Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Life on the Beach

The beach . . . with three small children . . . is so much work. This is pretty much what we did at least once, if not twice a day. We dragged stuff to the beach, back to the condo, to the beach, to the car, back to the condo and on and on and on.

It took us several days to find our groove, to figure out a rhythm of getting to the beach and enjoying the beach. We tried going out after breakfast, packing lunch and enjoying the beach until naptime. That was fun until the strong winds collapsed our canopy and only shade. Then we tried eating breakfast on the beach and playing until the sun was too intense, only to return later in the evening at sunset. Finally, on one of the last days we pitched our warped canopy and spend the ENTIRE day on the beach. We ate meals out there, napped out there and played until we were worn out from fresh air, salt water and sunshine. 
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Monday, August 25, 2014

The wind in our face and the sand in our toes . . .

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Walks on the beach at sunset, hugs that ended in a wrestling match, babywearing, the sound of the ocean and sand in our toes was just what our little family needed. We played hard every day and the boys slept good every night. 

Sunday, August 24, 2014

First Family Roadtrip

After our impromptu, but successful, trip to South Padre in May, Danny and I got the crazy idea to road trip to the family condo in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. That's 20 hours away (non-stop) folks. We have three children ages four years old and under. We are either crazy or just desperate for a little vacation. 

We decided to drive straight through the night to get there in one day, and then take three days to come home. We figured that our excitement to see the beach would motivate our drive there and that breaking up the long drive home would make the ride more bearable. It was easier driving out there than I expected, although it took Danny a good day to recoup and I think we'd probably road trip that way again in the future. 

These photos are from our first day on the beach. The boys were still timid of the water, unsure of the sand sticking to their hands and overall overjoyed to be out of the car.

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