This is a long overdue post. To make up for it, you'll get lots of pictures. :-)
Recently our family started what we hope will become a tradition: A yearly family beach trip. It was awesome. The weather was great 2 out of 3 days. The rental was AMAZING. The company was great. All the kids did really good. And I don't think anyone ever turned the TV on.
It was just a great time for the whole family to enjoy the beach and each other's company. The kids really liked being around each other. So Nathan coined the phrase: "The fun days are always with Olive." Olive, you see, is his little cousin. His only cousin so far. The two have a definite attraction to each other. And I must say, with Olive and her little family, we always have fun. We heard this phrase quite frequently and Abigail adopted it as well. I believe you can imagine how many times we heard it in stereo. :-)
Nathan, Olive and Abigail. By the way, if you've ever been to the Oregon Coast, this is most likely what your swim trunks and swim suits looked like. :-) These are not your California beaches where it's super warm all the time. Most days of the year are probably spent in gear like this.
If you ever need to be reminded of God's creative power, just visit the Oregon or Washington Coast. Beautiful and breath-taking. It will also instantly relax you when you hear the soft waves and the sound of the seagulls.
Oma enjoying the little gazebo on our rental property. That view is just priceless.
Most everyone outside watching the sunset and soaking up the last sunshine of the day.
Oma and Grandma in the gazebo.
Our little girl taking it all in. Must be related to her dad. He adores sunsets at the beach.
Here is the little guy relaxing.
My man, my littlest girl and I in front of the sunset.
We spent nice family time together. There were quite a few "Apples to Apples" games played. That game is really fun. David and I had never played it before but heard about it from Kevin. Rusty and Megan, who always bring these great games, introduced all of us to it. It's really fun and you'll laugh a lot. Unfortunately for us, you need multiple players who can read. Maybe in a few years this can be a family favorite for us five.
Olive crawled up the stairs for the first time. And most of the family was there to see it.
Olive waking the tired boy up. He loved it.
Morning walks at the beach. The second day the weather wasn't that great, so Isabelle and myself stayed behind. We tried it at first but Isabelle started crying. So we went back to the rental and watched from our window. Here they spotted me on the balcony taking pictures of them.
Isabelle waving back. :-)
On our last day, uncle Rusty and aunt Megan showed us their favorite jetty. It was the perfect place for the kids to take a swim. Nathan, without letting anyone know, took a dead sprint and jumped head-first into the water. Clothes and shoes still on. Needless to say that Abigail followed right behind.
Yep, she's lying in the water. That made me laugh.
Still just lying in the water....
Dad loves to walk in the water as well. It's hard to keep him out of the ocean. The beach just soothes his soul.