Beach Trip

Every June we take a big family beach trip to my parents house in Destin, Florida.  I was 38 weeks pregnant with little miss last year so we had to sit it out.  We were excited to make up for lost time this year!  We decided to leave on Thursday evening after Chad got off work in hopes that Olivia would sleep most of the way down.  We stopped half way for dinner and a little running around the restaurant like crazy.  After we got back on the road she fell asleep and slept so good all the way to the beach....then we got there.

We were almost to the house and I looked in the backseat expecting to see a peaceful sleeping baby and I got a big toothy grin instead.  I knew we were in trouble.  She must have been excited because it was almost her birthday!  When we got to the house Mom and Jacob helped us unload and we all sang Happy Birthday to Olivia about 100 times.  She was pumped.  The pack and play was all set up and we were mostly settled in by around 1:30.  Olivia took one look at her place of rest and decided that she wanted no part in that.  For fear that her screams would wake up the whole house the birthday girl got to climb in bed with us for the night.  I guess it was only appropriate that she have her feet in my ribs again the night before her birthday.
After a night of driving and no rest we were all pretty tired the next day, but so excited to celebrate baby girl's 1st Birthday again
 We were so excited to take her out to the beach for the first time we had to take a quick walk before her party.  You never know how kids will react.  Some hate the sand and cry and some love it too much and try to shovel it in their mouth my the fist full.  With Olivia's history of eating everything in sight I was fearing the latter.  She absolutely loved it and didn't try to eat it, pretty much the perfect child ;) 


Balloons, presents, cake (that she still hates) and you have a party!

It was so special getting to spend the whole day surrounded by people I love and who love my little girl.  I still cannot believe she is already one year old.  Love this girl to the moon and back!

Beach time!
Most everyday was spent on the beach.  Chad and Heath got the privilege of dragging the toys and umbrellas out everyday and that is no easy task.  The beach is such a different place when you have kids.  Especially one who just learned to walk and is into everything.  She dug in the sand a little, but most of her time was spent roaming the beach looking for people to talk to and snacks, of course.  There wasn't a whole lot of laying out going on, but I really kind of hate laying out anyways so it was perfect.  These little cuties had a blast together.

Cutest kids on the beach!



I searched high and low for all of her cute bathing suits for the summer.  I have a serious addiction to dressing my child and who can blame me when she looks this cute, right??  One day she will have a little sister or brother to coordinate with, but for now she gets to match Mommy sometimes ;)


The beach is so much fun, Olivia didn't have time to go in for a nap.  Chad and I would take her on a walk when she would get tired and she would pass out.  She slept on Daddy everyday, don't think he minded too much.



Mommy even got to join the fun at the water park.  Kid was almost passed out in the wave pool!

It is also tradition to visit Big Kahunas water park.  Olivia had a blast.  She wasn't a fan of the slides yet, but she loved running around splashing up a storm.


The boys went deep sea fishing one day so the girls took a day trip over to Panama City and Seaside.  It was so hot outside we didn't last too long.  Olivia had a great time walking around in Seaside and being super cute.  We got some delicious ice cream that pretty much melted before we could even eat it.  We will have to go back when it is not quite so hot out.



Father's Day also fell during our vacation.  I can't think of a better way to celebrate this precious man!  He is such an amazing Daddy to our little girl and we are so blessed to have him!


The beach wouldn't be complete without some cheesy family photos in your white and khaki. All 23 of us got all decked out and took pictures.  Here are a few of my favorites.


Nana and her doll babies

My sweet family (never mind the hair in my face)


It was such a special time getting away and spending time together.  It is nice to get a little recharge when life can be so busy and hectic.  It really feels like summer is here now!  
Let the fun continue!


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