Friday, July 24, 2015

Tan Lines and Good Times

Christian and I decided our family needed some beach time, so for the very first time we booked a beach trip with just the 4 of us. Usually when we go on vacation, it is with one of our extended families, which is always fun, but we decided we needed some time alone with just our kids. Our goal lately has been to really focus on strengthening our core family's time together and really focusing on our kids. We booked a one bedroom condo and planned on a quick 3 day trip. We decided not to tell Aubrey until the morning we were leaving and I absolutely loved her enthusiasm and excitement. There is nothing better than seeing pure joy on your children's faces.
I packed treat baskets full of dollar store treasures which was an added bonus to the kids. We loaded up Monday morning and headed out.

The kids did great on the trip and we had a pretty uneventful drive. Movies and tons of snacks are the key to keeping them happy. When we arrived, we checked in and hit the pool. Aubrey is becoming an amazing little swimmer and has totally ditched her puddle jumper. She has no fear and can swim unassisted for pretty long distances. I'm so proud of her and how hard she works at anything she puts her mind too...she's amazing. Weston also has no fear and is completely oblivious to the fact that if he steps off the edge of the pool...he will sink. He makes me a nervous wreck the entire time. We spent a little time at the beach but neither myself or my kids are much for the sand. We usually just go down to the beach for a morning and then spend the remainder of the day at the pool.
I simply adore this picture of my sweet girl!
We took the kids to The Wharf and rode the Ferris Wheel. It was so neat to watch Aubrey's face, she was amazed. We enjoyed walking down to the pier and just strolling through the stores. And of course we had to get ice cream too!
This trip was by far one of my favorite vacations yet. It was short and sweet and extra special because it was just us making memories with our little family.
 What a blessing this beach trip was for all of us!

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