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Real Life Big Family Travel: From Savannah with Love

   Savannah is full of eccentric, funny, wonderful people. They will tell you which old historic homes are haunted, ask how long you are gonna be in town and offer you some buttered grits. Did I mention that I love that town? Oh? I did? Ok. I surprised my husband with a long weekend trip for Father’s Day. We’ve had a rough first half of 2012. He had his ACL replaced and is still recovering. He’s a guy that was running miles every morning before work and is just itching to have his knee 100% again. So, for once, I managed to surprise him and we had a blast. We needed to celebrate him getting better. We needed an adventure. We survived the 9hrs in the car with happy kids because I completely broke down and downloaded Angry Birds for them. I mean, sure, we maybe could have planned the for boys to knit sweaters for the poor on the drive down but we needed to actually arrive in Savannah.And arrive we did. We stayed at the Weston Savannah Harbor Golf Resort. It was fantastic. I stay at nice hotels often because of work, but we never take family trips and stay in nice hotels because we always assumed the boys would be miserably  bored. Have you ever tried to keep 5 boys quiet in a regular hotel with thin walls? Don’t. Trust me. :) The boys swam, ate yummy meals, had crab races(!), and played ping pong for hours. I never ever had to bust out my stank-eye serious face and yell at them. That, y’all, is a vacation. When did I know I was a winner with the trip? When my husband called from the bathroom. “Hey Honey, Come look at this.” Yeah, I wasn’t sure what I was gonna walk into. He proudly showed me the TV in the bathroom mirror.                               He couldn’t believe it. The man who has been all over the world, who has seen it all, this bathroom setup blew him away. You know what that means, right? The downside was all our boys always wanted to use our bathroom. :)     In Savannah, you can catch a water ferry to ride back and forth from the island to River Street. The boys could have ridden back in forth all day happily. I have added some lovely pictures from our exploration of River street, the ferry ride and more.    

  • When you start a car trip it’s all smiles.. 1 of 14
    When you start a car trip it's all smiles..
    ..as long as you have an iPad or two? :)
  • Oh for Pete’s Sake! 2 of 14
    Oh for Pete's Sake!
    That moment when you realize you HAVE to stop for gas and your back seats look like this? Yeah. That.
  • All the amazing things in Savannah and a gorgeous resort hotel… 3 of 14
    All the amazing things in Savannah and a gorgeous resort hotel...
    ..and what made my husband have to take a moment and call the boys in to see it? TV in the bathroom mirror. Happy Father's Day honey. :)
  • View of the river… 4 of 14
    View of the river...
    ...from our hotel room. Can't wait to get my boots (flip-flops) on the ground.
  • Wind in our hair, cruising over the water. 5 of 14
    Wind in our hair, cruising over the water.
    Nothing like it.
  • My brother-in-law’s family lives close by and visited… 6 of 14
    My brother-in-law's family lives close by and visited...
    Here is my niece and my 10yo on the ferry going back to the hotel after dinner. They are so excited.
  • Posing for pictures is like herding cats.. 7 of 14
    Posing for pictures is like herding cats..
    poor exasperated oldest brother.
  • Especially when one kid thinks he is a ninja.. 8 of 14
    Especially when one kid thinks he is a ninja..
    heh.
  • Kids & Comic Book apps? 9 of 14
    Kids & Comic Book apps?
    Perfect!
  • The ferry goes back and forth to River Street all day… 10 of 14
    The ferry goes back and forth to River Street all day...
    Toot toot!
  • No, my boys didn’t want to run loose on this . 11 of 14
    No, my boys didn't want to run loose on this .
    Riiiiiiight. But now I think I want a boat and make it look like a pirate ship. Just for kicks. Argggh Mateys.
  • The Westin… 12 of 14
    The Westin...
    ....simply stunning at sunset.
  • The sun begins to set behind the Talmadge Memorial Bridge. 13 of 14
    The sun begins to set behind the Talmadge Memorial Bridge.
    Doesn't it look like it's made of spiderwebs? Georgeousness.
  • Walking back to our hotel on the riverfront. 14 of 14
    Walking back to our hotel on the riverfront.
    Memories made? Check.
  A big thanks to Westin Hotels & Resorts for sponsoring this campaign. Click here to see more of the discussion Read more from me at Alli Worthington . Follow me on Facebook and Twitter for updates Don’t miss the latest from Babble Voices Like Us on Facebook! More of me on This is Alli. Three Tips for Taking Fabulous Pictures of Kids at the Beach.  Because You Need to Go Out and Enjoy Life. Four Ways to Make Great Summer Memories Apps to Use and Love this Week Summer Magic: Fireflies, Junebugs, Widdle Wobsters Swiss Family Worthington Let Them Run Things Moms Don’t Say Family Gardens Teach More Than You Think They Do

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