Ada sees the ocean for the first time, and, by the way, the weather was this beautiful the entire time we were there. Amazing. How can anyone doubt that we have a CREATOR, when you see a sight like the Gulf?
And John also sees the ocean for the first time. He was not impressed, and after that first morning, John stayed in the house, never going to the ocean or the pool.
John's favorite toy of all, my keys. Check out his fat rolls, and that is 100% breast milk, folks, since he still hasn't mastered baby food (which the doctor says we have to work on).
And an unsuccessful attempt to get him out of my lap. See his crawling stance? He has become an expert scooter, getting across the room very fast, so he does the crawl position less and less.
Thoughts on the beach trip--it was exhausting, to say the least, and by 7:00 everyday I was wishing I could crawl into bed. However, I am thankful for Ada's sake that we were able to go. I think she loved it. Plus, the first day we were there, Ann and I had a very relaxing time lying out at the pool while the kids napped, so that afternoon did feel a bit like vacations from the past. We would have had another relaxing afternoon at the beach, but while Ann, Ellie, and I (everyone else was back at the house) were trying to enjoy the beautiful ocean (no oil in sight, maybe because of the diligent workers?), we were suddenly surrounded by sea gulls. It was hilarious and frightening, and I wish I had the words to explain the whole scene. Bottom line, though, the afternoon was not relaxing once the sea gulls arrived.
The six hour drive to and from the beach? Nightmare. Absolute Nightmare. John had multiple breath holding spells in the process, and I was frequently diving into the back seat to try to get him to breath. Plus, on the drive home, John had a fever and refused to sleep in his car seat. We are staying put for a while. No traveling for us.
Conclusion--give the kids a few years, and I think vacation will be wonderful once again. I mean, let's face it, vacation is a gift anyway...so I stress again, I am so thankful that we got to go. I hope that we get to go again. Ann and I recalled afternoons at the beach growing up when mom and dad planted their chairs in the sand and stayed there all afternoon--we just have to give the kids a few years.
Ann and I (and Sarah and Kate) sort of "grew up" at Orange Beach, going every summer for as long as I can remember because my dad had work meetings there every year. It was surreal to see Ada run up the boardwalk to eat at "Sea n' Suds." Life is coming full circle.
Anyway...it was fun, I am thankful that we were able to go, and I am very thankful to be home!!!