Thursday, July 17, 2008

Beach fun

"Our memories of the ocean will linger on, long after our footprints in the sand are gone." Unknown

Last Thursday through Monday we had the opportunity to go to the beach with my brother and his family while they were visiting from California. We CRAMMED ourselves into a minivan rental (which unfortunately brokedown) and headed south for some fun in the surf, sand, and sun.

We truly had a wonderful time. While the weather was definitely HOT, once you got in a front of the water it wasn't bad at all--especially with the ocean breezes. Our California visitors were shocked at how warm the water was. It was like bathwater. They are used to the chilly waters of the Pacific or hanging out at the beach of Lake Tahoe. In the afternoons, the kids had fun playing in the pool and trying out their swimming skills (or for Lindy just getting used to putting her face in the water).

To save money (and calories), we ate breakfasts and most lunches in. We were able to have some fresh fish and shrimp a couple times. On Saturday evening, we headed for Corpus and took Jeff, Dani, and the boys to Whataburger--a burger joint which began in Corpus. Afterwards, we went to watch the Corpus Christi Hooks, the local 2AA baseball team.

Lindy had lots of fun being together with her cousins, even though there are still the moments of no sharing, wanting whatever the other person has, and bouts of crabbiness, etc., etc. I think that's to be expected from a three year old, almost four year old, and five year old. I'm afraid we've got a ringleader on our hands. More than once I heard, "C'mon, guys let's..." Lindy reached a couple milestones by sleeping on the floor in a sleeping bag at nights and napping on a bed. We've always said we're keeping her in a crib as long as possible because of her active nature. She surprised us though and did great after the first night when all she wanted to do was get up and talk. I predict a move to some semblance of a bed--either toddler or big girl--in the near future.

The adults had fun together, too. We had serious talks and goofy ones, too. The girls ganged up on the guys and the guys ganged up on the girls. Not sure who won! We are blessed to not just be family but friends.

We are so very thankful that Jeff and Danielle chose to come visit us for their vacation and that we were able to take this trip. We look forward to many more combo vacations/visits in the future!


mommy24treasures said...

sounds like fun, sorry about the break down though:(
We always eat in for breakfast and lunch too.

Lexie said...

What great pictures!! I will be following your blog a bit closer now that we know how old our girl is. Get a feel for what it will be like with a 3 year old in the house. By the looks of it...i think i am gonna like it! :0) Lindy looks like so much fun!

Kate said...

Ahhhh.....the memories that will live forever in our minds....even though the actualy trip is over in the blink of an eye! Love love love the photo collages....I really spent some time looking at all your great chose a great way to showcase them in the collages...well done!!

We ate breakfast and lunches in too...saves money and it just seems a lot easier with a 3 year old in tow (even though she is very good!)....remember the old days of eating out without packing a survival kit of coloring books and stickers, etc.??? :-)

Lots of love,


The Oswalds said...

Looks like you had a blast. I love your collages. Lindy is getting so big! I know this trip must have made your summer. We love vacationing with our siblings & cousins too!
Thanks for your comments on our blog!


Tonya said...

Thanks Lisa... Now I want Whataburger and it's only 10:39am:)

Michelle said...

It looks like you had such a great time! That is so nice you could get together with family and have such fun with both the adults and the kids.

Jcbaron99 said...

What a great time vacationing with family. I would love to do that one day! Great photos.

Julie said...

Great pics. Looks like a fun vacation.

sara said...

Sounds like a great trip! (minus the breakdown!) Anytime a vacation included the beach, it's a good thing!! Love all the pics!

Heather said...

Great pictures! Great times... so glad you got some away time with your sweet brother and SIL and all the kiddos. These memories will be so important as Miss Lindy gets older, she will be so happy to look back on such happy vacations.


Chera said...

Just reading your blog and looking at your pics made me even more excited about our upcoming trip to Port Aransas next weekend!! :o)