The Wilde Olive Blog: Our stay at the Emerald Grande at Harborwalk Village


Our stay at the Emerald Grande at Harborwalk Village

Monday, September 30, 2013

I have been seriously slacking in the blogging department over the past week. I wanted to come back from the beach, edit and post all of our pictures, talk about the wonderful things we did and didn't do and then move on to Fall, because it will be October tomorrow (um how?), but the one thing I did at the beach that seriously carried over to last week was let myself be tired. 

I typically don't get that much sleep. I've found that I do pretty well on 6 1/2 hours or so. Even if I have the opportunity to sleep in, I rarely do. . . and naps forget it. That's just a waste of my time. I have things to do you know! So, when we went on this little vacation and I was surrounded by people who actually sleep, I felt the pull to just rest. I did too. I let myself fall asleep at like 9:30/10 and sleep until about 8 o'clock or so. So, when we came home I couldn't break the habit right away. Last Monday night I crawled in the bed right before 10pm and slept. I had to fight to stay awake the next night and the next, but then I realized that Fall TV started so I plenty to catch up on and keep me awake while I edited photos and just did my thing. 

So then, here we are with most of my iPhone photos. Our condo was awesome! We loved the Emerald Grande. We stayed in a 4 bedroom, 4 bath with the most amazing views! This place is super confusing to get around in, the most complicated multilevel, front and back door elevator system ever, but totally worth it. You are never without a place to relax, shop, eat, listen to music or participate in some good ole debauchery - which we did not of course =). We were lucky enough to be able to rent this place for just the price of the maid service. . . which was amazing. . . they did our dishes and washed our towels. We did not have to use our own beach towels for the beach or the pool. We had someone set up chairs and umbrellas for us. This is pretty close to what heaven must be like (minus the children squabbling over trains and doc). If I happen to have the moolah in the future, I would NOT hesitate to return. 

Wesley, Jonah and I arrived about midnight Tuesday and Jonah slept almost the whole way, so of course he woke up the second we put the car in park. "What doin?" is what we heard from the back seat. He then stayed up for a good hour or so, which was fine. Everything was so exciting for him. I loved watching him discover this whole new world all over again.

Our first day there, we packed up some snacks and drinks and headed to catch the water taxi to the cove and spent a good part of the day on the beach. It was pretty awesome. After a couple days on the beach and adding more and more family members, we spent a day in the pool! The set up here is awesome. The pool is zero entry and has lots of different areas, including a hot tub and an indoor pool. We spent our time in all three.

The naps were good and long, so that left plenty of time for shopping around the Village and a trip to the local Goodwill (of course). I can't say enough about how thankful we are to have gotten to go on this trip! 

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