Some Beach Trip Highlights

by Camille on August 25, 2012

As I’ve shared, we’ve spent the past week enjoying vacation at the beach. Charlie and I packed Ellie, the guys, and pretty much everything we own into the mini-van and drove the 10 hours to Panama City Beach.

Yup…we’re extreme adventurers. If you’ve ever made a lengthy road-trip with a toddler, I probably don’t need to elaborate on that, huh?

My parents also drove down and met us, and it was wonderful having their help with the baby. There was some initial gloomy weather, and some brief unpleasantness involving some ignorant people and some bad news from the doctor. However, despite the bumps, we had a lovely trip, and I think we made some pretty fabulous memories.

Like when we went to the marine park and Ian made a new friend.



And Herdest boogied down with some dolphins.


And I got a big wet one from the this sexy beast.



Then Herdest caught a jellyfish and paraded it up and down the beach.  I wouldn’t begin to comment on whether or not the guys enjoyed the attention from bikini-clad admirers who came to see. Ahem…not saying a word. Not one single word!


 We splashed in the pool.

 Enjoyed some lovely meals.

 Failed at dodging the camera. Gotcha Nana!

 And played until the point of exhaustion.


We soaked up the sun, dug our toes into the sand, sucked in the wind, and lived a little.


Overall, it was a blessed week. And now, almost back home, I think we’re all going to remember our beach adventure with a smile and dream of the next time we can all get away together. Oh, and next time, a certain sister of mine better find a way to join us!

Hope you make some good memories with your loved ones this week! 

Monika August 25, 2012 at 10:40 pm

Beautiful pics. You have a beautiful family! (I LOVE the pic of Ellie and Daddy being sleepy together.) So glad you had such a good time overall! (Oh…and you totally deserved a big wet one from Mr. Seal.) 🙂
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Camille August 26, 2012 at 1:16 pm

Hah! Thanks. 🙂 We’re completely exhausted and glad to be home, but it was a good time. With the boys’ work and school schedules, we don’t get to spend time all together as much as we’d like, so it was nice to spend quality time for a week.

Jim August 26, 2012 at 9:09 pm

What about a certain brother in law? Do I get to come too?

Amber August 30, 2012 at 1:27 pm

What a fun trip!! Did you ever find a bathing suit you liked? Do you have a story on the blog about the boys? Have you adopted them or are they foster children? I’ve been meaning to ask you :). Ellie is just precious!!
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Camille August 30, 2012 at 8:41 pm

It was a fun trip, and no….the bathing suit selection was just depressing. Of course, I didn’t think about it in time to check out anything but the local mall. I bought a pair of “mom-bottoms” in black to wear with a few tops I had and just rocked the cover-ups as much as possible. 🙂

This is the earliest post about the guys:, but if you click “Ian” or “Herdest” in the tag cloud you can see more of the story. It’s kind of complicated to explain. They were both over 18 when they moved in with us; I guess they’re “unofficially” adopted. 🙂 They’re both going to be living here full-time for at least the next two years, and they’ve come to be family in everything but name.

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