Saturday, October 15, 2011

Beachy Vacation 2011

This summer we just stayed put. 
This autumn however? 
We ventured "Way Up North"for a beachy vacation.
(for us: "Way Up North" = the Florida panhandle)

"Wait, don't you live at the beach?", you may be asking.
 But "Way Up There" we are on vacation at the beach.
And there is a difference.

We met some of our BFF's at their family's house/trailer combo 
a mere 2 blocks from the sand.
There were NINE kids.
TWO normally-overworked, happily rested Daddy's.
TWO makeup-free, carefree Mama's who handed out Twizzlers and Oreo's on demand, all day long.
$450 worth of groceries. (mostly chips, cookies and garbage bags)
1 Mini-golf adventure.
1 movie theatre extraveganza.
2 nights out to dinner as a "party of 4 + 6 kids + 2 high chairs" 
{during which, I might add, all the kids were really well-behaved!
They were too exhausted to act normal.}
1 night of "Kilwin's" ice cream cones for dinner.
1 sandy double stroller.
9  jellyfish, 1 dragonfly and 1 crab captured and buried alive by some savage little boys.
11 dollar store shell necklace souveniers.
1 million pale-hued collected shells.
1 icy cold pool below a twisty slide which ALL 4 parents DID descend while screaming.
And a whole lotta lotta lotta fun.
The whole thing is to be repeated ASAP and often.

Huge, raging success.

Totally a sweet gift from the Lord.


  1. I love these pictures!! It looks like you had the beach to yourselves. :)
    So glad you finally got a REAL vacation! :) (even though you were terribly missed!)

  2. Beautiful!! It looks like a truly lovely vacation. I am all about oreos and twizzlers. ;)
    I love the pictures of you and Rissa on the beach.

  3. Too many of these are my favorite. Also, it's kind of awful how much that little blonde-haired boy has changed in such a short amount of time :p

  4. Beautiful and marvelous. And wonderful and sweet.

  5. dude, I'm jealous you got to see Tiff. Man, I miss her! great photos.