Monday, May 10, 2010

Final Farewell: Day 6

Alas, our last day at the beach arrived. We made sure to make the best of it as they were calling for afternoon showers. Lucky for us, there were none to be found! The kids were more brave by this point and wanted to venture further into the water. My sand and trucks plan was slipping away! Surely the FREEZING temperature of the water would detour them I thought. Not so much. Soon Parker and I retreated back to the sand with our trucks:) I claimed him as my charge for the day:)



"I'll watch Parker....you know, keep him out of harms way...make sure he doesn't dig too deep...make sure I can see him over the pages of my book:)"






This was as far as I ventured in this week



Preparing her "tea" for our tea party


this girl has no fear...she kept right on going, right up to her chin!





Peyton loving the water today






Thankfully Gi Gi and Daddy took turns taking her in...it was much too cold for Mommy!





I just love sand covered little baby tushes at the beach!


I told Chris I would like a family picture like this every spring break! We can't really call this a vacation picture...'cause well, it wasn't really a vacation. Chris has decided that anytime we take kids on a trip...it's not really a vacation...it's called "making memories"! Either way, we love our "making memories" trips and I look forward to many more spring breaks like this one!



Thanks for playing on the beach with us Gi Gi. We had a great time!



The boys are getting to the age where they really look up to older boys/guys. It's really cute to watch but makes me ever so careful as to who these older boys/guys are. They were super excited when cousin Josh and cousin Shane showed up at the beach to play. Josh and Shane, thank you for letting the little guys play with you. I know it's not the football game you envisioned. It meant a lot that you included the boys. They thought it was "super cool"!




The above pics and the ones below were actually taken last that day. I have no idea why they are so hazy. It was the middle of the day and the light was so harsh...no matter what mode I put the camera in, I could not get the pics to come out right. Any thoughts out there? I tried changing the ISO...shooting mainly in manual too. It didn't matter what I put the aperture or shutter speed on. Nothing was working. I couldn't figure out the right combo:(


Sara, I think we need a workshop on the beach!!!! Tell Drew that weekend in Charleston can be a "working" weekend. You can give me all sorts of pointers while we lounge on the beach:) We can even take some little models with us if that will help him out:) The boys would love it....the 2 year old will have other plans:) I learned so much at the first workshop...just think what I could learn on the beach:)




I just love watching the kids play on the beach. It really is one of my favorite things!

















The highlight of their day! A tractor ON the beach!











We had such a wonderful time this week. I'm so glad having kids has given us a reason to reclaim spring break again! I remember what a shock it was that first year out of college and working! What do you mean there is no spring break or summer break? You mean the children's hospital doesn't close its doors for either? Who knew!


Even though the car ride down was a bit long (11 hours). The kids did really well. We left super early in the morning and they slept the first 4 1/2 hours of the trip! Going that far south in Florida ensured warm weather!!!! What fun is the beach if it's cold?! We were in Pompano Beach, just outside of Ft. Lauderdale. It was still the Atlantic but I guess we were close enough to the tip of FL that some of the gulf waters were mixed in. The water was beautiful and very unlike the Atlantic up our way.


Funny "not my child" moments of the trip:


We had not made it to the interstate yet and we hear "I have to go pee". Mind you, the boys went potty when we woke them up and we were not 12 minutes into our trip. Really? So Chris pulls over into a parking lot (cause no one is open at this hour) and Parker takes care of business right there from the side of the van.


5 minutes later....."are we at the beach yet? How much longer?"....Oh boy, this is going to be a loooong drive! "Uh, buddy....about 10 more hours and 45 minuets to go"


2 minutes later..."I not see the beach daddy"...a cute 2 year old in the backseat. "kids, Go. To. Sleep!"


We stopped at a Chick-fil-A (where else!) for breakfast on the drive down there. Us and apparently everyone else from Cobb County and the Atlanta area. I guess everyone had the same idea for the week...head south! We were 4 1/2 hours from home and saw many folks we knew.


Chris was at the back of the van digging for shoes


GiGi was helping Peyton in the backseat


I was changing AC's diaper up front


The lady in the car beside us was looking our way...hand over mouth...laughing hysterically


Someone Chris knew from Chick-fil-A home office was talking with Chris while pointing our way

The van door was open....in slow motion as I gather all of the above information and wonder why he is pointing and just what is so funny....out of the corner of my eye I see.....a white hiney!


Ummm.....noooooooo! As I run to the other side of the car and find Parker standing in the van....peeing out the side of the door...IN. THE. CHICK-FIL-A. parking lot!


Where is that hole when I need it? Mor.ti.fied!!!!


By this time the lady is laughing so hard she is crying! So do I wish this was our store instead? Or maybe it's OK since it's not like we are regulars around these parts and we won't see these people again....well, except for the guy from the home office....dang it!


So at this point...I laugh! What else can you do! We have a little chat and head inside to get some food.


It may or may not have been the same kid seen peeing at the shower area at the beach...pants on the ground! I mean really....who are this kids parents?

Stay tuned for our final Spring Break Post. We had a super fun surprise on the trip home!

4 comments:

The Hardy Family said...

All of your pictures and stories are great!! It looks like y'all had a really fun trip at the beach!

Anonymous said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE this story! Miss you friend :)
Jamie

The Carsons said...

Amen to trips with kids = making memories and not vacationing! Wouldn't miss it, though!

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