Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Alabama National Shrimp Festival

Yikes! This post is long overdue! It has taken me a while to find the time to finally edit these images. The Mercer family (including Poppy, Gigi, Aunt Kaye, Chad, Stephanie, Cameron, & Hannah) headed south to Gulf Shores October 9-12th for our annual trip to the Alabama National Shrimp Festival. We had a great time and the weather was beautiful!

Katelyn and Owen got to spend some quality time with Poppy & Gigi. Gigi bought Katelyn a new coloring book and crayons. Owen got a new toy that giggles when he chews on it. He loves it but the giggling gets old fast! :)

I finally was able to get a good shot of Owen's "scrunched up" toe on his left foot. Dr. Wood said it is probably from being so tight in the womb. It will most likely straighten out when he starts to put weight on it. Gigi talks to it and tells the "little soldier" to get back in line with the others! Heehee! You have to admit it's kinda cute!

Most of our time was spent in Gulf Shores at the festival but we managed to squeeze in a few extra activities as well. While Owen went to the festival with Poppy and Gigi, Bart, Katelyn, and I went on our first dolphin cruise. It was nice but the dolphins weren't very active that afternoon. They guaranteed that we would see dolphins and we did briefly but it wasn't anything like I expected. As Bart likes to say "That wound that up - been there, done that!" :) We had a nice time out of the water and got to see some pretty scenics. Katelyn and the other kids enjoyed getting to drive the boat.

Another afternoon we went over to The Track for some amusement park fun. We pretty much had the place to ourselves so Katelyn got to ride several rides without a wait. Last year was her first time there but she really got to enjoy it this year now that she is older. She rode the go-carts for the first time with Daddy. This child has NO FEAR!!

Of course I couldn't go to the beach without attempting some family portraits near sunset. I'll post a few later in a separate post.

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