Monday, September 5, 2011

Life at the Beach

Well hello there! We are a little behind around here...  We are getting tons of rain from this storm so it has been a nice day to cuddle up inside after about 100 days of no rain and 99 degrees. So, Ellie is in bed, brownies are in the oven, and I thought I'd catch y'all up a bit!

Well, our fall schedule has gotten going so life will be more consistent, along with blogging, hopefully! So here is our end of the summer beach trip. My Nana and Papa take us all to Ormond Beach each summer for as long as I can remember. So, Eric, me, Ellie, Kelly, and our 2 dogs headed down to FL for some good time with family and the beach. 
 On the road, doing whatever it took to keep Ellie happy. Eric always knows how to get a laugh out of the crew.

After 8+ hours in the car, we were all happy to get there. Especially Ellie... after someone snuck her a fudge pop... No names mentioned. We spent a few days with my dad at home before we headed off to the beach.

 Ellie is 1/2 FL blood after all, and it was apparent in her love of the beach. She loved running out into the waves, topples into the water didn't bother her, and she tried to eat her fair share of sand.

 This is the sunrise from our balcony. One thing that changes after a little one comes into the picture is you get to see more of these. A hidden blessing of rising early.
 Nini gave Ellie her first pedi. This little girl never sits still, but she was so serious about getting her toes done that she didn't move a muscle.
 Many of these trips were made. Back and forth. Fill the bucket up. Dump it out. Repeat.

 Our days were pretty predictable. Up early, breakfast, run around the condo, read a few books, color, go through the sunscreen ritual, go to the beach, go to the pool, nap, lunch, beach, dinner, more beach. After dinner was a great time to go to the beach. Ellie was entertained this particular evening by this...
And this.

Not only can this guy pull of a mean round-off, he also has his first hole-in-one!!!! He and papa played a couple rounds of golf and during one of the rounds he made one!!!
 Love you momma! So, I learned that cameras get foggy when they are in the AC all day then the outdoors. Sad. But I still love this picture.
 Kelly begged me to do a maternity shoot, but I said just one...

 Well, after a week, Kelly and Eric had to head back. But, Ellie and I got to stay for another week. That week it rained most afternoons so me, Lolly, and Ellie spent the afternoons out and about. These 2 are quite the pair... We spent afternoons at the bookstore, getting treats, hitting up a few stores, and some trips to the park.
 Nana and Papa were never short on entertainment with this little one around. She was very entertaining for all of us! And she loved the time with them. Papa is quite the book reader! He was so entertaining to Ellie and even more to us.

 I am so thankful that Ellie has 2 fun, loving great-grandparents! Thank you so much Nan and Pop for the wonderful time you gave us!! We loved every second of it!
 We were sad that dad couldn't come to the beach with us, but we got some good time with him before we flew home. He took Ellie on lots of walks around the yard spotting lizards, feeding the iguana, Homer, and sneaking in snacks.

We were sad, as always, to leave mom and dad. It is hard having special parts of your life spread out all over, but the times together are always so so sweet. I love getting to see Ellie really get to know her grandparents more. Yet, we knew that Eric would be waiting for us at the airport and a week away from him is wayyyy to long! Ellie did well on the flight. I got plenty of people looking at me like I was crazy as I balanced her on top of my baby belly or as she flung her paci through the airplane up to the front, and plenty of "You've got your hands full..." but we made it home safe and happy!
We really had such a fun time down there that we won't forget! Now, we are getting the hang of our fall schedule. Tomorrow Ellie and I are heading to the zoo for a class on kangaroos and then Grammy comes for a visit on Wednesday! Lots of good things ahead!


Matt and Kristen said...

Looks like you guys enjoyed a good trip to the beach and it looks like you had the beach to yourselves. How nice!! I need to see these pretty little toes painted!!

Rachael Lamb said...

i see kelly's swan toe!