Friday, August 10, 2012

Beach Part III (Trip Wrap-Up)

Happy Friday, guys!  Today I'm wrapping up last week's beach trip with some tidbits and pictures.  I have a lot to do today, so I'm rolling bullet style on this one:
  • We stayed Saturday through Saturday. I could have stayed another week, which is not something I've said often since having a child.  Traveling with a little one can feel like work instead of a vacation sometimes, but I've learned to accept the help around me.  There was a time when I'd insist on doing everything myself.  You live and you learn, folks.
  • There was a big thunderstorm one day we were there (hardest thunder I've ever felt). After it died down, we chose that day to do a little shopping instead of heading out to the beach (along with everyone else in the area -- it was pretty crowded).
  • DK and I did date night one of the nights. We had dinner, a movie, and ice cream. We saw the Batman movie (we loved the last one).  When I learned that the movie was 2 hours and 45 minutes long, I had a feeling I wouldn't make it through.  I was already tired, but there was no way I was turning down a date with my husband.  I did better than expected, though.  I'd say I only dozed 25% of the movie.  I can tell you most of the stuff that happened, and I saw the whole ending.  Great movie.
  • As a family, we only ate out two of the nights we were there.  Boy, did I appreciate that.  Eating out with a little one (especially when they're tired from a long day of playing) isn't always easy.  As expected, M did fine one evening, and was tired and cranky the other.  All the other nights we cooked. We had poppyseed chicken, grilled steak and potatoes, and spaghetti on those nights.  Yum, yum.
  • I've been relaxer-free for a year now, and I'm still learning to manage the mixture of natural and processed hair.  With that being said, my hair was a HOT MESS during this beach trip.  It wasn't so bad on the beach and at the pool since I wore a visor, but the nights we were out?  There wasn't much I could do for it.  Hot. Mess.  I'm looking forward to the day I've gotten rid of all the processed hair.  It won't be long!
  • We got AMAZING tans while we were.  I loved my complexion after Miami, but I REALLY love this one. Hope it lasts a while. 

This was dinner our last night (the pic's dark because I, the genius, forgot to turn the flash on before giving it to the waiter). I love most beach restaurants because they're open and don't use air conditioning.  I hate being cold in restaurants.

I wanted to get some pics of M on the beach in regular clothes...

...but this was the same evening she was cranky. it didn't really happen.

(I also wanted to take a family pic on the beach, but...well, my hair.  No ma'am, no sir.)

Dinner one other evening.

The girls still had some leftover energy after dinner, so we went for a walk through the neighborhood.


Eating her Dora ice cream from the ice cream truck.

Our moms headed to the beach after dinner one night.
They go out there and talk the night away.

M drawing her people.  It's fun watching her drawings get more detailed. What used to be a face with two lines (legs) has turned into a person with shoes, arms, fingers, and even eyebrows.

It was a great trip!

I am so grateful for all the time we spent as a family.

Speaking of which, I'll probably be posting more pics next week of M and the beach trip she's currently on with more family.  My in-laws have texted me more pics since the last one I posted.

Also next week, I hope to wrap up the summer by reviewing our Summer To Do List -- summarizing all the things we did and didn't do.  Next week is also the beginning of our very busy fall, so I imagine it won't be a whole lot of posting going on after that.

Anyhoo, hope you have a great weekend!  Be back next week!

Old Links from this Same Annual Beach Trip:  2009 |  2010 |  2011

~ G

1 comment:

  1. Looks like y'all had a smooth and fun trip. I love M's outfits! It's hard for me to get pics of my kids. Either they are dressed and cranky with sad face pics or they look ragedy and smiley and are asking me to take pics. I can't believe summer is pretty much over.


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