Well then, your wish is my command! Our vacation was so so amazing. Michael's mom and siblings were so great with the girlies all week long ~ it truly felt like a week long break! Of course Michael and I did spend a LOT of time with the girlies, but we also had plenty of time to sit back and read while they played in the sand and surf with Aunt Laura, Uncle Patrick and Uncle Chris, went for walks with Grandma and generally were occupied and entertained by their family and their surroundings all week long. Uncle Chris also taught the girlies how to use his iPad which was pretty cute to see (and only makes Michael want an iPad even more! :)).
Our trip home was relatively uneventful, and now we're back in Ohio. The girls transitioned home a lot easier than Michael and I and immediately went outside to play on the swingset! I'm definitely still in vacation mode :) We realized at the end of the week that we probably won't be back to the beach next year ~ having a less-than-one-year-old makes a vacation a bit more stressful, so we'll probably wait until the following year. Saying goodbye to the ocean was no fun at all!
We have a busy week ahead with Maya going to Vacation Bible Camp (or, as she calls it, Vacation Bible Study :)). This weekend my stepsister is getting married and the girlies are flower girls! Don't worry, I'll have cute pictures I'm sure! And then next week, Michael is back to Canada for 5 days. After that (less than 2 weeks away, ahhhhhhhhh!!!!!) little Miss Charlotte Mae will be 2 years old! I can't believe it! I already have her birthday video pretty much complete and watch it when I want to make myself cry :P
Ok, without further ado...
(a few from the hotel first...)
|credit for this picture goes to Uncle Chris :)|
|Only after this picture was taken did I realize that they were picking up the smashed remains of one of the bocce balls. Chris apparently doesn't know his own strength!|
|Flying a kite|
|On the pier. Before we got there, I told Patrick and Laura about my irrational fear of the girls falling off the pier into the ocean, and gave them instructions to hold VERY tight.|
|"Maya, smile like Isabella!"|
|The guy that caught this was telling us scary tales of giant sharks he'd caught off the pier...and had the pictures to go along with it!|
|Maya was happy to stand back and watch other people touch the shark!|
|Family picture attempts! :)|
|Wait for it...|
|Maya was tired and wanted to be carried home from the pier :D|