Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Gulf Shores 2014 (part one)

We are just coming off a vaction high around here.  It's always so bittersweet returning home from vacation, sad to leave and good to be home.  We just spent the last week at my grandparents beach house in Gulf Shores, Alabama.  We go every Fourth of July week and it is our total happy place.  I grew up going there every weekend, and now it's so lovely going with my own family.   Nothing is better than spending a week at the beach surrounded by family.  Seriously. The. Best.

We were there for seven days and I have serious picture overload...so, I am going to break this up in three parts.

Our first day, we met up with my cousin Heather and her husband Burton for lunch on the water.  We always have to get a fried shrimp po'boy as soon as we get there.  We probably eat our weight in seafood during this week.  No shame in our game.

Afterwards we headed straight for the beach and set up camp.  The beach is private so its really nice to just set up your tent and chairs and be able to leave everything for the whole week.  Now, we have taken Brynn to the beach many of times, but this time was totally different.  I do not know if it is the month that has passed since we went last, or the fact that this sand feels just like baby powder...but Brynn immediately sat down and started playing with her sand toys for the first time ever.  She has never showed any interest what so ever, but this time she was totally into the whole digging thing.  And for the first time in a year I was able to acutally sit in my beach chair and tan.  Can I get an amen?




And would you believe for the first time since she was a newborn this litte lady fell fast asleep in my arms, on the beach, wind blowing in her little locks.  & I found myself in absolute heaven.


Every evening after dinner we all sit around on the back deck with drinks in hand and watch the most beautiful sunsets you have ever seen.  Never gets old.




Was so happy to have my brother and his girlfriend Stephanie with us for the first time.
So beautiful.

The following day was filled with more beach time, more digging, more suntanning....and just you know, vacationing it up. 


This little nugget didn't get the time change memo and decided to wake up at 6.  Or maybe she was just excited.  Either way...way to early for mama.

After our morning nap we were beach bummin it for the day.



This picture just gets me every time.  I have so many memories of the exact same thing.  Running around downstairs after the beach in my towel.  Total happiness.

Brynn ate her dinner and went to bed by 7 every night.  Stayed on her little schedule which gave us some adult relaxtion time each night.  She really enjoyed all her attention from her Honey all week.



& a little sunset back porch action with her Pops.  She is one loved little girl.














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