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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Callan's first trip to Destin

Well we have been back from the beach for a week and I still haven't posted on it so I thought I would take the time tonight to do that. Me, Will, Callan, and my mom (Momma Sheila...a.k.a. Mimi) went to Destin for a few days last week and had a great time. We got a really cool hotel room at The Palms of Destin conveniently located next door to Hooters but across from the beach. We got a great deal because the Wyndham called and asked Will if he wanted to book a trip for a really good price as long as we took one of the time share tours while we were there. So we agreed and took the tour the day after we got there. Well, it is only supposed to take 2 hours and they actually did their part in only making it last 2 hours but we were the ones that drug it out. They told us all these great perks, yada yada yada and then gave us the whopping $25,000 price to join!!!!!!! Ouch!!! We politely declined stating that there were so many other things in life we wanted for that much money. Our tour lady called the big dog over and after figuring out that his wife was from Florence and making that connection, he cut the price in half for us. So very tempting seeing as this is a lifetime membership that we could will to our children. Once paid for, it is yours to do with it what you please. Gift, sell, or will away. Being total analysts about money though (although we actually did think about it for a while) we decided that it is not us to just jump on something so suddenly like that and once again there are so many other things we want in life besides vacation points. We were about to leave (at exactly 2 hours in) and they told us about a trial offer that we could get for just a fraction of the cost and we could try the vacation points out for 26 months. Well, what do you know? We bought! We were totally talked into the idea of having some really cool vacations for not a lot of money for the next couple of years. Of course, their goal in doing this is to get you to join the actual lifetime deal after your 26 months but if you don't, no biggie. So we are going to try to use some of our points and take some cool trips and see if it is worth pursuing later.

Anyway, back to the beach trip. After spending almost 4 hours in the time share office, we finally made it to the beach for the first time on the trip. We spent a total of 2 hours at the beach the whole time we were there. It is just a total different experience with a baby. Plus we had a really unbelievable pool at our hotel so we spent quite a bit of time there. The hotel was really beautiful and the pool was amazing but the only problem was that they had a Trader Vic's in between the 2 hotel buildings and every night they had karaoke until 11:00 pm and until 2:00 am on Wednesday night. It was so loud!!! Callan couldn't sleep and then we got to where we couldn't sleep either. The first night there were only 2 people in the whole bar and they were just playing the music extremely loud for those 2 people. Will ended up calling the front desk on 2 different nights to ask them to turn the music down but the lady said that she could only ask but they didn't have to oblige. It was awful! I'm very shocked that they can call themselves a family resort and have that much madness going on. We will probably not stay there again.

Me and Will went out by ourselves on Wednesday night (thank you Mimi) and it was so nice to have a date night. We ate at the Old Bay Steamer (delicious) and then went to the Donut Hole for dessert (not so delicious). I don't know why we keep going there when we don't even really like it. Will had a little too much non-decaf coffee and got a little crazy when taking pictures. I'm posting one below. We took 9 pictures like that but I'm not going to embarass him too much! I'll only post one! All in all, it was a wonderful relaxing trip even if we didn't get a tan at all! It is always nice to be away from the crazyness of life for a while.


  • I love all the pictures! I had no idea that ya'll did that time share thing. You will have to tell us more about that.

    By Blogger Julie, At September 19, 2008 at 8:15 AM  

  • I love the pics! You can really tell Callan is growing :) Glad ya'll had a good trip!

    By Blogger Kayla, At September 19, 2008 at 9:13 AM  

  • Love it!! :) I love her silly faces and I can see where she got that!!! Forgot to thank you for my sweet note. :) Made my day. I feel much better (especially after my massive meltdown today).

    By Blogger Amy F, At September 20, 2008 at 3:36 PM  

  • We are members with Wyndam. My grandparents bought in years ago and now we have more points that we know what do with. I know its expensive but we enjoy it!! Looks like ya'll had fun!

    By Blogger Ali, At September 23, 2008 at 6:30 PM  

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