Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Family Vacays Bring People Together! - Our Story

Afton got her new backpack and water bottle for school this week. She is so excited about being a "school kid". Thanks Maw Maw!


Sissy is potty trained! Wow, again!

I have a long ways to go in being the kind of mom I want to be. I have always wanted to be the kind of mom who builds living room forts for my kids. Building forts and letting them stay is definitely not one of my natural giftings, but this is a mighty fine fort if I do say so myself. Small victories. I'll take them where I can find them.

In fall of 2003 when Ron and I were just friends he took me to Florida in his Toyota Tacoma. This weekend we went to Florida to say goodbye to Yaya and Papa Steve's beach house. Since we were going to be bringing some stuff back with us we took the Tacoma again this time. It was like deja vu with a twist! I asked Ron what he would have thought if on our first trip to Florida all those years ago he could have looked into a magic future-telling rear view mirror and see this:

Playing in the yard and looking at "Crab Beach".

Dinner time at Land Sharks.

Meet Emma. She hung out with us all evening long. Her Mommy and Daddy are "inside". But don't worry she already had french fries and "lots of cokes" for dinner.

A little Aunt Ashley time!

A little Adam and Sarah time!

Some "Aunt Ashley that married Bubba" and Gracie time!

Family beach time!

Rose's first real experience at the beach.

She knows how to live the dream!

Once again our whole family "forcept" Cattie. Cattie misses all the fun.

Waiting and waiting for the realtor. The closest we got to a whole group shot.

Sissy didn't mind the wait. She used the time to glam up a bit!

Family vacays bring people together!

Bye bye sweet old house! You served us well!
First night home was a "spend over" with cousins. I think there will be many more to come.

Before we know it Rosie will be wanting to spend over herself!

Just a little coffee station that doesn't really go with the rest of the post. Coffee stations make me happy though, so it stays.

Mmm, a cup of coffee sounds great right now. I better get on it before nap time is gone!


mamakyker said...

Smiling at the thought of a once-empty Tacoma back seat now bursting at the seams with sweetness.
Sad for little Emma whose parents threw some fries and lots of cokes outside to her for dinner and let her play with strangers (glad for her that y'all are nice strangers!). And cracking up at the "togetherness" that family vacay's being.

Super Maw Maw said...

I also LOVED that part about the Tacoma! Its a much happier truck now!!
Looks like LOADS of fun and I think you will all really miss the beach house.

Love that my little cuzzies love spending time together.

Meredith said...

I love the image of the tacoma over the years. :) Thanks for posting picture of life each week. It almost makes me feel like I'm there. I miss you!