slowing down

last week my family went on vacation.  i have been looking forward to this vacation for 8 months.  i just wanted to hit the pause button and have a big, relaxing, family-focused vacation.

any time we all head on a road trip, it resembles a traveling circus.  a bunch of crazy, lots and lots of laughing, movie watching, snack eating and naps.  this time it held something new, my boy driving part of the way.  and he did fabulous :)

the first morning there, i was up at 5:30 i was so excited.  i just could NOT wait to do my morning devotions on the deck of the porch while watching the sun rise.  it was absolutely breath taking!

we had lots and lots of beach time this week.  sitting on the beach, sand castles, wave jumping, the occasional wave knocking you down and rolling you around a bit (normally accompanied by a swimsuit malfunction) and seashell searching.  it was so super relaxing!

one thing that my family loves is seagulls.  actually, we call them seagulligans.  we kinda sorta like them.  and we name them.  although they are super sketchy, i'm very thankful none of them pooped on me (jade can't say the same).  and yes, we bought bread and got up early just to feed them.  which kinda sorta incited a bird riot.

no clue who this little boy is, but he sure made a good shot for me.

oh, the boardwalk statue guy that makes a killing just painting his clothes gold, squeaking when he talks and sitting on a bike for pics.  genius, huh?

i am completey, totally and ridiculously obsessed with this.  cotton candy polish ice freeze.  the polish ice was amazing.  and their ice cream?  out. of. this. world.  it reminded me of marshmallow cream.  sooooo wish i had one right now!

oh henna.  i knew i wanted one and knew what one i wanted.  joey decided he wanted one too.  gah.  disaster.  he got this HUGE arm piece.  decided the next day he didn't like it.  covered it with toothpaste to wash it off?  the toothpaste made his skin raw?  it ended up looking horribly.  and jade?  yeah, she got a henna too.  clearly, her's included cat paws.

isn't it so super hard to settle your family back in after vacation?  this week i'm trying to get everyone back on track.  which normally amounts in me feeling like i need another vacation

out for now