Sunday, May 18, 2014

I took a vacation

We went to the beach!  Dicy had booked a condo in Gulf Shores and so we went with her.  Well, Evelyn and I did.  Cody stayed behind to work, and pine for us.  We had a lovely time!  I napped and didn't take many pictures, but here's what I've got.

Saturday:  We stopped for lunch in Cracker Barrel.

Evelyn really enjoyed running up and down the balcony, and throwing this football around.

The water was chilly, but we splashed around in it a few times anyway.  It was beautiful.

Sunday: I spent Mother's Day with my mother-in-law and daughter.  And my husband's grandmother and little brother.  It was a nice slow day.

We played Yahtzee and Evelyn was really good at throwing dice.

Monday or Tuesday?  I knitted during naptime while the other grown-ups hit the outlet malls.

Wednesday: we went to the zoo!

We met a python.

It was thrilling for everyone.

We thought we could beat the rain, but it started to come down so hard that we hid in a little amphitheater.  

I didn't realize porcupines were so big.

Here is Evelyn sitting inside a decorative stool.  She played with that thing all week.

Thursday: cold, but beautiful.

This is Evelyn laying out.

Saturday: our last day.

I should have taken more pictures, but whatever.  We have a few on that little disposable camera.  Evelyn took a few, so get excited about blurry shots of knees.  I actually went to an outlet mall and that was kind of fun.  I read a book.  I didn't pack enough toys for Evelyn because it felt like we were overpacking enough already. Really, I was just overwhelmed.  It was a wonderfully slow week.  I stayed away from computers and barely talked to anyone on the phone.  My only obligation was to take care of Evelyn and to send Cody a picture a day.  We ate a lot of greasy food and I showed my belly on the beach.  Evelyn splashed in a little pool and dug in the sand.  We slept in a double bed together and I wasn't a big fan of her feet in my back, but it was wonderful to discover that she still looks like a baby when she sleeps. 

We all had a wonderful time, except for when a donkey at the zoo brayed and Evelyn was startled and cried for something like 20 straight minutes.  We had fun when it got cold and/or rainy on a couple of days, and I didn't wear a bra or make-up for over a week.  There was a lot of barefoot time and Evelyn probably grew.  Cody thought she was talking more clearly when we came back.  She probably was.  She changes more every day and she's changing pretty quickly.  I'm incredibly happy I got to have last week to just sit and watch it happen.

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