Mom and Paul took us all to Panama City Beach last November!! It was a fabulous time!
As soon as we got there, a handful of the most excited rode the elevator down from our 14th floor room and absorbed the joy of being on the ocean.
I think Clyde wanted Stephen to come down to the beach that first evening, what do you think?
First morning... Mom and my kiddos :)
Every year, there's a different assortment of marine life that we find. Clyde was on a mission to rescue all the sea cucumbers and get them somewhere people wouldn't step on them. You know, after he built an aquarium for people to visit that consisted of a bucket of cucumbers, a bucket with a MASSIVE and creepy jellyfish, and a bucket of marine hermit crabs.
Sherry pulling a ocean-floor-leery Iris on a boogie board :)
My crew and I, minus one sand-girl. She likes to admire the ocean from afar.
My lanky boy... I love him! Man, he has grown since this was taken!
This is pretty much how Mom and Lucy live it up on the beach.
My heroic life-guard watching our then 12 year old boy-shark. He does this because he knows I'll panic if I do not have some sort of protective barrier between our children and the open sea. Rip-tides will do it to you, folks.
Papa comes to visit the sand-folk.
The world's coolest bro-in-law with his snorkeling treasures. Ya'll this guy does some SERIOUS snorkeling!
And there's my sea-cucumber rescuer, right there!
Grands with the kids!
Iris always eventually turns into a water-baby, but she's kind of amphibious at first.
Lucy on a rare excursion to the water. I thought this sky behind her and her sister was GORGEOUS!!
Iris contemplating the depths of the sea.
My pretty first-born.
Mom and the kids.
This just... it's just too fabulous. No caption needed.
My lovely Sherry & David as they admire on of his finds.
Clyde riding the tide.
I think this is mine and Mom's feet.
Night-time ghost-crab hunting is a pretty necessary thing on any beach vacation.
the love <3 p="">
Mom and Sherry with the ever-so-conveniently-placed kids in the background.
Yep, there's my sand-girl.
Clyde and I played around quite a bit with Pokemon beach pictures. This was my fave.
Woah! Did the boy-shark come OUT of the water? And is he building a drip house with Sherry?
And out came the water-baby!
Stephen is not typically a sand-dweller, but when he digs, he digs big... this expanded much.
David pulling out his handy metal-detector.
Stephen readying Iris for a wave.
This was perhaps one of my favorite moments of the whole trip. Stephen and I coerced our poor Lucy to come out (further out than she wanted) into the ocean and allow Stephen to hold onto her feet while she was on the boogie board and then let her go when a good wave came. This was out of her comfort zone, but she really seemed to enjoy it, although she was done after 4 or 5 rides. :)
My babies and I. Proof that I did go on this trip.
Sherry, Iris, and I enjoying a sandbar.
Momma with her two daughters.
A particularly cute shot of Nena and Papa.
Sherry and David. <3 p="">
David burying Iris.
Am I chasing them? What's making them run like that?
It was such a great trip!!3>3>