Day after the wedding we went on vacation!
To the Gulf of Mexico. Oh how we have missed visiting those beautiful beaches each summer since moving to Washington. I was at first against the idea because I knew that taking Tesa and Tyce would not be any fun. Who wants to spend a week keeping babies from eating sand and throwing it in each others' eyes?? Then my Mom, angel that she is, and crazy that she is, offered to keep the twins while we took the big boys to the beach. We took her up on the offer and headed out with Brian, Kimberly, Brandon and Taylor for a family vacation adventure. Granna and Paw even joined us for part of the trip.
Here are the pictures of our fun.....
Navarre Beach to be exact!
Amanda and her sweet girls Brooke, Raelyn and Natalie made a road trip to see us while we were on their side of the country. They were great friends of ours from when we first moved to WA...then the army moved them. So glad we've been able to stay in touch with them and getting to see them was AWESOME!
Ryne could barely stay awake going to dinner.
Brooke joined the Stewart side of the table for dinner so that Taylor could play with her hair.
Raelyn and Ryne got buried again.
Figured out it was the only way to actually take a break on the beach. As long as Ryne was busy burying me and Kyle had Kade then I could relax for a moment. Boy do I look forward to having the kind of beach vacation that I really miss again one day. Napping, book reading, sipping a cold green tea, strolling along the water's edge looking for shells. Maybe 20 years from now I can do that again. For now, I'll just choose to enjoy the not so relaxing fun....except when I can manage to convince Ryne to bury me.
Kade caught this in the ocean.
Back at the condo, the kids acted as if they hadn't been in the water all day.
Kyle and I watched from the balcony since the other grown ups offered to keep an eye on our tots.
Not only could we see the pool from our balcony, but we also had a nice view of the bay.
Made for some nice sunset views that week.
And had a frozen yogurt date!
On our way back we felt bad that Kade missed out on our fun so to go with the cool necklace that we picked out for him we stopped and picked up some lobster bisque from the restaurant that we had eaten at the first night.
Yep, there he is in time-out.
Having dinner here...
These boys were happy with their seafood feasts.
After dinner we hit the beach for fireworks...
We got to see a really cool moonset.
Wish my camera would have taken a better picture of it. It truly was amazing.
We were having so much fun with this crew that we didn't want it to end.
But how does the saying go, "all good things must come to an end." Not sure that I entirely buy into that but it was the case for us this time.
We had one last day at the beach....
These boys had surely reached their sun limit so they sported shirts and hats for their final day at the beach.
Bye Bye beach.
Kade had flounder chowder and said it was super delicious.
Ryne slept through all of dinner and woke up hours later wanting to know when he was going to have supper. Poor guy, he was exhausted.
It was a good exhausted though, I'm sure.
It was a fun trip and we are so glad that we got to spend some time with these awesome people...
Speaking of memories. Kyle had been talking about eating at Waffle House since the very first day of our trip. We hadn't been able to make it happen. So on our trip back to Arkansas we were sure to make a stop.
Kade may not have looked like a very happy camper in that first picture but after he had a taste of this chocolate chip waffle he was a whole new critter!
So glad my boys got some Waffle House! I enjoyed it too.
It was a super fun trip but I was way ready to make it back to Junction City to get these guys...
They spent the week hanging out in C.G.'s world.
Don't you just love how their pool from the "water park" (see post about June in Arkansas) turned into their playpen at the flower shop?! Mom, you are awesome! Thanks so much C.G. and Grandaddy for keeping these silly little babies so we could enjoy our week at the beach.
Took all night to get us repacked so we could catch our plane in Little Rock early the next morning. And I'm not kidding. All. Night. What else would you expect. We did get there on May 31st and it was now July 6th. That's a lot of time for things to get scattered about.
And just like that our whirlwind blew right back to Washington.
Stay tuned to see what the summer in WA had in store for us.