Thursday, December 5, 2013
Good week on the beach
It was cold on the coast, too. But not as cold as it was in Marshall County.
Once again, we spent most of Thanksgiving week in Gulf Shores, Ala.
And once again, it was a huge success.
The chillier than normal temperatures did not keep us from the beach. In fact, Erin and I even bundled up and went out at night, looking for some unique seashells.
We were actually the only ones on the beach at about 10 p.m. or so. Those times are some of the ones I will always cherish.
We also took long walks together – in the daylight.
But I actually found the “prize shell” of the trip while walking by myself one morning. It was a nice-sized, almost perfect conch shell.
Friday was the best day for being outside. Temperatures reached the 60s.
That day Erin and I also played putt-putt golf while Pam and Andy enjoyed some “Black Friday” shopping at the outlet mall.
Erin, like her dad and older sister Emma, isn’t keen on shopping. Although that is changing some as Erin nears her teens.
Andy joined us from the University of Southern Mississippi. Emma could not come – as she continues her work at Mission Arlington (in Texas). Needless to say, Thanksgiving is an extremely busy time for the Mission. She will get to come home to Holly Springs for Christmas – hallelujah.
As usual, we enjoyed great seafood in Gulf Shores.
Our choices included DeSoto’s Seafood Kitchen, King Neptune’s and Doc’s Seafood Shack.
One of my favorites is always King Neptune’s. It’s also about the smallest eating establishment (square footagewise) in Gulf Shores. We went for lunch and it wasn’t crowded at all.
The food, as usual, did not disappoint, starting with a dozen oysters on the half shell and wrapping up with some seafood etouffee with steamed white rice.
We don’t eat the typical Thanksgiving meal when on the coast either.
This year we purchased fresh steamed shrimp. steamed royal red shrimp, Buffalo wings and Pam made some tasty fixin’s to go along with the seafood. It was a feast, to say the least.
We enjoyed taking in some movies on the coast. Andy and I saw “Delivery Man.” Pam and Erin saw “Frozen” and “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.” None of those disappointed.
And our week on the beach would not be complete without watching some football – like the Cowboys versus the Raiders and the Egg Bowl (Mississippi State vs. Ole Miss) – plus some card games and dominoes around the table.
We wrapped up our stay on the beach Friday night with another good dining experience and ball games via the big screens at Rafters Restaurant and Sports Bar.
Saturday, Pam, Erin and I awoke early and headed to north Alabama for a post-Thanksgiving meal with my family and to watch the annual Iron Bowl – Alabama versus Auburn.
Needless to say, the Burlesons (huge Roll Tide fans) were disappointed with the outcome, but that wasn’t the most important thing on this day by any means.
What we valued the most was getting to spend time together as a family with my mom – laughing and sharing the best of times.
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