Stokes Family Vacation 2018

Hey y’all— Long time, no type I know but JUNE was INSANELY busy!  Hoping the rest of our summer slows down some! I’ll probably do a June wrap up post soon but I wanted to go ahead and share all about our beach vacation!!

Every year we take a big family trip down to Panama City Beach and stay at this great house in Sunnyside. This year the group got even bigger with Keely and most of my family in attendance!

So for those of you counting we had about 20 adults and kids staying in two house this past week! It was fun and crazy and chaotic but the memories we are making with our families are priceless! I’m going to share some of the fun, a lot of the pictures and a few tips on traveling with a toddler. I think I’ll break that off into a bigger post later on and go into depth about things we brought with us!



Travel day! We actually started driving Friday but stopped in Montgomery and stayed with Kyle’s parents to break up the trip and to all caravan together Saturday morning. Our first stop in PCB was for LUNCH at the Captain’s Table. This is a fabulous hideaway oyster bar near downtown PCB on the bay! We actually ate at CT twice this trip!

This girl is a road trip pro! Nice long naps!

Give Mama all the oysters!

Keely tried shrimp for the first time (Dangerous game mamas I know but I had Benadryl in the care) and she LOOOOOOOVED it! She’s definitely a fan of seafood!

Checking out the porch views!

Too many shrimps mom!! But in reality I was trying to squeeze her into last years suit because I love it!

We got to our house and unloaded the car and Keely and I joined Kyle’s Aunt and Cousins on the beach! The second the ocean was in view our girl screamed for joy! I really think she was thinking  “I’m at the Ocean just like MOANA!!!!”

Getting in the ocean for the first time with cousin Jeb

She LOOOOOVED every minute of this trip!

Mama even got some sun time in!

Saturday night we planned to take photos on the beach with my family- My parents, brother and sister-in-law were already down and spent the day on the beach Saturday. I’d search and searched for a photographer in Panama City and found Victoria Land Photography! Y’all if you are headed down to 30A this summer- message Victoria! She was great with our crazy family and absolutely fabulous with Keely! I can’t wait to see our images- Kyle snuck a couple behind the scenes photos!

Sunday—- well really the rest of the week

Y’all know how beach time goes- It all gets washed out with the tide- it was such a relaxing week!  I’m so thankful I’ve got a beach bum and not a beach glum!

Y’all remember my post in May about my favorite summer staples?? Read it here! I purchased both suits that I talked about in that post and I LOOOOOOOOVE both of them! Re linking here and here for ya! This plum one-piece still let me feel sexy but definitely enough coverage and support for chasing Keely around! And it’s on sale!!

Back to Keely on the beach pics

I’ll touch on this more in my beach must-haves blog post but I just loved this sun hat and cover-up all week last week! The hat has ties (which is the only way I get this girl to keep a hate on!) and the cover up is terry cloth! Both are perfect for the beach!


Girlfriend napped hard on the beach all week and I was so happy I brought along our play pad from BlaBla! They don’t make ours anymore but Target has this super cute one!

Dino Rash Guard Set- Here

I swore  I wasn’t going to post this picture (c’mon Sal sit up straight ugh) but it’s the only candid shot I have of the three of us from the whole week! Birdie hates that life jacket fyi.

‘Mingo Rash Guard set- Here

Jessica Simpson Swimsuit-Here

Keely loved spending the week surround by her big cousins! Especially Cousin Mattie who turns 3 this week!

Big girl read the whole way home!

Speaking of reading- of course I didn’t snap a picture but I brought “The Mountain Between Us” by Charles Martin. If you like adventure novels (with a tiny bit of romance thrown in) this is the beach read for you! I’ve read that the movie got mixed reviews but I haven’t seen it yet! However I thought the book was a great read!

The drive home took us 9 hours! Pheww we were pooped! Made a starbucks stop along the way though! Don’t worry it’s only whip cream! They actually call it a pupachino!

Be on the look out for my Beach Must-Haves post later this week! Right now I’m going to head out to the pool with my fam and celebrate our awesome Country! Happy Birthday America!!