Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Girls Getaway - Beach Style

This year for our annual girls' getaway (a trip for my mom, sisters, and our children), we chose to visit the beach. We had a great time together, even if the weather didn't cooperate very much. I really enjoy my time with my family, as we don't often get to spend so much time together. Here are a few snapshots of our trip...

I am not going to "re-post" the picture of Austin in the sand. If you missed the Wordless Wednesday picture, see this post. In response to the comments and questions concerning his opinion of the beach...I did not get any smiling pictures of him there. He was not a fan at all! But, I did capture a few of him not crying or screaming...that was a miracle in itself!

Austin & Katie

Austin's best beach picture

I took Austin to the ocean to see if he'd like it more...
That wasn't the case! Along with crying, this is what he did...

Katie, however, loves the beach and the ocean!

and I love those curls!

And, since our "beach" time was limited due to weather, I had some time for local "nature." I sat on our patio and watched our local alligator, Elvis, come up to the bank in front of me (about 20 feet away). He came up near our patio area every morning, and we got to see him (since our kids refused to sleep past 6am)!

And, we also frequently saw our heron friend...he stayed across from our patio area trying to catch fish for his honey and her nest in a nearby tree. Unfortunately, the few I saw him catch, he dropped. Hopefully he had more luck when I was not watching!

We couldn't get our desired picture at the beach of the three little ones due to the weather, so we tried on our gazebo. I don't have to tell you how extremely difficult it is to get a decent picture with a 3 month old, 8 month old, and 2 1/2 year old! The picture isn't perfect, but aren't their coordinating outfits (made by Mimi) just adorable??
And, although we were constantly busy with the kids, I did somehow manage a photo shoot of my adorable niece, Sydney...
and even a photo shoot of my youngest sister, Megan...
Here's our group...all of the girls (well, except Austin, who was lucky enough to still be nursing, thus attached to Mommy). I love our annual trip with the girls! It gets crazy sometimes, especially with the young kids, but it is always worth it! I can't wait to see where we'll go next year. FUN TIMES!

2 comments:

♥RocĂ­o♥ said...

Your pictures are precious! I love the way you take the time to capture everything..."so perfect"

Thanks for sharing!

The Pifer's said...

Oh I love these pictures!!!!! Adorable!