Saturday, June 26, 2010

Surprise, Part Three

Destination:  the Bahama House hotel in Daytona Beach, FL.

Isabel's wish:  to be buried in the sand.  Made for a great picture, but wasn't as fun as she thought it would be, thanks to the people next to her chain-smoking while she was captive beneath the sand :(

Bahama House is a family-owned hotel right on the beach.  They have free breakfast, and even better, free cocktail hour from 5:30 to 6:30pm every single night.  Joe and I had our fair share of Bahama Mamas, and the kids got fresh popcorn and Cokes...pure delight!

Boogie boards were a high priority purchase, and we had a great time taking turns riding in on the waves.

Except for Gabe, who had the idea in his head that he would instantly be a professional surfer the minute he got on his board.  He was crushed when that plan didn't work out...

Didn't help much to see his older brother doing such a good job, either.  Man, some days it sucks to be little.

Once again, we had great weather, sunny and hot with no storms in sight.  Our best souvenirs:  our tans!

I was determined to catch a Florida sunrise on film, so I woke up early each morning.  Sunday morning was the winner...Isabel even got up with me and we saw dolphins riding in the waves.  Darn things were too fast for my camera, though...

One of my goals on this trip was to take some good family pictures at the beach.  We headed to Lighthouse Point Park in Ponce Inlet and did a little photo shoot.  Unfortunately, it was blazing hot and bright, but we still managed to get some decent shots...

(Either Elijah or Isabel took this one of us together.)

I helped with the poses while Joe clicked away.  I love this one of Elijah!

Where have my babies gone?  They look so grown up!

This is one of my favorite shots of Isabel and me together...

After one of the best vacations on record, it was time to head home.  The ages of the kids made it so strollers/diaper bags/packnplays...just Legos, books and movies to keep them entertained in the van, and the pool/beach to keep cool while we were there.  No disasters or fights, just lots of fun and family time together.  Truly, we were blessed to have such a great time together!


brainella said... the new design. Fantastic!

Your vacation sounds marvelous. The pictures are wonderful. :-) I tend to be lobster-like after a few hours, let alone days, in the sun.

Are you feeling more relaxed? :)

Keeper of the Skies Wife said...

Oh I love the new design as well.

Awesome vacation! I love all the photos!

Free happy hour? You can't beat that!

The picture of you & Isabel is gorgeous!

Rebecca Jo said...

Let Gabe know more days then not, its sucks to be grown up more then being little! :) Poor little man!

WOW - you are good at getting those kids in some great poses - every one of those pictures are fantastic! They'll look great in frames next to each other! And great pic of you & your love... so cute together!

The pic of you & Isabel is just precious...

Love sunrise & sunsets... nothing as beautiful on a beach

Jen said...

Awesome. I am so glad you had such a great time.

You need to photo shop yourself into that family shot, then it would be complete. :)

stephanie said...

wow! you mean there will come a day when we can travel without strollers, pack n plays, diapers and 45 billion different snacks!!! :)

those are great pictures. i especially love the one of precious little gabe having a hard time on the beach. priceless.

Melissa said...

The best vacations are the ones where there is no agenda and you can just relax! You all look so relaxed! Still sad that we missed you, but it will just make our next reunion that much sweeter!

Mama Zen said...

Sounds and looks like a great vacation!

CaraBee said...

What a great trip! You definitely got some great family photos! Always a challenge, for sure. We're taking our big trip next week. Keep your fingers crossed that we survive the long drive with a toddler.

mep said...

Sounds like a wonderful trip! How exciting to travel without a pack and play!!!!

Love all the family photos!

E... said...

I loved hearing about this surprise vacation! I'm actually a little jealous, as my own kids are right now in high anticipation of vacation mode, and want to know if we're leaving RIGHT NOW, when it isn't actually for another three days. But your photos remind me it WILL be worth the wait!!

Shannon said...

Glad y'all had a great vacation! The pics on the beach are fab... turned out really well!

Shane and I have decided to surprise the girls with a trip to Disney World for fall break! GAH! I am soooo excited. You have no idea how hard it is for me to keep from telling them!