Sunday, July 28, 2013

Beach Trip 2013

This will be our eight annual trip to the coast since we met, and our fifth annual trip since having kiddos. The first three trips revolved around fishing in the bay, but since Isabella was born, our trips have focused less on fishing and more on having fun in the waves. Each year we've stayed somewhere different, but always a rental home. Each year has been a ton of fun, but this year we think we've finally found the perfect spot...right by the beach and just an easy golf cart ride home in case we forget something...or someone.

 And I think we packed ourselves up right this year as well. We hauled everything but the kitchen sink with us in the back of the truck. We got some funny looks as others passed us along the highway. Maybe it was the highchair legs sticking up that caught there eye amongst the golfclubs, stroller, fishing poles, suitcases, pack n' play, bags and bags of groceries, etc.... We had everything to last all of us seven days! So proud of my hubby for packing it all in so methodically.

The place was perfect. A bunk room with a TV and DVD player for the big girls and a nice, dark, cool closet for the little one. We all spent the week relaxing by the beach and gave ourselves time to enjoy some other interests like a morning of golf, fishing with a guide and off the pier as well, painting, private yoga lessons, a movie on the lawn, and a bit of massage.

The week flew by, as we all knew it would. We booked our place last October and began counting down the days to our beach vacation in January. We have a couple more months and then we'll start planning again. Already I can't wait!

We've just arrived!

First thing's first, making sure their tackle box is organized.

She was a trooper on the road, now let's go check out our 'hood for the week.

A lake right in our backyard, we just need to get our rods.

Our first morning; almost all of us are ready for the beach.

Hey guys, I'll be there after my nap.

Taking a break.  Where's my lunch?

I'll hit the waves after my lunch.

Our first of many sandcastles.

Okay.  I'm ready!

Looking for seashells was a top priority.

It was hard to keep up with this little mover and shaker.

Headed to create another castle.  Will it be Rapunzel's?

Loving the freedom

bathing beauty

Morning creativity while the guys fish

She snuck off to her cozy bed mid-morning.

Ready to join in the art fest

Daddy and Mimi got the morning to a great start!

Just fooling around while she waits for breakfast.

"Good morning!  What do we have planned today?"

Waiting to go fishing at the pier with Daddy

We had some fun evenings playing Taboo

Can't go to the beach without some watermelon

Eating breakfast on the course

Reelin' them in

Daddy couldn't get his line in because these girls kept catching them.

As the week went by, our castles got taller.  Practice makes perfect.

Our casa was perfect! 
Playing patiently while we wait for our "We hook 'em, you cook 'em" dinner to arrive

Trying to read the paper with the ocean breeze was not an easy task

Souvenir shopping

Just walked out of the candy store...she has no idea what she just missed.

Our little crab is taking this opportunity to escape!

Any day now and she'll be walking on her own.  For now she'll take some help from Mimi.

Enjoying the ocean waves that sound just like her noisemaker.  Sounds just like nap time.

I could just squeeze her all afternoon!  It was just yesterday that she was the baby crawling on the beach.

And she's off!

She loves the water!


Sipping on her afternoon snack. 

Her first taste of Dippin' Dots.  Rainbow flavor, of course.  A cool way to cool off.

We're ready for our afternoon at the aquarium and then we'll cool off at the splash pad.
Checking out the stingrays.

Wow!  Check out these huge turtles!

This fearless little girl was excited to pet the sharks.

This turtle was well-loved for the hour that we were here.  They kept coming back to him.
Just arrived for our sandcastle-building lesson.

Our beach buggy for the week