The reason we stopped in Jacksonville, about 45 minutes away from the beach, was that we left home on Friday so that we could see my grandaddy who lives in Jacksonville. He is almost 98 years old!! After a couple falls over the last year, he was not up to traveling down to stay a few days with us at the beach as he typically does. So we stayed overnight to visit him where he lives with his third wife Leila in a retirement home.
We stayed at a hotel near their home, and these photos of of the girls in the hotel lobby (above are Caroline, my niece Julianne, and Cecilia). This is a Marriott of some type that my parents found when they have come down to stay in this area before. I am in love with their breakfast there... it is not continental, so of course I don't love the cost of it!! But they have really good stuff, made to order, and they serve Starbucks coffee. Lots of choices, fresh eggs, fresh fruit (not just the token apples and bananas included in most free hotel breakfasts).
Somebody taught Lucy to make funny faces... so she ran around the lobby making this face over and over.
Saturday morning, we went to Grandaddy and Leila's place to visit with them for awhile. Leila walked out with the girls (and a couple of parents - we didn't make her take five kids by herself, including two 1 year olds!) to feed the geese and ducks some bread. So, we all chatted for awhile, and the girls did a few puzzles that they have there at their retirement home.
Then we played Try-to-get-a-photowhere-at-least-everyone-is-looking:
Those condos in the background of the above photo are the ones next door to where we stayed. There is one main entrance, and the place we stayed is off to the right (north).
Here is our beach house - they are townhouse style. Ours was the balcony 2nd from the right side of the photo.