Family Vacation!!!

It’s been a long time…the last time was in 2000 we took the kids to mexico…but I decided it was time to bring us together for some fun in the sun…and that is definitely what we had!!!

We chose to rent a beach house from a recommedation from one of my quilting students and it was all that she said it was going to be and more…Cape San Blas is very secluded very private…we basically had as much of the beach as we wanted…left our “stuff” out all day long…and basically I stayed in my swimsuit from sun up til sun down…

Cape San Blas is part of a peninsula in Gulf County, Florida extending westward from the mainland of Florida, separating St. Joseph Bay to the north from the Gulf Of Mexico to the south. The St. Joseph Peninsula extends northward from the west end of Cape San Blas. It is approximately 10 miles south-southwest of the town of Port St. Joe, located at coordinates 29°39′49″N 85°21′20″W.

I know some of you love seeing “little man”…and my Mom has cooked for some of you at The Gathering retreat house…so I am sharing this post…

We drove from WI to FL took basically 3 days…stoped in Metropolis IL the first night so the Fisherman could go to the casino…and AGAIN he was successful-luckiest guy I know…but then on day two we stopped in Memphis to see Elvis…now my Mom was with us so I decided she should see Graceland…but…there is kind of a back story here…quickly….I was a 10 year old and a big Elvis fan when he died…that June he was in Green Bay and I begged my her to take me…and the answer was…”your too young…you’ll have plenty of time to see him”…WELL we know that was NOT the case and he passed in August of that year…and I have NEVER forgiven her for this to this day…so I said as we were pulling up to Graceland…You know…I shouldn’t take you here cause you didn’t take me to his concert…so don’t think I forgot!!!  But I was there about 5 years ago and boy has it changed, so much more…so you must go again…even if you are not a fan…you will be when you leave…how someone can still be going strong even after he is gone…just like our quilts we make…they will carry on…but here are some photos from this stop…I don’t want to spoil it if you have not been there so there are just a few…Elvis loved fabric too…this room has over 300 yards of it on the walls and ceiling!!!Here is my favorite Elvis “costume”.  The original American Idol.

He named his only child…Lisa…how nice of him…this is her key to her golf cart..and then look.. she had an embroidered patchwork quilt in her crib…

1070’s Media roomMom at the TCB fence…into the museums of his life…Ok…onto the beach…We had lots of fun and I thoroughly enjoyed my time with my “little man” and the big men in my life…as well as my DILs  Lauren and Brooke….Also last but not least… Corey and Nicole..a few vacation crashers but…lol…the more the merrier!!FL selfiewaiting til 5pm to get to the house….Jace how do you like FL so far?

don’t you just love this little hat GG got him? Papa and Little Man…always playing…Papa go hide!  I will count… Great Grandma…aka GG on the beach for the first time…ever this is pretty impressive for amatures… lots of fishing for the boys…

the kite that mostly nose-dived…sunset…
off for a shelling treasure hunt!!! the boy’s castle in progress…and my little buddy getting me wet as I try to capture the moment… Corey caught a couple of sharks babies.. How cute is this??? Little Man and Mimi making a Drip sand castle… Happy 30th B-day Brooke!!!Mama…and her goofy boy…Big Papa…being goofy as always…
Chilin on the beach with Lauren and Jace…Mimi and her best “bud”“Little Man and his Daddy …showing off his first ocean fishthe MERMANLuke & Brooke
out for dinner one night…at Mama Joe’s pizza…to die for…”little man” all spiffed up…tried to get some exercise…to ward off some of MOM’s cooking…biking and beach walking…didn’t help though…still got fatter…but I guess that’s what you do on vacation…very private beachview from our beach house screened in porch…those are out lonely beach chairs…the shell master… he loves treasure hunting for them…but Mama..I love them all!!!  when he was asked to narrow them down a bit…they all came home…lolBrooke and I…

So there you go…I hope this inspired you to do a family vacation or if you cannot maybe you can “live” through these for a bit…I know it’s not the same….

I did manage NOT to stitch until Wednesday(3 full days without)…I did stitch all the Summer Freebie blocks on the drive there…so a peek at them will be shown soon for the Summer Blocks of the Week…I get up so early and the house was super quiet so I stitched a little on the Wool SBOW…will get that post out soon to sign up…I know we did a pre-sign up in some of our FB groups…but the blog post did not go out yet…with all of them…

I had to laugh…I did get a few emails asking if all was OK since I had not blog posted in about a month…boy..the time sure does fly…with the things going on…but now we are back on track…one last push to get the Spring market stuff out for next week…

my best…Lisa

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lisabongean

I live in Menasha, WI, Married to Nick, with 3 sons, Lance (forever 29) , Luke 30 and Jake 29 I am a quilter, rugger, gardener and I also love to cook when I get the chance...

