Monday, July 23, 2012

Beach Trip - Day Seven

Day seven and we were up an on the beach for a walk by 6:10 a.m.  The pictures Hubby had taken the day before were so lovely that we were sure it would be a great change of pace from the street walking we had been doing.


Me and my sister!  We are all matchy - matchy and weren't even trying.  Hubby was with us again, armed with the camera. 



There were some storm clouds brewing but we headed out anyway. 

 

It was hard to walk on this crooked sand.  In fact, it was killing our ankles.  We were power walking and not enjoying the beach, view, passing wildlife at all. 



This pelican could have landed on our heads and we wouldn't have noticed.  Then it started sprinkling.  We were not digging this beach walking at all.  It was hard.  Much harder than in tennis shoes on the street.



Then we ran into a rainbow and we were happy.

It was short lived because then we had to head back.  We walked a little over 3 miles on this crazy sand and couldn't wait to plant our feet on the boardwalk. 

We are beach walking losers.  



Look at this cool cloud formation.  A giant hole in the sky.  It did rain a little bit, but it broke up in time for us to get in some more time at the beach.



Me and Harry romping in the water.  Not sure what was so funny. 
Someone must have wiped out on a wave.



Me and my boys.  Love them.



Guk and The Penguin.  They are some cool customers.



The Queen and Chip catching the same wave.



I am not very animated, am I? 

WTH?




The Penguin in an up close and cool shot.


 


The Nice One and her little mini me.


Oh yea!  All the way to the beach!



The Nice One catching a wave.



Harry looking all handsome and serious.



The family.



Toby and Hasselhoff - Brothers!

It rained in the afternoon, but that was fine with us!  Thursday was Lanapalooza Skit night and we had lots of rehersals to get through.  We had five skits planned and seven grandkids to play all the parts.  The star of the show was of course, Lana.  It was a funniest, most embarrassing stuff we could think of that she had done or still does.  There were costumes and everything!



After hours of practice, we let the guest of honor and her photographer enter the theatre (or living room of the other condo if you are being technical). 

She looks like she is hating all this attention in this picture, doesn't she?

Trust me, about five seconds into the first skit she was screaming "NO, NO, NO...OMG I know what this is about.  NO, NO, NO"  Burying her head in the couch to muffle the screams! 



I won't go into all the gory details of this episode in her life, but let's just say that it happened at a Sub shop and involved a situation in the bathroom.



Maybe that was too much information?  Sorry.  Please don't think poorly of Lana.  We kind of elaborated on the details to make it a little funnier and she was quick to clear up the discrepancies in our story line when it was over.  It was still funny.



The next skit involved Mer and me and one of our sewing projects.  Our motto is "Measure twice, cut once....then go back to the fabric store cause we screwed something up!"  We never seem to get it right the first time.


Chip was an awesome Mer.  He took his acting job seriously.



The Queen played a pretty good me.  She was a little bossy and I think that was an acting problem on her part.  Surely, that isn't like me!

We also recreated the incident at the Lake a couple of years ago where Mer got lost going to the store for ice and came home two hours later with a broken tail light.  We didn't get any good pictures of that skit.  Hasselhoff brought down the house in his Granny costume.  Photographers must have been laughing too hard.



The Penguin stole the show!  He was Mer taking her pills.  When I tell you that Mer takes more supplements and vitamins than GNC carries it is not an exaggeration.  This kid walked out with his wig, glasses and purse and got busy.  He had little baggies full of M&Ms and was chugging them down with an empty can of Metamucil.  Hysterical.  Then he took out a GIANT pill box and started popping pills for every day of the week.  He was totally serious the entire time and never even cracked a smile.  He polished the whole thing off with a big gulp of pretend Metamucil.  Wiped his mouth and exited, stage left.  So damn funny.  Bob and Lana were howling.



Next up was Chuck imitating Mer picking up golf balls at the golf course near their house.  This wig was a riot on him and looked strikingly like a hairdo that Mer may or may not have been sporting just a few months back.  It was another belly buster.



For the final act, all seven of the grand kids had a tooth painted black to look like Mer's missing tooth.  She walked around without a tooth for months while waiting to get her replacement.  She has it now, but as soon as these kids opened up their mouths and smiled, she pulled hers out to match them.

The kids took to their parts with such enthusiasm and made it such a fun event. 

Best event of Lanapalooza by a country mile.

After we relived it over and over again and laughed and laughed we had to turn our attention to dinner.

It was Chip's night to cook his famous Taco Cups! 



He got busy in the kitchen with Ms. Tennessee as his assistant. 


Taco Cups were ready in no time.  He got lots of compliments on his delicious contribution to dinner!  Thanks Chip for sharing your culinary expertise with us.



Mario also showed off his culinary skills by blackening some fresh red snapper for fish tacos.  They rocked!



After dinner, the troops were a little restless so we did a complete night swim tour of all six pools at Gulf Shores Plantation. We started at the indoor pool and pool hopped our way across the complex.



We spent about 10 or 15 minutes at each pool, letting them check them all out. 



It was fun and it wore them out! 

Just one more day left at the beach and Lanapalooza week will be over. 

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