Monday, September 28, 2009

My Favorite Beach Shots

Here are a few of my favorites from the trip

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

First Family Vacation

As promised, the pictures from our first family vacation. Most of them are of Lucy, naturally. It was hard to get pictures of all three of us without asking some stranger. I was looking back at our pictures and realized how few there are of all of us. It reminded me of our honeymoon. Mark and I had maybe 2 or 3 pictures of us together because there was no one to take our picture! Oh well, I'm sure you won't mind looking at Lucy for the next few minutes...

On the car ride down. She read her books almost the whole way. Its amazing how long this child can be entertained with just a box full of books. When she was finished with one, she would throw it down, then sign "more" and say, "book!" So I would pass another one back.

Out for the count.

So excited to be at the beach! This was our first night.

On our first day, getting ready to go to the beach.

Checkin out the water with daddy. She loved the ocean and the sand. Didn't bother her at all. Also, we were forecasted for thunderstorms every single day all day long, but as you can see from the picture, it was absolutely beautiful. I think it rained for maybe 30 minutes one day.

This was when the fever started, and the epidemic began. By the next morning all three of us were sick. We pretty much stayed in bed or sat on the couch watching cartoons all the next day. We did manage to get out that night and eat. We all agreed the seafood made us feel much better...for about an hour or so anyway.

The next day, Lucy was feeling much better. Mark and I were still on the mend, but we decided to tough it out for Lucy's sake and all headed outside for another day in the sun.

We walked on the beach almost every night after dinner, but one night we decided to take some pictures. The lighting right around 7pm is just perfect for some great shots.

A wonderful woman offered to take a picture of the three of us! No I'm not hugely fat, my dress was just blowing in the wind and makes me look that way.

Lucy doing a little light reading before bed :)

Our daily beach set up

She loved walking around and playing on the balcony.

Family shot on our balcony

We had an AMAZING time. Mark and I realized we really want to make it a priority to take a family trip, just the three of us, every year. We decided we would rather sacrifice in other areas in order to have that time together, even if it's short. We loved Gulf Shores, and you can't beat this time of year. There were hardly any crowds, and most of the people on the beach were couples with babies and older people, so it was nice not to have to worry about all the partying teenagers. Never thought I'd say that :) Ah how things have changed.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

We're back!

Yes I've slacked major on the blogging lately. Sorry for all you avid fans. We just got back in town from our first official family vacation. Just the three of us. It was amazing. We went to Gulf Shores for the week and all three of us got sick with fevers, congestion and sore throats by the second day, but in spite of that we really had a blast. There was really only one day that we stayed in and slept all day cuz we were so sick.

Lucy was a little fish. Seriously fearless in the water. So fearless that I'm kind of worried that next summer she's going to be the kid jumping in the deep in and thrashing around underwater until I pull her out. She loved the pool, loved the ocean, and loved the sand. She is her mother's daughter. The condo had a baby pool that wasn't quite shallow enough for her to run around in, but wasn't too deep that she couldn't stand, so she spent the majority of her time running around in the pool until she fell completely underwater and one of us had to fish her out. Then it became a game of falling underwater and jumping back up again. She wore us out :)

It was heavenly having time with just the three of us. No agenda, no schedule, no obligations. All we had to think about was when we wanted to eat and which seafood restaurant we should hit. My kind of vacation. I promise to post pictures soon, but just to make sure you come back for more...

Best bikini bod I've ever seen :)

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

As promised...

A video of Lucy walking. She's come a long way in a week and a half!