23 thoughts on “Family Vacation!!!

  1. Lisa, what a fabulous vacation! I love your pics and commentary. Can not wait for 2018 Wool SBOW. I’m busy finishing a few small WIPs to get those off my mind before the anticipated one gets started. I hope you’re feeling better.

  2. Love the pictures… I want to do that with our large family next year… quilty warm hugs!!!

  3. Looks like so much fun! Family vacations are the best-glad you guys got away for a while. Looking forward to your market things!

  4. Family vacations are sooo wonderful. It has spoiled us for other vacations!! We always see things our littles would love and wish they were there. You all look so great! A well deserved break. See you at Quiltstock!!!!

  5. Lisa, I am so glad you had a wonderful vacation with your family just an hour or so away from Tallahassee. I grew up on Panama City Beach and the sugar white sands of the north gulf coast. The pictures you posted reminded me of the beach at PCB as it was when I was a kid. It is all high rise condos now. Glad you had fun at Graceland! Edie

  6. Great family vacation pictures….think this was a much needed time away with family…Love Little Man…he’s so CUTE!

  7. Looks like a great time. With as hard as you work, you and your family deserve to enjoy and have family time!!

  8. Looks like you had a fantastic time, and I’m glad to see you did. Love your hair!!!

  9. Enjoyed your family vacation pics. Thanks for sharing. Gonna have to check out that FL location myself. We just returned from vacation in Newport RI. Not as warm as yours. Hubby thought he was going to get through without a quilt shop stop. Haha. Found a little one in Mystic Conn.

  10. I am glad that you had a wonderful vacation! Your pictures are awesome- looks like a great vacation spot! Looking forward to seeing the freebie and your other designs. I am curious about your design process . I would imagine that the more you use your creative mind, the more the designs flow! Have a great day ! 🙂

  11. so glad you could all experience this slow time together, and for GG to see the sand and waves…so special to have all 4 generations together!!! You are a very, very lucky woman/family! P.S. love the hair!

  12. Here in Australia Brisbane we have a long weekend, so like you the whole family went camping, so rejuvenating , that’s what life is all about family, love to you and yours. Karen

  13. Thank you for sharing your family vacation, Lisa … glad you all had such a nice time (love those big smiles!) I was a BIG fan of Elvis, too! Saw every movie he made, own most of his albums (still!) and read the book Priscilla wrote about their lives together … you can tell I’ve been around awhile! LOL Never got to see him in concert so I hope someday to go to Graceland. Thanks for being you and all you do/share with us fellow quilters! God Bless!

  14. Little Man has sure grown over the time I have seen your pictures:) Your vaca looked like so much fun – I am going to the TX beach next week with my sister & am sure we will have fun walking on the beach & searching for shells! Thank you for sharing your photos with us. Lots of fun seeing entire family:)

  15. Looks like you had a great time! Thanks for sharing your vacation with us – your post brings back great memories of past vacations with my girls when they were little. Cape San Blas was one of our favorites! We rented houses on that beach a few times and also came home with many, many shells and sand dollars. Most are still around (we even have a shell lamp – one of those you can fill). Glad you were able to take a little time to unwind and enjoy some family time!

  16. It makes me happy to see you so happy! I just spent 2 days with my daughter, son-in-law and 2 grandkids in Waunakee. Had a Derby Day birthday and went hiking in a beautiful park in Cross Plaines in absolutely beautiful weather! Was the best time!

  17. Glad you enjoyed our white sand “Florida’s hidden coast”. We got back yesterday from four days camping and fishing in Port St. Joe. Rode down to Cape San Blas for an ice cream. Come back and see us again.

  18. Love all you pictures you so graciously share. So glad you got to do a great vacation with the family. So important. Hope to see you in January at the Road.. thanks for all you do for your quilting fans.

  19. Lovely to see this family vacation. Than you for sharing your time with us. serendipitously we are headed to the gulf coast in 2 weeks for a family vacation too! I was excited before since we’ve never been there but now I am really excited.

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