and I was hoping we were rekindling our Thomas obsession. So far, he hasn't pulled out the trains since getting home...Oh well, there's always Gil!
We had a quintessential last day in Jackson: Children's Museum, lunch at Beagle Bagle with Uncle Hunter and Nina (Bech's mom), and then popsicles at Deep South Pops with Uncle Blaise and Bella (my mom). And when you are an extremely messy little boy, you have to eat your popsicle shirtless!
It was a great trip and we are already missing our family! But we have over a month left of summer, so time to tackle our Vermont summer bucket list!