Monday, July 13, 2015

We took a beach vacation!

We went to the beach!!

Cody and Evelyn and I drove out to Alabama to spend the week with his family on the beach.  And I took a picture of my gas mileage because I love my car so much.

I didn't take that many pictures (for me) because it was tricky to take my camera out on the sand or near the water with a kid or two in tow, and because I didn't take a week off from work (during a busy time on accident, no less) to carefully and conscientiously document things.  I got pictures of what I could and/or when Evelyn was in the mood to cooperate.  There was also a trip to Fort Morgan that I took a ridiculous amount of pictures of because it was just the 3 of us on that day and old buildings don't move all that much.   Anyway, here are some pictures.

There was a lot of this.

And some of this.  We got very touristy.

Evelyn wouldn't pose in the mouth of this and I was sad.

Evelyn packed a purse with a scarf and toboggan and maybe even needed her winter accessories in the air conditioning.  Here she is getting in her cousin's space while he tries to show her how to play video games.  They were pretty inseparable for the week.

And here's another baby cousin wishing she could join in the big kid fun.  She's really good at waving and trying new foods!

Evelyn got ahold of the camera for a while.  This is a quilt she's working on.

The kids painted a couple of afternoons.

Egan drew Evelyn as a pirate.

Hulk and Captain America.

Nathan's vacation shirts were spot-on.


Evelyn was an absolute water creature!!  She loved getting knocked down by the ocean waves and when we could haul her out into the water to float a little.  She also liked practicing her swim moves in the little pool there.

Not pictured: the three of us swimming in the ocean and letting waves carry us back to the shore.  Lovely.

I did attempt to take some nice pictures before we went out to dinner on the last night, but Evelyn was beyond exhausted and things were pretty disorganized because the entire house of people was trying to get ready to go somewhere all at once.  Evelyn fell asleep in the car and then Cody carried her around the restaurant unconsciousness. The last time that happened she was 11 months old.  Goodness.

This is the only picture I took of Casey, which is weird.  He swam with Evelyn a lot and did some fun uncle things.  But here he is with Cody while they both look excited about packing up and heading home.

I sneaked out the morning we left to get a few pictures of the beach.

Evelyn wore her pajamas all day long and spent a lot of time watching movies on the portable DVD player her Gram loaned us for the trip.  This came in really handy when we misplaced most of our books AND missed an exit and drove a long way before realizing it and took a two-hour detour in Louisiana.

Whatever. We get lost on every trip we take and it turned out fine.  It usually does.  Please enjoy the photos Evelyn took in a Mississippi Dairy Queen.  Goodness we were happy.

Well, we were happy for the whole trip.  That would sum it up.  We got in the ocean nearly every day, had peeling sunburns, played some games, spent a lot of time with family, and took in the sights of Gulf Shores (which is a very cute place because I have a thing for pastel houses on stilts apparently).  It was fantastic.

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