Monday, August 20, 2012

Back from the beach...

We just returned from our annual beach vacation. We were gone for a total of 10 days/nights.  Seven of those were spent on the beach, the other three were spent in hotels in Alabama (business trip) and Mississippi. 

The girls were AWESOME.  I wasn't worried about Amelia but wasn't sure how Sydney would like being in her seat for such a long road trip.  She did great.  They were the best little travelers and we were so proud of them. 

We arrived on a Saturday afternoon.  This was our back yard for the week.  We literally walked out onto our patio and onto the beach.  This is the first year we rented a ground level condo - it's the best way with little ones.  You don't have far to go with your stuff or if you need to grab something and head back out to the beach. 

We were there with my family but spent lots of time as a family of four as well. 

This is one of our favorite places to eat breakfast in Destin.  They have the best cinnamon roll I've ever eaten.

Sydney enjoyed eating out on the patio as well.  Who wouldn't with a view like this? :)

We spent time with our cousins.  Amelia was so happy that Kandace came this year.  They played well with each other and their conversations with one another kept us laughing the entire week.

The girls slept until at least 9 A.M. every morning and some days until 10 A.M.  It was glorious.

I have lots of pictures to go through but wanted to post a few that I took with my phone. 

As we were driving home, I told Alex that even though vacations are different with little ones, I would choose a vacation with them vs. without them any day.  I loved waking up every morning to Sydney's big smile and taking her to my parent's condo for my Mom to feed her a morning bottle.  I loved waking up to Amelia's excitement to go to the beach or play with Kandace every morning.  

Do I get as much beach time with little ones? 


The day will come when I will get my beach time back but in the mean time, we're making memories that we'll never forget. 

Memories of my babies at the beach. 

Their first time to see the ocean. 
Their first time to play in the sand (and maybe eat a little too). 
Their first time to actually play in the ocean. 
Their first time to taste the salty ocean water.
Their first time to go crab hunting at night on the beach.   
Their first time to watch the sand move out from under their feet when a wave comes in. 

Amelia actually looked up at me after walking out onto our patio one morning and said, "there's just nothing like the sound of the waves, Mama." I started laughing because she obviously heard someone say that, but she's right.  There's just nothing else like it.

Memories that we will cherish forever. 

I'm thankful for this time that we had as a family.

Today is definitely a pajama day. I did laundry all week while at the beach but we still brought home one bag of dirty clothes, so we're washing those and unpacking the rest of our things.  I'm getting Sydney back on her napping schedule that she was off of while at the beach.  She took a 3 hour nap this morning.  I think she's happy to be home. :)  Alex left this morning for a week in Virginia.  It's back to life...back to reality.

Love to all,


Naturally Caffeinated Family said...

I love this, your sweet words, you and your sweet people. It sounded and looked like a fantastic trip. I'm so glad! Hope y'all are having a wonderful day of rest and recovery from travel :)

Jenna said...

What an awesome vacation!!

Todd and Courtney said...

Do you know how much I love reading posts like these? I sometimes feel like we're the only ones that are simply crazy about our kids and look forward to taking them everywhere with us. Soaking up the moments is so wonderful. I love not being in a rush and just loving them sooooo much. Your heart is so wonderful, Jill.