27 July 2012

I can't believe I didn't post about my two fabulous vacations this summer! They were fabulous! I felt like I vacationed the whole month of May and it was amazing :) 

The first week of May- Sydney, Linsey and I flew to Miami and spent some time there before we cruised to the Bahamas! 

This was the first night when we got to Miami. We stayed on the beach but walked down to Lincoln Road where there is a lot of shopping. It's pretty neat because a few blocks down they block off the road to vehicles. We were craving sushi so we stopped at a place called Sushi Samba (come to find out is big in NY, Chicago, London and Las Vegas) We couldn't understand ANYTHING on the menu so took a shot in the dark and ordered. I'd take Sushi Cafe any day :) But I did order a cucumber martini and it was delish! 

The next day we walked more than I have ever walked before in my life! First we walked down to Lincoln Road until we hit Washington Avenue. (thats where Dash Miami is) Come to find out, nothing opens until 11. I'ts like 9. This was was disgusting, Miami was so dirty! Finally we made our way down to Ocean Ave (Jersery shore house) and ate an awful, overpriced meal. We saw Miami Ink and made our way back to DASH to see if Khloe or Kourtney would be there... sadly, they weren't and the store was a major left down. 

Pulling out of Miami, headed for the Bahamas!! (dying to get out of Miami by this point)

HELLLLO Atlantis!! Atlantis was so much fun! You seriously need like a week here to see everything it has to offer! We layed out for a little while before we realized it was time to explore. We went and rode around the lazy river, which is AMAZING! There are rapids, some calm time and all sorts of pretty sites. Then we did some slides, one even took you through glass walls in a pool of sharks. So cool! We had lunch on the grounds and then had a nice nap/lay out session after lunch. It was hard to leave! 

This is a picture as we were walking through "the dig at Atlantis" (marine exhibits that take you through the streets and tunnels of sunken ruins)

We decided to leave the resort and go to the beach. Bad idea. Sales ladies were so rude to us and I think someone was trying to see us drugs. We took this quick picture and pretty much sprinted back to Atlantis. 

Could you not get so use to this?! I could!! 

The next day-- here we are in Coco Cay, Bahamas. Private island that was absolutely gorgeous! The water was the most clear, beautiful water I have ever seen in my life! We layed on the beach all day and sipped on frozen beverages and for a minute I felt like I was in heaven. It was a great day. 

Syd and I got adventerous and climbed out on the rocks.. we actually got a different picture out in the water on rocks... we were quickly pulled back to land by workers.. not happy with us. 

Back on the boat we got ready for dinner, "formal night."

So i learned that formal night was also "finish that song" night in the club! I was thrilled! This is something I've been training for my whole entire life. I can sing almost every word of every song ever. It's just a talent. I've always wanted to go on "the singing bee" or a show of that nature. (side note- i did get an audition with the singing bee in nashville but was unable to make it) Anyway, I jumped up and was the 7th person in line, but I decided why don't I stand in between these two guys already up here... making me the 6th. So they start the game, NO ONE knows their songs.. I know every single one. So, the guy before me goes... Seriously, it's Wannabe by the Spice Girls.. i start singing like it's mine! Every song is a "white girl classic" and I only say this because I was the only white girl in the competition. So here comes my song, the emcee starts laughing and says.. "you get marvin gaye.." I'm thinking YES!! "let's get it on" I can totally do this!... NO. I heard it through the grapevine. I've NEVER heard that line in the song they played for me in my life. My dad would have been ashamed at this exact moment. I have listened to this song my whole life and failed. I lost. Wanna know something else? I knew every single word to songs 7, 8, 9 and 10! Such sadness. 

Anyway, the next morning we woke up in Key West! I was totally excited about this stop. We walked all over Key West. Shopped some, they had great shopping! Ate some lunch at Margaritaville and then made the trek down to the Southernmost Point in the USA! It was so cool. I was totally excited. I saw the first mile marker, learned what a banyan tree is (AWESOME) and just took in all this cute town had to offer... especially.... 

Dipped Key Lime Pie!! TO DIE!!! Best thing I have ever had. Hands down. 

So precious. 

And then our last night came. And I was ready to get home. We flew from Miami to Dallas and then drove home to Little Rock and it wasn't fun. There were storms, and flight delays and serious fatigue. Love vacation, hate the travel home. 

SO... moving on to Vacay #2! Over Memorial Day weekend I went to Destin with the Johnston family. Brian came down to El Dorado and left from here and met his family in Jackson. We stayed the first night in Pensacola and then went the next morning to pick up David from the airport. Here's a pic from the first night on the beach.. 

Brian, Dallas and I- Pensacola, FL

This was our first night in Destin. We had a delicious dinner every night, the boys played football on the beach, we went crabbing, watched a wedding right next door and got lots of relaxing done under the sun! i LOVE the beach! 

Lots of sun! 

Our last night on the beach. We walked from the park to the Bach Porch Grill.. beautiful walk!! 

Heading back to Arkansas. Last morning. 

i LOVE vacation and spending time with loved ones and friends. Can't wait til the next :) 

XOXO, arh

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