2018 Destin, FL Vacation + New Crochet WIP

Last week, my family had the great privilege and opportunity to take some time off and vacation in Destin, Florida. Along the way, we collected a ton of photos, and I thought I would share some of them with you all.

While we were there, I snapped the photo below! Incredible. Although, you can’t escape ads anywhere can you? Even as you relax on the beach, a boat with a gigantic advertising TV screen floats in the distance… But that’s okay – the crystal blue water and white sands are still just as incredible.

Of course, on my trip I had to bring yarn for my next WIP. I brought the new shades of River Washed (affiliate) (blog post coming!) and mixed them with my Dutch Rose blanket yarn pack colors of Stone Washed (affiliate) . What a gorgeous combination it made!

With my yarn (and some other essentials haha) packed, we headed off. On the way, I decided to actively search for a great restaurant along I-10, instead of just pulling into a fast-food place for a quick bite. I looked for “best diner on I-10 in Alabama” since that is where we would be around breakfast time on our travels from Texas to Florida.

Google spit out the Jubilee Diner, and it did not disappoint. This was some fine home country cooking, and I highly recommend it. My husband nearly kissed the cook, and the kids would not stop talking about it.

Bonus points for their Fairy Garden in the entryway. How amazing is that??

Crochet in the car, because being a passenger has definite perks. Got a small head start on my new project.

Florida has the most amazing trees. I had to take a photo while we were driving of these tall forest trees. Just incredible.

And we finally made it onto the beach! My son, his beach toys, my yarn and WIP, and The Secret Lives of Colours by Kassia St. Clair (Amazon affiliate)… What more can I ask for? My husband and I never take breaks and are always up to our eyeballs in work, so this was perfection.

Our three daughters also had a wonderful time playing with their boogie boards in the ocean. It was endearing and relaxing to watch them have a great time together! Sister love 🙂

Family pic – of course I’m always behind the camera! My four kiddoes are growing like weeds, by the way…

And the couple’s selfie! Haha – living our best life!

Speaking of best life – My beach WIP – coming along. Nothing like a hexagon to make my heart grow. Obsessed with that six-sided shape! This piece is part of a larger project that will come out soon!

This is the sign of a good trip right here… All four kids knocked out.

This pic is from the way home – we stopped to shop for clothes for my kids, and I found this Happiness Planner. My Moleskines have served me for three years now, but this pink one is so pretty – the pages have peach and gold accents, and the weekly layout is very good.

For me, the end of a vacation is the perfect time to think about what small changes my routine needs. When you’re in your routine, it’s hard to break that cycle, so a vacation can help hit the reset button! For example, I have this crazy goal to finish work every day at noon. It’s a real toughie for my workaholic self, and confession: I am finishing this blog post at 1:30pm, but hey it’s a start. Baby steps. Hopefully the Happiness Planner will be filled with things that make me happy!

Happy crafting, y’all!

Rachele C.


Categories: WIDN

14 replies »

  1. Thanks for sharing with us. Looks like great fun! Your videos have been so helpful. Just wanted to let you know I appreciate that extra time you take for us.
    Mary Worland

    • Oh thank you for your kind words of encouragement! I was afraid to do video for a long, long time, because i have zero experience and no equipment.. Then I saw the quote by Arthur Ashe: “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” So I just decided to jump in feet first! 🙂 Glad you can make use of them ❤️❤️

  2. Thank you for sharing the terrific photos. You have a beautiful family. I don’t get a lot of time off either, so it was so nice to see the beach and your kids enjoying themselves; it was like a mini vacation for me. 🙂 It’s really quite generous of you to share not just your work but your family time. It makes us feel even more connected to you. I hope you didn’t spend too much time working on your WIP and were able to relax, but I can’t wait to see your next project.

    • Thank you so much, Miss Judy – we really enjoyed ourselves. And funny enough “work crochet” feels much different inside than “play crochet” – so it was all play for my break ☺️ There is no rush for this project, I just wanted to get my new yarn on the hook ❤️

  3. Hi Rachele..absolutely loved your photos…so nice of you to let us into your private world and introduce your handsome hubby and gorgeous children.. you deserve a well earned break and I hope you came home rested and refreshed.
    I adore your blog and the wonderful creations found there..

    • Aww you’re the nicest 🙂 Thank you so much for the support! It’s the greatest feeling to be able to share my craft with y’all and feel the safety net of such a loving community. I hope you have an amazing week ❤️ Get some hooky in 😁

  4. Wow what a great looking family. Irene and I and Jermaine live in Florida about an hour from Destin. As a matter of fact we are thinking of moving there next year. Jernaine, we got permanent custody of almost 5 years ago. He is now 6 years old and we love him so much. Destin is a beautiful city and the beach with the ocean tops it off. Thanks for sharing the pics. God bless your family. Greg and Irene Martin

  5. You have a beautiful family. I enjoyed getting a peak at your beach trip. My husband and I want to vacation at Destin this December. We’ve never been to Destin. Your posts are so enjoyable. Please never stop.

    • It was beyond healing!! We work so much! And in fact it inspired me to work less back home lol… Definitely an eye opener. Who knew relaxing could be so…. relaxing 😂😂😂

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