It was a beautiful sunny day, and we were all starving! As we arrived in Fairhope, it became obvious that something was going on because there was crazy traffic! Parking was an issue & we were getting worried about being able to execute our plan. Turns out there was a big Mardis Gras celebration, with a dog parade happening as we arrived and another huge parade scheduled for the evening!
|These two beauties enjoyed their burgers. Dad was the only one who actually ordered Panini at Panini Pete's|
After lunch, we decided to wander around the shops. Steve bravely entered the Wild Olive, a shop with specialty olive oils and vinegars. You could sample everything, so sample we did. And, we did not break anything! Aren't you impressed? ;) Actually, I was super impressed with the people who ran the store, because they did not seem bothered at all that we were in there with all 5 children! Their products were amazing, and their attitudes towards us were fantastic, so they scored our business. :) I highly recommend them!
|We all enjoyed hanging at this eclectic art/furniture gallery.|
Steve had given the kids each $5 to spend on whatever they chose during our time here (not to be saved & used at a later date), so of course, it became a challenge to find something that they could buy for just $5, no easy task! Finally, we found a bookstore that provided what we needed. Genna chose a Frozen coloring book, Jake got a dinosaur sticker play kit, and Shanan found a Nick Vujicic book that came with a free t-shirt. Of course, the Nick Vujicic book cost more than $5 dollars, but we paid the difference because she can share the book with us. ;) Alyssa, on the other hand, held out & didn't find anything worthy of her $5. ;)
|They had Yuengling on tap (center), so Steve asked for some, and they obliged. Free beer? Why yes please!|
We realized that shops were closing early in preparation for the big Mardis Gras parade, so we hastened to make our way back to the van. However, Alyssa still hadn't spent her $5. As we were leaving the shops area, we saw a chocolate shop still open, so we decided to check it out. Her $5 bought her 4 gourmet chocolates, and she was happy! :) Although our day in Fairhope didn't turn out quite like we anticipated, we had a great time & would definitely go back!
|Loved these watercolors|
|The pictures don't do justice on these paintings|