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My Awesome Beach Getaway!

I was recently invited by The Hilton Sandestin Resort in Destin, Florida to bring one child and stay 3 days and 2 nights, along with seven other bloggers. We were able to enjoy all the services and the property, which happens to be right smack in the middle of one of the most gorgeous beaches I have ever seen!

It was very difficult to choose which child I would take with me, but since Katherine was turning 8 the week of the trip, I decided to take her. As it turns out, she is the child in our family, and I hope you all have a child like this, who finds extreme joy in just about everything she encounters.

A butterfly? "A BUTTERFLY! LOOK IT'S A BUTTERFLY! A BEAUTIFUL BUTTERFLY!!!" Not just when a butterfly lands on her arm at the top of a roller coaster ride on Christmas Day, but when a butterfly just happens to flutter by on a Tuesday afternoon.

So, when we arrived at the beautiful sugar white sand beach, she was her usual self, which is very much like the character "Buddy the Elf".

Remember how Buddy reacted when he heard Santa was coming to the department store? That's exactly how Katherine acted about the beach.

She immediately did this.

And this.

All the while announcing in exuberantly, "MAMA! THERE ARE WAVES! LOOK AT THE WAVES!"

Random strangers on the beach remarked that she seemed very excited and guessed that she had never seen the ocean before. "No, she has," I said.
"That's just the way she is."

The Hilton property was stunningly beautiful.

And the service was impeccable!

A "Kids' Krew" program is available with activities, games, movies, and kid's lunch and dinner menus. Katherine LOVED this!

She met her new best friend, Bella, and they were so inseparable they even spent the last night together in the bunk beds in my room!

The "Kids" Krew" had a sandcastle building contest, a scavenger hunt, decorated a t-shirt, and even made s'mores.

The entire staff at the Hilton Sandestin Resort was so wonderful to us!

From placing milk and cookies in our room as a bedtime snack to providing the moms with manicures, pedicures, facials, and massages, everyone from the general manager to the cleaning ladies went above and beyond to make our stay amazing!

If you ever have the chance, the Hilton Sandestin Resort is the ultimate family vacation destination!

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  1. Wow! What an opportunity! Not to mention a very special time with Katherine that she will never forget. Glad you guys had fun, except for the whole throwing up part on the way home… 😉

  2. That is the BEST quotable movie of all time! :-)

  3. My middle daughter is just like that. It’s so wonderful and refreshing to get her point of view about things, and she is only 4! I just pray she keeps this excitement about life. So glad you got to take a fun little vacation!

  4. That clip is my FAVORITE part of the movie!! It the same feeling I get when we go to the beach. I have stayed in San Destin, FL a few times, it is a BEAUTIFUL place. So glad you had the one on one time with Katherine. It will always be a special memory forever for the both of you.
    Can’t wait to see y’all soon!!!!!

  5. What a wonderful trip! So glad you had a great time! BEAUTIFUL place!

  6. What an awesome getaway! So happy you guys are having such an awesome time.

  7. So glad you came to enjoy our beautiful sunshine state! Wish I would have known you were in town…tee-hee. I’ve always wanted to meet Mrs. Smockity in person. :) I always feel closest to God when I go out to the beach alone at night and gaze out at His awesomeness. It’s truly an amazing place to live. Hope you ladies went back with a tan and some good memories!


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